Those who follow the Electroneum project have been aware for a while of their plans to build a digital gig freelancing platform which would be marketed first and foremost toward those in the developing world and where users would be rewarded in Electroneum. Having changed names a couple times from first GigGuru and then to GigFair, the arrival of the finally named AnyTask platform is here.
While I do have a modest amount of experience with other gig economy platforms such as Fiverr, and one crypto based one called Latium, it's really a bit too early in the game to do a proper compare and contrast write-up of Electroneum's new platform. In the meantime let's take a look at some of the basics.
First thing of note is that there will be no fees for sellers, which is a pretty amazing feature, especially when you consider the market they're targeting. Buyers on the other hand will be sacked with a 5% fee on all purchases to help cover Stripe based payment processing, as task purchasers will pay by credit or debit card. Sellers however will be paid in ETN, thus essentially connecting the banked and unbanked into one economy.
Electroneum (ETN) allows us to deliver your payment to any seller, anywhere in the world, without the need of a bank account and without the seller incurring fees. This is a revolutionary solution that drastically reduces costs and enables many more people to sell online.
Available workers are sorted among the following main categories, with each category including a fairly extensive list of subcategories beneath them:
- Writers & Translators
- Videographers & Animators
Additionally sellers can be filtered according to the following criteria:
- All Sellers
- Verified Sellers
- Sellers verified by ID
- Sellers verified by a photo
In addition to the lack of fees, some pretty obvious advantages for sellers on the platform include not needing a bank account to sell their services and profit from them. In addition, AnyTask can be translated into more than one hundred languages, from Abkhazian to Zulu! Pretty impressive!
Other than access to a wide array of languages, at the moment it seems unclear if there are currently any advantages over current freelance platforms for potential buyers on AnyTask. Certainly tapping into new and diverse markets of the unbanked who heretofore could not avail themselves of freelance platforms should provide a whole litany of new employees the world over to choose from however.
Then comes the question of what will the sellers do with their ETN once having been paid? It's a question worth contemplating. For starters, in addition to users in four African countries, currently users in Brazil, Cambodia, and Turkey can use their ETN to top up their mobile carrier minutes and data, and of course the Electroneum teams intends to expand this service into as many countries as possible. There are also a handful of shops and businesses in these same markets that accept ETN as payment via its patented instant payments system, though this practice is as yet hardly widespread even in these markets currently.
Being brand new, AnyTask's current user base is expectedly pretty thin at the moment, though there were a handful of tasks posted on the very day the platform launched. And checking in now, I see there's been a decent uptick in posts over the course of the week. I'm seeing posts for everything from logo and animation design, to blogpost writing and SEO services, social media optimization and more.
The site and its UX/UI are much more simple and easy to use in my experience than Latium, the only other crypto focused freelance platform I've tried out so far, although Latium isn't terrible in my experience. And with credit and debit card payments being the default on the buyer side, it opens itself to a market where buyers don't need to be crypto-educated in order to participate, immediately giving them a potentially much larger userbase. All in all, it seems like they're getting off to a pretty strong start given its incredibly recent launch.
It remains to be seen whether AnyTask will be successful at getting ETN into the hands of many more people, thereby creating a more robust ecosystem in which ETN could thrive and grow. But it's certainly a much needed initiative in terms of promoting ETN usage and adoption, and could be a laudable step in providing a heretofore inaccessible service for the unbanked of the world.
Let us know below if you have used or plan to use Electroneum's new AnyTask platform.
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