Techcrunch gave a rave review of oDesk yesterday, which is prompting me to share some of our recent experiences with outsourcing. I started subcontracting some projects through Rent-A-Coder in November of last year and most of the experiences have been positive. I also tried out oDesk earlier this year, with less than stellar results.

Rent-A-Coder

Rent-a-Coder works on a per project basis – you throw out the project requirements, different people bid, and then you choose the combination of best price and reputation. Choosing coders is rather subjective – each coder or team has a profile, ratings, the number of previous projects, their prices, etc. – so it’s up to you to decide who you’re most comfortable with. The money is escrowed until the project is complete.

I started with small projects – little bits and pieces. Found a few coders who were pretty proficient and gave us top notch work. 23 projects (of various scopes) later, I’m still pretty satisfied. The most recent project, which was the biggest we submitted, we actually had to arbitrate. The work was of poor quality, the deadline was not met, and the whole thing was a waste of everyone’s time. Since the contract was not met, though, we got our money back from escrow. This is why I would recommend keep the projects small or breaking them up into smaller pieces.

oDesk

oDesk, on the other hand, is a system that lets you “rent” a coder at an hourly rate. They have software in place that lets you keep track of progress via screenshots, progress reports, and webcams. It’s a good idea in theory and I think the oDesk team has the best intentions in mind with their system.

However, our project, which was estimated to take X amount of time, ended up being a huge money pit. After bleeding a good chunk of money (they withdraw every week), we had to end and close out the project when it was only about 75% done due to the slow progress. We were only able to gauge this after several weeks had passed, though – after we had already paid the coder for work. We ended up finishing the project through Rent-A-Coder at a much lower price. To be fair – it was only 1 project so my experiences are limited, but I will never try them again – the experiment proved to be way too costly.

Techcrunch said of oDesk:

“oDesk is also unique in that it doesn’t fix the cost of a project, instead charging an hourly rate, which allows the project manager to use the providers as required”

Yeah, it’s unique, but not optimal. Paying per project is FAR better in my opinion. There’s no point in outsourcing if you have to babysit your coders on the progress every step of the way (which would be how you would prevent bleeding too much money via oDesk). I’d much rather pay per project. When the coders encounter technical issues (which ALWAYS happens), you’re not charged for the overtime of fixing them. oDesk is probably good for coders, but not for buyers. Another thing that left me a bit wary of oDesk is that coder reviews were almost all very low – it should probably have raised a flag for me.

If anyone else has outsourcing experiences they want to share, please feel free.

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dave September 9, 2006 at 6:22 pm

i certainly agree that it sucks to pay a lot of money for a project, and then not feel like you’re getting the value you payed for.

that said, i wonder if the criticism above should be aimed more at the developer, rather than the service itself? as you suggest, one test case probably isn’t a fair empirical sample to judge the service by.

i guess the other observation i would make is that “paying per project” is only a better situation than “paying hourly” if it works out in every case… however, that’s rarely been my experience. many fixed-bid projects end in dispute or negotiation, which effectively negates the buyer benefit of choosing a fixed-bid project.

in perhaps 1 out of 3 (maybe more?) technical projects i’ve been involved in over the past 20 years, there are almost always changes in scope, budget overruns, time delays, and other factors that result in the original project changing substantially. fixed bid rarely ends up being a static scenario, and that leads to challenges on both manager & developer side to figure out fair compensation.

you could say the buyer’s risk is mitigated by not having to pay out until certain milestones are reached… but in many cases, saving money but not lost time isn’t a victory either. and if you’re only paying out based on milestones, then isn’t that pretty similar to an hourly model where you monitor progress?

seems to me that successful projects are less about the difference between hourly vs fixed bid, and more about simply finding good developers… and then monitoring the work to make sure it’s being done as you would expect.

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Buddy March 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I disagree with dave and agree with the blogger. I have gotten screwed twice on Odesk when I went hourly. Go with fixed bid projects and then update if you need additional changes.

The world is always better when you are working with quality people wether fixed or hourly. :-)

Buddy

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Markus September 9, 2006 at 6:44 pm

Very good points, Dave.

I agree that at the end of the day it’s really almost all about finding good developers no matter which model of outsourcing you go with. Finding reliable, proficient, and reasonably-priced development work has been one of our biggest challenges.

In either scenario, the best course of action would probably be to find a developer by testing some small projects with them, then establishing a more long-term relationship.

