1840 & Company Review – Is It Real or Fake?

Updated: May 8, 2022
by Ray Alexander

I was looking to hire someone to help my work and stumbled upon this fairly new job marketplace site, 1840 & Company. The site looks great but I’m not sure if it’s fully working as it should be. I found myself growing increasingly confused as I searched for more information. 

One of the fastest ways for new freelancers to build their careers is no doubt, through marketplaces. But for a business owner who’s in need of human resources, transparency and trust relationships matter the most. In that respect, I am slightly sceptical about 1840 & Company and I’d like to share my thoughts with you in this review today.

Finding someone to hire is no easier when it comes to job marketplaces online. There are more candidates online, more potentials from all across the world, half of them are probably fake, and shortlisting can be a lot more time-consuming. A lot of job agents can be found online, none of whom you know personally. It’s a recruitment process after all. 

1840 & Company Review

Product Name:

1840 and Company

Website URL:

1840andco.com

Type:

Human resource

Owner:

Bryan DiGiorgio (not disclosed)

Price:

Unknown

Rating:

Summary:

At first glance, 1840 & Company appears to be a remote job marketplace and outsourcing consulting firm. But the site lacks credibility as all the vital information is missing such as current availability, comparative rates, and the voices of real people. I have sent a couple of questions via the registration form but never received a response. This suggests that the service is unreliable, and may even be dormant.

What is 1840 & Company?

1840 & Company is a recruitment and outsourcing agency. The site claims to help businesses grow by building a team for them, i.e. providing human resources. It is also said to be “actively seeking seasoned professionals” which means the company focuses on supplying temporary job seekers and freelancers.

On the homepage, there is mention of creating an "individualized, sustainable" business plan for the clients. But whether it provides consulting services or not is unclear.

The domain 1840andco.com was privately registered in September 2020. However, according to LinkedIn, the business was founded by Bryan DiGiorgio in December 2020. He lists himself as the founder, CEO, and Managing Director of the company. But he does not appear anywhere on the 1840andco.com website.

1840 & Company Review

Covered Job Categories

According to the “What We Do” page, 1840 & Company covers the following areas.

  • Marketing - freelancers include; email marketers, branding experts, content marketers, SEO experts, PPC experts, social media marketers, analysis, and HubSpot experts.
  • Finance - freelancers include; CPAs (certified public accountants), financial planners, analysts, tax preparers, accounts receivable/payable clerks, financial controllers, and bookkeepers.
  • Sales - freelancers include; outbound sales reps, sales development reps, and business development reps.
  • Development - Freelance developers who cover; Python, SQL, Linux, WordPress, Shopify, PHP, Webflow, CSS, and Javascript.
  • Call Centre - sales, technical support, customer service.
  • Sales Agency - appointment setting, sales development, business development.
  • Recruitment - outsourcing service covers; sales, marketing, IT, finance, call centre, and healthcare.
  • Backoffice - outsourcing service covers; data entry, translation, transcription, machine learning, online research, data annotation, content moderation, data cleansing & enrichment, and virtual assistant jobs.

As far as the list is concerned, 1840 & Company basically covers any remote work type. The problem is, that the job titles and types are harshly listed that some of them seem to contradict each other.

Take the Finance listing, for example. Financial Controller is a job title, whereas CPA (certified public accountant) is a qualification. So if I ran a big company and would like to hire a Financial Controller, I’d like to make sure that the person is qualified, but would also like to know which qualifications they have.

It would be great to see a real, current list of resource availability, not just random job types.

How You Actually Start with 1840 & Company

Initially, I thought 1840 & Company was a job marketplace, and it did publish a press release in January 2022 to say it had launched a new “marketplace”. But the website has no live information. No personalised portal is provided (i.e. you cannot sign up and set up your 1840 & Co account). It means effectively, the company is functioning as a recruitment agency. 

Whether you are a job seeker or a recruiter, you will need to fill in the form, and someone from 1840 will come back to you to discuss anything any further. I did fill in the form a week ago to ask for more information about hiring a freelancer, but unfortunately, nobody has come back to me to this date.

Likewise, a chat facility is there on the site but seems to be inactive - I have tried to send some questions a few times but no one seems to be available at all. 

Ambiguous Descriptions

The biggest problem I have is the fact that the whole site is full of ambiguous, fancy words. I don’t understand any of it in a practical sense.

“Its services are designed with the breadth and depth to bridge the gaps in your resource needs…whatever they may be.” Well, what are they!?

In fact, not just the 1840 & Co website but both the press releases and Facebook page are also full of big words that mean very little, paragraph after paragraph;

“...retain exceptional people whose synergetic skillset accelerates startups to become enterprises…”

1840 Company Facebook

It’s the exact kind of expression that you don’t want to see on any service website, you know. Because website content should represent the style of the service. They talk like that on the website, then they’ll probably talk like that to you when you work with them, you see what I mean? Imagine every time you want a straightforward step by step guidance, you receive a paragraph full of nonsensical words…that would be a nightmare.

I haven’t spoken to anyone from 1840 & Co (because they don’t respond to my messages!) But you’re most likely to end up banging your head against a wall when you communicate with people who keep throwing big, fancy words. You may already know that from your life experience. 

