Freelancing via Nabbesh? Here are the Latest Changes

15 second summary:’s project managers will moderate all jobs to ensure clients have a current demand and a realistic budget versus scope of work. Then they will invite a few vetted freelancers that best match the client’s requirements to quote on the project. Once selected, you can message, collaborate, transfer files and request payments through’s new workspace!  Moreover, our project managers will set the deposit amount to be paid in escrow depending on the project’s risk.

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Hiring Freelancers? Here are the Latest Changes

15 second summary:’s project managers will call you to help you scope your project and will match you with up to 5 freelancers, ready to deliver quality work, on time. You can then hire them without paying any commission, message them, collaborate and pay them super easy and fast through’s new workspace! Our payment system has been revamped to support 1-click payments, multiple payment methods (credit card or bank transfer), one monthly invoice and consolidated financial statements. And last but not least, you are always protected through’s Escrow!


Have time to learn more? Read below.

In our bid to make hiring freelancers a fast, simple and low risk experience, we have introduced several upgrades to our platform and to the way we screen our freelancers, support our clients and ensure great work is being delivered via!

Here is a list of the changes and how they impact your hiring experience:


Hiring Freelancers is FREE! You no longer have to pay commission fees, you only pay for the freelancer’s work as quoted. No surprises!


Nabbesh Recommended Freelancers. Some of our freelancers go through a screening process which includes several steps, including phone interview by a hiring expert and a review by an industry expert. You will see “recommended” on their profiles.


Free Consultation and Assisted Hiring. After posting your job, you can book a call with our industry expert project managers who will offer advice on your project’s scope, needed skills or budget.


Handpicked Freelancers. After posting a job you will no longer receive hundreds of applicants and spend hours filtering. Our project managers will match you with up to 5 freelancers to quote on your project.


New Workspace. When you receive quotes from freelancers, you are directed to your new workspace where you can exchange messages, hire them for the work, create a new scope of work for ongoing jobs or start a new project with the same freelancer. It’s easy to collaborate with several freelancers on multiple projects, transfer files, maintain your communication history and initiate “one click” payments to freelancers.


Improved Payments. Your earnings or spend on will be listed in a “bank statement” like list and you can generate one consolidated invoice on a monthly basis for simpler accounting.


Multiple Payment Options. Make payments via credit card or bank transfer. Soon, we will introduce a purchase order (PO) payment option for enterprise clients who will also benefit from extended payment terms. For more information on our enterprise solutions, contact Ryan Aldrin on


Now you can benefit from a diverse pool of freelancers, shorter hiring and delivery time and most importantly transparent and affordable rates! We hope you enjoy your new hiring experience! For questions about the latest changes, get in touch on

Nabbesh to Switch Payment Service to Payoneer

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Nabbesh users around the world can now get paid for freelance jobs directly through our new payment system, Payoneer, who offer faster, more flexible, more secure and lower cost payment solutions to receive and withdraw money from Nabbesh.

After listening to your feedback about payment speed, convenience and the rising fees for money transfers, we have been looking for a fast and convenient way to offer savings to all users and are therefore very excited to announce this new update.

Payoneer’s Convenient Solutions

  • Receive your funds in minutes through the Payoneer MasterCard® Card
  • Receive your funds through the Local Bank Transfer Service for only $3

Why did Nabbesh Switch?

Payoneer card blog post Nabbesh

Very Low Transfer Fees

Freelancers have so far been subject to approximately $10 USD internationally and $5 USD locally for money transfers. Payoneer will offer a flat fee of $3 USD for all payments of any size.

Time Consuming

Although previous payments like Western Union (WU) are seemingly fast, they require you to fill forms and physically be at WU offices or kiosks to receive your money. This will no longer be required as Payoneer will offer transfers directly from Nabbesh to your Payoneer account.

No Unnecessary Withdrawals

When a freelancer gets paid, you are required to withdraw the funds from WU into cash or deposit them into your account. Payoneer will allow you to keep money in your Payoneer account and withdraw it or spend it however and whenever you want.

Payoneer is Borderless

In some countries that do not have U.S affiliated banks, payment transfers and processing can be extremely difficult and expensive. Payoneer will allow Nabbesh to send quicker, easier and lower cost payments to all freelancers in over 200 countries, in over 150 currencies.

Payment Convenience

Payoneer users are offered a prepaid MasterCard® card. Nabbesh can pay you directly to your Payoneer account, enabling you to use your card to withdraw money from any ATM, or spend it directly in-store or online with anyone who accepts MasterCard, anywhere around the world.

Nabbesh will be rolling out this new service on 16th August, and we will be more than happy to answer all your question on the support line or on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Alternatively, you can also find details on FAQ page.

Nabbesh Payment Payoneer

To get started click on the register to Payoneer button on the banner above or go to your account settings and select the desired Payoneer service.