But even after all that, there’s always the risk that your parner will become to complacent once they gain your trust and their work will start slipping. Or they might become unavailable due to other projects unless you supply them with regular work.

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jf.sellsius September 10, 2006 at 3:12 pm

I’ve heard about Rent a Coder and this post points out the different ways to go. I think your idea to start small until you find a person or team you have confidence in (quality/timely work) is the best advice.
Thanks Markus

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Andrew Davey September 22, 2006 at 11:55 pm

I’ve been asked to look into outsourcing out our software development firm. It’s not that our prices are not competitive with the industry in our area, they’re just too much. We don’t win a software job because a competitor can do it cheaper/better, but because we need to charge around $80/hr/developer. Custom written software is expensive.

In any case, a few friends have recommended oDesk over Rent-a-Coder (tho it’s still very early days in my research). I’m looking for a cheap way to leg into outsourcing. Currently we have two maintenance contracts for software we didn’t write (wish we had…..ugly ugly buggy code….guess that’s why they need a maintenance contract). So I’m thinking bugfixes would be a good way to start small (a typical bug fix for us doesn’t take more than three days).

In your opinion, out of oDesk and Rent-a-Coder, which would suit this model best?

Thanks in advance,

Andy

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Mergen, WebGuru Co Ltd January 14, 2010 at 1:01 am

@Andrew and others looking for outsourcing, are you guys looking for a long-term relationship?

If so, we are looking for long term partners in US, Europe, and anywhere it makes mutual sense. We can hire, train, & build the staff needed long term objectives. We currently offer internet marketing, web design, & web development services. Our focus is providing best quality possible, not having wars on the cheapest jobs.

I guess just let us know. We really are looking to partner with some good folks in 2010.

My twitter id @mergenchuluun and @webguruco

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Dan September 28, 2006 at 10:03 pm

Paying based on entire projects or at least ‘fixed prices’ for milestones is the emerging norm for work in this area. Buyers prefer it, and clever/experienced providers can balance under and over runs well enough to create a viable cash flow business.

The oDesk offering runs in the opposite direction, that combined with the ‘battery hen’ image in my mind, does not paint a pretty picture.

Should be intersting to see how they spend the latest $$$$, a few more VP’s maybe :-p

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Marv December 30, 2006 at 11:55 am

Check http://www.freelr.com which is a new Social Networking site for webmasters and Programmers.

While sites like elance, guru, rentacoder, odesk all charge for connecting webmasters with programmers Freelr is a free alternative which is easier to use and creates a more exciting user experience. With Freelr users can interact freely with each other in an open-market, which is impossible with the other sites mentioned…..

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benjamin January 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm

I had a few bad experiences with Odesk, and finally have learned my lesson. Sure everyone says there are good and bad programmers, but the problem with Odesk is their dispute system. If a programmer runs up the hours and/or delivers garbage. Which happens more often than it doesn’t, then you have little recourse. Their system charges your bank card anyway, then you are at their mercy to get a refund. You’d be more likely to get hit by a meteorite. So I advise everyone to stay away from Odesk.

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Mercedes February 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm

I thought I had tried every possible way to find the right coder to work with. I asked around, got recommendations and finally after a month of discussion and clarification on document spec the project started using the RAC site.
To cut a long story short, coder failed to deliver yet happily took bonus’s along the very long year it took to realise.

After a year, wasted money, I am left with nothing but bills from elsewhere, no refund as yet because RAC hates to refund money to anyone.

Now, RAC went silent because they have a large sum of money to refund but they don’t want to refund it even though they have agreed the coder didn’t deliver.

The RAC site and set up is a nightmare and I have truly learnt my lesson. Never again! I think you can prepare yourself for slow work, on small projects maybe, try to be clear and manage it as though you are managing the refurbishment of a house.

As they say, you get what you pay for and then RAC chooses to hold on to your money for as long as they can – BECAUSE THEY CAN. It’s a faulty system with what looks like policies and procedures, but rip through them and read, there isn’t any protection for either party really, buyer or coder and everyone leaves feeling stung and out of pocket except RAC.

I would say, stay far away from RAC and sites like it and wow there are quite a few, in fact run for the hills….

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Gavin March 21, 2008 at 6:49 pm

I’ve been using rentacoder for a few years and in the main I must say that the experience has been positive. Indeed I have met my fair share of timewasters but whilst good developers are like golddust I managed to find at least 3 over the course of 25 projects. I made sure I held onto the good ones for subsequent work.

