is Coming to Pakistan

Freelancer, one of the largest freelancing / jobs marketplace in the world, is planning to start its operations in Pakistan, we have confirmed with sources.

Pakistan holds one of the largest freelancing community in the world and the trend is on the rise.

More and more individuals and professionals from Pakistan are turning towards self-employment and entrepreneurship by offering services to off-shore clients through free-lancing marketplaces.

This is evident from the fact that self-employed Pakistanis surged from 33.3% to 39.9% in last three years (2009 to 2012) – this was faster than the employee category growth, which only grew from 35.8% to 36%. The growth of self-employment was joined by the rise of Internet, which has shown double-digit growth in the past five years.

Moreover, Pakistan remains the third top country using the website, closely behind India and the United States. has said that Pakistanis working online have earned over USD 13 million through the website. is planning to have its grass-root level access to Pakistani freelancers. We are still unclear about the investment the firm will bring in to the country, however, we know that there will be dedicated staff and several physical offices of in Pakistan., with its launch in Pakistan, is likely to resolve the payment issues of Pakistani freelancers. In addition, the trend of freelancing will be propagated to get it to the next level in the country.

There’s a launch event planned in Karachi on March 5th, 2013, after which will have more details on the development.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK

  • M.Aswad Mehtab

    This is Absolutely Amazing news !! After the freelancer i am sure the other 2 big names like oDesk and Elance will also follow , As Pakistanis are respected workforce at all of these networks and they respect us big time !!!

  • great news :D

  • llGooglell

    HATTS OFF Freelance. Welcome in Pakistan.. A New Boost for Employer/Employee

  • This is phenomenal news indeed. Finally some positive news for a change. I hope this brings in much needed foreign investment for this sector. Self-employment ftw.

  • tabish

    no big news for me as I already quit freelancing job and doing seo for clients. When I see paypal in Pakistan then it will be amazing.

  • Freelancer has cheaped out. $5 to take a test before placing a proposal. They could have thought of better way of monetizing it. I quitted it long ago because of its boring interface and non serious buyers posting ridiculously low paying jobs. Elance is still free for basic users and FAR better platform for freelancers.

    • M.Aswad Mehtab

      Agreed !! Freelancer and odesk have very low quality projects , quality clients go to Elance

    • ImranShafqat

      This is confirm that odesk is better than freelancer, never tried elance.

  • Imran

    good news for Pakistanis

  • Salman

    IT Industry will flourish.Definately. Great.. but we have to be more skillful and economical as we are competing wid India. Gud Luck to all IT Geeks.

  • Any oDesker/eLancer/Freelancer Pakistani pay taxes on his income yet?

    • ImranShafqat

      No tax on IT till 2016 in Pakistan, enjoy.

      • Is it for sure? We don’t need NTN for that too, or if we have NTN, we are exempted?

        • ImranShafqat

          Yes, there is no tax on IT industry, best example is myself working online since 3 years but never paid anything except nominal bank transfer fee.

      • Zain

        Tax waiver is on custom duty related to import of HW and SW tools/products and on export of software. Corporate and Income Tax are not exempt. Please don’t justify your white collar crime. Include your name in ‘tax chor’ list as well.

        • ImranShafqat

          hahaha interesting…

    • DevilMind

      no tax are you sure?

  • Good move by, now bring paypal to pakistan.

  • Malik

    If they will come and work on payment transfer, then will be good. And its really a good News! :)

  • Engr.M.Yasir

    Great news under these circumstances when Pakistani economy is facing a severe decline

  • A Freelancer

    I have transferred some amount from freelance via skrill to our local bank, The bank called me and interrogate about the transaction, They have to report to foreign transaction to state bank, Does this bother in TAX or any other thing? AFAIK IT is exempted from tax deduction till 2015 ~ 16

    • Tabish

      i think your bank is useless. Already receive 100s of wire payment from freelancer, 2co, plimus, clickbank and my bank never bother to ask about my work because they know all these international sites. My bank is UBL

      • A Freelancer

        Mine is HMB and they don’t even know what’s freelancing :)

  • AAmir Awan

    Nice Information and it’s too good for Pakistan

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  • It surely will resolve the payment issue big time!

  • Shahzad Ali

    Aamir Bhai, have you got any further update about their operations?