If you are a freelancer, the chances are you use services like Cloudpeeps, Freelancer, or Upwork to find clients. All those services do a good job at connected workers with contractors. However, they are all a third party. LinkedIn believes with the dataset of users it has access to, can compete with these established names.
As such, the Microsoft-owned business social network is creating a freelance connection tool. According to app reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong, LinkedIn will debut a new field called “Services”.
This will aim to match freelance websites by allowing users to find business, individuals, and project managers who are seeking services based on skillset.
On Services in LinkedIn, you will be able to add which services you work in. Unlike dedicated sites like Upwork, LinkedIn will do all the work for you. The platform will connect you with clients who are looking for the services you provide.
LinkedIn is testing "Services" field in profile, which will pair well with
"Find a Service Provider": https://t.co/u1S7XESx4j pic.twitter.com/cCkE4Ud8C5
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 25, 2019
Manchun Wong posted the screenshot you see above to showcase the feature. However, it remains in development and is not available yet. LinkedIn has not discussed Services officially, so no dates on the release are known.
Another new feature coming to the network is a teammates feature for priority posting. While not available yet, the Teammates feature will allow professionals to prioritize which posts they want to see on LinkedIn.
“Once the feature goes live you should see the text “Add Teammates,” where you can specify your manager, peers and/or direct reports and from there, we'll prioritize updates in your feed about your team's activity on LinkedIn, such as posts, comments, likes, shares, and work anniversaries.”