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Online clearing house initially for high tech workers seeking short-term contracts. It allows companies to find freelance workers for commissioned work and vice versa.
Founded at the turn of the 20th century under the name eMoonlighter.com to be renamed later to guru.com after purchasing the domain. Guru.com is a Freelance Service Marketplace, Workforce Management and Crowdsourcing platform. Its a online marketplace where companies can find freelance workers for commissioned work and vice versa.
The platform was initially focused on high tech jobs, but later expanded in additional areas where freelancers can offer their services. All jobs and projects are organized in 10 main skill categories: Web, Software & IT; Design, Art & Multimedia; Sales & Marketing; Writing & Translation; Admin Support; Engineering & Architecture; Management & Finance; Legal; and Other.
So if you like what have you have read so far maybe joining guru.com is the right way for you to make money from home. Joining is easy, after submitting your name and email address you are granted instant access (without email verification). Upon first log in you are immediately taken to “add new service” page where you can describe and categorize your skills and services.
Right after you finalize this and fill-up your profile, notifications will begin to appear about projects. The amount of notifications you receive depends on your skills, services and on how well you have build your profile. Guru.com developed and uses the “SmartMatch” and candidate profiling system, a technology that intelligently matches right jobs for right person based on resume, history, behavior, suitability and skills, using techniques from Industrial and organizational psychology.
User interface is very good. After logging in everything is put up front. With great ease you can perform anything you need, all functions are just click, or two away.
Like other similar platforms guru.com also offers rating, history and feedback system, so if you keep your eyes open you should easy spot abnormal and fishy projects.
Once you see the job that you like, you can apply for it by placing a ”bid”. Bids are sort of the currency that is used to apply for jobs. Each time you apply for a job you spend one bid. The number of bids you can spend is proportional with your membership at the Guru.com platform. There are five membership plans: Basic (free-120bids per year) and Basic+ , Professional, Business and Executive (from $8.95 to $39.95/per month with 600 bids per year). The main difference and benefit with the paid memberships is that the higher the membership fee: lower the commission, more bid rollovers and higher the appearance in search results. There are also premium jobs available only to paid members , where freelancers can spend as much as six, five, or four bids per application depending on membership.
After successfully placing a bid, you will be notified via e-mail if you have been awarded the job. If you accept the job, you must create an Agreement and a SafePay request. We recommend that you start working on the actual job only if the employer has officially accepted your request. The agreement is uploaded by freelancer and must include the plan, a delivery date (with optional milestones), a total job value, and the payment terms. There are sample agreements on guru.com if you don’t know exactly how to make one. SafePay is escrow safety payment system featured by the platform and is powered by dispute resolution assistance. By filing a SafePay request, the employer (if accepts) must deposit the allocated amount for the project to be held by the system until the job is completed. You can also get paid by using Guru invoicing as an alternative to SafePay. We recommend using Guru invoicing only in cases where you trust the employer, as this option does not feature dispute resolution assistance.
Overall guru.com is a great freelancing platform, the two places where it falls are its high commission fees and low number of bids for free members. While there, you cannot relieve the feeling that they are discreetly trying to mimic freelancer.com and their annoying reminders for upgrading to a paid membership are quite a nuisance.
If we ignore above, as on all other freelancing platforms beginnings are very hard, but once you build your reputation there are plenty nice paying projects to monetize from.
Alternative platforms to guru.com are: freelancer.com, fiverr, elance/odesk and many more.
Last updated: July 02, 2014
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