Announcing the Launch of Nabbesh’s Payment Services


A message from Nabbesh Founders to all our Friends & Owls.

Nabbesh is very proud to announce the launch of our new payment services, bringing us one step closer to providing our community of nearly 30,000 freelancers all the tools you need to work your way — and get paid!  At Nabbesh, our vision is to be the preeminent platform for every independent worker and freelancer in the MENA region, providing you with a simple, easy to use, one-stop platform, to bring you more work opportunities and financial prosperity.

Our Vision: To connect every freelancer in the MENA region with a job!

When we started Nabbesh, we began with only a vision and the determination to make that vision a reality by improving the way MENA’s men, women, and youth work.  Our goal is to create a virtual marketplace for people looking to break out of the confines of outdated work models.  Technology has already revolutionized the ways we connect with friends, search for music, and now the way we search for, find, and get paid for project-based work!

One of our community members, Tariq Mehmood, was able to showcase his work to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, all because of Nabbesh.  Nabbesh is truly a marketplace that provides unlimited exposure and merit based opportunities for our community, no matter where they live.

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Nabbesh also prides itself on listening and quickly adapting to the needs of our highly-skilled community.  In a recent study, Nabbesh found that 30% of our freelancers have had a client who never paid them!  For us, that number was too high, and we personally know the negative impact that not getting paid can have on your daily lives.  So we worked hard to provide a solution to this problem!

 Getting Paid Just Got Easier

We know that there are risks associated with working for someone across borders, or online, and we also know that not everyone can commute to an office or work in more traditional ways.  But we see the potential in you, and we have harnessed technology to make getting paid securely online simple. Our new payment system now allows you to send a work proposal, a deposit request or an invoice, while providing an escrow service, giving you more peace of mind.

What does this mean exactly?  It means that people like Ameera in Jordan can work for people like Sami in Dubai, negotiate a work proposal on Nabbesh, and Ameera can actually see the deposit that Sami makes online through Nabbesh before she even begins her work.  And with our credit card payment options and our options to receive payments through bank transfer, we have improved the way you hire, pay, and receive money for your work.  No bank account?  No problem!  Nabbesh also offers simple payments through money transfer services (i.e., Western Union).  We are taking the headache out of freelancing in this region.

Benefits of Nabbesh’s New Services:

-No need for paperwork. Send proposals, deposit requests & invoices via Nabbesh

-Transparency & convenience through secure online payments

-Freelancers can receive payments via bank or money transfer services (i.e., Western Union)

-Track project history, agreements, milestone changes, all in one place on Nabbesh

-A two way rating system which helps you build a reputation and improve your visibility

We hope you like the new and improved Nabbesh!  Work your way and try it today!

Loulou Khazen Baz & Rima Al Sheikh

You won’t pay me?! Nabbesh freelancers reveal the top 10 excuses used by clients to avoid payment.

Many of our Nabbesh guest bloggers have spoken about the challenges of freelancing particularly in the Middle East. The fact that we lack a mature marketplace, proper regulations to protect freelancers as well as a lack of best practices may deter many people from venturing into the freelance world.

At Nabbesh, we have made it our mission to enable freelancing via the creation of a transparent marketplace as well as learning from our community to establish a set of best practices for freelancers, regardless of their type of skill, to provide their services to clients and more importantly get paid for their work.

During September 2013, we surveyed our 25,000 freelancers from across the Middle East, with a majority in the UAE, Lebanon and Jordan to find out about their attitudes towards freelancing.

The survey has revealed that whilst freelancers are accustomed to doing free jobs for friends and family, volunteering or offering sample work to improve their portfolio, a whopping 30% of freelancers have come across a non-paying client in their career.

Here are the top 10 reasons and the story-lines behind them :


Middle East Freelancers not getting paid

– He/ she was not happy with the quality of work

– We had a disagreement on the fees that should be paid

– Client kept delaying and postponing and then ignoring follow up

– Client was deceitful – It turned out to be a scam

– Client simply doesn’t like to pay anyone, I found out he did the same to many other freelancers

– Client claimed they weren’t making enough money to pay me

– Client did not understand the amount of work that was put in providing the service

– I was too young to put proper agreements in place and they took advantage of that

– Client had a cashflow problem or company (startup) closed

– Company management put the project on hold and decided not to pay

– There was a requirement, deliverable and communication gap

Call it occupational hazard, freelancers are prone to these types of clients and need to protect themselves at all times and have the ability to pick up the warning signs.

Some went as far as calling it an attribute to the Middle Eastern culture as highlighted by one of the respondents: “I did not get paid by clients more than once. I blame the lack of professionalism in the Middle East. Now I don’t even lift a pencil without a non-refundable down-payment.”

We do not agree with the notion that “professionalism” is lacking in the Middle East. We believe that in the presence of a marketplace, both parties will be required to be respectful and ethical in the way they treat each other and it is the marketplace that will reward freelancers and clients who honor their agreements and deliver quality work.

