Karl Swanepoel, Revolutionizing Freelancing: How Revolancer is Innovating the Freelancing Landscape – Innova.Buzz 599


Karl Swanepoel, Revolancer.

In this episode of Innova.Buzz, Karl Swanepoel, CEO and Founder of Revolancer, joins host Jürgen Strauss! We discussed the challenges and triumphs of building a successful platform for freelancers. Here are three key takeaways from our conversation:

  1. Get started, take action: Karl emphasizes the importance of taking the first step, even without all the answers.
  2. Innovate and empower: Karl advocates for creating a community where freelancers can connect, build, and inspire.
  3. Embrace change and potential: Karl discusses the evolving freelance landscape post-pandemic, urging adaptability and innovation.

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Communication is key in freelancing. Be clear and concise in expressing what you want to avoid misunderstandings. #EffectiveCommunication #FreelancerTips Karl Swanepoel on #InnovaBuzz podcast Share on X

Show Notes from this episode with Karl Swanepoel, Revolancer

In this episode, Karl Swanepoel, the CEO and Founder of Revolancer, shares his journey of taking on well-established industries, his approach to building a successful platform, and his vision for empowering and uniting freelancers.

Embracing Challenges

Karl Swanepoel’s entrepreneurial journey is a testament to the power of persistence and resilience. He fearlessly took on the challenge of breaking into a competitive and established industry, facing initial hurdles in kickstarting growth. Despite this, Karl emphasized that the most important step is to take action and not wait for all the answers upfront. His story serves as an inspiration for those looking to embark on entrepreneurial endeavors.

Building a Platform for Connection and Empowerment

Karl’s passion for creating a community for freelancers is evident in his dedication to listening to user feedback and building a platform based on their needs. He envisions a space where freelancers can connect, collaborate, and be inspired, offering them resources and opportunities for skill and service exchanges. His commitment to understanding and addressing the needs of freelancers has resulted in remarkable growth.

Pioneering Change in the Freelancing Landscape

In an industry dominated by established platforms, Karl’s vision for Revolancer reflects a new approach to freelancing. By focusing on creating a collaborative community, he aims to revolutionize the way freelancers connect and showcase their work.

Navigating Challenges and Adapting to Growth

As Revolancer continues to grow rapidly, Karl has encountered new challenges, particularly in supporting users on the platform. His emphasis on creating a strong knowledge base and scaling support resources demonstrates his commitment to providing an exceptional user experience. Despite the challenges, he firmly believes that the journey is worth it, a sentiment that resonates with aspiring entrepreneurs.

How Artificial Intelligence can be a Useful Tool for Freelancers

Artificial intelligence offers opportunities for freelancers to streamline their work, expand their use of language and more. Several examples were discussed and Karl emphasized the need for clear prompts and fact-checking the responses.

Adapting to the Changing Landscape

Karl’s insights into the impact of the pandemic on the freelancing industry and his forward-thinking approach to adapting to these changes demonstrate his commitment to staying ahead of the curve. His plans for future monetization strategies and adapting to the evolving needs of freelancers reflect his ability to anticipate and embrace change.

In concluding, Karl Swanepoel’s journey with Revolancer serves as an inspiring narrative for aspiring entrepreneurs and freelancers. His commitment to building a community for change and empowering freelancers shines through every aspect of his story. As he continues to grow and evolve with Revolancer, his vision for a more collaborative and connected freelancing landscape sets the stage for a new era in the industry.

The traditional freelancing platforms have limitations. It's time for a new way of working remotely. #FutureOfWork #RemoteRevolution Karl Swanepoel on #InnovaBuzz podcast Share on X

The Buzz – Our Innovation Round

Here are Karl’s answers to the questions of our innovation round. Listen to the conversation to get the full scoop.

  1. 1 thing to be more innovative – Go beyond established knowledge.
  2. Best thing for new ideas – Listen to others.
  3. Favourite resource – YouTube.
  4. Keep project/client on track – Clear and open communications, with firm agreements.
  5. Differentiate – Find connections between seemingly unrelated areas and how these intersections can lead to significant innovation.


Get started with your ideas – take the first step, and learn along the way.

Reach Out

You can reach out and thank Karl through his website or LinkedIn

Suggested Guest

Karl suggested we have a conversation with Dan Swygart, CEO of EasyIntro.vc on a future InnovaBuzz Podcast episode.


Cool Things About Karl

  • Karl has been featured in prestigious news publications such as Business Insider and BusinessLive.
  • An entrepreneur from an early age, Karl embarked on his freelance journey at just 13 years old and sold his first business, a freelancing platform, at the age of 15.
  • Karl has a degree in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.
Chat GPT won't replace humans, but smart freelancers can leverage it to enhance efficiency and broaden their services. #AIInnovation #FreelancerProductivity Karl Swanepoel on #InnovaBuzz podcast Share on X

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Jürgen Strauss

Dr. Jürgen Strauss is The World's Best Human-Centred Podcasting Coach and the only Podcast Innovator with the signature bright yellow headphones, who masterfully crafts human connection for high-impact achievers in a vibrant community. You can find Jürgen on LinkedIn, The InnovaBuzz Podcast, The Flywheel Nation Community as well as on Innovabiz' InstagramTwitter, Facebook pages and his personal Photography website.  

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