If you asked among millennials what is the ideal working environment for them, many would share the idea of being a ‘Digital Nomad’. Therefore, many millennials, especially those in the creative industry, would prefer freelancing. Perhaps it’s also due to the nature of artists mostly create better works when they are not constrained by rules.
Many companies are having difficulties in hiring the right creative talents. In some cases, talented designers may not necessarily fit into the company culture. When companies or entrepreneurs need to fulfil their creative needs urgently, they often go to freelancer platforms to advertise their jobs. But most of the designers on these platforms are not based in Malaysia, some are even not in the same time zone, which creates inconveniences while collaborating.
Tony Chua, an former product designer found it difficult to find consistent jobs to sustain himself. He noticed many other designers share the same problems too. One day, when he was introduced to the concept of UBER, it was the light bulb moment and he told to himself, “Why not create an UBER for designers?”
In 2016, Rtist is founded as a platform that connects entrepreneurs or recruiters to local creative talents. It is a one-stop centre for recruiters to discover creative talents in different expertises, such as branding specialists, graphic designers, mobile app UI designers, interior designers, industrial product designers, videographers, animators, photographers, fashion designers, copywriters and more. Clients can browse for portfolios to hire right talents and because they’re local, clients can meet up with designers for discussion and collaboration.
“We understand some clients may have busy schedules that don’t allow them to search and screen through the candidates by themselves. Therefore, we also offer ‘handpick’ service to carry away their troubles and get them the right designers based on tailored requirements,” shared Tony.
For designers, the platform not only helps to showcase their works for more exposure, it also takes care of the designers on their job management and personal development. Designers can update their calendar on Rtist to show their availability. Clients can reach out to them to fulfil projects during their vacant slots. This feature can help freelance designers to prevent timetable clash and to get more consistent jobs.
One of the downsides of freelancing is that you don’t get to enjoy perks, benefits and development opportunities like other permanent employees. Lucky for designers that on-board with Rtist because they provide perks such as co-working space access and computer repairs to their members. Besides, they also organise events, workshops and classes to help their members to constantly upskill themselves.
“We strive to provide the best creative talents to our clients. Therefore, it’s part of the platform’s responsibility to keep the members competitive.” It was this strong mission that has made Rtist a trusted platform to companies and organisations from various industries and sectors. They have successfully worked with hundreds of clients—TouchnGo, Go Noodle House, University of Malaya and GoBear to name a few.
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