Adding Transparent Section to Your View – Android

Adding Transparent Section to Your View – Android

In today’s lesson, we will create a view which has a transparent section(s). This view can be used in many ways, you can use it as an overlay to other views or in any other way. The idea for this demo is to create a view, which has transparent areas which are in different shapes. By combining many areas together you can give a beautiful look to a view. For e.g. you can see the following image.

Transparent Section Card

In the above image, you can see the background has a beautiful photo of coconut trees & above that we have a layer of custom view. BTW I captured that beautiful photo from my phone. In the custom view, I have used rectangles & circles. One rectangle & one circle set as transparent so it can get the above look it has. You can create your own shapes for transparent areas. You can see the full source code at Github repo TrasparentSectionCard.

Now let’s see the code for the same custom view.

Coding for create your own shapes for transparent areas

For this custom view I have extended View class & in its onDraw() method I am creating my own Bitmap & setting it on view’s canvas. The bitmap is created in bitmapDraw() method, which actually has all the important drawing part. To draw the view we need the parameters like width & height of the view, center & radius of the circle to be created, top margin, color etc. For this demo, I have calculated all these parameters in method defaultAttributes(). Which actually takes the parent’s width & height as a base & then calculate other parameters accordingly. For these parameters, I have also created custom attributes. You can use these attributes to pass the values in layout XML or can set dynamically as well. For creating custom attributes one has to create attrs.xml, following is mine.

creating custom attributes

You can use these attributes in layout XML like below.

layout xml

These attribute’s values are extracted in method init(). You can check that, but for this demo, I have used defaultAttributes() method. Now, let’s look at the important drawing part, which is bitmapDraw()method.

bitmapDraw() Method

It creates a Bitmap by provided width & height values (for this demo the values are calculated in defaultAttributes() method). It occupies a rectangular area with a specified width & height. Next, the important one is to set the erase color to the created bitmap, which actually fills the bitmap’s pixels with the specified color. Then the bitmap object is used for creating a Canvas. This canvas will be used for drawing actual shapes. First, we are filling it with color & then a paint object is created, which is actually used for drawing shapes. In shapes, first, we are drawing a circle on the canvas, which is set as transparent by using.

coding

Then we draw a transparent rectangle using the same paint object. Now, in the same paint object, we are setting color, stroke & Xfermode to draw solid circle shape. Once the bitmap canvas is drawn, we return the created Bitmap object. This bitmap object is used in onDraw() method & drawn on the main View’s canvas. I have also created an interface, which tells when the view’s layout is done. Its callback method notifies the user (Activity) when the view is actually drawn. You can use this for your own use cases, in my cases I needed width & height of the custom view, so the onLayout() method notifies me then I get width & height values.

onLayout() method

This tutorial gives you an idea to create a view with transparent sections. You can create any shape with any size for such views. You can tell your ideas & implementations in the comments. I hope you learned something useful from here. You can check the full source code at Github repo TrasparentSectionCard.

Happy Coding

Remote Work Trends In 2019

Remote Work Trends In 2019

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First things first, Let me begin with saying developing a survey report is a lot of effort. Phew! Trust me, the process is hectic – You have to find people to talk to you; then you have to look at what they said, analyze it, compose it & then put together all the information in an easy to read format. So, Kudos to all those who make reports. As for us, we were set on preparing a comprehensive survey report on remote work. The number of work from home jobs are constantly on rising, it’s no shocker that more and more millennial are inclined toward working as and working with remote workers because of the flexibility it provides. The report itself is a guide for entrepreneurs who are looking to jump into remote working space in 2019.

Here are a few major takeaways from the Report:
1) A shift in work culture
2) A shift in reasons to work with remote teams
3) Difficulties faced in working with remote teams
4) The current average cost of outsourcing

Let’s look into each one of those points in detail

1) A Shift In Work Culture –

It was observed that 86% of CXOs said that they had or are currently working with Remote Teams. This goes to say that there is a shift in work culture from the traditional culture wherein you come in at Nine work till Five and then leave. Now companies want more accountability and responsibility on the employees part. Thus, when somebody is working remotely, they get the freedom they are looking for but with it comes accountability to finish work within a given time.

