Now, we’re getting word that LinkedIn is making the process of finding clients (and inversely, contractors) much easier. According to a leak via reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong, LinkedIn is testing a new “Services” feature which allows both businesses and independent professionals post their services right on their LinkedIn profile.
Check out the leaked screenshot here:
The new LinkedIn “Service” feature comes alongside the “Find a Service Provider” feature, which allows businesses to hire talents for a project or for longer-term commitments. This feature feels like a refinement of LinkedIn’s ProFinder, a freemium service that functions in the same vein as the forthcoming feature.
Here’s what the “Find a Service Provider” feature looks like via the LinkedIn app:
What’s interesting here, of course, is that both features seem like they will be baked into your LinkedIn account natively. Meaning, it won’t be barricaded behind a paywall. Think of the same way content mills like Fiverr, Upwork (which Microsoft was rumored to acquire), and Freelancer function—except you can easily (and accurately) vet clients/contractors via the LinkedIn platform.
We don’t have details about the features’ rollout, but they are obviously in-development, so we can safely expect them to drop soon.
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