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Below we have outlined a comparison of Rent a vWorker, Freelancer, eLance, Guru and oDesk. Since each site operates under a different model, it is very difficult to create a simple comparison, so we have outlined some of the main differences between the sites.

Rent a vWorker is a fair freelance marketplace

We are proud of our site model, as both employers and workers are equally protected, and our site fees are lower than competitor sites. Our site was built by freelance vWorkers and vEmployers that understand how important safety is when working online.


Our site is owned and operated in the USA. All users must undergo identity verification before engaging in a project and are protected by our mandatory escrow service. This escrow protects all parties involved. The employer is ensured a refund if the worker he hires doesn't deliver, and the worker is assured that he will be paid when he does. We do not charge monthly memberships or fees for any services on our site, other than an end of job fee that is collected once the project is complete. Fees for withdraws from the site are determined based on the payment method that you select, as is the case with all freelancer websites.

 

 
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Rent a vWorker
Freelancer
eLance
Guru
oDesk

 

Rent a vWorker
Freelancer .com
eLance
Guru
oDesk

Why does this matter?    The biggest reason that the location, specifically where the business is owned and operated, (not just registered), matters is because of the laws that protect its users. Most employers are from the USA, while workers are from both the USA and abroad. When you entrust your money with a company it is important to understand and be protected by the laws that you are familiar with. The USA has the most stringent protection laws regarding freelancing vWork websites.

 

 
Rent a vWorker
Freelancer .com
eLance
Guru
oDesk
Basic Site Model
& Fee Structure:
Fee deducted from project, once job is completed.

Project fees vary from 6% - 15%, with a tiered scale being incorporated.

Structured around mandatory memberships, that range from free to $49.95/month, and project fees, ranging from 3% - 10%, paid up front by both worker and employer. Accounts that go inactive (after 1 year) are assessed a $10 monthly fee until the account is reactivated.


Both employer and worker incur fees.

Freelancer also charges fees for listing in certain categories, including a better editor and canceling jobs, among other misc. fees... Featured projects $19, NDA $20, Urgent $5, Private invitational project $10, Hidden bidding $5, Full-time projects $199

Structured around membership fees, that range from free to $40 per month, as well as an end of project fee of 8.75%; jobs over $10,000 have a reduced fee of 6.75%

 

Structured around membership fees that range from free to $32.44 per month, in addition to an end of project fee, charged at time of invoice, (up front), that ranges from 7.95% - 11.95% depending on your paid membership.

End of job fee is added to the amount the employer pays at the time he posts payment for the worker.

oDesk does not offer any guarantee, other than hourly jobs in which payment is escrowed ahead of time and money back guarantee (mediation/arbitration) is only available under certain circumstances with a fee.


Why does this matter?    The model that a site is structured around affects those that use it. Most workers that are proficient in their area of expertise will not pay a site to secure work, and it isn't fair for workers that already work below the average median to pay additional fees for membership, while working without any protection in place. Also, subscription and pay per bid sites limit users in other areas where they cannot properly convey their qualifications and/or job description sufficiently, which means that neither the freelancer or employer can fully detail their abilities or needs. Some sites even put limitations on the workers that prevent them from asking questions to properly clarify the job specifics; this can have disastrous results. Finally, it is hugely important that both the worker and employer are protected via mandatory escrow - this way the worker is ensured he will get paid when he completes the job and the employer knows the worker wont take his money and run. Subscription based sites do not offer this protection, and if they do it is extremely limited and the user must pay for it.

Viewing only the end of job fees can be deceiving with regard to the overall cost, as all the other fees, such as membership, category listing, project upgrade fees and dispute charges must be taken into consideration for proper comparison. Since each site operates within different models it is nearly impossible to create a graph that adequately compares each side by side. However, detailed examination of each site model has shown that having one site fee, such as Rent a vWorker's simple percentage model, is actually the most cost effective. It is simple and straight forward, with all protections included.

