TaskArmy is a task-oriented outsourcing marketplace that got its start in 2010. The company was founded by Aymeric Gaurat-Apelli and is based out of Sydney, Australia. Frustrated with the crowds and race-to-the-bottom price wars on oDesk and Elance, and the inherent inflexibility of Fiverr (everything must be $5), Gaurat-Apelli set out to create a new outsourcing platform.
Task Army is like Fiverr, in that people post what kinds of jobs they’ll do for you, but the price can be whatever they set. In a few quick searches I found ebook covers for $7, logo design for $79, and a 500-word article on the topic of your choice for $32. Shop around, because I’m sure the quality and feedback for each provider varies along with the price point.
For virtual assistants, I found a range of offerings, from $5 an hour to $17 an hour. There were also some providers listing month-long virtual assistant jobs at $500-600/month. I thought the selection was pretty weak, and then I learned that TaskArmy manually screens each provider so only the best and brightest have access to the platform.
While you can find some providers focusing on longer-term work, the majority of listings are for smaller tasks as opposed to project-based work. What’s the difference? Writing an article is a task; building a website is a project.
With TaskArmy, you can’t post your own task you want to get done. Instead, you’ll search the listings to find someone with the task-offering and skills you’re looking for. This is intentional, to prevent freelancers from bidding their prices down in an unsustainable race to the bottom.
So in the end, you might pay more than you would on some other sites, but in theory you’re dealing with a generally higher caliber worker and you’re spending less time trying to find them.
To encourage orders, Task Army has set-up a risk-free guarantee. Basically if you’re not happy with the results your freelancer has provided, you don’t have to pay. Can’t argue with that.
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