Opening doors to freelancing

Lancify helps students find freelance jobs everywhere, finds Jasmine Jerald

Published: 13th February 2017 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th February 2017 10:10 PM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

Doing an internship while pursuing a full-time course is next to impossible. But once students complete their degree, it’s difficult to find jobs as a fresher without any work experience. So what can they do? They can Lancify. 

 Lancify is a platform that connects skilled students to employers who are looking for talent but don’t want to invest in professionals. Twenty-year-olds Gowtham Sundaresan and Azan Barodawala, the founders of Lancify, started this venture in 2016 whilst pursuing their undergraduate degree at BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. 

 “We were at a networking event when people offered to pay us a fair amount of money for simple jobs because they didn’t have the time or the expertise. Since these were mostly start-ups, they couldn’t afford professional services.

It was then that the idea struck, after all freelancing is a viable option for students,” says Gowtham before adding, “It’s a great way to build a network in their field of interest while adding value to their profile and also earning in the process. There’s just no link between the supply and the demand. We discussed the idea on the Metro back to the university and went on to launch the website a couple of months later.”

Currently, Lancify operates its website where companies or individuals can get in touch with them or post their requirements directly. It has a strong offline presence, having access to student ambassadors across universities in the UAE. “The student doesn’t have to pay anything. We only levy a 10% fee on what the employer pays the freelancer,” explains Azan. 

Lancify has a pre-screening process before getting a student on board to assure quality. They also make recommendations to employers at every opportunity. Sometimes individuals hire students for personal projects unrelated to any business like driving a car.

Having their roots in India, they wish to provide their services here. And they hope to grow big and expand in other countries as well. “Freelancing as a student is definitely rare in India and that’s a gap we are trying to bridge. We believe our country would be open to such a concept,” smiles Gowtham.
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