A lot of people who work from home are freelance professionals or service providers of one kind or another, in the sense of:
* a person who acts independently without being affiliated with or authorized by an organization, or
* a person who pursues a profession without a long-term commitment to any one employer
For freelancers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand, there is now an online marketplace, Freelance-Market.com which is offering what looks to me like a very good deal.
Any Freelancer (accountants, business consultants, coaches, designers, engineers, nurses, programmers to script writers) can list their services on the website. They pay just a small fee when they are introduced to someone requesting their services. It is free for the service requester.
For those who, like me, dislike negotiating prices, an attractive feature could be that the fees are set, so if someone contacts you they know what your fees are, in advance.
My hunch is that this will be an approach many service providers will prefer over having to be in a bidding process, as I understand is the norm on eLance and rentacoder.
And if you are worried about your quoted fees being too public, the anonymity of the listing could be helpful.
The registration form is simple and easy to complete and my registration was approved the same day.
My only regret is that I won’t be in Sydney tomorrow night, when the Australian launch takes place.