I’ve often labored over the creation of forms and designing images for my sites. I eventually get it done, but if often takes an extended amount of time for these projects.
Those days are gone for me. A friend mentioned Rent a Coder to me the other day. Rent a coder is an International marketplace where people who need custom software or graphics created can hire coders and designers.
Buyers can pick from a pool of more than 100,000 people to create their project or graphic. With all of the overseas talent to tap into, the rates can be extremely low for quality output.
The way it works is that you can post your request on the Rent a Coder web site, along with a maximum amount that you are willing to pay for it. Your listing is then bid on by people across the globe – their bids include their resume, certifications and previous work history on the site.
When you find somebody you like, they can hire them on the spot. To make the transaction a safe one, you do not pay the coder directly, but rather escrow the funds into a special Rent A Coder account. This guarantees to the worker that you are credit-worthy, and also reassures you as the worker receives no money until the work is completed.
When the work (or pre-agreed on portion of the work) is completed, you release the funds to the person you’ve hired. When the work is completed, both parties rate the other party to help future buyers and coders/designers on the site.
I put up the specs for a job creating a few animated banners, and within an hour, I had dozens of people bidding for the work – many sending samples of what I’d asked for in my request.
I ended up getting same day delivery on the banners for a nice price from a guy in Russia. I’ll definitely be using this service again, so I can focus my time on marketing.