I have only recently joined oDesk and have only hired some data entry resources so far. So far so good but the jury is still out on oDesk and I do worry about the hourly rate aspect.

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Luis Lazo April 28, 2008 at 5:33 am

I own a website that teaches both buyers and coders how to use Rent a Coder with videos 100% free. I also created a software application called the RACsuccess package which teaches both buyers and coders how to succeed in Rent A Coder.

Rent A Coder is for professional people. If you are a programmer, having the necessary technical skills isn’t enough for you to succeed in Rent A Coder. You need to understand how to work in Rent A Coder to take the best out of Rent A Coder and that’s why I created the RACsuccess package which is available for sale on my website!

If you are a buyer, knowing what you need for your project isn’t enough because you also need to have techniques of choosing the best coders that less likely will let you down on your project or on the deadline of your project if deadline is really important for a specific project and you need to improve your communication skills in Rent A Coder!

The RACsuccess package will teach both buyers and coders how to have a better and more successful experience when working in Rent A Coder for just $9.95!

Check out my site: http://www.racsuccess.com/index.php

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Dale May 19, 2008 at 1:55 am

I normally don’t post comments but I have had allot of expirence with RAC. Keep the project simple. Explain it well and don’t jump on the cheapest bid.

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S- June 4, 2008 at 12:40 pm

I think that RAC is `dead` for now. With rates so ridiculously low only providers with very little knowlege or no chances for a ‘real’ job will stay there.

Most of the projects on RAC are for $20-$100USD and the requirements are insane. Eg. $50 for designing a professional website, $400 for youtube and other big sites clones, etc.

On the other side, how “work” done on RAC looks? Like it was finished in 1990′s. Tables, no css, font tags, spaghetti coding, no object oriented programming, lack of any code structure, planning, comments, etc.

I’m not suprised. When you go for a job that pays $1/hour you certainly don’t have time nor skill to finish it properly. And you’ll do everything to do it fast so you’ll end up with $1.50 / hour. It’s still ridiculous, but more than $1 anyway. How insane should you be to devote time and skill to $1/hour projects when it’ll only lower your rate to a couple of cents / hour.

Let’s be honest that RAC promotes bad providers and cheap, crappy, insecure code. When you devote more time to do something right on RAC you get punished for your goodwill.

I could be cleaning toilets in my third world country and still earn more than on RAC. And when cleaning toilets (or doing any kind of work) my government provides me with:
* medical care
* paid holidays
* social care (insurance)
When working on RAC with average projects i would still earn less, have no benefits and have to pay 30% tax anyway (+rac fees, money transfer fees and money conversion fees).

Together with lowest bid limit set to only $3 and “3USD + i give you good rating” projects ($3 to cover the rac fee coder get $0) this is insane.

I got some good projects on RAC but good projects there are maybe about 5% of all projects posted. Most posts on RAC isn’t even worth reading. I think that professionals will move to odesk quickly as I did.

>>When the coders encounter technical issues (which ALWAYS happens), you’re not charged for the overtime of fixing them.>>
When the coders encounter technical issues, eg. because the buyer came up with new requirement and half ot the application need to be re-built you can change the requirement, drop it or proceed and pay for additional time. Thats a fair deal. On RAC the buyers change requirements all the time during the projects and simply don’t care about how much time it’ll take or how you do it, how fair is that?

You are right that technical issues will always be there and i try to include this into the project bid. But there is problem with providers on RAC. Most of them doesn’t know what they are doing. They accept several weeks/months project for $50 then you see all those (repost)(repost). I’m tired of competing on market where all high-school kids can outbid me. I loose time writing serious bids that buyers like but they go for the kids that charge $1 hour or less and hope the project will get finished. Just to get it reposted.

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Markus June 4, 2008 at 5:26 pm

@S- thanks for posting – there’s definitely a balance to be had between what’s fair to a buyer and what’s fair to the coder (been on both sides of that, which helps)

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S- June 5, 2008 at 6:02 am

Markus i think the only balance which can be achieved is ‘pay per hour’ sheme. Should providers charge less or do parts of the project for free just because buyer wants to use some technology in a way it wasn’t designed to be used so there is technical difficulty in implementing it?

For RAC i think there’s still some decent projects out there. Maybe 1% maybe 5%. But they are only ‘normal’ paid project. Maybe $10/$15 per hour, which again is very little. And you have to devote much time to find a decent posts / buyers, that alone can make it pointless.

