NEXTFREE started with a simple idea: help independent professionals (freelancers, contractors, consultants, etc) share their availability for new work. And, by extension, help the people who recruit these professionals find folks who are available.

One simple idea

NEXTFREE began in 2015 after James McQuarrie shared his idea for a simple way of sharing his availability with recruiters to Paul Ardeleanu. Together they took James’ initial idea and built a proof of concept that allowed them to test the idea with some friends who were contractors and freelancers, and with some recruiters they knew.

Their friends were keen and the recruiters loved it. So together they have been building on that initial proof of concept ever since.

James & Paul

James McQuarrie is a UX Consultant who has worked with organisations of all sizes to better understand and design for their audiences. For over 10 years he has assisted with making web (and more recently mobile) based products and services work better for the people who use them. You can find out more about him at or on twitter @jmcquarrie

Paul Ardeleanu is a software engineer, trainer and speaker who specialises in data-driven solutions built for Apple platforms with an emphasis on prototyping, best practices and balance with agility. You can find out more about him at or on twitter @pardel

Between them they have over 20 years experience in the technology industry, and over 15 years experience as independent professionals.