2) A Shift In Reason To Work With Remote Teams –

Cost is the most obvious reason that companies go for outsourcing their work, but it was found that flexibility seems to be almost as popular a reason as cost. It is definitely a welcome change in the industry, and companies now want employees to work the hours they want, where they want and how they want. The best example of this would be world industry leaders like Facebook, Google & Microsoft who give their employees unheard freedom to do their work.

3) Difficulties Faced In Working With Remote Teams –

If you’ve never had an experience in working with remote teams, you’d wonder how difficult would it be to tell someone what to do. It wouldn’t be until you actually hire a remote worker, that you’d realize it is night, IF NOT DONE CORRECTLY.

How to outsource correctly is a blog for another time, until then let me tell you the difficulties faced majorly in a remote environment

a) Communication

Communication tops the chart in problems in working with a remote team. Your remote team might be based out of a different country, having a different culture & language. All of these pose a difficulty in communication. You might not sometimes understand what they mean and vice versa. Cultural references are misunderstood on both sides. Sometimes you and your team might be on a different page altogether; it isn’t until you see the result, that you release what they were understanding and what you were trying to explain.

b) Timezone Difference

This can be a boon or a bane. As a matter of fact, I’ve written a complete blog about timezone difference difficulties which you can read here.

There are a lot of more difficulties but these two make up for most of them, if you can overcome these you can win the outsourcing war.

4)Current Average Cost Of Outsourcing –

According to our survey, it was found that you can get the same job done in south-Asia for almost 50% of the cost in united states. Not to misconstrue that outsourcing doesn’t come with its own set of challenges, there’s more than a few. But if you learn how to deal with them, you can definitely will this outsourcing battle and save yourself a tonne of money to buy a boat maybe. HAHA!

RemotePanda at Techday

While RemotePanda had a gala-time at TechDay here are the 10 really great businesses the Panda could spot on

1) JADE INSIGHTS

Jade Insights strives to facilitate the revolutionary growth of the US Cannabis business and to spread that growth and wealth to those who historically have not had access to it. The aim is to create groundbreaking data tools for the cannabis industry that will allow business owners to run their business smooth and successfully.
Jade Insights provides a comprehensive view of all major departments of a cannabis company. With easy-to-use dashboards, users can understand their Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), then compare their operations to industry benchmarks. Users are also able to set up regularly scheduled alerts, emails, and reports to manage by exception.

2) HOTELS BY DAY

HotelsByDay is a startup based in New York City and made up of a team of hospitality industry veterans, technology experts and entrepreneurs who decided that there should be a better way for hotels to leverage their unused inventory during the day and for guests to be granted flexibility of check-in & check-out of a hotel room outside the conventional hours. It is observed that travelers need more dynamic options when they shop for hotel rooms. Hotelsbyday provides intra-day hotel spaces: offering travelers flexibility, comfort, and a space of their own.

3) MAZ

MAZ products empower leaders in media industries to become pioneers in OTT and mobile technology. MAZ aims to provide tools that aid in building and maintaining apps across all platforms without any technical expertise. By using these tools and services, one can eliminate additional hiring of editorial, marketing, and design teams.MAZ was named one of Entrepreneur’s “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” as well as one of Inc.’s “30 Under 30 World’s Coolest Entrepreneurs”.

 

4) BESTEST

 

Bestest brings “polling to the people” through a dedicated mobile app that gives everyone the power to collect usable insights, answers and feedback on the issues of the day through real-time opinion research. Bestest assists users in making better decisions. Using the dedicated application users can ask friends, teammates, classmates, co-workers or constituents to weigh in on picture and text polls that they create.

5) INVENTAPRINT 

Inventaprint’s goal is simple: help ideas come to life. Inventaprint is working diligently to connect inventors and businesses with vetted local or large manufacturers to simplify the creative process and achieve lower manufacturing costs. Inventaprint believes that the process of creating products should be smooth and accessible for everyone, Inventaprint cuts out the hassle of vetting manufacturers. To ensure that the businesses get top of the line manufacturers, Inventaprints carry out multiple assessments and screening processes. This approach aids in making smarter decisions.

 

6) FIXIONAL

Fixional began as a publisher trying to organize the world of online fiction onto one site. In the process, they came to an understanding that they could best serve the world of writing by offering software to other authors, editors, agents, and publishers. Fixional provides state of the art software that reviews writing and offers advanced manuscript editing. The software helps authors edit and think about their work; it allows editors to find the manuscripts that best match their publication. Additionally, it acts as a recruitment platform for agents to find authors to represent. Fixional helps review and explore thousands of manuscripts within moments, providing new insights and possibilities which assists in maintaining high standards.