“Fractional” Resources

The very first thing I wanted to learn about 1840 & Company would be how the system works, and there’s indeed a top menu named “How It Works”, so I clicked it. Unfortunately, I don’t understand what the page is trying to say. In my opinion, descriptions are all over the place and it just does not tell me how it works.

The page describes that 1840 & Co provides “fractional” services, meaning “flexible team members who fill your needs through freelancing or outsourcing, to help you resolve short or long-term issues.”

It makes me wonder why they call it “fractional” instead of “flexible” but anyway, I think it would be good if they could elaborate on it. I mean, any service provider from any industry in this world offers some level of flexibility. 

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How It Works and What They Do

Furthermore, what I’m confused about is the 2 service options listed on the “How It Works” page and the 2 service types listed on the “What We Do” page. The site doesn’t seem to tell you how the 2 and 2 go together - it doesn't tell you how it works!

The 2 options on the “How It Works” page are;

  • “Client Led - Freelancers will deliver fractional (i.e. flexible) services to meet your needs.”
  • “1840 Led - 1840 & Co will handle your business needs and refine your operations.”

My interpretation is that, with the first option, 1840 & Company will simply send you a freelancer. Whereas with the second option, 1840 & Co offers to deliver a business consultancy service - but the detail is not explained and it has no portfolio to prove the credentials.

The 2 options on the “What We Do” page are;

  • “Vetted Global Marketplace” - Connect with and hire expert freelancers. Job areas to cover: Marketing, Finance, Sales, or Development.
  • “Global Managed Services” - 1840 & Co’s outsourcing services, tailored to your needs. Job areas to cover: Contact Center, Sales Agency, Recruitment Process Outsourcing, and “Back Office”.

Now, the difference between these two is unclear, as “hiring an expert” and “outsourcing” are the same thing. It may be that the first one is with individual freelancers, and the second one is with specialist companies, so 1840 serves as a middleman? I’m only guessing.

Non-Transparency Issues

I believe 1840 & Company lacks complete transparency with its users for several reasons.

The Absence of Real People

As I mentioned earlier, 1840 & Company is said to be owned by Bryan DiGiorgio. But his name is not even mentioned on the website. All the photos on the site are stock photos, not a single photo of a member of staff.

Office Rental Addresses

Two addresses are listed on the website, one in Kansas, and the other one in the Philippines; 

  • 5440 W. 110th St, Building 2, Suite 300, Overland Park, KS 66211
  • RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Ave, Yuchengco Tower 1, 30F Metro Manila, Philippines

When I checked these addresses on Google Maps, they come up as office address rental spaces. The company name “1840 & Company” against these addresses is not tagged by Google. 

If a business address is shown, I would like to know more about it - how many people work there and what they actually do in the office. Do the offices really exist?

No Proof of Workforce

Outsourcing Workforce

1840 & Company claims to have so many hundred “workforce” connections in each continent. But there’s no evidence of it.

No testimonial by the existing users (neither freelancers nor clients). Well, there are a couple of testimonials, but they’re both full of bombastic words that don’t mean anything. 

1840 Company Testimonials

I think you know what this means, but I would like to hear something more practical. “The data 1840 & Co provided allowed us to identify skill gaps to address with our team to improve audits and interactions…” What data? What did 1840 & Co actually do?

I’d rather like to see the real voice of real people there, not just numbers.

Rates and Payment Terms

As a client, you have no idea how much you're being charged, because there are no indications of fees anywhere on the site. 

But the Terms of Service page clearly states payment terms via the site. Shipping charges are also mentioned. This suggests that 1840 & Company either was selling goods or is planning to sell goods? 

Terms Of Service 1840 Company

The harsh no-refund policy - “All sales are final and no refund will be issued” - sounds pretty suspicious, doesn’t it? Throughout the website, 1840 & Co boasts about the quality of its services. But once they’ve got the money, they’ll never refund it under any circumstances. No reason is explained. That doesn’t sound right to me.

1840 & Company Pros and Cons

Pros

  • It seems to cover any remote-based job types.

Cons

  • I received no response to my messages.
  • No one seems to be available on chat.
  • All stock photos - no real person appears on the website.
  • Ambiguous expressions - hard to understand what they do.
  • No price indication...but "No-refund once paid" policy.

1840 & Company Review - Conclusion:

Now that some 53 million Americans are said to be freelancing, no doubt the number is growing and job markets are more competitive than ever. But that’s not necessarily a daunting fact, you know. If you’re seriously looking for freelance work, signing up with several job marketplaces will be a good start. There are plenty of sites such as remote.co, fiverr.com, remoteok.com, and upwork.com. Marketplace sites allow you to determine what kind of job clients can expect from you, and how much they’ll be prepared to pay you.

Likewise, if you are looking to hire a freelancer, job marketplaces will give you an idea of what standard of work you can expect.

However, vital information is completely missing from the 1840 & Company site, such as current availabilities, comparative rates, and the agent portfolio. The only way to find out about the company is by sending an email (or phone if you're comfortable sharing your number.) They failed to reply to my messages via the form, so I can’t really trust the company, unfortunately.

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About the author 

Ray Alexander

Hi! I’m Ray. Over the past 15+ years I have been involved with web designing, programming and online marketing. I work from home and have a passion for exploring new tools, services and programs in order to make money online. I’m here to help you succeed in building a profitable business by sharing my experiences. Any question, don’t hesitate to ask!

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