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Freelancer.com acquires vWorker

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Hi everyone. I’ve got some news to share with you regarding another acquisition by the popular freelancing site Freelance.com According to the news release (below) they’ve just bought another competitor. This is good news for all of us internet entrepreneurs as it gives us an even bigger market of coding talent to dip into. Inversely it means an even bigger market for coders to offer their services to.

I encourage you my dear reader to start a project on Freelancer.com today. Start something. The road to internet entrepreneurship is not easy to follow but it is worth it in the end. I personally wish you success, and if you need advice or a helpful and supporting word I’m always available. You can find my contact info in the About section of this blog.

For those of you who are interested here is the official news release:

Freelancer.com is proud to announce that we have just acquired vWorker!

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, vWorker has over 2.5 million enterprise and professional users from around the world, who have been paid over US$139 million through the site from 1.3 million projects.

Founded by Ian Ippolito in 2001 originally as RentACoder.com, the marketplace was one of the earliest companies of its kind in the world. It rapidly developed an exceptional reputation for attracting quality programmers and grew at an astonishing pace. From 2007 to 2010 RentACoder.com was named by Inc. magazine as one of the 5000 fastest growing private companies in the USA. In 2010, Entrepreneur Magazine called RentACoder “one of the hundred smartest, most innovative, hands-down brilliant companies on our radar”.

Originally focusing on programming and IT-based work, in 2010 the site expanded to include a wide selection of work categories including graphic design, writing and more. To reflect this expansion, the company changed its name to vWorker – short for “virtual worker”.

Over the next few days, we will be migrating vWorker users onto Freelancer.com. This is great news for our existing users as it makes the world’s largest marketplace even stronger with over 6.6 million professionals! This means more employers, more freelancers, and more opportunities. Current employers will see greater variety and competition among freelancers in the marketplace, while current freelancers will see a marked increase in the amount of work available on the site.

To celebrate this milestone for the Freelancer community we’d like to offer you:

1 FREE Featured project upgrade + 3,000 Freelancer Credits

There has never been a better time to get work done on Freelancer, so why not post a project now!?
Post a Project FREE now!
Regards,
Matt Barrie

Freelancer.com Acquires Scriptlance

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Hi everyone. I’ve got some news to share with you. Freelancer.com has acquired Scriptlance. I used Scriptlance quite a few times and they had a great platform in place. I can’t say that I’ve used Freelancer.com for any projects yet, but I did browse around their site and I do like their interface. I’ve referred a few developers and users to their site as well and so far nobody has contacted me saying that they were not satisfied with their experience, so I think it should be pretty safe to use Freelancer.

This acquisition means that the previous Scriptlance page will be taken offline and all existing Scriptlance Clients and Coders (developers) will be imported into the Freelancer.com site.

What this means for all you previous Scriptlance affiliates is that you’ll have to signup for an affiliate account with Freelancer.com now and change over your links. A bit of a pain in the backside but *shrug* what can you do, that’s life sometimes.

Good luck to you all,

Alan out

ScriptLance Review

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Hi there. A while back I introduced the ScriptLance affiliate program, and since then I managed to actually get to use ScriptLance as more than just an affiliate. I now have two completed projects under my belt – as a buyer – and I figured it would be a good time now to write a review of ScriptLance itself in case some of you are thinking of using the site to hire a programmer/web designer.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with ScriptLance perhaps it would be best to take a few moment to describe exactly what this site is all about. Well, essentially ScriptLance is a marketplace where freelance programmers/website designers/graphics artists/etc compete for your business by placing “bids” on your project(s). ScriptLance provides the platform or “marketplace environment” which facilitates this process .