7) VACAYO

Vacayo leverages technology to help people obtain financial freedom through real estate. Vacayo is a platform which allows individuals to rent their home for a year or more. Vacayo provides high monthly rent and management of cleaning, maintenance, and insurance. Vacayo aims at revolutionizing vacation rental management by offering homeowners high profits, total coverage, and better options.

8) SWOOGO 

Swoogo created an event management software that helps a planner execute an event with minimum hassle. Swoogo believes that event planners are always juggling multiple tasks, in order to provide them the element of relaxation the tool was developed. Swoogo combines heavy-weight event creation, management, and marketing features with easy-to-use, easy-to-understand reporting. To conclude it is safe to say that Swoogo is the best choice that anyone can have when concerning event management.

9) SPECTRONN 

Spectronn is an innovative and creative company focused on providing WiFi for transportation. The company is driven to provide transformatively, AI-driven, cloud managed cognitive radio networking and mobile edge computing technologies.Spectronn’s SiFi — an AI-driven cognitive wireless technology that provides resilient and high-speed WiFi in buses, cars, trains, trucks and other forms of transportation by dynamically connecting to multiple wireless networks (3G, 4G/LTE, satellite, etc.) simultaneously. Smart mobile edge computing supports video streaming, gaming, and other applications even if no mobile Internet.

10) AIRPORT SHERPA 

Airport Sherpa was founded by two frequent travelers ready to transform the airport experience. Airport Sherpa enables travelers to discover new and existing retail and dining options across all airports. Airport Sherpa is focused on delivering an improved traveling experience. Airport Sherpa allows travelers to grab orders as they walk through the airport. Travelers can check real-time updates for the orders and flight status.

Conclusion:

The time spent by RemotePanda at TechDay was phenomenal. RemotePanda experienced a truly blissful day full of opportunities to gain and absorb knowledge and information. The whole environment was encompassed with the entrepreneurial excellence. To sum it up in a few words it was just a truly amazing experience.

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Out of 19,000 US Cities, Which US Cities Were Chosen For Remote work Survey

When we decided to take a road trip to interview people (link it to the previous blog) for the #MakeRemoteWork survey the first question was where to go?

To choose what cities to cover, we started with a simple exercise.

We picked up all the silicon centers from a map like the one below and sent over a trench of 20 emails in each city mentioned

Since there was no way to find which city will have more people willing to participate in the survey, we thought to do experimental emails to get some stats.

Here is the copy of the email we sent out

And here is the order of responses received

Cities Visited Open Rates Positive Negative
Montreal 25% 4 1
Atlanta 30% 6 3
Charleston 35% 7 2
Raleigh- Durham 25% 3 1
Winston-Salem 15% 3 0
Charlotte 40% 8 1
San Antonio 15% 2 1
Austin 15% 2 1
Dallas 22% 9 1
Cities Visited Open Rates Positive Negative
New York 25% 2 3
Baltimore 25% 2 3
DC- Arlington/ Alexandria 30% 3 3
Denver/ Boulder/ Colorado Spring 25% 1 3

As you could see Charleston and Charlotte were some of the clear winners followed with Atlanta and Dallas. In fact, surprisingly New York and SF do not really score that high – The reason I could think of was that they get too many emails which create a lot of noise for the founders.

Anyways we had our list ready with the 10 cities that provided us a better response rate. Apart from the stats we checked out event dates in each shortlisted city and also tried to map a direction for the journey.

The journey had to be in one direction

North to south or south to north/ east to west or west to east

Another filter was using my startupgrind directors network.  SG has a chapter in most US cities and I reached out to the chapter directors for the inside scoops of each city.

10 cities meant around 50 days on the road at a stretch but then cuteness stuck 🙂

Well, I have a 2 and a half-year-old so leaving her for more than a month was not possible…

So we decided to do the road trip in 2 phases

The first in May covering- NYC (Well can’t ignore the Big Apple and we found Techday happening as well), Baltimore, DC, Denver and the second stage covering Montreal (where we attended the startup fest ), Atlanta, North and South Charlotte and Texas.

