Read below the review of the freelance site vWorker.com. This post reviews the Pros and Cons of using the freelance site vWorker.com. And it explains the risks involved in using the vWorker.com.
Freelance sites play significant role in outsourcing of small-sized IT projects and article writing tasks.
vWorker.com is one of the Freelance Sites being used by web developers, programmers and Article writers. I have used vWorker.com for doing more than 100 projects. So, I believe I am the appropriate person to write the review about the vWorker.com.
vWorker.Com is part of the Exhedra Solutions Inc., and it was formerly known as RentACoder (RAC). They made this name change at 2010 even when most of the coders oppose this new name.
vWorker.com uses reverse auction type bidding system. i-e The Buyers (Employers) will post the project details in vWorker.com Site. And, the Sellers (Coders/workers) will bid for this project. The Buyer can select the one seller as winning bidder, and the winner will get the opportunity to work for that particular project.
vWorker.Com is having an Escrow system. i-e The Buyer will pay the money to the vWorker.com immediately after selecting the Winning Bidder. And, the Winning bidder will start work on the project only after making sure that the Buyer has deposited the money with the vWorker.com site.
Once after the Seller (i-e the coder or writer) completes his work, the deposited money will be transferred to the Seller's vWorker.com account. If there is any dispute between buyer and seller about the completion of the work, they can choose vWorker.com arbitration.
The money will be released to the Seller's vWorker.com account or reversed back to the Buyer' s account based the decision of the Arbitrator. And, vWorker.com will take 15% commission as fees from the Seller (i-e Workers).
And, the Seller will be paid to his Paypal account or any other payment mode, at scheduled dates.
Everything looks good when you read this post. But, you will be facing some difficulties if you start using it. Especially, you will be feeling it as a horrible site when you face vWorker.com arbitration. Instead of solving the issues, vWorker arbitrators will make the dispute more complex and will waste your time.
Becoming member of VWorker.com is Free. But, Fees (15% commission) of vWorker.com is the highest in the industry. And, some projects need Expert Guarantee also. i-e You need to pay for bidding on any project requiring Expert Guarantee.
Now, you can start reading below my detailed original post about vWorker.com.
Top 5 reasons for avoiding use of vWorker.com / RentACoder (RAC)
I am trying to write this blog post without any bias. Anyway, if you feel that this blog post is biased you can share your thoughts thro' the comments.
This blog post is about the dangers of using a freelance website vWorker.com which is formerly known as RentAcoder (RAC). vWorker is a freelance website acting as Marketplace for bidding projects related to Software, web development, article writing and internet marketing. It is part of the Exhedra Solutions Inc.
If you are familiar with Google Suggest, you should be knowing about how it works and the significance of the Google Suggest. You should be knowing that the first word in the list is most frequently typed by the users and obviously it will be telling more about the search word.
When I typed rentacoder in Google.com, it showed "rentacoder scam" at first and it showed "rentacoder fraud" in Google.co.in (India). You can refer the below screenshots or you can try it yourself.
If you search "rentacoder fraud" on Google, you will see lot of blog posts and forum posts talking about frauds of Rentacoder (RAC)/vWorker.
When I searched "rentacoder fraud" on Google.co.in, I found 138,000 results. Almost all the results are related to the Rentacoder frauds. (This may be the reason why they changed the name to vworker.)
And, I think my blog post will increase this count by 1.
I am using vWorker around 2 years. Personally, I didn't face any payment related frauds with vWorker. They used to make the payment regularly for me and the Buyers used to give good feedback/comments as we worked hard to deliver quality products. So, I continued using the vWorker around 2 years. You can refer the Buyers feedback/comments here. You will be seeing Good ratings for us from lot of Buyers, except last few ratings which are poor due to inappropriate arbitration of vWorker. And, you can contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or if you want to outsource any project.
Recently, I came to know the reason why many people are saying rentacoder or vWorker as Fraud. And, I realized that I spent most of the time with wWorker unnecessarily in these 2 years.
I heard that some sites will do some kind of payment related frauds. i-e they won't make any payment once after getting the work. But I feel these type of payment frauds are having risk/danger lower than the wWorker behavior. Mostly we will be breaking the relationship with the payment fraud sites immediately once after we come to know that they are not making the payment first time. But vWorker story is different and it has more risk/negatives than usual payment fraud websites.
I will explain the whole thing in detail below.
Recently we had successfully completed a project for the Buyer of the vWorker site.
This project is about tracking the mobile phones location on Google Map.
We developed this application using Google Map API and the API key was provided by the Buyer and I explained the important terms and conditions of the Google Map API to the buyer (i-e Google Map API is free only if the application is free for the public).
And, the buyer tested the application and he released the funds from escrow and we received the payment also.