 

 
Rent a vWorker
Freelancer .com
eLance
Guru
oDesk
Membership Fees:
None
$0 - $49.95/month
$0 - $40/month
$0 - $32.44/month
None

Why does this matter?    Membership based sites are very limiting. Each level of membership offers perks which allow the user to include additional features or details about their skills or job requirements, so it is very difficult to accurately evaluate each employer or worker unless they are all on the same subscription plan. This isn't fair to the users. Also, in the world of virtual freelancing, a worker must place a lot of bids before landing a job, so limiting a worker's bids and/or what he can or cannot include in the bid request cheats the employer from seeing all qualified and available workers interested in his project. Membership fees also result in higher bids because the workers must include this in their overhead.

 

 
Rent a vWorker
Freelancer .com
eLance
Guru
oDesk
End of Job Fees: 6% - 15%;
tiered pricing dependent on the type of project and previous work history between buyer and worker, (private invitation projects have lower end of job percentages).
3% - 10%;
depending on membership type,
paid up front
8.75%;
reduced to 6.75% on jobs over $10,000
7.95% - 11.95%;
depending on membership type
10%

Why does this matter?    Nearly all freelance vWork sites have end of job fees, and most are in the form of a percentage. This area is important to the extent of calculating the costs associated with each site, when looking at all fees that the site charges.

 

 
Rent a vWorker
Freelancer .com
eLance
Guru
oDesk
Escrow, Money Back Guarantee & Worker Payment:    

eLance does offer an escrow, but not using the same manner of which Rent a vWorker does. For basic mediation they will assist in communication between the employer and worker for free. However, if true arbitration/negotiation is necessary, or the opposite party formally requests arbitration, you MUST pay a fee for it, which ranges from $399-$750; the fee is split 1/3 between eLance, the employer and worker, up to the first $750, any costs above the first $750 are split between the employer and worker. And, if either party fails to pay their portion of the arbitration fee they automatically forfeit the arbitration and lose any money or payment expected on the project. Additionally, their arbitration is extended for periods as long as 10 working days, which freezes your funds, and do not disclose who or how their arbitration process is handled.

 

Only if the employer pays using Safe Pay, which is basically an escrow account. However, a mandatory $25 fee must be paid in advance and the balance must be $25 or higher. Advertised as available, except for the following types of work: fixed price projects, one time or milestone payments, manual time logged, time in excess of hourly limit, weekly payments (stipends) and work completed to or by unverified users. This might leave you asking what is covered? Only hourly contracts that meet certain criteria.

Why does this matter?   A guarantee or money placed into an unbiased escrow account is an absolute must for people trading services online. You are working with people that you have never and will likely never meet face to face. In fact, at times you might work with someone that is on the other side of the world. Employers do not want to lose their money by paying up front and not getting their project delivered, getting unacceptable deliveries or receiving their deliveries past their deadline. Just the same, workers do not want to invest in a project and deliver it without getting paid.

The only way in which an online venue can ensure that each party is protected is by instituting an escrow that is held until the project is complete. This way the employer knows that he will get his money back if the worker doesn't deliver, and likewise, the worker knows he will get his payment when he does deliver. And should something go wrong, both parties know that a third party will step in and help mediate and/or settle the dispute.

 

 
Rent a vWorker
Freelancer .com
eLance
Guru
oDesk
Bids Allowed per Month:
Unlimited
10 - 500

10 - 25,
depending on membership

10 - 100;
more than 100 are allowed for an additional fee
15 - 60

Why does this matter?    The biggest reason that the location, specifically where the business is owned and operated, matters is because of the laws that protect its users. Most employers are from the USA, while workers are from the USA and abroad. When you entrust your money with a company, it is important to understand and be protected by the laws that you are familiar with. The USA has the most stringent protection laws regarding freelance and vWork websites.

 

 
Rent a vWorker
Freelancer .com
eLance
Guru
Skillsets & Keywords Allowed:
Unlimited
20 - 250;
depending on membership
10 - 25;
depending on membership
5

Why does this matter?    The biggest reason that the location, specifically where the business is owned and operated, matters is because of the laws that protect its users. Most employers are from the USA, while workers are from the USA and abroad. When you entrust your money with a company, it is important to understand and be protected by the laws that you are familiar with. The USA has the most stringent protection laws regarding freelance and vWork websites.

 

 

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