@Luis Lazo – i don’t think there is any kind of `success` on RAC possible. Been there for over two years. Found a nice buyer, but he was asking me do do all kinds of stuff, eg. restore backups after server hacks, fix code of other RAC providers (the quality is horrible), look into some simple coding errors, etc, etc. so I was doing many very small projects that took half of my developement time.

I can’t quote guy $5 for copying directory, $10 for restoring backup, $2 for changing photo on page, etc, etc. So i have to move to pay per hour on odesk where i’ll get pay for that.

Maybe there is success on RAC for buyers achievable but…

Just look at the quality of code developed on RAC. I’m 100% honest here. I didn’t see any decent RAC code since i have been working there with my buyers which is OVER A YEARS! Most coders doesn’t even know what procedure is.

Example 1: we need to move one PHP site developed on rac. It took 4 hours because the coder doesn’t even knew what include is and he copy/pasted DB/server config to each 15-20 PHP files! Which again all contained copies of header / footer and menu.

Example 2: 90% finished project (provider told that to the buyer). Financial app (frontend/backend). What was completed? Front page and a MENU, no backend at all!

Example 3: Project developed on RAC broken when we changed php version. The provider just turned PHP error reporting altogether! It isn’t guaranteed that every PHP version will treat errors same way…

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Freelance Work June 14, 2008 at 12:28 am
ODESKISTERRIBLE August 23, 2008 at 9:37 am

I used a programmer who proclaimed to know what they were doing. His name is David Bain and he is on odesk. Do not use him. He rushes you to pay and then after you pay..he states by the way I don’t know what I’m doing. It wasn’t a case of not wanting to pay for labor. It was a case of not wanting to pay for inefficiencies. Why should I pay a guy for 3 more hours because he needs to read up on something that he CLAIMED HE ALREADY KNEW. Do not use odesk because they have a place for flatrates it doesn’t allow for a refund or dispute.

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dudepac September 12, 2008 at 11:09 am

From my personal experience RAC is a very risky place to work in. I bid an extremely low price for a big project hoping to get a good rating and more subsequent projects. However, the way that it turned out was that the buyer kept on expanding the scope of the project and it would never end. Frustrated I put the project into arbitration, but lost because of some feature that I tried to do but was not able to do completely. Overall, I lost about a months effort to nothing and most probably the buyer got a lot more than the initial project work for free.

On RAC, you need to be very careful about clueless buyers who will make completing projects a pain.

I would advise coders to stick with an hourly payment cycle on something like odesk.com and stay away from RAC.

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catapro September 24, 2008 at 6:17 pm

odesk is sooo slow, maybe it’s my ISP fault. I took a lot of tests but I decided to not use it because it is still too much an unreliable market; I’m a programmer. I don’t like to waste time. Will try again RAC (although looks more unprofessional), I left it for odesk.

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Mark Williams December 10, 2008 at 9:36 am

I agree with dudepac, RAC is a bit risky. I had several problems on RAC but with some service providers that bid on my project without having the skills I was requiring, most of them post spam bids to most of the projects. When I finally awarded the project after a few days I received a message from the guy I chose telling that the project was too complex and wanted to give up. RAC took ages to cancel my project. Then a friend suggested to try GetACoder.com and after posting a project I found a very skilled programmer with great reviews and the support staff is helpful to any doubt you may have. Now every project I have I post it on GAC. Very nice and useful.

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Jam December 27, 2008 at 4:04 am

From my perspective it seems a lot of buyers go for the lowest bidder and then get stung. I see a lot of projects with absurdly low rates where they say “I offered someone this before, but they couldn’t handle it.” Well, guess what? Someone who works for $5 an hour probably can’t recreate youtube inside a week.

A lot of those sites offer portfolios, tests and such but someone willing to cheat the system can easily create a fake portfolio and history that makes them look better than a real coder (many of whom like myself have weak marketing skills).

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Mark January 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm

I cannot say enough bad things about Rentacoder.com. They basically stole money from me after I worked 60 hours at $1/hr to complete a project to spec. I have had success both as a buyer and provider on Guru, Scriptlance and eLance but I would warn anyone not to use Rentacoder (RAC). The others seem to be a good place to earn a relationship with someone that might eventually pay more. However, trying to earn a living solely on these sights is very difficult as you’ve got to compete with the buck an hour Indians that most often will not give buyers what they want.

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Luis Lazo February 5, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I own a website with the whole purpose of helping people how to succeed in Rent a Coder. There are many techniques and tips you can apply there while working which can make you really successful. Check out my site!