Then, the buyer had started an arbitration thro' vWorker by saying that our blog post about Google Map API is violating his copyrights.
But, actually our blog post is just a tutorial about Google Map API. It is nowhere related to the delivered code. If you are a developer you can understand that it is just a tutorial.
It seems the vWorker Arbitrator is not having any technical knowledge to understand this fact (But the vWorker is calling the arbitrator as Technical Arbitrator to have some fun)
So, the vWorker asked me to refund the already released funds. It made their Escrow system meaningless. But they are not mentioning it in their advertisements.
So, if you are a vWoker user know about this Risk/Danger. Don't believe the Escrow system of the vWorker.
Since there is no mistake from my side, I refused to refund the money. So, they closed my account. The notable thing is, they closed my account even without caring about the buyer of the other project. Just for namesake, they mentioned that we can continue the project of the other buyer even after closing the account. Obviously I am not going to continue the project after closing the account. So, now the buyer of other project is wasting his money/time with vWorker.
So, if you are the Buyer/Employer, you can understand the danger of using vWorker.
Initially, I thought that lack of technical knowledge for the Arbitrator is the reason for this mess-up. So, I contacted the Ian Ippolito who is the owner of vWorker. But I didn't get any reply from him. Instead, I got answer from Dawn Ippolito (Communications Director at vWorker) for my LinkedIn Question.
Her answer also didn't address the issue. And, she tried to say that they will ask refund only when there is some fraud from my side. So, I realized that they are trying to move the discussion in wrong direction than understanding/solving the issue. Anyway it helped me to understand that the management of vWorker is also aware these things and it looks like they are not taking care of the coders. I started writing this blog post only after realizing this fact.
Now, let us see why they closed my account. They are telling me that I violated copyright of the buyer by publishing a blog post about Google Map API.
So, it is obvious that vWorker and their Buyer are claiming rights for Google Map API which is the product of Google. In other words, they were blackmailing me to remove the tutorial about Google Map API which is the free product (with conditions) from Google. In summary, vWorker is trying to take ownership of Google product without having any dealings with Google.
So, I am planning to bring this issue to the attention of Google. But I think it will take some time to reach Google. Because, I am still not getting any response from Google about the blogger issue.
So, currently I feel informing the Coders/Developers/Freelancers using the vWorker about this danger/risk of using vWorker is having more priority than reporting with Google. Anyway, later I will take steps to take this issue with Google also. I am doing some ground works to have clear unbiased report about vWorker before contacting Google.
If someone informed me about the danger of vworker, I might have saved significant time in these 2 years. So, you can forward this blog post to your friends and business circle to save their time. You can share it in your social networking sites (e.g reddit, digg, linkedin, orkut, facebook, dzone,phpcamp,twitter, etc) also.
I will be happy if this blog post helps someone to save their time by knowing about the bad face of the vWorker.
Basically I wanted to concentrate more on our own developments than blaming or criticizing someone else. But, as per Mahatma Gandhi's below Quotes, it is my duty to resist this evil system (vworker) to be a good person.
Based on my recent study, mostly Indians are severely getting affected by vWorker.
So, if you are an Indian Coder/Developer/Article Writer think about this twice.
First think about why you should pay 15% commission wherein there are other alternates available with Good fee structure.
Since their Escrow system is complete waste, why do you want to use Escrow system? Instead find some good buyers using rating systems such as iTrader of Digital Point Forums. And you can provide your service/products to them without using any Escrow system. If the Buyer is hesitating to make any upfront payment, you can start work their task and show them prototype or some initial modules and then get the payment to proceed further. This approach will be multiple times effective than the Escrow system of vWorker.
I can say that vWorker Escrow system is useless . There is no real use of it.
And, if you know any other good website for doing freelance jobs, you can share it thro' the Comments or you can join in this LinkedIn discussion. If many people show interest for having a website for getting freelance work without any escrow system, I will create a website and run it for free. I can get revenue by showing advertisements. Or, time being you can use our Forum thread itself for buying/selling your service.
But in this model, you need to be very careful in choosing the buyer and getting the payment.
Currently I am using freelancer.com as a Buyer for outsourcing our website/blog promotion related tasks. As of now, it looks like it is better than the vWorker.com. Let us see how it is going.
Ok, let us continue our discussion about vWorker. One important negative about vWorker is, they are great time wasters.
Most of our projects thro' vWorker were completed smoothly. But still I faced few arbitration with them. This arbitration experience is very bad. It will waste our time unnecessarily and finally they will take meaningless decision without considering any of our arguments.