In the last 3 months, I got to interview 250+ CXOs for the #makeremotework survey

How all of it was possible is accounted here

#Makeremotework survey today is the most comprehensive report available on remote work, coming out directly with inputs from the decision makers. For access to the report, Go Here

The alternative to Upwork with better service do exist!

The alternative to Upwork with better service do exist!

We exist because people look for alternatives to Upwork. A lot of people find us when they are searching for phrases like ‘managed remote workers’, ‘guarantee on remote workers’ or even ‘need help to sue a remote worker’.

That’s how our company came into being. We were ourselves looking to find remote workers who can get our work done and we do not have to manage them. We wanted to make sure that the relationship between us and our remote workers leads to efficiency in our work. What we found though was having to run behind the remote workers, getting half done to code and really no control on the working style of remote workers.

RemotePanda is built for CXOs who want a managed service for their remote workers. CXOs who want to transition to having a remote workforce but do not want the hassles that come with managing a remote team. CXOs who need a helping hand from experts to help set up their remote team with a measurable ROI and clear accountability.

RemotePanda testimonials

We believe that CXOs are firefighters. Every day is chaos and there is a lot of work to be put at every end to keep things under control. When CXOs take up any initiative, they are looking for lesser work for them and how they can make their time free. CXOs look for efficiency and ways to make things better than they are both in terms of time and money.

RemotePanda is built for those people and companies that want to mitigate their risk and take no chance that comes associated with outsourcing. We have developed a marketplace with unique features that are like a concierge service to outsourcing, and where a successful manager is assigned to you to help you throughout the journey from matchmaking, setting of the process, building the KPIs and reporting.

RemotePanda testimonials

We continually speak with CXOs on what they need and how we can impact their ideas — while still keeping things simple.

Here are the major things that we have built under RemotePanda:

Close Network Invite Only– Every one of the resources that you’ll see on our platform represents a closed network connection. These resources are composed of both freelancers and agency (service provider) employees. The access to showcasing one’s profile on our platform is by invitation only. Once an invitation has been accepted, that resource will then go through a stringent vetting process in order to determine and verify qualification(s).

RemotePanda close network connection

Success Facilitator- We have tweaked and therefore upgraded the traditional hiring process through the addition of a facilitator layer that we term “Success Panda”. The success Panda will function as your personal assistant that is designed to assist you in achieving the specific goal which involves your hired resource. This assistance will entail; help from the time of hire all the way through receiving your deliverables. In essence, it functions as your team member. The best part is that it is a no-charge option that we provide for free!

RemotePanda Success Facilitator

Quality Watch Panda: We care for both you and your success since your business success represents our success as well. We ensure this by going far beyond just providing an introduction to your new resource. We endeavor to ensure that your high-quality work is successfully delivered to you. This entails that your deliverable is carefully scrutinized by our quality assurance team. There, we check for quality, plagiarism and any other applicable issues. Again, it’s complementary with no hidden fees involved.

RemotePanda Quality Watch Panda

Learning and Education: In addition, we increase the value of your hired resource by investing in their skill development. If, after hiring, you feel that your resource would benefit through training in additional skills, then you may request that your resource is enrolled in a relevant online coaching program.

RemotePanda Learning and Education

Team Visit: We understand that stronger bonds are created between hired personnel and employers when a physical meeting is introduced. Therefore, for any engagement that lasts longer than 8 months, we will sponsor a visit between you and your Remote Panda team.

RemotePanda Team Visit

Zero Risk: We adhere to an effective escrow billing system. This means that all payments will go through our own platform and released to your resource only upon completion and verification that you have received your expected quality deliverable. If for some reason, you are not satisfied with the work you receive, we will investigate and if verified, we guarantee that you will receive a 100% refund for that month.

RemotePanda Zero Risk

RemotePanda understands that outsourcing your product development or any other service as well can only be successful with dedicated efforts required to build it out. Outsourcing requires your own champion running the show on the ground. The way companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft have been successful with their offshore teams is by owning them- having their own people run the show. For small to medium companies and even for larger companies to an extent that is not possible. We fill this gap. We are your guys to help build your team and help you succeed at it.

