GENERAL INFORMATION

ABOUT NOMAD NOW

Nomad Now is a market-shifting platform that facilitates the buying and selling of Professional Services directly between Freelancers and Clients as well as Permanent Placements. These Professional Freelancer Services can be provided for any defined period and purpose and are usually specialised services. Examples include:

Accounting Data Warehousing  Logistics  Psych Testing
Artificial Intelligence Distribution Marketing  Quant Analysis
Audit Economics Mechatronics Research 
Banking Advisory Engineering Medical Consulting Restructuring
BPR Equity Research  Network Engineering Risk
Budgeting Fiduciary Services New Bus Dev Robotics
Business Analysis Finance Non-Exec Directors Security
Business Architecture Financial Modelling Nursing Software Development
Capital Raising Forecasting Outsourcing Statistics
Change Management Forensics Pharma Strategy
Channel Dev Health Advisory PR & Communications Systems Analysis
Coaching HR Private Equity Tax Advisory
Collections I.T Pro bono Advice Test Analysis
Communications  Industrial Relations Process Engineering Trading
Company Sec Internships Process Engineers Training
Compliance  Investor Relations Product Management Treasury
Counselling Lab Analysis Production Wealth Management
Coverage Labour  Program Management Wellness Advisory
Credit Legal  Project Administration Project Management
Data Analysis Lobbying Project Finance …… and many more!

Hirers appreciate that Nomad Now eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming intermediaries. Nomad Now saves Hirers time & money. Regarding quality, Nomad Now insists on in-depth, meaningful and accurate information from all Flexi and Perm workers as well as from Hirers in order to optimise user interaction and minimise time-to-transact.

Hirers use our highly effective and intuitive Search as well as our Job Ad matching functionality to pinpoint preferred Perm and Flexi Job Seekers and to contract their services directly. Our advanced matching algorithms ensure that search results are relevant, personalised and unique for every Hirer.

Hirers can create a search profile of their own ideal Flexi worker per search by changing our applicable search criteria weightings. If 2 Hirers choose to keep the default Admin provided weightings, they will have the same results but should a Hirer choose to customise their search criteria weightings themselves (this is optional) their selected weightings will be used to rank their search results. 

Nomad Now equally accommodates Hirers' needs to secure Talent on a permanent basis.

Flexi workers appreciate that Nomad Now is a strong supporter of them as ‘small businesses’. We bring Nomad Now Hirers to them, increasing Flexi workers' visibility to top companies and a broader potential customer base. Job Seekers set their own prices for their Professional Services.

Importantly, we also provide revenue collection assistance for Flexi workers, which could improve their revenue collection times and reliability of payment.

What is the difference between a Freelancer and an Independent Contractor?

Note that throughout our platform we use the words 'Flexi worker, ‘Freelancer’, 'Consultant' and ‘Independent Contractor’ interchangeably. As a user, please be aware that the words are at times used by this Platform and by users ‘loosely’ but a Client or Freelancer may intend to use the terms very specifically. See a widely used definition below:

  • A Freelancer is self-employed, possibly with a contract whereas a Contractor may or may not be self-employed, with employment that is usually defined by the terms of their contract.
  • Independent contractors can work like Freelancers, with multiple Clients on a per-project basis, but more generally they work with one company at a time (exclusively) for a longer and specified period and are often paid by the hour. They may be contracting themselves out, and thus reporting their own taxes or they may be on the Client’s payroll, with the Client deducting pay–as–you–earn taxes and levies where required.

Nomad Now is suitable for all Flexi workers including Freelancers, Consultants and Independent Contractors. For more information contact info@nomadnow.co

NEW USER FAQ

Nomad Now is specifically aimed at the professional Perm worker and Flexi worker (Freelancer, Consultant and Independent Contractor) workforce. Flexi workers list their services on Nomad Now and Hirers place Inquiries and Orders for such Services online.

Hirers are presented with meaningful self-assessment summaries by Job Seekers of their skill range and depth. Job Seekers also provide details of their work experience, without the ‘fluff’ that contaminates many other skills websites and without ‘middlemen’ who always assure Hirers that their applicants are ideal for the role! Transact directlywith Talent and save up to 75% in fees.

Hirers Search or place Job Ads, select and analyze Candidate & Flexi worker Profiles and make approaches only to those most suited to their roles and requirements.

Hirers using Nomad Now often have a need for critical skills that are most often not available at short notice! 

Professional, independent Flexi workers using Nomad Now want the flexibility, freedom and diversity that the short-to-medium-term provision of their services provides. Job Seekers value our deep knowledge of recruitment and our access to a large and high-quality Hirer base built up over 23 years. Flexi workers benefit from Nomad Now’s revenue collection assistance. You know that feeling when your Hirer never responds to repeated requests for payment of your fees?