Yet another bad thing about vWorker is their affiliate system. I had spent lot of time in displaying their affiliate links in my blog and tweets, and I can see lot of clicks in their report system. But till now I haven't got any affiliate commission. It is reasonable. I can not expect the affiliate commission immediately. But the bad thing is, vWorker closed my account without talking anything about the affiliate account. i-e I gathered lot of clicks and conversion may take place in near future. Since my account is closed, there is no use of this conversion. In summary, the time spent on advertising the affiliate links is complete waste.
Sometimes back, my linkedIn account got suspended as I used the company name in my name field. LinkedIn support helped me to solve this issue professionally and I got back my account within few days. You can see the details in my previous blog post. It clearly indicates the difference between a professional company (linkedIn) and a greedy company (vWorker). In any situation, vWorker is not comparable to LinkedIn. But I just wanted to compare my experience with LinkedIn and the vWorker.
It may appear that vWorker is at-least helpful and supportive for the Buyers/Employers. But it is not true. It used to waste their time also. And, due to bad experience good coders won't be available to continue the task. So, the buyer again needs to start from scratch. And, the injustice arbitration may give the buyer the escrowed money back (after the vworker takes its share), but it will heavily increase the competition for their business. For example, I have developed Mobile tracking application for one buyer. If he wins arbitration and get back the money using meaningless vWorker arbitration, definitely I will be selling the code to someone else. And, it will increase his competition. Additionally, we will be available for providing any bug fixes and enhancements for the competitor. So, obviously the buyers business will be destroyed by the vWorker arbitration.
So, vWorker is not good for Buyer/Employer also.
One more bitter fact is, vWorker name is selected without hearing the voices of the coders who don't want to be called as Worker instead of "Coders".
In summary, I am listing below the top 5 reasons for avoiding the use of vWorker.com.
- Commission is high comparing to other freelance sites. It is always 15% even when the vWorker says that commission is 7%-15%. I have done more than 100 projects. For all the projects I paid 15% commission.
- Risk of account getting closed even there is no mistake from your side. In this case your client feedback and affiliate efforts will become useless.
- Escrow system is not safe as the vWorker may ask you to refund the released funds.
- Arbitration will waste your time whether you are buyer or coder. And, it will give headache to you.
- If you are a buyer, the wrong arbitration decision will force the service provider to create competition for you.
Anyway vWorker is still having its own benefits. Find below benefits of using vWorker.
- They are genuine in making the payment.
- There is no sign-up cost and there is no monthly membership cost. We can make any number of bids freely.
- Their message board is user friendly and we can refer the project progress easily. And we can share documents and codes easily, and we can refer previous versions of the code also.
- Email notification/alerts about winning bid, nearing of deadline, fund release, bonus payment and weekly status remainder is really useful.
So, it looks like vWorker is useful only when you start your career as freelancer.
After doing some projects thro' vWorker, you need to find some other appropriate ways as currently vWorker is not suitable for doing long-term and large-scale projects.
Let me know if you are coder using vWorker for long time without any issue in doing large scale projects. I would like to know the reason why you need Escrow of vWorker for doing projects with your known customers/buyers for the long term projects.
Now, I would like to know how may people got affected with vWorker. So, I created this Poll. You can take this poll to share your experience about vWorker (RAC).
And, I am giving below some people's bad experience with vWorker. I have collected them from blog posts and forum posts for the affected users.
If you have your own experience, share it thro' the comments.
Find below some part of the discussion in Internet Fraud by RentACoder
This Forum post discusses 50 ways to Force Shut down fraud business like rentacoder.com. Find below some of them.
This discussion talks about negatives of vWorker. A vWorker user shares his 3 years experience with vWorker.
This post shows the blackmailing culture of vWorker.
This is the case study about Rentacoder's meaningless arbitration.
This article says RAC (Rent A Coder) is "dead" for now.
Here many people including Buyers share their bad experience with vWorker.
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I have asked few questions for the vWorker.com. Let us see how they are responding for these questions.
Updates on July 25, 2012 (i-e After 20 months)
It is going to reach almost 2 years since I stopped using vWorker. I am happy about NOT using vWorker as I could find lot of good opportunities instead of wasting my time with vWorker. We had developed our own products and selling thro' our own websites. And, We had developed lot of websites and sold some of them thro' Flippa. And, now I have taken initiative to make our TheQuotes.Net website as the Most viewed Motivational Quotes Site.
Updates on August 24, 2012
According to wikipidia, the reason why the Arbitration process for vWorker is slow and inefficient is because the company "vWorker.com" uses as arbitrators the same people it uses for receptionists and customer care issues.
I am NOT sure whether it is valid reason. Because I believe the receptionists too can do better than the vworker arbitrators. There should be some other reason for doing this kind of poor arbitration. You can share your thoughts thro' the comments.
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