Witmart might be the biggest crowdsourcing platform I’d never heard of. The company is apparently huge in China, and counts their large Chinese userbase in their advertised 6-million service providers. The US-operation is based out of the Houston, TX suburb of Sugar Land. Witmart offers a marketplace for both oDesk-like contract work and 99designs-like design contests.
For contract-based work, Witmark works similarly to other freelance sites. You post the job requirements you have, and receive bids from freelancers. You can then choose the provider that best meets your needs based on their rate and work experience. You only pay when the job is completed to your satisfaction. This type of work is best suited for tasks like website development projects, writing, and other tasks without an immediate deliverable.
For instant gratification projects, like logo design, web design, and other creative tasks, Witmart has a contest option. In this case, you would describe the work you need done, specify how much you want to pay, and receive contest entries from providers around the world. You choose the best and reward them the money. If you don’t get any submissions that meet your needs, you can get a full refund.
Witmart’s marketplace includes a feedback and rating system for providers so you have an extra level of confidence when choosing a freelancer. Looking at the experience of past employers can be helpful, especially if you’re signing on for a long-term project.
One thing that stands out is Witmart’s twitter page is a disaster. At the time of this writing, their custom background is filled with typos.
They spell “providers” with a U instead of a V. They write “Fine Freelance Jobs” instead of “Find Freelance Jobs.” Even their vanity phone number is incorrectly listed as 1-877-Wit-Mmart (if you dial both “m’s” you won’t reach the company). These little things may not be enough to prevent me from trying out their service, but they do make them look unprofessional and reduce the confidence of potential new employers. They’ve since corrected several of these mistakes, which is a positive sign.
For design work it might be worthwhile to test out their contest model because of the lower price points, but for contract work I’d probably stick to oDesk.
Have you worked with Witmart? If so, please share your experience below and help others with their decision.