Qkly Marketplace is a network for buyers and providers to find work by offering or buying services.
Think of the Marketplace as a competitor to Fiverr and Upwork.
The Marketplace is unique from our competition is several ways:
My role in this project was to design each feature and decide the user flow that includes:
February 2020 - Ongoing
I wanted to figure out how a optimistic user would feel while looking for work in a freelance environment.
The main thing that stood out were the reasons to use the product. We wanted to add features to the profile and wondered what users were looking for.
The buyer persona consisted of a user that wants transparency while going through the hiring process.
I wanted to know how we can make this simple and easy to process while having a large pool and services to choose from.
For the provider, I had a pretty good guess on the features that we would like to showcase. The only thing is which section of the profile would we need to stand out. I decided to make a traditional profile page with the profile picture and username on the right-hand side of the page. Below that the main idea was to show the main features for the buyers such as a messaging button, provider rating, and tagline. Skills were the next most obvious feature to show next. Everything else fell in line that we thought were the most important to have on the profile.
While trying to design the messaging feature, I thought about the messaging applications that I enjoy to use. The two the came to mind were Slack and iMessage. I only had a week to design this feature so I had to Frankenstein something together. Features that I included were:
The provider listing is designed for the provider to showcase their profile and for the buyer to easily access the provider that they are looking for.
I wanted a way to show off the provider cards that would show a window into the full profile while showing the most important features.
I also thought of how the buyer would navigate through providers. I decided to add the appropriate filters while having the access to the services on the left side of the page.
The messaging feature for the Marketplace is for the provider to keep in contact with the buyer on assigned work or to message other providers.
The objectives for this feature are to share files, easily message other users throughout the Qkly suite of products, and to keep track of new and old messages.
The main concern from user feedback on the Marketplace is that the payout settings were confusing to find. This is a huge issue that we needed to solve right away. The reason for that is because our platform is designed for transparency. As a group, we established that we needed to move the payout setting from the user to profile to the dropdown item where it is easily accessible.
Other items that we found:
The Marketplace was the first project that I was assigned to when I first started working at Qkly. This was an awesome project because it showed me how to design for a platform that was from the start to finish for hiring or becoming a freelancer.
I am fortunate to see how users are dealing with employment. Freelancing and buying services are going to have a huge impact on our economy for the foreseeable future.