RemotePanda testimonials

To learn more check out our video:

How Did I Land Up With 250+ CXO Meetings In Last 3 Months

How Did I Land Up With 250+ CXO Meetings In Last 3 Months

For the #makeremotework survey, our main differentiator was about having real data and not ending up just relying on the quick online surveys. We wanted to have a mix of online as well as offline channels. For the same we visited 16 cities chosen from an email raffale

All through the campaign, we worked on getting in-person interviews. Our campaign was primarily built with Linkedin and Email marketing and here is a quick summary

on how we did it to be able to land up with 250+ CXO meetings.

  1. Preparation- Preparation included setting up our team and action plan.

We planned to work primarily through Linkedin, which I have covered in detail later. During preparation, we worked on updating my Linkedin with profile details, posts etc guided by the Linkedin best practices. We worked on building the clarity on my profile about what I do, past works, references etc

We also listed out around 100+ CXO profiles that we intended to meet.

2. Personalization-  We totally agreed that no CXO would have time for us so we worked on personalization in 3 ways

  1. Hearing their socials and figuring out if there is a chance that they would be open to such collaboration. This could be figured out if they had remote teams themselves or if they posted about global teams etc

  2. Personalizing our emails with things that they have written or talked about

  3. Pivoting our emails with ideas and wordings that struck a chord. Also, we used hyperlinking in emails to connect with more elaborated details on landing pages.

 

 

3. Linkedin- Linkedin was one of our major tools

We used Linkedin to find out our contacts as well as know our 2nd level and 3rd level contacts. Linkedin does a great job to provide enough info that can be used to start a conversation. We used primarily the common contacts, request for intros, something interesting from the bios etc to strike the conversation

4.  Followups and lots of them

Trying to walk the thin line between over pushing and persistence we tried to be genuine in our efforts leaving the rest to interpretation. We used mailtrack and Linkedin inbuilt feature about read and unread emails. We sent different follow-ups to people who had read our emails and the one who did not.

Primarily we did a max of 3 follow-ups to people

With the 1st email as the intro and asking for interest

If read- 2nd email was with more info and putting things in points format

3rd email- About a soft ask with final dates of visit and specification of slot that is open

4th email- while I was in the city, asking if any last minute window that opened

 

 

5. The team

All of the above definitely required a team and I was lucky to have a few good fellas among us to deliver on the plan. In summary, I believe getting a good conversion rate was the result of having a team who were ready to hustle 24*7. But while doing so, we made sure that the process is enjoyable to everyone in the team.
Regularly the strategy was discussed often with a friendly banter among passionate people. We always believed that if everyone in the team is on the same page we will be able to pull it off. We did party of course post the campaign (Put pic from our dinner day)

 

 

Today #Makeremotework survey is the most comprehensive report available on remote work,  coming out directly with inputs from the decision makers.

For access to the report, go here

Running A Marathon Is Like Running A Startup

Running A Marathon Is Like Running A Startup

Running a marathon, going the distance, taking up the gauntlet, in short accepting a challenge and following through with it. Many experiences in life need you to go the distance, to invest time in it and persevere in order to get results at the end. I decided to take up such a challenge, I decided to achieve it and was ready to see it to the end. I decided to run a marathon!

The first question that naturally pops into anyone’s head is this — WHY? Why does the CEO of a start-up, a busy man as it seems, working seven days a week would have to take up such a challenge? What rewards are a full time working entrepreneur looking for by committing to months of training, both physical and mental? On a superficial level, there may seem some benefits such as health advantages and overall emotional well-being. But now it’s time to scale the entire iceberg! Why run a marathon, read on to find out.

“There’s something incredibly freeing about being able to just run and reach a destination under your own steam, carrying your own water and nutrition, feeling like you could go on forever.”
-Alex Parren (HuffPost)

How running is related to running a startup

Beginning with the general physical benefits that a runner experiences include a full body workout along with the burning of a ton of calories, there is also emotional well-being that is felt throughout the training period. The training and the practice is the real marathon there is, and you will notice that the span of time really does transform you. From couch potato to an agile and lean runner, it is something you will start admiring about yourself and strive harder to stay that way all the time.

