How vWorker Compares...
If you want to work as a freelancer in coding, writing,
admin, translation, graphics, or other areas, you might be interested in
working with Vworker.com. Vworker, formerly known as RentACoder, is an online marketplace
connecting workers and people needing workers. It is, in essence, a
freelance job bidding site. You could use the as your main work from home egg
or to supplement your freelance or other income. Once you sign up, you register
as a worker or an employer. If you’re signing up as a worker, you choose a
Categories include: Admin, business services, design arts
and multimedia technology writing& translation, and an ‘other’ category.
I’m accustomed to the Elance portal so this one took a bit
of time getting used to navigating but it was fairly easy to find my way around.
When I looked at vWorker for the first time, there were
1,938 open projects across many categories.
Finding Gigs to Bid On:
You can search through everything or filter to a specific category and / or specific dollar values.
You can see a summary of jobs and then if you’re interested,
dig deeper. Through digging deeper, you can see various things, like: deadline,
payment model, and you can dig deeper into the employer’s profile to check out
their project history and worker feedback.
Some job sites will let you see some competing bids against
yours but vWorker doesn’t allow this. They use a closed bidding system so that
it doesn’t turn into a low-balling contest. They also use a double blind rating system to
try to promote honest (versus retaliatory) rating.
Once you've created your profile, there is a customized welcome screen, allowing you to easily navigate within your account:
Should you work with bidding sites?
There are pros and cons to working with freelance job bidding sites. I have had success in the past with sites like Elance and ODesk and have heard positive RentACoder (now vWorker) reviews. I really like the fact that there are no vWorker fees for bidding. It's a great way to make money from home without it costing you money. You
could make money via one-off gigs as you need them and you could also do repeat business with
employers who like your work.
Tip: Don't just bid on one job and see what happens. In my experience, it may take several tries before you win a bid. Take the time to fill out your resume / profile and take your time responding to postings so that you can showcase your expertise and give someone the confidence to try you out for their job.
Tip: Do take advantage of the escrow services to be sure you don't get scammed by someone looking to get someone to do work for free.
My Review Summary:
Job bidding sites are a popular way to make money from home and a
safer way to do business with new clients due to the escrow system. With
the free registration and free bidding offered at vWorker, I think it's definitely worth