UPDATE: vWorker has been acquired by Freelancer.com.
vWorker.com is a company designed to bring employers and virtual workers together so that everyone can find the work and workers they need. Based in Tampa, Florida, vWorker has been in business since 2003.
The company was formerly known as RentACoder.com, however they have expanded their services beyond freelance software coding and web development projects.
Under the new vWorker name, they now offer a way for businesses to contract freelancers for a huge variety of jobs, including virtual assistance, copywriting, data entry, search engine optimization, transcription, and much more.
The company boasts that they have over 350,000 workers on the site ready to bid on whatever job you post. This makes vWorker a notably smaller community than Elance with 550,000 workers or oDesk with 1.4 million workers.
vWorker aims to separate themselves from the competition with a number of innovations. First, they offer a free money-back guarantee on every project. Hiring a virtual worker can be intimidating so that’s a nice protection to have. Second, they offer crowsourcing and “trialsourcing” services – something the other freelance sites haven’t touched yet. This means if you have a short project, several workers attack the job for you and you simply pick the winner.
For hourly jobs (like most virtual assistant gigs), vWorker utilizes an AccuBilling system where people are able to log the time that they worked on a particular project, similar to punching a time clock. The system also includes screen captures of your VA’s computer so you can verify they’re really working when they say they are.
If you’re struggling with where to post your virtual assistant job, vWorker has put together a very detailed comparison chart highlighting the differences between their company and their competitors.
vWorker.com claims their virtual workers are more affordable, accountable and capable than traditional workers. It’s free to sign-up and post a job, so you might as well check it out and see for yourself.
Each contractor will have their own feedback history as well, so I would pay close attention to that.
Have you worked with anyone from vWorker? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience below.