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Winning Arbitrations March 9, 2009 at 4:35 am

Actually if you are a coder you don’t have to worry about Rentacoder arbitrations.

As a buyer had an arbitration with someone called Ashley O’Dell and the code had an error which meant that it did not work at all. The coder simply said that they refused to take part in the arbitration or in any testing and started making threats of hacking my sites and physical violence to me if a carried on the arbitration.

Rentacoder threatened me for complaining to the arbitrator and found the coders behaviour OK. They did not bother to test the deliverables despite my request (I didn’t press it as the threats were still coming during the arbitration) and they let the coder have his money back. Rentacoder didn’t have the common courtesy to comment or help – Ian Ippolito was probably too afraid of the coder to bother to care about carrying out his own process. In our jurisdiction Rentacoder is actually in serious violation of the law – but I really can’t be bothered at this stage – its more their problem than mine. One day they will probably go down big time with this policy of allowing threats of hacking and violence against customers.

So now you know what works on Rentacoder if you can’t be bothered to test your software.

Oh and I’m not some disgruntled script kiddie – I have over 70 projects with 10/10 on Rentacoder.

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Winning Arbitrations March 9, 2009 at 4:59 am

Slight correction there – the coder did not get his money in the end – but he avoided any blemish on his Rentacoder record or score by making threats.

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Maxim Plaksin August 17, 2009 at 4:39 am

I am web designer and work with oDesk more than one year (I was an affiliate contractor inside company, but now start my own independent career, link to my new profile included).
So, about job quality – yes, in the oDesk there are a huge army of Indian and Chinees providers who will work “for food” but they made a really garbage. I was freqently asked to made code refactoring, after a buyer tryed to make huge work with little money. But sometimes is easier and faster to rewrite project “from zero” then to refactor old trash.
oDesk provides an excellent stimul to professional growth – rating and feedbacks. I want to have a good feedbacks and to keep my high rating, so I’ll do for bayer anything to make him happy! Sometimes (if I was fail something or need to learn new technology) I’ll do this FOR FREE, in my personal unpayed time. Just to make buyer happy with a job.
I think that problem not in the working system (oDesk or RAC). If job was setuped by the right way and has adequate budget, it will be succeess.

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DocuMaker August 23, 2009 at 1:15 pm

A heads up — Rentacoder buyers will benefit from learning *how* to outsource through the site before making mistakes via trial and error: http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/outsourcing-through-rentacoder/7564711

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Shahinul September 25, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I work @ oDesk, and so far i try many others site like rent-a-coder, elance, scriptlance, guru, getafreelancer.com etc. All they had complex UI, and not user friendly from my end. I think from provider end the odesk is best option to work with. Hourly project gives you payment confirmation, and also odesk offer fixed price job. Provider like to build his/her profile and i think odesk profile, elance profile is much better then other site.

I work for many buyers, and i found many types of buyers, there are many buyers who always worry about money $$, they try to hire some one with lowest bid and then what happen? they never think about best Codes, For example buyers with lower bid from low experience providers get bad experience. And there are buyers who wants really good works, there $ is not 1st important fact to choose the provider.

Yes i know on odesk there are people who really bill too much for simple job and they makes odesk reputation bad, :( , but i know many buyers who really happy with odesk hourly project as they know how their team going, checking providers updates.

elance is good but high FEE, rent a coder also.

On elance/getafreelancer.com/rent-a-coder the bids are seen by all :( thats makes better providers not interested.

“If you want better providers you have to give them good money”

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Ricardo September 30, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Rentacoder.com is a massive rip of for the coders… Especially when the buyer turns around and claims the job is not up to standards and steals the hard work that the coder has done. Rentacoder.com does nothing about securing coders are looked after. So don’t trust Rentacoder.com because they dont care about the coders! Stay away from Rentacoder.com it is a total scam!!!

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Freelance copywriter pro October 4, 2009 at 10:56 am

I have been a log time buyer on RAC. For the most part found it pretty good. Like the ratings system. However some of my projects are more suited to hourly pay. Tired odesk. I find their interface hared to navigate. Spend too much time trying to find what I want. Latest project – the provider just disappeared. Now I can’t find where to end the project. Can’t seem to get anyone on the phone at odesk.

Hourly pay is a good alternative -in theory – for some projects. Right now, not satisfied with odesk. It apears that RAC has started an hourly service option.

