Outsourcing startup Speedlancer has announced a partnership with design service Canva in order for customers to personalise professional designs within a short timeframe.
Adam Stone, the founder of Speedlancer, was recently accepted into the latest round of the 500 Startups accelerator program. The startup allows users to outsource tasks to experienced freelancers and have the work completed within a four-hour timeframe.
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Stone told StartupSmart the partnership with Canva was “the perfect match” because it meant users could get a professional logo but at the same time keep control of the finished product.
“It enables customers to edit the designs themselves but still means they’re having a professional designer work on the task,” he says.
The partnership has been in the works for the past six months. However, Stone says he wanted to refine the Speedlancer product before entering any formal arrangement.
“I really wanted to make sure the Speedlancer product was at a level where we could deliver,” he says.
“Now that we have come into 500 Startups the supply side is a bit stronger, the product a bit tighter… I feel like it was the right time to launch [the partnership] from my perspective.”
Stone says his number one tip for entrepreneurs considering a partnership with a corporate or another startup would be to ensure there is a mutual benefit to the relationship.
“You need to make sure it’s not a one-sided partnership,” he says.
“Here we benefit both Speedlancer and Canva because we bring more customers to Canva. Not everyone has an eye for design, and even though Canva is easy to use, Speedlancer really helps not hinders that process.”
Speedlancer was featured on Product Hunt last week, coming in at the fourth most popular product or service for the day. The startup currently has around 150 freelancers using the platform and Stone hopes to see that number grow and the user interface refined while he is in San Francisco for 500 Startups.