As said earlier, the journey, the process, all that lead up to the day of the marathon, is the real task. That is the real marathon you have to conquer. Getting up and training continuously for months is not an easy undertaking. But as the days progress and you notice yourself changing bit by bit, obviously for the better, it isn’t possible to stop training. You will want it more than ever and keep looking forward to it. It is a truly inspiring feeling of setting a goal for yourself and then going all guns blazing to achieve it. Investing in a set goal and following through with it tirelessly helps define your own character. It builds confidence in you that nothing is impossible. It gives you an incredible boost in all other domains of your life to just go and get it! You develop a kind of mental toughness that gives you enough energy to tackle any problem head-on.

I am a CEO myself and running a startup comes along with a large number of working hours that mostly span the entire seven days of the week. Cramming a training schedule along with it was a bit difficult, but it taught me to manage my time well and engage in effectively utilizing it. Like when you have to squeeze in time, you start prioritizing. You get a chance to remove things out from your schedule that does not matter anymore.

Maintaining a passion or a hobby with your full-time work calendar is hard, but in a way, one complements the other. You follow your passion with all heart; you’ll see productivity increasing everywhere. After a few weeks, I started feeling like Batman — a billionaire businessman in daylight and a criminal thrashing vigilante at night.

And once you have gone all in to win at something, to succeed at your extra-curricular ventures, there will be a different you showing up at the office. One success is enough to raise your own bar in life. You ponder over the possibilities of achieving something even more significant in life, taking on even harder challenges. There is this insatiable hunger that you develop to go beyond all limits. You involuntarily take out all stops to get to your ultimate destination.

Related: The Power Of Finishing

“While running, your brain gives up way before your body does.”
(yourpositiveattitude.com)

The journey develops you a lot, but the day of the race is something else altogether! It is the ultimate test of your mental strength, more so than your physical one. It is time for you to showcase all your training. During the race, you realize that the human body is capable of much more than our preconceived notions. We are amazingly capable of recovering, enduring and progressing in almost any aspect. This is a realization only a marathon runner can fully realize and appreciate.

Once you finish the marathon, the euphoria, the high that you experience, nothing else can possibly provide. It’s the incredible satisfaction of finishing that not only motivates you to do it again but also makes you obsessed to always finish the task at hand and see it to its ultimate completion. I personally saw myself as a different person walking out of that marathon. Your self-respect soars, there’s a new identity that you now have, and now you basically become Batman! Nobody can touch you.

Although coming from the point of view of an entrepreneur, people from all walks of life need to experience the sheer joy of completing a marathon at least. With so much to learn about yourself and life in general, completing a marathon is truly attaining nirvana!

Five Unconventional Freelance Platforms

Five Unconventional Freelance Platforms

That are transforming the freelancing world

Times are changing, and how freelancers connect with clients is no exception. In the past few years, freelancing has greatly increased in popularity as millennials try whatever they can to avoid a traditional 9–5 job. The way people work worldwide is transitioning from working locally in offices to remote work.

Using a freelancing platform is an excellent option for anybody looking to earn some extra cash, embrace the freedom of freelancing, or to develop their professional skills on their own time.

Freelance platforms have altered the way professionals and companies operate. In fact, in the US alone 43% workforce is already spending some time working remotely. As the digital nomad lifestyle grows in popularity, freelancing platforms are opening doors for new and existing professionals to find more work online.

RELATED — What It’s Like to be a Remote Worker in 2018–19

As trends like the digital nomad lifestyle grow in popularity, Freelance platforms are without a doubt proving beneficial for both enterprise and individuals.

Implementing freelancers into your companies team is a great way to reduce overhead costs, boosts productivity, and open up a greater pool of talent to choose from. Studies show that freelancers and remote workers are more productive than in-house employees. Moreover, hiring freelancers provides companies with the freedom to hire different workers as needed, and can part ways with freelancers without any mess.

Related: Why you should not hire a remote employee in 2019?

On the other hand, freelancers receive an opportunity to work with flexible schedules, get rid of daily commutes, and have a better balance between work and professional life.

Freelancing platforms can be leveraged to produce incredible effects for both businesses and individuals. But the crucial question is — How does someone begin freelancing? Well, to start off you will need a freelancing platform which you can register and connect with the clients on.

However, due to the abundance of both freelancers and freelancing websites in the market, it becomes challenging to choose which one is best suited for you. You can always choose the large platforms, but do these websites actually provide the services which you are looking for? Here we will introduce you to some unconventional freelance websites that offer unique and distinctive features. To save you some serious time, we’ve compared and scrutinized different platforms and present our top 5 websites with stand-out features to fit your custom needs.