So, say if I had this brilliant idea for a website that is going to become big and make me a lot of money. If I possess the necessarily technical skills to bring this idea into reality then things would be quite easy for me, but if I do not then the only logical course of action would be for me to look for a talented programmer/web designer who can create this proposed money making website for me.  The next step I would take is to start a “project” on ScriptLance and describe precisely and as detailed as possible what I’d like to have done, and set a specific budget range (say minimum being $10 to $200). One I submit the project it will appear on the ScriptLance website where freelance programmers would see it and bid for the job. Once I decide which programmer I’d like to hire I close the project and that’s pretty much it. This in a nutshell is how ScriptLance works. If you think that my description above sucks perhaps this video explains things more to your liking?:

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Competition is good, and in the case of ScriptLance having programmers and website designers compete for your business is a good thing as it will mean lower development costs for you. There are TONS and TONS of freelance programmers on ScriptLance and the competition is fierce. As far as I know ScriptLance is one of the most popular freelance sites out there, and as a result any self-respecting freelancer or development company will most likely have an account on there. You can find some really talented people on the site, that’s for sure.

Speaking from a buyer’s point of view here is a list of what I like about ScriptLance the most:

1) It has a HUGE pool of freelance programmers/website designers

2) Simple to use and effective website

3) Lots of competition for my project(s)

4) Cheap services – you would not believe how low some of the offers from programmers can be. Beware though that choosing the lowest bid is NOT always the best decision. Try to strike a balance between cost and what you perceive to be the quality of the programmer in mind.

5) Low fees – I think the fees charged by ScriptLance are VERY reasonable and I do not mind paying them.

How much are the fees?

There are no sign up fees and no monthly fees.

Buyers can post projects and receive bids/quotes for free. Once the buyer selects a winning bid their account will be charged a flat fee of $5, which must be paid within 30 days. Fees are refunded if the project is cancelled.

Programmers are charged a $5 or 5% fee (whichever is greater) when their bid is selected as the winner for a project. Programmers also have 30 days time to pay this fee, and it is refunded if the project is cancelled.

Is it safe to use? Will I get scammed?

ScriptLance has to say teh following rgegarding this topic: “This is not common problem for our members, but still, it is smart to take precautions to avoid being a victim. Please read the project guidelines we have created. Most importantly, use escrow for payments and communicate often.”

Escrow! Yes, make 100% sure you ALWAYS use escrow for payments. If a programmer approaches you and says that he will complete the project for a lower fee if you pay him via some non escrow method (ie PayPal direct to his account) STAY AWAY from this programmer and look for another one. Always make sure you follow the project guidelines on the ScriptLance website. So far I have NOT been scammed. The only complaint I guess that I have – and this is NOT directed at ScriptLance itself but more or less a large portion of the freelancers that use their site – is that many of the freelances are from non English speaking countries and as a result sometimes their communication skills are horrendous. But then again these folks with their horrible English and communication skills often provide some pretty damn good services at a ridiculously low rate! So will I still hire someone from say India, heck yeah!

I think that about does it for this review. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to hop on over to the ScriptLance website and check on the latest bids for a new project that I’m working on.

I wish you all the best of luck with all your various online ventures. If you have an opinion regarding ScriptLance that you’d like to share with me and other entrepreneurs feel free to comment here, or visit my  Money Guru forum and start a thread.

Cheers,

Alan

ScriptLance Affiliate Program

Get custom programming done at ScriptLance.com!

I’m not sure how many of you know about this, but ScriptLance.com has an excellent affiliate program that I’m sure you’ll find interesting. There are some amazing programmers and web designers that use this website so I’m sure you’ll be able to find excellent programming talent at some very competitive prices. The key to ScriptLance is that programmers and webmasters compete for your business. But anyways, since I’m not here to talk about that let me focus on how ScriptLance can make you money.

ScriptLance pays affiliates half the fees they charge users to participate in projects. If you refer a Webmaster they will pay you 40% of ALL the fees they charge that user, as well as 40% of the fees they charge the Programmer he works with! If you refer a Programmer you will earn 10% of ALL the fees they charge that user, as well as the Webmaster he works with. On top of that you will also earn 50% of Certified Member fees ($5-$12.50) and 50% of Job Listing fees ($19.50).

Pretty cool eh? There are lots of project being opened daily so imagine if your refer say 20 or 50 webmasters and a dozen programmers. Since they are most likely to have repeat business (especially programmers) you are going to be making money every time! It’s called passive income and it’s the best.

Enjoy folks, and I wish you luck with this excellent affiliate program.