“BoulderFreelancers.com is listed on the first page of Google for relevant KW/KP and is a great place for [local freelance consultants] to market their services on the Internet. We also have 3800 freelance jobs listed from partners Jobster and Simply Hired and are working hard to get more “organic” jobs posted.”
According to his background materials, he has 119 local sites a la Boulder Freelancers, which begs the question: is regional slicing the right approach to this sort of dataset?
The thing about being geographically based is that where someone is located is only relevant if you’re looking for a very short term hands on consultant. Need someone to paint your house? It doesn’t make sense to fly them in from 1100 miles away. Need a great CSS hacker, though, or Flash animator, and isn’t it irrelevant whether they’re based in Des Moines or Bangalore?
As I learned all those years ago as a manager at Hewlett-Packard, it’s all about results, not appearances (though that’s less true at HP than it was in the past. This cultural change is definitely partly due to Fiorina, this “death of the next bench”, but that’s another story for another blog posting)
If you hire consultants and freelancers based on their ability to deliver, wouldn’t it make more sense to have something like FlashFreelancers.com or similar (which might already exist, for all I know) where you’re going “vertically” not “horizontally” (who comes up with these wacky spatial metaphors anyway? 🙂
Everyone I work with at Intuitive Systems is geographically dispersed, with my main graphics guy in Vancouver, Canada, my systems guy in San Francisco, my IP lawyer in Indiana, etc. The only local people I work with are my general legal counsel and accountant, and for all I know they might outsource basic grunt work and data entry to firms in Szechwan or Sri Lanka. As long as they do the job, and do it well, isn’t that all that really matters?
Ah well, if you are looking for freelancers, then there’s no question that Jay’s umbrella site The Freelance Nation.com is a good place to check out. Just make sure you also have a presence on LinkedIn and any job boards specifically related to your area of expertise and market niche.