I am have just developed a freelance site. However one thing bugs me. This site will contain project posted by members and freelancers will bid. But how will I get the initial projects or the freelancers? No one would want to become a member if they see no initial projects posted. Do you have any ideas about boosting the initial projects?
Umm, improve your English so the majority of the programming world understands?
make up a bunch of fake job requirements...it works for www.dice.com
It's like decoding a cryptogram. I tend to be good at those. Here's my understanding on what he's trying to say. He wants to be a middleman between people with projects to have done and people who want to work on projects.
Kudos on your new site, but as a freelancer myself, these sites like rentacoder (I assume you're talking about something similar) seem downright crazy to me. The bids on most projects seem absurdly small. I'm guessing the reason is either: (a) the bidders are high school or college kids who are happy to spend 30 hours on a project (that they think will take 3) for $200, or (b) and maybe this is the same thing--are just really inexperienced at estimating projects. It seems that it can only end in disaster, both for the employer and for the freelancer. Have people had good experience with these sites? Is it just up to the employer to be saavy about who they pick and not necessarily take the lowest bid?
Forget it, it's been done before. there's no compelling reason for anyone to use your site instead of elance or rentacoder.
Here's a quick lesson in business for all you hard core techies out there:
"That's because their being bid on by people who are happy to work for the equvialent of $5-$10 per hour. Thank you internet. "
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