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techguy111 October 12, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Hi. Indeed, RentACoder now offers a “pay for time” option, here: http://www.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/DotNet/misc/TimeCard/DesktopApp/Download.aspx

I think it’s a good alternative. Now you have the best of both worlds.

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handad October 23, 2009 at 5:32 pm

i agree rentacoder sucks i prefer odesk or elance

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T. Hill December 15, 2009 at 1:38 pm

I have heard many similar reviews of Rent-A-Coder. In any outsourcing website you are going to get a grab-bag of good and bad coders, but the key with Rent-A-Coder is that it protects you from getting ripped off. This is key, as most of the time you are working with coders from different countries, who are not subject to the same laws and do not have to answer small claims court summonses.

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Random Surfer December 22, 2009 at 8:45 pm

I have no experience as a provider on any site, but I’ve been a buyer on oDesk for more than 25 jobs in the last year.

It’s a challenge to find qualified candidates, but once you do, you’re gold! I’ve spent $5000 across 5 different providers, and I see that continuing for the next year.

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bison January 5, 2010 at 6:03 pm

@Random Surfer

Yes, but USD5000 are more or less what the average IT freelancer in Germany gets for 1-2 weeks of work (depending upon the specific skills, administration versus development and so on).

The IT freelancing market in Germany for example considers anyone willing to work for less than €50/h to be unprofessional. (50€ == 71USD just today, and that gives you about 2840$/week. As I said that’s the low range that serious agencies will even consider.)

And yes, I realize that this might be quite a godly amount of money for some Indians.

The biggest issue that I’ve got with RAC is that their cut is incredibly big.

Agencies (serious ones that keep offices in many cities, and have a sizeable workforce that visits potential customers, discuss project details and search for the candidates) work usually for 10%, 20% max.

I’ve worked once for BMW through an agency that took 7%.

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Baton Rouge Techie January 11, 2010 at 4:13 am

RentACoder’s number one draw, for me, is that it protects against frauds or scams. While many of the other freelancing-websites fail to provide adequate measures to protect both the project poster and the programmer, RentACoder goes the extra mile. More than prices, choices, and ease of use (which RentACoder provides too), I want security.

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Kristi Patrice Carter February 10, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I’ve actually utilized Elance, oDesk and Rentacoder in the past and I think that Elance beats them both hands down. Not only do they have an intuitive and interactive system, they have safeguards for buyers and providers. For instance, the escrow and payment system can’t be beat! In addition, there are always new and exciting projects on Elance and buyers that are willing to pay top wages for quality services. I have completed over 800+ projects in the 10 years that I have been an Elance provider and I highly recommend them for buyers and providers alike.

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Tommy Chheng March 15, 2010 at 7:59 pm

An alternative approach is to out source components of your software as open source development. Check out Next Sprocket http://nextsprocket.com for an open source marketplace.

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skillguru April 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I have used odesk and it has worked for me. All my projects were fixed cost basis and I made sure there was no advance payment. This is very important when you outsource your work to developers.
Did not try rent a code though.

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Website Design May 9, 2010 at 5:01 pm

It all depends on the type of project. For peace of mind it’s good to know the fixed, final cost of some projects.

However if you have a bunch of smaller admin type jobs that are constantly changing then it would make more sense to use odesk and track by hour.

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outsourcing providers Philippines June 1, 2010 at 5:24 am

I think that Rent-a-Coder is the best option if you are only assigning a single big project, with no reassurance that the same employee/s will be hired if another project needs to be done. At least you are assured that you will get your project done in the time you need it ready, without suspicion that the person/people you hired is lollygagging while still getting paid.

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James L. June 19, 2010 at 1:57 am

I tried RAC and got into an arbitration. The coder promised a week of work to complete the project and after a month he finally admited that he did not have the skills to produce the work.
I still had to pay for what he had done so far, fair enough and surely, it’s not rent-a-coder entire fault, but it’s enough to keep me away from using RAC for ever. I am giving a shot at Odesk these days.

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Meili July 31, 2010 at 11:35 pm

I am a freelance writer and obviously (for me) per project payment is much better than per hour because what people need is writing output, not hours worked.

I’m seriously confused as to why some people even ask for hourly rates when it comes to writing jobs.

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walter December 30, 2010 at 10:53 am

I tried my freelancer career on many websites. Here are my ratings to the portals according to best at top:

oDesk.com
Elance.com
99Desk.com
Freelancer.com
scriptlance.com
Getacoder.com

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