Project Title: Cgig
Easy-to-use peer-to-peer gig marketplaces that lets anyone showcase their skills and earn Stellar assets, with no fees and no middlemen.
Create an open, bustling global gig economy for Stellar. Not only are we the first gig marketplace for Stellar, but we're different than the traditional ones. Existing marketplaces charge high fees (20%+ of earnings) and try to be the exclusive middleman between clients and freelancers. For example, they are disallowed by TOS to contact or transact outside the platform. In contrast, Cgig is an open marketplace with no fees. We help match clients with talent and encourage them to communicate however they want to, while using Stellar assets as digital cash for their transactions.
Cgig takes the best features of traditional marketplaces to create a truly peer-to-peer commerce hub, while fully embracing the remittance features of Stellar.
High-Level features of Cgig:
- Fiverr (service marketplaces) for Stellar (but peer to peer and without fees)
- Also Upwork (job bidding marketplaces) for Stellar (also without fees)!
- Create a directory of skilled individuals (freelancers) and firms that accept Stellar assets as payment.
- Use Stellar assets for direct peer-peer payments.
We've always been fascinated by the possibilities of Stellar assets being used as decentralized cash for peer to peer payments. So we thought it would be good for Stellar to have marketplaces that revolve around Stellar assets. The most obvious type of marketplace that comes to mind is freelancing/crowdsourcing. Other cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Ethereum and BCH) already have these and people use them. So we decide to tackle this first.
We've built a full-blown Fiverr style services based marketplace. We have also onboarded more than 20 experienced service providers, most of whom are trying Stellar for the first time!
Anyone can showcase their skills via a gallery portfolio and create their services. We implemented rich order customization features (packages, extras, etc...). Prices are shown in USD for familiarity and it's converted to XLM at order placement.
Some of its other features include:
- In-app chat
- Order management
- Milestone support
- Reviews and ratings
We've thought and researched quite a bit on how to make a freelance marketplace concept work for Stellar and decided to first focus on the core, which is helping Stellar users who need skilled help discover those who could provide. Our marketplace is purely peer-to-peer, which means client directly pays freelancer, which also means that freelancer keep 100% of their earnings. In comparison, existing freelance apps take 20% or more of earnings.
We provide different mediums for mutual discovery, which includes gig-based listings, freelancer profiles, and bidding based project postings. We also provide tools like order portfolio showcasing, order estimation, activity monitor, and reviews to facilitate these transactions without being in the way.
For better quality control, we're exploring using something like Keybase to establish stronger identity and reputations. We're also thinking of providing a way to associate a Cgig order with a Stellar transaction, which could be referenced by review/feedback left for the freelancer.
We've seen the direct peer to peer model work quite well for small-medium sized gigs (e.g. logo design, writing tasks, programming help, etc...), especially if the freelancer already has an online reputation (e.g. design firm, public profile, work history in other platforms, etc...) For very large tasks that cannot be broken into small milestones, escrow may be a necessary evil. For that we're exploring ways to facilitate a multi-sig escrow transaction with a mutually trusted third-party selected by the client and the freelancer.
Web App: Cgig
Our Motivation: Medium Post
We started development after the last SBC. So Cgig is a completely new project and is built on top of a custom stack. We love building things but we also want to build the right thing. So please if you have any suggestion/feedback they are always appreciated.