We highly recommend that freelancers put together agreements (like this sample agreement from the Freelancers Union)  with their clients detailing a concrete scope of work and a milestone-based payment. Another common practice is to ask for a deposit before starting the work. Lastly, ensure you agree on the method of payment and make sure to understand the various charges for the money transfers, for example, a bank may charge up to 30$ for a transfer.

In order to be enablers for freelancing, Nabbesh is launching an online payment facility where clients are required to pay upfront for services, in the form of a deposit that Nabbesh holds in Escrow, while freelancers are bound to the work they agreed to deliver. Freelancers will get paid once the project or task has been completed.

While it may not be a panacea for the freelancing woes, we believe that a marketplace can create a layer of trust, which protects its participants and enables a healthy environment. 88% of our survey respondents confirmed that they will be managing their payments through Nabbesh in order to get paid in a timely manner and have a strong mediator in the event of conflict.

As we prepare for this major step in Nabbesh’s development we look forward to more feedback from you, to help you get better freelance gigs and we hope that our tips will help you stay vigilant!

Note: The full survey will be shared as soon as the data compiling is complete!

How to embed your portfolio on your Nabbesh profile?

When we started working on the design of the profile pages, we thought about the type of information a freelancer may want to display on their profile page as well as what would a potential employer want to see in order for them to gauge the quality of the freelancer’s work and decide on whether or not that freelancer is suitable for the task at hand.

We also thought about the time needed for a freelancer to build a profile page and how to make it as seamless as possible. So we decided to use a service which enables a freelancer to aggregate pieces from their work across the web onto the Nabbesh profile page which we intuitively called “Canvas”.

As a marketplace, Nabbesh is responsible to make it easy and simple for people to evaluate the information displayed on the profile pages, safely connect via our in-messaging system and create opportunities!

We’re going to demonstrate below how to build your profile by embedding your portfolio items.

1. Populate your profile page

Start by uploading a photo and write a small introduction (bio) about yourself. Then click on “Add a Widget” which should open the following window.


You can follow the tabs and fill in information about yourself such as your skills, your education, your hobbies, certifications and awards until you reach a tab called “visual portfolio.”

2. Embedding a “Visual Portfolio”

You need to have added your skills as a pre-requisite to adding a “visual portfolio” and the reason being is that you need to link your work to one or several skills.

We support embedding work from several platforms including (Behance, Pinterest, Instagram, Dribbble, Flickr). So all you need to do is to go to these platforms, let’s take Dribbble for example ( select the image you would like to display for example a design you have made.


If this the image you would like to display on your Nabbesh profile then copy the URL that you see on Dribbble and paste it onto the Nabbesh “visual portfolio” and voila! It will automatically generate a preview of the work and pre-fill the title and description fields which you can edit as you wish.


The last step is to link the work you just embedded to one or multiple skills that you have, confirm that you own the rights for this work and hit “add”.

2. Embedding a “Video Portfolio”

You need to have added your skills as a pre-requisite to adding a “video portfolio” and the reason being is that you need to link your work to one or several skills.

We support embedding work from several platforms including (YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, GooglePlus, TED Talks). So all you need to do is to go to these platforms, let’s take YouTube for example ( select the video you would like to display for example a video edit you have made.

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If this the video you would like to display on your Nabbesh profile then copy the URL that you see on YouTube and paste it onto the Nabbesh “video portfolio” and voila! It will automatically generate a preview of the work and pre-fill the title and description fields which you can edit as you wish.

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The last step is to link the work you just embedded to one or multiple skills that you have, confirm that you own the rights for this work and hit “add”.

3. Embedding other portfolios

Following the same logic, you can embed portfolios from SoundCloud, MixCloud, WordPress, Tumblr, SlideShare, Prezi and Github to name a few. Always follow the same logic when embedding on your Nabbesh profile. Make sure you are using the URL for a specific piece of work or a specific blog post in the case of a blog and then past the URL onto your Nabbesh profile!

We need to mention that for the moment, we do not support the pasting of URLs of personal websites onto Nabbesh however we are looking into the feasibility of enabling such a feature in the near future.

This blog post has been compiled as an attempt to answer some of the questions we have been receiving with regards to the usage of the Nabbesh portfolio feature. Keep sending us your suggestions and we will ensure to keep improving our product and service! If you have any feedback, please write us on and we will be happy to take your suggestions on board!

If you haven’t uploaded your work on your Nabbesh profile, try it now and increase your chances of finding opportunities!

A post for the Graphic Designers




We posted a job for a part time graphic designer, thanks to all of you who responded so far

Its great to see all the work and portfolios, Community Owl has been getting in with those of you who haven’t linked your behance / dribbble work to your Nabbesh profile.

