I dont think i've ever done this before. But im promoting a site for the first time that I have no affiliation at all with.
The reason? Because I think its an amazing service that isnt well known out there..And could even be a good job opportunity for anyone out there that has any type of skill in the Web department. Even just making graphics for people.
Its something i've been using since the summer. The project costs are like 75% lower then if I wanted to have it done from a Company in the U.S. (my experiences so far)
The reason ? You have people from all over the world bidding on your projects. Or if your a developer , (graphics designer or whatever) you can bid on hundreds or thousands of different projects.
My first experience was over the summer..I put out a "Project" as they call it because I was having scripting issues with one of my sites. Normally here in the U.S., you have to pay some crazy insane price to get this done by a developer. Once you post it, its available all around the world..for people to bid on. Just like an Ebay system. I had some guy in pakistan fix it up for me within a day for like $15. He provided the script, I analyzed it good.. even scanned it for viruses. It was perfect. Just that initial experience had me thrilled of this service.
2nd project was a website design.. Done from a guy here in the U.S. (you see...we dont have to outsource all our work here in America ) The type of website design he did was as professional as one of these California's companies charging 3 to 4 times as much. I got a very good deal and was very pleased. And you ONLY pay after your job is done and after you get your files. They usually send it to you through email or through their message board
Even for our Graphic Designers that post here, I would HIGHLY recommend at least trying this company out. Whenever I post a project, I usually get between 20 to 50 bidders each time. And I usually only select Gold Members.. I think they (developers / publishers / graphic designers) have to pay a little fee to keep it at that status. Im not exactly sure. But you get ranked for each project...feedback messages / ratings and all.
The company itself I believe is located in Sweden. But it doesnt matter. They do the whole PayPal thing and support is great. Anytime you view the amount of projects on that site, there are SO many listed. This site im sure is getting bigger and bigger by the day..
Are companies like this the reason why our economy is in the shtter ? Probably Yes and No. But if you have the skills, you can earn money the same way they are...and you dont need a big fancy company to do it.
Thats probably another reason why you dont hear this company advertised on TV or in our Newspapers....since its based in Sweden. But there are A LOT of developers and buyers in the U.S. that are doing great with them.
The only thing that might be discouraging for developers , is you DO get a lot of very low bids from people from other poorer countries at times.. and sometimes their work is amazing. They dont have the big colleges like we do...but maybe they spend time at the library all day or learn on the internet. Regardless, whoever you choose..you look at their rating and how many projects and feedbacks they have before you go ahead.
Even though I had like 20 bids from the poorer countries to do the website design.. I chose an American guy who bidded the highest. I took a gamble and it paid off bigtime. Like I said the big web developer companies out there would of charged 4 times as much.
Anyway, the site is : http://www.getafreelancer.com