I’ve just posted a job online with RentACoder for a domain name I’ve had sitting around for the last couple of years. I have the content (two affiliate feeds) and want someone to design a website with a backend facility that allows me to import them (and update the content when the feed changes), not rocket science – probably one to two days work if I had time.

The problem is I don’t have time at the minute! But ultimately it comes down to what are two days of my time really worth I guess. I hadn’t really considered it until the bids started coming in….

  • The first one was $200, I’d probably accept that to get the site done without me having to do it and up and running where it might just make some money.
    But I’ve been burnt on RentACoder before taking a low price and not getting what I wanted so I’ll work through some full-on requirements with the developer and make sure they understand what I want.
  • The upper one (so far) is $2,000 (I have told them they’re having a laugh and they’ve reduced it to $1,400).

Their are a lot of comments with no bids, detailing portfolios and the like, some have made some quite attractive sites but it’s clear their comments are a cut and paste to attract my attention before they really look at the job I’ve asked for a quote on. So I’ve duly replied to them all and asked those that have read the quote how well they understand it (for many English is not their first language) or for others to read it and provide a quote!

My Questions

  • Is a little knowledge a dangerous thing?
  • Knowing I could do this myself and how long it might take without all the little niggles and misunderstandings, has that influenced a price in my head?
  • Are other people getting absolutely ripped off putting jobs on there?