| Azaraimy HH |
YOU may be a Photoshop Illustrator expert or a person who knows how to bake cakes creatively, then watch out for online job freelancing because there lies your bright future.
If you want to make yourself visible, there are a lot of things you can do and there are many options to choose from, but perhaps the best way is to explore popular web portals that offer micro services.
If you are a graduate waiting for jobs and if you do not want to waste your talent, then why don’t just give it a try.
There is one such portal, ‘theGigland.com’ developed by a local company SocialBuzz, where local talents can scout for opportunities.
The web-based freelancing platform, developed by local Internet firm SocialBuzz, is supported by the Authority for Info–communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) and the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB).
It aims to provide Bruneians with a new online avenue to develop their skills and talents by actually buying and selling micro services.
SocialBuzz recently introduced its online micro-job marketplace ‘theGigland.com’ to the graduates of Politeknik Brunei at a briefing during the Politeknik Convocation at Raja Isteri Girls High School (STPRI) hall.
“Freelance your talents and turn them into money-making opportunities,” Nabillah Seripin, Marketing Executive of SocialBuzz, said during a brief introduction of theGigland.com.
During the free session, participants, elated by the prospects of online freelancing in Brunei, were eager to know how it works.
SocialBuzz said that a company team has been organising roadshows and workshops to promote the online marketplace at various higher education institutions since last month and will continue to visit schools throughout Brunei in the next few months.
“We feel that students and graduates nowadays try to hone their skills and talents at an early age, with the ease of access to market through the Internet, and we are here to make online freelancing a mainstream activity in Brunei,” said Nabillah, referring to skills such as graphic design, photo editing, animation production, music, art, etc.
“Who knows, it just could be your lifelong career,” she said, underlining the ease of reaching global markets through the Internet.
Founded in 2011, SocialBuzz gained popularity in Brunei through its group buying website SocialDeal.com.bn.
The firm recently released its online grocery site SocialMart.com.bn.
‘theGigland.com’ is the outcome of an award-winning business plan at the THINKBIG IGNITE Challenge 2012 organised by the BEDB iCentre.
In 2013, AITI provided initial funding to develop the product into a prototype and later on market it to the mass public.
The BETA version of the website was released in June at the CommunicAsia Singapore 2014 in the presence of the Minister of Communications, marking the company’s intention to capture a global market for its online micro-job platform.