Kalo

Kalo

by Kalo

Who Uses This Software?

Kalo is best suited for large companies looking to move beyond spreadsheets to organize their freelance workforce.

Average Ratings

25 reviews
  • Overall 4.5/5
  • Ease of Use 4.3/5
  • Customer Service 4.7/5
  • Features 4.2/5
  • Value for Money 4.5/5

Product Details

  • Free Version Yes
  • Free Trial Yes
  • Deployment Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training In Person
    Live Online
    Webinars
    Documentation
  • Support Business Hours
    Online

Vendor Details

  • Kalo
  • https://www.kalohq.com
  • Founded 2014

About Kalo

Kalo is a freelance management system built for companies looking to streamline the way they work with freelancers. Kalo provides entire organizations and individual teams one simple platform to onboard, assign work, track invoices and pay freelancers.

Kalo Features

  • Contractor Database
  • Insurance Tracking
  • License Tracking
  • Permit Tracking
  • Skills & Competencies
  • Task Management
  • Work Hour Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Performance Metrics
  • Self Service Portal
  • Sourcing Management
  • Transaction History
  • Vendor Master Data Management
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Contractor Management
  • Employee Lifecycle Management
  • Employee Scheduling
  • Labor Forecasting
  • Performance Metrics
  • Recruitment Management
  • Skills Tracking
  • Time & Attendance Management
  • Variable Workforce

Kalo Most Helpful Reviews

Saves me hours of work each week

Reviewed on 04/09/2018
Monchette G.
Growth Manager - Lifecycle
Financial Services, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features & Functionality
5/5
Customer Support
5/5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
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Comments: I appreciate that a lot of my administrative work has been streamlined and centralized, so I no longer have to worry about a missed email or a missing article. Really great tool for managing my editorial team.

Pros: I manage a team of freelance writers for my organization, and Kalo makes it incredibly easy to issue assignments, track progress, create invoices, and make payments.

Cons: I wish there was a workflow specific to the editorial pitching process. I have a workaround that is still better than my old system, but having a way for writers to submit pitches and assign a task when a pitch is accepted would be clutch.

Kalo is an incredibly powerful product, I couldn't manage our creative team without it.

Reviewed on 31/05/2018
Bobby N.
Creative Manager
Internet, 10,001+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features & Functionality
5/5
Customer Support
4/5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
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Comments: Freelancers all in one place, allowed us to escape spreadsheets! Onboarding time of freelancers was reduced from weeks to literally now the same day. Perhaps the biggest benefit was just having a searchable index of freelancers that we could sort by location, skill and day rate.

Pros: User experience. It's easy to use, importing freelancers took minutes, and our freelancers themselves raved about the experience once they were invited to the platform. I think most importantly it actually works. We tried a number of other platforms that looked similar to Kalo but their search function didn't work, sign up was unreliable and the integrations that competitors promised didn't actually exist so we lost 6 months on a project before we found Kalo. We found Kalo to be the only freelancer managment system on the market that actually has integrations with our existing systems, probably due to the fact they have been around for longer and their platform is more fully featured. For us having everything freelancer in one place and the fact it integrates with Docusign, Slack and our existing Payroll system was imperative. Although not software, having a customer support team for our teams on the West Coast and in the UK is great. It was really important that our team members could talk to someone real on the same timezone.

Cons: Their tax form collection module is new and so a little buggy but once we complained about it, it was fixed in minutes.

This Will Make Your Life Easier for Tracking and Payments

Reviewed on 05/12/2019
Stacy T.
Senior Editor
Writing & Editing, 13-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features & Functionality
5/5
Customer Support
5/5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
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Comments: Kalo is my go-to source for signing up new freelancers and paying people. It's a great system, and I often recommend it to others.

Pros: Kalo is a very simple, easy way to assign and work with freelancers. They do all the heavy lifting, and it's really affordable, too.

Cons: Not much to make it better, but it could always have some additional customization options, especially to better understand how businesses use it.

Kalo Is Interesting

Reviewed on 30/08/2018
Khushbu S.
Senior Food Editor
Media Production, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source 
3/5
Overall
3/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Features & Functionality
4/5
Customer Support
3/5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
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Pros: I like how you are able to track all payments that have been made to your freelancer in one space. The software also has strong search features.

Cons: I hate the onboarding process. I wish Kalo would notify users when a freelancer has completed their onboarding so that you can put the assignment in the system.

Kalo Review

Reviewed on 04/09/2018
Verified Reviewer
Production Manager, The Brandshop
Media Production, 501-1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source 
4/5
Overall
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Features & Functionality
5/5
Customer Support
5/5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Comments: I think it's improved a lot since the app first came out. Besides the glitches that still occur, it seems to be pretty efficient at least for the company side. However, I think it'd be helpful to somehow be more transparent with onboarding for the freelancers--as that's when the most questions come in (if they set up their account right, where the banking info is located, etc.)

Pros: I like how easy it is to search on the platform, and the design of the interface is approachable.

Cons: • I think the older interface was a little more straightforward for users but I can definitely understand amping up the overall look (i.e. when you hover over the icons on the left side, the name of the section should populate--vs. having to click first to figure out which section you're navigating).
• The app is often times glitchy (when a freelancer accepts a task, a lot of times it's accidentally marked as 'done' so this should be tweaked, etc.)
• Alerts - Would LOVE if it was possible to alert when profiles have been completed. Freelancers aren't always good at passing on that information. And to that point, if freelancers could be alerted if they haven't filled their profile out properly. Would avoid so much back and fourth.

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