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Could you explain how Niche Freelance works?

Niche Freelance is an online marketplace that connects businesses with freelance legal experts quickly and effortlessly. It’s been designed to give clients access to tailored specialist knowledge without unnecessary overheads and red tape. Clients post assignments on the Niche Freelance platform, and freelance experts pitch for that work based on their experience and availability.

You can find out more about how it works here.

How many years experience does your freelance legal experts have?

Freelance legal experts registered on Niche Freelance have an average of 15 years’ experience and are specialists in their fields, ranging from former General Counsels, Managing Partners, Senior Lawyers and Board Advisors.

These are highly-accomplished professionals, who have taken up freelancing on a more permanent basis and who have the power and choice to work on short-term projects, attend to a one-hour phone call or support a business regularly by providing their specialist know-how and skills to help enhance a company’s objectives.

What work can be completed through Niche Freelance?

Niche Freelance connects clients with freelance legal experts with verified extensive experience and qualifications.

There’s no minimum or maximum assignment length or invoice amount. The work may be a couple of hours, days or even months.

What type of appointments can be made through Niche Freelance?

Phone Consultations
Private conversations conducted over the phone to assist with decision making, or to fill in knowledge gaps.

Meetings
Private conversations conducted in person to receive insight relating to decision making or to fill in knowledge gaps.

Roundtables
Closed discussions between a select group of people who require specialist insight.

Site Visits
A single visit, or series of site visits to review or provide specialist knowledge.

Strategic Projects
Short term or long term projects for an organisation to assist with increased workloads or operational gaps. The project length depends on your business needs.

Training and Professional Development
Conduct training and professional development workshops onsite or offsite, to bring teams up to speed.

Corporate Secretarial
Provide company secretarial services to ensure compliance with the Companies Act, NZX Listing Rules and other relevant legislation.

Board Placements
Provide organisations with operational and board roles at short notice.

Mentoring
Freelance legal experts can provide knowledge and expertise to others who require mentoring.

How do I create an account?

You can create an account with Niche Freelance here.

Please ensure your company profile is comprehensive to ensure you attract the right legal expert for your assignment.

Who can join Niche Freelance as a client?

NZX listed, privately held companies, small to medium businesses, private practice law firms, accounting firms, government departments and not for profit organisations.

In short, if you have an NZBN you can sign up as a Niche Freelance client.

What is your vetting and approval process for freelance legal experts?

We handpick each freelance legal expert from the large number of applications received, based on their skills, experience and education.

For the few that make the cut, we undertake a further vetting process to ensure only the best freelance legal experts are in our talent pool.

Do freelancer legal experts have their own insurance?

Where relevant, freelance legal experts do have their own insurance covers in place. However, it’s up to you to ensure the insurance policies the freelance legal expert has in place meets your projects requirements.

Due to privacy we are unable to disclose individual freelance legal experts policies to you, but if required, copies of these policies can be requested directly from the freelance legal expert.

Will I receive proposals as soon as I post a project?

It depends, however, once you post a project the system allows for you to receive proposals immediately. Please keep in mind our freelance experts must submit a proposal, and as they could be engaged on other assignments please allow time to receive proposals.

The sooner you post your project the better.

Where do freelance legal experts work from?

You decide whether you require the freelance legal experts  to work on site with you, remotely or a mix between the two.

Our freelance legal experts are also available for private phone discussions if preferred.

Our recommendation is that you agree on the work location at the beginning of the project. Naturally this may change, but continual communication with your freelance expert is key.

What is the cost?

Niche Freelance is free to sign up as a client.

You set your budget when you post a project, deciding on whether you pay an hourly, daily or monthly fee or you can choose to pay a fixed fee for the entire project.

Please note that a freelance legal expert may counter with a price proposal after reviewing your project brief.

For each project Niche Freelance charges a commission of 15% plus GST on top of the amount agreed with the freelance legal expert.

How are conflict of interests dealt with?

Freelance legal experts must notify you upfront if they have a conflict of interest, or potential conflict of interest.

Can I appoint a freelance legal expert as a permanent employee?

Absolutely, we’re in the business of connection. If you appoint a freelance legal expert you’ve met through Niche Freelance on a permanent basis you’ll be charged a recruitment fee of 20% + GST of the freelance expert’s annual salary package.

You can find out more in our Terms.

When and how do I pay for a project?

You and your freelance legal expert will decide before the project commences at what stage(s) they’ll invoice. Once your freelance legal expert invoices you via Niche Freelance, you have seven days to pay by credit card or bank deposit.

Who's responsible for completing the work?

The freelance legal expert you engage is responsible for delivering the work as per the agreed terms.

However, at the end of the project you’ll have the opportunity to review and rate your experience with your freelance legal expert. This is particularly important to the freelance legal expert as your feedback is published to their Niche Freelance profile. And as part of our commitment to excellence, freelance legal experts who consistently receive poor reviews may be deregistered from Niche Freelance.

Can I engage the freelance legal expert again for a different project?

Yes, of course. Please note that any further work with your freelance legal expert must be processed through Niche Freelance and standard Niche Freelance fees will apply. You can easily reengage a freelance legal expert through Niche Freelance.

Please refer to our Terms for more information

What happens if the project needs to be extended - do you allow rolling or is there an option to extend the project?

We do allow rolling on of the project. Please simply close the project when it comes to an end.

Remember to check with the freelance legal expert before doing so to ensure they’re available. The sooner you notify them, the better.

My project is confidential. If I post a project will these be seen by every freelance legal expert?

You have the option of posting a ‘private and invite only’ project. If you select this option the project will only be visible to freelance legal experts who you’ve personally invited.

