Personally, I’m not a big fan of vWorker.com (formerly rentacoder.com), especially since they jacked up their rates and added the “AccuTimeCard” spy app that periodically takes snapshots of you as well as your desktop.
I do have an active account, but I’ve never found a freelancer project that interested me. I still go back every now and then and search through the posted jobs, but many of the postings skew to the bottom of the barrel, a split between build-me-a-copy-of-amazon.com-for-$500 and the impossible (like turn-my-iPhone-into-laser-gun-and-mind-control-device).
While some coders have been able to wrangle enough work to scratch out a meager living through them, the site just feels amateurish to me, like it was done on the weekends by someone learning .net, someone who doesn’t learn very well.
“… A traditional firm in his local area quoted him an astronomical €10,000. Fortunately, he was clued into vWorker on the recommendation of some online friends, and gave vWorker a try. In a short time, his vWorkers had created HotelHaggle.com at a fraction of the cost.”
I’ve had some miserable experiences with outsourcing projects. I wanted to see it done right for a change.
The only problem? It wasn’t. The featured site was down.
Want to see what a team of virtual writers, programmers and virtual assistance can do? Here it is:
How awesome is that? I had a good laugh.