This is going to be really important for Nabbesh 3.0 to be released very shortly. Simply take the URL for an individual piece of work (from any other platform) and link it in the relevant place in the toolbox. You’ll end up with a more visual profile that looks something like this.  Getting a quick view of all your work in one place is really important for employers.  They prioritize ease of decision making

We’re also doing this exercise to help the hundreds of other people that want to employ graphic designers, but aren’t sure how to go about it. We’ve spent time thinking about exactly what we want done in detail, and allocated a certain number of hours for each task then added a buffer.

We’re trying to find out hourly rates as well, some of you will have received messages about this, not because we want to find the least expensive option, but because we want to know approximate ranges.  We won’t make these public

We know that to make your job easier, information is important.  And we’ll be sharing best practice with future employers so that they can get the job done quicker, and you can work more efficiently.

If you are a graphic designer or you know someone who is, get them signed up on today and please link your work to your profile so we can all see and share your work. And of course, apply for our job!

I’ve built a profile on Nabbesh to start Freelancing, now what?

So, you’ve registered on Nabbesh and input your skills and you’re ready to start freelancing, now what?

The first tip is to input a description for each skill you enter.  Think about if you were looking for a freelancer, you’d want some more details about their background.

Here’s an example of a very basic profile:

skill no description

If you input a description however, you end up with this:

skill with description

As you can see, this description gives more detail about the particular skill and lets employers know exactly what areas the person has expertise in.

But that’s not all.  The most successful freelancers are able to give examples of their skills in action, and this makes it even easier for employers to choose them.   Seeing is believing! We’ve enabled you to link to your work anywhere around the web, whether it be on Behance, DeviantArt, Vimeo, Youtube, Tumblr, Pinterest, Github, SoundCloud and many many more formats.

All you need to do is open your profile  and select “Add” this will bring up the toolbox:


The last 5 tabs will allow you to link to work elsewhere.  Simply put in the relevant URL, the description will populate automatically, if you want to change that you can, and most importantly, whatever you choose can be linked to your skills.

So if you’ve put in Graphic Design as a skill when building your profile, and you link to a piece of work on DeviantArt, you will be able to select “graphic design” from the Link Skills box.

After you’ve done that, your profile might look something like this:

Canvas profile

The more you put into Nabbesh, the more you get out. Nearly all employers ask for evidence of previous work.  Spending some time on your profile at the beginning will shorten the decision making process for employers and reduce the time spent going back and forward, meaning you can start earning quicker.  Additionally you can generate ratings and feedback from our Owlsome buttons and the social sharing.

We built this to enable even quicker connections and transactions.  We want to reduce the time it takes to find and discover talent, and let you focus on doing what you do best.  When you freelance, your online profile is your calling card, so make sure its the best it can be!


What are you waiting for? Go to and start building your enhanced profile now!

How to close a Job Posting

If you’ve successfully filled the position you were hiring for, you need to close the job posting on Nabbesh so that you don’t receive more applications.

This is how to do it:

First log into Nabbesh and select “Edit Profile”:

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Once that’s done, you’ll need to scroll to the bottom of your profile until you find the “Looking to Hire” section, where you’ll see a button for “Close Job”

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Select “Close Job” and a pop up will appear asking for more information, simply check one of those boxes and submit and the job will be closed!

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Candidates will then see the following screen if they click on the URL of your original job posting:

closed job

Say hello to nabbesh Beta 3.0!

Hoot out there!!!

We’re so excited that our new and improved nabbesh site is finally online! With new features, great flexibility and fabulous functionality. If you are a freelancer looking for work opportunities or if you are hiring someone for a specific project, we really think you are going to love it as much as we do! For more info check out our video.

So what’s new we hear you wonder? Check this out!

  1. Straight to the Point

    Separate ‘Skills’, ‘Jobs’ and ‘Hobbies’ pages to get you where you need to be quicker!

  2. Tailored to You

    Skill and job listings tailored to your profile and listed by proximity from you!

    Make sure you fill out your profile completely to get the full benefits of this feature.

  3. Bookmark while you browse

    A brand new bookmark feature allows you to save profiles and revisit them later. Click on your bookmarks page in your profile menu and view the bookmarked profiles.

  4. Keep track

    Your messages now follow a logical flow for faster and more organized messaging. Access your messages from your profile menu then click on “messages”.

  5. Feed the community

    What’s happening in your community is just a click away. Find your “Feeds” page by clicking the nabbesh logo at the top left (if you’re logged in) or on “My Feeds” and sort by what’s most relevant to you!

  6. Simplify the Search

    Simplify your search with the new filtering options in your search bar. Type a skill or hobby into the search bar and choose the skill, job or hobby option that matches!

These are the highlights but there’s so much more! Take a spin through nabbesh and tell us, are you liking what you see?

For updates on nabbesh check us our on social media Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.