How do you ensure only quality freelance legal experts are on the platform?

At the end of each project the client is provided with the opportunity to rate their freelance legal expert and leave comments relating to the work they’ve completed. We monitor all ratings and reviews and address any concerns directly with the freelance expert.

Do I get rated also?

Yes, the freelance legal expert is also given the option to rate their experience working with you. This is a fair system that protects both parties. We also monitor clients to ensure our freelance legal experts are working on assignments that utilise their superior level of professionalism.

Freelancers

Could you explain how Niche Freelance works?

Niche Freelance is an online marketplace that connects businesses with freelance legal experts quickly and effortlessly. It’s been designed to give clients access to tailored specialist knowledge without unnecessary overheads and red tape. Clients post assignments on the Niche Freelance platform, and freelance experts pitch for that work based on their experience and availability.

You can find out more about how it works here.

What type of work and clients will I get access to?

Client registered on Niche Freelance are NZX listed and privately held companies, private practice law firms, accounting firms, small to medium businesses and government departments.

It’s always your choice whether to accept a project and there’s no minimum amount of work you’re required to do to remain registered with Niche Freelance.

What are the type of appointments could I be engaged on?

Phone Consultations
Private conversations conducted over the phone to assist with decision making, or to fill in knowledge gaps.

Meetings
Private conversations conducted in person to provide insight relating to decision making or to fill in knowledge gaps.

Roundtables
Closed discussions between a select group of people who require your specialist insight.

Site Visits
A single visit, or series of site visits to review or provide specialist knowledge.

Strategic Projects
Short term or long term projects for an organisation to assist with increased workloads or operational gaps. Projects can vary from 1 day to 12 months.

Training and Professional Development
Conduct training and professional development workshops onsite or offsite, to bring teams up to speed.

Corporate Secretarial
Provide company secretarial services to ensure compliance with the Companies Act, NZX Listing Rules and other relevant legislation.

Board Placements
Share your knowledge and expertise with others who need it.

Mentoring
Freelance legal experts can provide knowledge and expertise to others who require mentoring.

How do I register as a freelance legal expert?

You can create an account with Niche Freelance here.

Please ensure you provide the requested documents so we can verify your professional claims, including where relevant practicing certificates, insurance policies and updated CV.

We’ll also require details for two referees who we’ll be contacting to confirm your education and experience.

Can I register with Niche Freelance?

To be considered as Niche Freelance expert you must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience within your area of expertise. In addition, you must:

  • Be self employed
  • Have a NZBN to work within New Zealand
  • If required be registered for GST
  • Hold the relevant certificates and insurances to work within your profession
  • Be up to date with any professional development requirements.

What is the cost to me as a freelance legal expert?

It’s free to sign up as a freelance legal expert on Niche Freelance.

What insurance do I need as a freelance legal expert?

You must have the following insurances in place and if required by the client:

  • Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Public Liability Insurance (if required by the client)

How is invoicing and payment made between the client and myself?

All invoicing and payments are via Niche Freelance (our payment gateway is with Stripe).

Before starting each assignment negotiate with your client your rate or fixed amount and also at what stage(s) you’ll invoice.

Is Niche Freelance secure?

Niche Freelance uses SSL technology to ensure all data is secure and private.

Where do I work?

You’ll work onsite, or remotely, or a mix between the two depending on your agreement with your client. Although things may change during the life of the project, our recommendation is work location is a key term agreed on prior to project commencement.

The client my request a private phone discussion or skype call instead.

What if a client wants me to complete another project or provide them with additional support?

We encourage collaboration and expect in many instances clients will choose to receive ongoing insight from our freelance experts.

If this is the case, you must advise us. Of course, all additional work must be invoiced through the Niche Freelance platform.

Do I act as an independent contractor to Niche Freelance?

Yes, you do. As a freelance legal expert you’re an independent contractor of Niche Freelance and you are not and shall not be deemed to be an employee or agent of Niche Freelance or of any client.

Please see our terms for further information.

How are conflicts of interest dealt with?

You are responsible for letting the client know of any conflicts of interest.

If for any reason you think that by taking on a project there’ll be a conflict of interest (or potential conflict of interest) you must let us, or client know immediately.

How do you ensure only expert freelance legal experts are registered with Niche Freelance?

At the conclusion of each project the client will have the option to rate the freelance expert and leave comments based on the completed work. Niche Freelance monitors all ratings and reviews to ensure any concerns are addressed directly with the freelance legal expert.

Does the client also get rated?

Yes. Clients are also rated. We also monitor reviews of clients and feedback provided by freelance legal experts because we value the skill and expertise of our freelance experts and want to ensure they’re accessing quality work and high calibre clients.

Who can see my profile?

Your profile is visible to all registered clients, however, there’s an option for you to set your profile to ‘Private’. Your profile isn’t visible to other freelance legal experts.

Can I cancel a project if I can no longer work on it?

Yes, you can. We ask that you speak directly to the client outlining why you’re no longer available to work with them before closing it on Niche Freelance.

Once you’ve closed the project on Niche Freelance you won’t be able to raise any further invoices for that particular project. Please ensure all outstanding invoices are raised and sent to the client prior to closing the relevant project.

I am a lawyer. What additional requirements must I have to be an expert?

Lawyers must have the following insurances in place:

  • Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Public Liability Insurance (if required only by the client)

If you are a legal professional, in addition to the above you must have completed the ‘Stepping Up’ programme through the New Zealand Law Society and be entitled to practice on your own account.

You must also have a valid New Zealand practising certificate, which you’re responsible for renewing each year.