Online Jobs Marketplace Moves Into Home And Local Services


Make way for one more company trying to carve out a business in local and home services. Following in the footsteps of Amazon and Google in their race after the likes of Angie’s ListTaskRabbit, Thumbtack and Handy, is launching a marketplace for local plumbers, cleaners, cooks, couriers and others to offer their services on demand in their vicinity, starting first in its home market of Australia before expanding globally this quarter.’s CEO Matt Barrie describes the new local services business as « Uber for local jobs, » the idea being that those looking to find someone for an offline job can use their location to find relevant and available people close by either on’s site or mobile app.

The new services will sit alongside Freelancer’s existing business, a platform that connects freelancers with those looking to hire people for online work, competing against the likes of Elance-Odesk. That business has racked up 15…

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