01. SimplyHired

SimplyHired

Founded in 2003 by Gautam GodhwaniAnil Godhwani, and Peter Weck, SimplyHired is both an employment website and an online recruitment advertising network. Back in 2006, Recruit Holdings Co. Ltd acquired SimplyHired, stating that its webpage would continue to operate as a job search destination, but would additionally serve as a publishing partner for Indeed.com. With the availability of a wider range of talent and clients, SimplyHired is perfect for everyone from programmers to construction workers.

What makes SimplyHired stand out?

A) Diverse Resource Pool
It’s difficult to beat SimplyHired when it comes to the pool of resources at their disposal. From personal care to technology and construction, to administration, SimplyHired has jobs for any professional. The site lists jobs from over 24 countries in 12 languages

B) Finding Talent Made Easy –
SimplyHired is a platform populated by experts from various domains. The platform focuses on enhancing experience and usability for clients. In order to simplify the search for talent, the platform offers a tailored way to search for freelancers based on job title, skill, and company. Additionally, users can also perform a location-based search if they are looking for freelancers in a specific location.

C) Salary Estimator –
Are you a novice freelancer just starting out in the freelancing world? Then you probably have one question on your mind–How much would I make? Will I be scammed or underpaid just because I am new?

No need to fret, with SimplyHired’s Salary Estimator you can quickly get a salary estimate and learn about the wage for any job.

 

02. Guru

Guru

Founded in 1998 in Pittsburgh and acquired by eMoonlighter.com, Guru.com has over 3 Million members worldwide and 1 Million completed jobs. It is a platform designed to connect and associate employers with a talented pool of freelancers from all around the world. Moreover, to make the transactions between parties easy, Guru also facilitates communication between the two parties. The Guru Work Room lets you efficiently manage all your work in one convenient place.

Guru is perfect for freelancers, looking for good pay jobs in designingwriting, IT, marketing, administration, and related fields.

What makes Guru stand out?

A) Showcase Your Work –
Guru that lets you showcase your past work experience and provides you with access to new jobs every day. Being able to show your past experience to employers can allow employers to make the right decision (choosing you!).

B) Payments Made Safe –
With Guru, you can set up how and when payments will be made on your job. There are 4 arrangements to fit any job:

  • Pay by Milestones
  • Pay by Task
  • Pay by the Hour
  • Pay Using Recurring Payments

But what really fascinating about Guru is SafePay. It doesn’t matter which arrangement you choose, SafePay gives you a simple and secure solution for payments. Always focused on convenience, Guru offers a way to automate your payments. And, in case of any dispute which cannot be resolved by words alone, Guru has Dispute Resolution Service dedicated to solving problems between clients and freelancers.

C) Simplified Onboarding and Job Posting –
Guru is focused on providing a relaxed and hassle-free onboarding and job posting experience. By leveraging above-the-fold content, Guru empowers employers to quickly post a job for free. However, while creating a job post is free, Guru offers a way to boost your job posting by paying additional money for increased exposure. The advertised posts are featured on top of the search results.

 

03. PeoplePerHour

People per hour

Founded in 2007 by Xenios Thrasyvoulou and Simos Kitiris, the company is headquartered in London. PeoplePerHour is a freelancing marketplace mostly aimed at bringing together people searching for services in writing, web development, designing, social media, business development, etc. PeoplePerHour empowers professionals around the world to take on work that they love doing.

You can easily score both online as well as on-site freelancing gigs on PeoplePerHour.

What makes PeoplePerHour Stand out?

A) Management and Collaboration –
With PeoplePerHour you can say goodbye to the struggles of managing a project. The dashboard allows users to monitor the information they need to get the job done, along with the necessary management tools to make your workflow easier. PeoplePerHour gives you a clearly marked inbox of tasks, structured threads for communication, and simple organized invoicing.

B) Secure Money Protection –
Unlike conventional freelancing platforms, PeoplePerHour has an intuitive payment system that holds payments in an escrow account until work is marked complete by both parties. Additionally, employers using the marketplace are required to provide down payments at the beginning of the projects to ensure payment is given.

In order to safeguard users, PeoplePerHour has an Anti-Fraud Protection system. They monitor every transaction and use their customer support specialists to help solve issues swiftly and fairly.

