Indonesia’s Small and Medium Enterprises Dominates Freelancer Service Demands
Over 2.300 survey respondents were small and medium enterprises
The humongous gap between the population of productive age in Indonesia and new job availability pushes productive workers to innovate and create their own jobs. Thus, a huge number of small and medium enterprises emerges in Indonesia. According to the Ministry of Business, Enterprise, and Cooperatives’ data on September 2014, there were 57.9 million small and medium enterprises Indonesia which put Indonesia as a country with the biggest number of small and medium enterprises1.
The growth of small and medium enterprises is a good news for economic growth and employment in Indonesia. On 2014, small and medium enterprises sector itself contributed 58.92 percent to gross domestic product (GDP) and employed 97.30 per cent of total employees.
Despite the increadible growth of small and medium enterprises, it’s obvious that there are still many small and medium enterprises which struggle to expand their business. One of the reasons is because of the lack of qualified workforce.
Then a question emerges, how small and medium enterprises anticipate such obstacle to keep on competing and leveraging their business? Does the trend of freelancing services provide a solution for small and medium enterprises? What type of freelance services needed by small and medium enterprises?
Sribulancer, the largest online marketplace for freelancing needs, conducted a survey to see and understand the needs of business owners at Sribulancer who have used freelancing service before. Previously, Sribulancer has released a survey about freelancing works in Indonesia on February 2015.
In this second survey, Sribulancer distributed questionaires to 5,700 customers, starting from May 25th 2015 until June 29th 2015. 42 percent of the respondents were small enterprises with 1 – 5 employees.
More than 50 percent of the respondents feels the importance of freelancer, mainly because there are jobs that requires specific skills in which the current internal team do not possess. The lack of human resource to do the job internally and cost limitation to recruit fulltime employees became the reason to use freelancing services.
Freelancing services’ demands was so high. More than 80 percent respondents use freelancing services up to 3x per month, even more than 500 respondents (9 percent) use freelancing services up to more than 10 times per month. The average cost allocated by the respondents for freelancing services vary from as affordable as IDR 500,000 to IDR 3,500,000 per freelancing service with website development (50 percent), design and multimedia (24 percent), writing (13 percent) and marketing (10 percent) as the most wanted freelancing services.
“Based on the most wanted freelance services, it’s clear that expertise from information technology and design were a rare commodity for the respondents which makes it a huge opportunity for freelancers to offer such services. In this survey, it’s also shown that the more small and medium business owners expand their business via online by using internet, the demand for website development, design, and mulitimedia will increase as well. Indeed, online expansion can be the solution for the lack of funding.” Says Ryan Gondokusumo, CEO of Sribulancer.
In this survey, respondents were also asked regarding the reason they use freelancing services at freelance sites and what is their criteria on deciding certain freelance site. Most of the respondents thinks that freelancing sites offer various choices of freelancers which enable them to find the right freelancers.
When selecting freelancing sites, the respondents looks carefully on pricing system, data safety issues, freelancer database, the simplicity of the website, and the customer service given by the freelacing sites.
“Curently, more than 34,000 professional freelancers in various fields had joined Sribulancer. Many big clients like BerryBenka, Traveloka, Mitra Adi Perkasa, and Intiland have used Sribulancer’s services to finish their project. I’m sure with our expertise, sophisticated features, and money back guarantee will set Sribulancer as the best partner for our clients to leverage their business.” Says Ryan.
As an online site which connects business owners and professional freelancers, Sribulancer offers a comfort and easiness on various aspects to their users. By using Sribulancer’s platform, bidding process will be much easier, communication gets practical, and payment system fully secured.
“By using Sribulancer’s professional freelancers, I can complete my job easily in just less than 2 hours” – Jason Lamuda, CEO BerryBenka.com