Nomad Now is not a jobs portal.

Applicable local law (case law and legislation) will determine whether you are an Independent Contractor or Flexi worker that is deemed to be an employee of the Hirer or not, with the associated rights and obligations of employer and employee. Further, such relationship will determine whether the Hirer is obligated to deduct pay-as-you-earn taxes and other applicable levies.

Where Flexi wrokers earn more than the South African statutory minimum (currently R 204 000 per annum) the applicable law is more lenient, but Flexi workers can still be deemed employees if certain other criteria are met.

Note that Nomad Now does not make any representations in this regard or intend to or provide any form of legal advice in this regard and takes no responsibility for any reliance on any other information provided in relation to employment and employment law.

By using Nomad Now, you are contracting directly with the Hirer. Nomad Now is merely the facilitating portal that enables Hirers to view your Profile and transact with you. Nomad Now also assists with the collection of Flexi worker revenues from Hirers.

If you are entering into a contract for the provision of Flexi worker services, these terms will be agreed upon between you and Hirer. Whether such arrangement is ‘employment’ will depend on the facts and the applicability of local Labour law. Nomad Now does not make any representations in this regard. Your exact legal status / arrangement with the Hirer should be comprehensively set out in documentation attached to your Order.

No, Nomad Now is a web-based platform that facilitates direct contact between Hirers, Flexi and Perm Job Seekers in order for them to transact directly and between themselves, for the purchase of Flexi and Perm professional work services. We do not create any expectations of employment or non-employment between Hirers and Job Seekers. Flexi workers accept this upfront by using Nomad Now. In addition, we provide essential assistance to Flexi workers in collection of their revenues from Hirers as this has always been an area of discomfort and pain to Flexi workers as in many cases they have little influence on Hirer payment timing and as ‘small businesses’ this can have serious financial consequences for them.

Nomad Now aims to disintermediate the recruitment industry by removing middle-man parties including labour brokers.Labour brokers place pressure of Flexi workers to reduce fees and are expensive for Hirers. They may also present potential legal liability to Employers, when Labour Broker 'employees' are deemed to be actual employees of the Hirer. Recent case law in South Africa on this issue is very convincing.

  • TIPS: see new ways of improving your Service offering
  • LOCAL NETWORK: connect with and chat to locals with whom you can discuss issues openly
  • SUPPORT FROM OTHER FLEXI WORKERS AND HIRERS: get advice and share your expertise

ALL DISCUSSION GROUPS: (pending in beta version)

  • News and Welcome
  • Flexi worker Forum
  • New Flexi workers
  • Hirer Forum
  • Community Help
  • Newsletter Nomad Now
  • Open Forum

Get to know other Flexi workers and share experiences and tips about Nomad Now-related topics. Use this forum to address more 'advanced' topics that you can brainstorm with other Flexi workers. As always, remember to respect the Nomad Now Community Guidelines when you interact in these Groups.

New Flexi workers Section
Use this forum to discuss topics that may be relevant when you are starting off as a Freelancer or thinking about becoming a Flexi wroker. You can also share your experiences as a new Flexi worker. This is always insightful for others.

Nomad Now has experienced Flexi wrokers in this community who will be happy to help you out with any tips, feedback and useful information that may assist you when starting off. This can include advice about your Service Offering, Profile or helpful advice on what things you may expect or encounter as a Hirer.

USERS FAQ

To Order a Job Seeker's Services, simply go to the Search option on your Client Dashboard, search for Talent and click on the Place an Inquiry or Interviw button. Alternatively you can place a free Job Ad that makes use of Nomad Now's relevance-matching algorithms so that only Talent that matches your Job Spec may apply.

Yes. If you have excess funds with Nomad Now these will be automatically applied to your next Order, but only if your balance covers the entire Order amount.

If the Order you are placing is larger than the funds to your credit, you will be redirected to Sage Pay for a funding source (EFT etc.), and your funds credit will remain until you place an Order that is equal or smaller than your balance or until you have topped-up your account balance sufficiently to cover the intended Order.

Nomad Now invoices Hirers for Flexi worker revenues on behalf of Flexi workers (as part of our Collection Services assistance that we provide to Flexi workers) for Orders completed. Hirers pay according to invoice to Nomad Now and Nomad Now transfers such revenues to Freelancers. You may not pay Flexi workers using any method other than an Order and payment through the Nomad Now Order page/payment system. In case you have been asked to use an alternative payment method, please report it immediately.

Due to South African Reserve Bank rules, Nomad Now may only pay revenues to Flexi workers via PayPal if such Flexi workers are tax-domiciled outside of South Africa.

Flexi workers cannot contact new Hirers. The only way to communicate with a Hirer is through Inquiry or Order Correspondence. A conversation thread will be created, and you will then be able to communicate with the Hirer. You may also then correspond with the Hirer via your Inbox if the Hirer establishes contact with you first.