C) Pre-defined Job Posting Template –
PeoplePerHour has a template to describe the work needed for the project. The website has an artificial intelligence system in place that does most of the heavy lifting — matching and contacts with the best freelancers for the job.

 

04. TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit is extremely unique in its primary purpose. The platform aims to revolutionize how we handle our daily errands. Founded in 2008 by Leah Busque, the company has received $37.7 million in funding to date. Originally launched as RunMyErrand, in April 2010 Busque renamed it to TaskRabbit. In September 2017, IKEA Group announced it would acquire TaskRabbit, but would continue to operate independently. IKEA launched a furniture assembly service from TaskRabbit in March 2018. TaskRabbit is a freelance platform curated to help businesses and individuals with their day-to-day tasks. From minor repairs and housekeeping to furniture assembly and delivery services, this same-day service freelance platform provides solutions no other platform can offer. It has over 140,000 vetted taskers that are proficient in their specific tasks.

What makes TaskRabbit stand out?

A) Effortless Transactions –
TaskRabbit offers a companion mobile app which allows clients to choose the right tasker from mobile devices. Users can choose from a variety of home services and provide details about the services required – TaskRabbit does its magic and connects clients with taskers.

Select from a list of qualified and vetted Taskers for the job. Choose Taskers by their hourly rate, and start chatting with them right in the app.

When tasks are complete, payment is sent seamlessly and securely through the app.

B) Vetted Resources –
What is one thing that you need the most from any freelancer? Quality! “Quality over Quantity” is TaskRabbit’s motto. It doesn’t matter if a freelance platform has millions of freelancers, what really matters is the quality of the workers. Through TaskRabbit, you get talent that is thoroughly vetted and undergone a rigorous background and identity check prior to working on the platform.

C) TaskRabbit’s Happiness Pledge –
Trust and safety are TaskRabbit’s top priorities. While all Taskers undergo extensive background and identity checks, it is still risky to grant access to your property to a stranger. To secure and safeguard clients, TaskRabbit covers up to $1 Million in property damage.

 

05. RemotePanda

RemotePanda

Founded in early 2017 and launched at Startup Grind Global Event by Ayush Jain, RemotePanda is the pragmatic, prudent and organized way to outsource your needs. With RemotePanda’s concierge service it means you have someone to take care of your needs right from recruitment to hiring and throughout the project. This freelance platform set the KPIs for the work and builds accountability within the process for the remote worker. With RemotePanda, employers can enjoy the taste of managed remote teams with a success facilitator to oversee that all KPI’s are met.

What makes RemotePanda stand out?

A) Managed Remote Teams –
There are multiple platforms which offer freelancers and remote workers, which really makes RemotePanda unique is the fact that they provide managed remote teams and freelancers. What this actually means is that when you hire a freelancer from the marketplace, you get an additional layer of management that oversees the operation and productivity of the freelancer, reducing the burden of management and allowing you to activate their full talent. Another thing to note, freelancers working on RemotePanda are extensively vetted and interviewed thoroughly prior to being allowed on the platform.

B) Success Facilitator and Quality Oversight –
To ensure that users can leverage the full vigor of resources, RemotePanda assigns a Success Manager to every project. From effective communication to resolving disputes, the success manager takes care of the little things so you can focus on results. Success managers make sure that all KPIs set at the beginning of the project are met.

C) ESCROW Billing System –
When a user hires talent from RemotePanda they are provided with a seven day trial period where the employer can test the waters and check if the hired individual is the right match for their project.

Moreover, to ensure the safety of clients, RemotePanda adheres to an escrow billing system. This means that all funds are held on the platform until the completion of the project. If for some reason you are not satisfied with the work you receive, the issue is resolved fairly and quickly by the success manager.

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Conclusion:

Freelancers and clients have dozens of options to choose from, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. It is based on your needs and requirements which you will choose the right fit for you. This list contains options to seriously consider checking, although the only way to know is to try them yourself.


About RemotePanda:

RemotePanda is a personalized platform for companies to hire remote talent and get the quality work delivered from our city Pune. All talents associated with us are close network connections. When we connect them with you, we make sure to manage their quality, their growth, the legalities and also the delivery of work. The idea is to make remote work successful for you.