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Uniting Skill with Opportunity

Improving the livelihood of small service providers by balancing demand and supply of ad-hoc services via digital efficiency.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

On one hand, getting employment in Cameroon and other emerging countries is laborious so people are forced into small businesses, self-employment (auto-entrepreneurs, freelancers and handymen) or idleness. These “free” people find it challenging to make a sustainable livelihood due to inadequate exposure to potential clients, informal and/or improperly structured business process.

On the other hand, individuals and businesses need to connect with a vetted handyman or service provider quickly and at affordable prices. Both service buyers and providers need to be assured about the safety and reliability of the interaction.

It thus became OmniJobber's mission to provide a medium enabling clients across the world to cut costs by outsourcing jobs to countries with less expensive yet skilled labour force.

Our promising solution is a web platform to facilitate the collaboration of freelance workforce and small service providers with clients, bring the market faster and balance demand and supply of ad-hoc services in emerging countries.

OmniJobber is a freelance marketplace dedicated to promote employment and self-sustainability by transforming idle-time and untapped skills into lucrative temporary jobs via an omnichannel approach.

It empowers the service providers by removing the boundaries between technological and traditional processes, summing up online and offline clientele, linking customers and service providers efficiently with the help of technology, and ensuring that the parties respect their obligations.

The aim is to improve the financial sustainability of small service providers via a digital-based omnichannel approach. A system promoting self-employment and higher living standards through regular trading of skills.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries are small service providers including formal, informal, temporary and freelance workers finding difficult to access potential clients.
We launched the project in Yaounde, Cameroon but we seek to include more countries whose demographics are similar to that of Cameroon.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

OmniJobber embodies a unique approach and several novel features designed to suit our target users and boost the on-demand service industry. These include: business inclusion, job rotation, bidding and digital hawking.
Inclusive approach: Filling the gap between demand and supply of jobs implies summing-up online and offline markets.
Job rotation: One of our main differentiating factors is the rotational algorithm which allocates tasks among jobbers such that each has a fair chance to express his skills. This feature aims at boosting each jobber’s enthusiasm and reducing skill loss.
Digitalized hawking: This ensures better market exposure of jobbers and constant flux of service requests. This mechanism aims at creating digital jobs and improving the income generating potential of users.
Bidding: This reproduces the natural negotiation process.
Digital payments: The platform enables security-driven acceptance of digital payments across multiple channels essentially mobile money

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Pilot: I have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

OmniJobber is simply an online marketplace designed to swiften interactions between service buyers and small service providers (“jobbers”) in Cameroon, providing an easier way to match buyers with the right jobber, an instant messaging feature to support their negotiations or communication, a commercialisation feature for better market exposure of jobbers, and a secured way to make and receive payments.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • No, but we plan to register in the future.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

I know of a very talented person who spent almost two years after his postgraduate degree, but could not grab any real opportunity to sustain himself. A few months later, Donald was identified among the dead victims of a "do or die" sea trip to Europe.
I have worked with big organisations who spend a lot of money, waste a lot of money but still cannot put a finger on skilled people, who end-up like Donald. I took as a challenge to build a solution balancing demand and supply of workforce.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Peace is affected by lack of sustainable opportunities. Just in the past 3 years, over 60,000 unfortunate people have either died in the seas, or are forced to survive clandestinely overseas doing odd jobs, or have even been enslaved.

Stabilising the small service sector in our community will increase financial security and promote higher living standards of service providers. This should boost prosperity and foster economic growth. This directly contributes to reducing social costs related to poverty including crime wave, drug abuse, family disruption, and poor pre-natal care.

OmniJobber could increase competitiveness of local workforce and reduce loss of skills due to non-application, as people strive to be featured as the best. This will also spur technical and organisational innovation.

We say no to unemployment, because everyone should enjoy the fruits of labour - personal achievement, self-sustainability and good life quality.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

1. The large and growing number of individuals and small businesses (90% of national labour force) in need of solutions uniting them with business opportunities.
2. OmniJobber being founded and developed by people who master the behaviour of the end users (through research and customers’ feedback).
3. User-friendly website which enables 24/7 easy data collection/access and serves as an open platform for information to an unlimited market network.

Geographic Focus

We started out in Cameroon but our solution targets emerging countries in Africa and overseas

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

9 months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No
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At OmniJobber we believe that filling up free time, narrowing the gap between demand and supply of temporary jobs will offer access to quality labour force and greater earning potential for low-income earners.

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The best way to empower poor young adults is through a web platform like OmniJobber (the passion) that facilitates collaboration and micro-entrepreneurship without bureaucracy.

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Hi Ghislain, I like this idea and am thinking about how this could bring unique opportunities to rural communities who are getting online on solely a mobile phone platform. Can you provide examples of what sorts of specific opportunities someone might be able to tap into? What kinds of jobs or gigs might they access?

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Hey Jill. Nice observation. Our website is responsive and accessible on mobile phone. Meaning there's no difference between information(jobs or gigs) access on PC and on mobile. As for opportunities, our algorithms would enhance freelancer visibility and probability of obtaining gigs in domains such as carpentry, electricity, plumbing and knowledge jobs like web building, translation and accounting. Also, after launching Omnijobber 2.0 on the web, we will give some time before implementing an appropriate user-oriented mobile app.

Photo of Jill LaLonde
Team

Thanks for the info, Ghislain! I look forward to keeping an eye on what you are doing!

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