Nomad Now does not allow spam or ‘hawking’ of services by Talent to Hirers even with a previous track record of delivery for such Hirers, so we do monitor this and will intervene if users do not use this functionality appropriately.

Hirers are invoiced by Nomad Now on behalf of Flexi workers on Commencement Date of Order (ie: start-date). Payment terms applicable to Hirers are a maximum of 30 days.

Nomad Now collects Flexi worker revenues from Hirers on behalf of Flexi workers and pays such revenues to Flexi workers once received from the Hirer and when due to Flexi workers, specifically on the next Wednesday following the completion of the payment intervals agreed between Flexi worker and Hirer.

Examples:

  • Monthly Flexi worker revenues paid by Hirers for monthly paid Flexi workers and due to Flexi workers will be transferred by Nomad Now to such Flexi workers on the Wednesday following the applicable month-end.
  • Weekly Flexi worker revenues paid by Hirers for Flexi workers due to Flexi workers, will be transferred by Nomad Now to Flexi workers on the Wednesday following the applicable week-end.

Note that the above payment timing assumes that the Hirer and Flexi worker are not in a dispute over delivery of the Services and payments have been suspended by Nomad Now.

Note also that there can be timing exceptions due to SA banking system clearance periods.

Once the Order is Confirmed and has Commenced, Flexi workers must fulfil their Orders as described in their Order description and during the fulfilment of their Order, must deliver any required files as required, using the Upload Files function on the Flexi worker Correspondence or Gallery page.

Once an Order is Completed by the Flexi worker, the Hirer has three days to respond and post Feedback (Review and Rating). If no feedback is provided by the Hirer within the response time, the Order will automatically be Completed (approved) by Nomad Now.

Hirer payment timing summary:

HIRERS PAY WEEKLY OR MONTHLY RESPECTIVELY FOR FLEXI WORKER SERVICES RENDERED, AS AGREED BETWEEN THEM. IN SOME CASES, PAYMENT FOLLOWS COMPLETION OF ORDER, BUT OFTEN ONGOING PAYMENTS WILL TAKE PLACE AS ORDERS ARE ONGOING.

NOMAD NOW COLLECTS FLEXI WORKER REVENUES ON BEHALF OF FLEXI WORKERS, AS THEIR PAYMENT AGENT, AND TRANSFERS PAYMENTS DUE TO FLEXI WORKERS, TO FLEXI WORKERS, WHEN PAID BY HIRERS AND WHEN DUE TO FLEXI WORKERS. SUCH TRANSFERS TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAYS.

NOTE THAT DIRECT PAYMENTS OR INVOICING BETWEEN HIRERS AND FLEXI WORKERS TO THE EXCLUSION OF NOMAD NOW, WILL INCUR PENALTIES, LEGAL ACTION FOR RECOVERY OF NOMAD NOW FEES AND POSSIBLE EXCLUSION FROM THE PLATFORM.

GENERAL FAQ

Signing up to Nomad Now is free. Only registered users may transact, ie: Purchase (Order) or Sell Freelancer Services on Nomad Now. After signing up, check your registration email for the activation link provided in a welcome email. If you do not use your activation link within 30 days, the link may not work. You can request a new link by signing in again.

To Create an Account:

  1. From the Nomad Now home page, click Register Now
  2. Choose if you want to register as a Freelancer or a Client
  3. Enter your name and surname
  4. Enter your email address.
  5. Enter your password
  6. Confirm your password.
  7. Within the email you receive from Nomad Now, click Activate your Account.
  8. After your account is active, you can transact on Nomad Now.
  9. You are now a registered user on Nomad Now, but you will need to activate your account. An email is sent to the email address you registered with.
  10. This activation link in the email will be valid for 30 days. After 30 days, when logged in to Nomad Now, you can click Resend and you will receive another email also active for 30 days.

Note: You can also join with Facebook, Google Connect, and LinkedIn.

To join Nomad Now with Facebook, Google, or LinkedIn:

  1. From the Nomad Now home page, click Register Now.
  2. Click Sign Up with LinkedIn, Facebook or Google Connect.
  3. To continue with the registration, Sign in to your account. You will see the information that Nomad Now uses with this connect feature.

A strong password:

  • Is at least six characters long;
  • Contains a mixture of letters, numerals and symbols;
  • Does not contain your username, real name, or company name;
  • Does not contain a complete word;
  • Is significantly different from previous passwords.

It is recommended that you change your password every three months.

To reset your password:

  1. Once logged in, click Profile > Settings.
  2. In the Password section, enter your new password, and confirm it.
  3. Click Save Changes.

Note: The stronger your password is, the better protected your Nomad Now account will be.