It's free for Open Source, and a 10% fee for non-Free projects. Winner-take-all!
Hopefully we'll both work to create a culture which helps independent developers help each other. Good luck! Email me if you're interested in collaboration.
We'd definitely be interested in talking with you guys as well. Email is in my profile.
The Freelance game has plenty of problems, but frankly a shortage of places to post jobs is not one of them.
Exactly my point. So are those ten thousand bottom scraper sites I mention.
What I'm asking is how you intend to stop the same people who post their "Groupon Clone: $500 budget" nonsense on those 'lance sites off your list?
And how you're planning to stop the 100-500 "sir, we are professional A++++++++ software firm. we review your project and are ready to start immediately" responses that will be auto-spammed to every job on your list?
Those are actually good problems to solve, and a site that solved them would be a great win for the small fraction of freelance work that's actually conducted above board by talented developers and non-flaky clients. But a quick spin through what you've presented here makes it seem like your quick & dirty approach will actually amplify those problems.
On the project side, I hand approve every post. Spam/recruiter junk/etc. gets deleted and the email address blacklisted.
For the talent side, yes, you're right; there's a good potential for A++++++++ firm nonsense.
The quick and dirty approach is probably not accurately reflecting the work I've put in/will be putting in behind the scenes, through methods we've developed at Forrst for dealing with reputation, throttling one's ability to mass-contact project owners, anonymizing email on both sides with a one-click "this is spam" function, and so forth.
Ultimately, I agree -- they're great (and hard) problems to solve, and I'm eager to do so.
Do you have a plan for scaling that up? ("I'm gonna hire more warm bodies" is an acceptable answer, imo.)
Talent side is more interesting. I'm leveraging Forrst's reputation engine to do some behind the scenes ranking of users, at least for the users who have Forrst accounts. Have sketched out some other ideas, but first want to see how the first email fares.
I think this service looks great, but I'm bummed that it was integrated as a supporter benefit.
Edit: I see now that it is a benefit to Forrst members, but in the opposite way I had predicted. Any plans to allow the trading of acorns for job posts? Sometimes it's nice to have backup on projects :)
Update: I just received an email with URL to edit my profile without having to create/remember password. Very neat but one problem: It's http. You really should make that https, especially when you start dealing with paying customers.
You're welcome. It's the same on the project side, so should be interesting to see how the targeting works out.
* Are Incremental Days Necessary(1-21)? 1,2,3,7,14,31 maybe? Also, up to 1 month?
* The 1000 character limit thing was a pain.
Is this a good way to get designers, I wonder? The alternative that seems that it might work better, browsing portfolios and contacting your favourite designers, as written by Andrew: http://andrewseddon.com/post/3402344430/how-to-find-a-design...
As to whether this works the way I'm anticipating, only time will tell! I'm predicting, though, that this works as a nice adjunct to directly contacting designers (or anyone else) -- you never know who you're missing, after all. If I've learned one thing from Forrst, it's that for every well-known designer (or developer) out there, there are scores of undiscovered, awesome designers waiting to knock it out of the park on your project.
I was thinking of creating a site like sales guy/gal meet development/designer team. Maybe this exists already?
Maybe we can help each other out :)
The ones interested make it known and then you can get in contact with them and decide who you wanna work for.
a) TinyProj is focused on exchanging work for dollars, WH leaves it open to barter, finding co-founders, etc.
b) TinyProj has an actual user interface for input vs. WH which asks you to write an email.
c) WH is FREE, TinyProj is $25
For now. As TinyProj and when it taps into the Forrst userbase, you'll be looking at a solid, skillful, and numerous candidates.
* Longer duration than a weekend's time
* Copywriting/Illustration as well
* Working on integrating with Forrst which should bring in many of the 40k members who're available for work, as well as making use of our reputation engine
I'm in semi-stealth. I want few people to know what my project is, and nobody to know that it's mine (except the designer).
In any case, signed up :P great idea btw
Thanks btw! :)