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How to Hire a Web Designer or Web Writer Through vWorker

Updated on April 5, 2011

Hiring a Web Designer or Web Writer

vWorker, formerly known as RentaCoder, is an easy place to hire Web writers, PR people, Web designers and video editors. Virtually any online job that you need done can be done by someone that you hire from vWorker. 

The site is free for employers who want to hire someone through the site. The money is generated by the workers who pay 15% of their money from projects to the site. For those who post projects, though, there are no fees and no obligations unless you chose someone to complete your project. 

Here's how it works:

You decide what you want done and what qualifications you want the worker to have. You can choose to accept only workers from "developing economies" (cheap workers who may not speak English well) or from "mature economies" (first world workers). There are benefits to each, but in most cases it's best to choose someone form a mature economy when you're hiring a Web writer or editor. Hiring someone from a developing economy for coding work will be less expensive, and the language barrier won't have much effect on the finished product. 

Decide on a deadline for the project and a maximum bid price if you want to add one. Then, create your description. If you want to invite specific providers to your project, you can look through provider profiles and invite the best of them. This again costs nothing.

Members of vWorker will place bids on your project. The bid represents what they want to be paid to complete the project. They will give you a description of their experience and may include ideas for your project. Each provider has a rating from other employers, so you can see how each has fared with previous projects.

In some cases you may have a few questions to answer from members who want clarification before placing a bid. Once you are ready to choose a provider, you can do so. You can do this at any point, even a few minutes after posting the project if you are sure that you've found the right provider. 

Once you choose someone, you place the amount of the winning bid into escrow through the site. Once the project is completed and turned in, you release the escrow funds to the provider. Your project is done and for the price that you think is right for the project. 

Problems With vWorker Projects

In most cases, there are no problems between an employer and a vWorker service provider. However, if either party feels that the terms are in dispute or there is an argument that both parties can't solve, vWorker arbitrates it. An employee of vWorker weighs both sides of the argument and settles it. Sometimes the arbitrator chooses on side, sometimes the will split the fault and the money owed. But, each and every case is weighed by a real person who reads both sides of the disputes. How many sites do that anymore? 

vWorker may take a little getting used to for new workers and new employers, but it is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to get a project done.

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