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By Leanne Mirandilla | February 26th, 2018

An elevator convo with Jerome Tse and Harris Cheng. See here for more from our Next Up series.

What do you do?

We are the co-founders of Freehunter, an online platform for creative freelancing talents that offers security, speed and quality.

How does your business work?

Freehunter connects freelancers in the creative industry with clients. We currently have photographers, videographers and graphic designers available for clients to choose from.

If you’re searching for a photography service, for example, first you would need to provide some basic details regarding what you’re looking for, whether it’s food photography, $600 to 1,000 per hour, or four-star rating or above. Second, you need to fill in a request by answering two to three questions. The photographer will then reply if they are interested in the offer. Price negotiations are allowed on our chat box within the website. When the deal is confirmed, the customer pays online and the project will begin!

How did your business get started?

We were classmates at HKU years ago. Both of us were developing the same startup project separately at first, as we saw a common problem as freelancers ourselves. Eventually, we merged our companies together and formed a more well-rounded team where Harris is responsible for business development while Jerome is the website developer. After months of business growth, we were supported by two angel investors and received two checks to expand our business.

Who are your clients?

Startups, small and medium enterprises, end-users.

What’s a day in your working life like?

In the mornings, the work is usually replying to e-mails and WhatsApp messages from clients and freelancers, plus some internal meetings. Afternoons are usually for attending startup events or meeting up with advisors, mentors and investors, or pitching for cooperation. After getting back to the office we will continue working on expanding the user base by getting more and more people to join us. During a typical evening, we leave at 12 midnight. Occasionally we reserve time for self-enrichment.

Where do you see your business in the future?

Our vision is to make freelancing a feasible yet financially sustainable way of working. Everyone thinks freelancers have no job promotions and that their income will stay the same for years, but we think otherwise. Freelancers create job promotions themselves by charging a higher price and taking jobs from larger companies after they have gained more experience. They can even set up their own companies after five to six years of freelancing life. We envision Freehunter helping them reach out to clients more easily and building their portfolio more efficiently. In the end, our ultimate goal is to make people’s dreams come true and work on what they really love.