Rent a vWorker

Information - Rent a vWorker

Rent a vWorker is different, but that's okay - they only stare at us because they're jealous. Our site is closely modeled after a site the no longer exists, (vWorker, formerly Rent-a-Coder), and was built by freelance virtual workers (vWorkers). Our experience has shown us what is needed to create a fair marketplace that is safe for employers and vWorkers alike. We have all worked on Freelancer, oDesk, eLance, Guru and the former vWorker site. And though we appreciate what they have to offer, we saw their flaws, took what we liked and left the rest and launched our own site. RavW was built by vWorkers (and vEmployers) for vWorkers (and vEmployers).

We are based in the United States, (Michigan), governed by US Law. All users engaging in activity on the site must be verified, and workers must submit the appropriate documentation for tax purposes, as legally required.

We only charge a simple end of job percentage fee that is tiered depending on the type of project and any previous working relationship between the employer and worker. When studied against our competitors, our model is less expensive than any other, yet more efficient. And despite how much we would like to offer an even lower priced or free venue, we also find it necessary to keep the lights on and pay for extra security measures to ensure that our site is fully protected. However, should you feel the need, tips and gratuities are appreciated. :) That part we're teasing about, although we do very much appreciate bonuses given to workers for a job well done. This not only encourages them to work harder, but promotes worker morale and helps to establish a more personal working relationship.

We have established a mandatory escrow service to protect both parties. Employers can feel at ease escrowing the funds for their project, as they know this money will be returned to them if something goes wrong. And workers can be confident that they will receive payment due to them once they upload their deliveries. Our dispute service, which includes mediation and arbitration, is included and available on all jobs regardless of the type or size of the job. Brilliant? Right! We thought so - Rent a vWorker is a safe freelance marketplace for all!

Our site operates using US dollars only. This means that all transactions are conducted in US currency and we do not convert currency on-site - We collect funds from the employer in USD and we issue payment to the worker in USD. When funds are placed into escrow by the employer they will be converted at the time of the escrow by the payment gateway in which they are paying, and when we pay workers we issue payment in USD; all currency exchange will be handled at the point of the payment processor. We strongly encourage workers to evaluate the exchange rates for each payment gateway that is available in their country so they can receive the best rate. Some sites (Freelancer, possibly others) charge users using USD but pay out using the user's currency, which in the end shorts them.

 

 
Everyone - Free
 
Membership Fee:
Free

 

 

Why does this matter?    Freelance workers generally provide their services and work for lower rates than large corporations, as they are individuals working out of a home office or a small group of vWorkers working within an office. They are able to offer lower pricing because their overhead is lower. Adding the burden of a membership fee, in addition to an end of job project fee brings their costs up, which in turn costs the employer more money. Membership fees are also a deterrent to many freelancers, who will take their talents to sites that do not impose membership fees.
 
Job Fees:
6.5% - 15%;
tiered pricing depending on the type of project, previous work history with the other user and if the funds are already on site, (for example, some workers might have earned funds on site that they use to post a project for hire).

All project fees are deducted at the time the job is closed.
   
Other Fees:
None, other than an optional Heavy User Subscription and standard withdrawal fees, which vary depending on the method of payment.
 

Why does this matter?    Freelance workers generally provide their services and work for lower rates than large corporations, as they are individuals working out of a home office or a small group of vWorkers working within an office. They are able to offer lower pricing because their overhead is lower. Adding the burden of a membership fee, in addition to an end of job project fee brings their costs up, which in turn costs the employer more money. Membership fees are also a deterrent to many freelancers, who will take their talents to sites that do not impose membership fees.
 
Bids allowed per month:
Unlimited
 

Why does this matter?    The number of bids allowed per month is significant because freelancing websites designed for companies to hire outsourced labor generally have thousands of workers on them, and because of this, each worker that is actively looking for work must place a lot of bids before their bids are accepted. Limiting a worker's bids means that they cannot bid on all the projects that they are qualified for, which in turn deprives employers from seeing all qualified freelancers.
 
Skillsets and Keywords Allowed:
Unlimited
 

Why does this matter?    Limiting a worker's skillsets in his resume, or an employers needed talent areas and/or keywords while posting a job, causes an undue hinderance on the job for both parties. Employers may need several skillsets or keywords to properly describe their project so they get qualified bidders, limiting these areas can pose difficulty for the employer while describing what is needed. Additionally, many employers post a part of their project, knowing further work will follow, in hope to establish a relationship with a worker for the future work. Limiting the skillsets and keywords that a worker is allowed can detour an employer from selecting that particular bidder, thinking he isn't qualified. Many vWorkers have talents in many areas, but with limitations in place they cannot accurately portray their skills.
 
Money Back Guarantee for Employers & Payment Guarantee for Workers:

Absolutely! Our mandatory escrow provides for a full money back guarantee to employers should the worker fail to complete the deliveries, submits substandard deliveries, misses the deadline or for some reason does not complete the project as per the specifications. Workers are covered by the escrow provided that they submit the deliveries per the employer's specifications.

In the event of job cancelation after the 24 hour consideration/acceptance phase the party or when a project is in arbitration a 3.5% fee will be charged to the at fault party. If the party at fault is the employer and reuses the funds to hire another worker the fee is waived.

 


Why does this matter?   A guarantee or money placed into an unbiased escrow account is an absolute must for people trading services online. You are working with people that you have never and will likely never meet face to face. In fact, at times you might work with someone that is on the other side of the world. Employers do not want to lose their money by paying up front and not getting their project delivered, getting unacceptable deliveries or receiving their deliveries past their deadline. Just the same, workers do not want to invest in a project and deliver it without getting paid.

The only way in which an online venue can ensure that each party is protected is by instituting an escrow that is held until the project is complete. This way the employer knows that he will get his money back if the worker doesn't deliver, and likewise, the worker knows he will get his payment when he does deliver. And should something go wrong, both parties know that a third party will step in and help mediate and/or settle the dispute.

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