Guru.com is yet another freelancer marketplace.
Clients place projects and freelancers bid on the project.
As with any freelance bidding system, buyer beware – you get what you pay for.
There are reports (myself included) of freelancers holding the client hostage for a 5 star rating and then not completing the work.
Guru has instituted SafePay which is an escrow account.
You can either pay via invoice or SafePay.
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Guru.com believes their strength in the marketplace is based on their over 400,000 guru’s worldwide and over 222 specialist categories.
There is no indication of how much that costs of if there are additional hurdles you need to go through to get this however.
A quick perusal of the help desk shows an inordinate amount of pay disputes. This shouldn’t be that difficult but it seems that freelance sites are all subject to this.
Guru.com site itself is nice and clean with easy to use navigation. Posting a job is free and you can ‘Feature it’ for $29.95 which promises “50% more responses”.
There are some Gurus making $80/hr with a $10,000 minimum bid. So there is a WIDE range of providers.
Guru at a glance
Editor’s note: This information was taken directly from the company’s page
Guru connects and transacts with freelance professionals efficiently and safely.
Freelancers market their skills to a global audience and compete for project work at minimal cost.
Guru uses a unique system called Smart Match technology which matches resumes and other information about job applicants to jobs.
|Area of Focus:||Technology, creative arts, business|
|Cost to Post:||No fee to the employer. Freelancer covers the expense from the fees they charge the customer.|
|Payment/Terms Policy:||Fees are funded upon freelancer selection and released upon final approval from customer.|
|Refund/Dispute Policy:||You can click on the “Request Refund” button/link and state the reason why you want the refund. A freelance has 3 days in which to respond (by initiating a dispute) to that request. If they don’t respond in the 3 days, the funds in Safepay, (assuming their are funds in Safepay) will be returned to you. If funds have already been released, there is no refund.|
|Ease of Use:||Pretty simple|
It also developed a candidate profiling system using techniques from industrial and organizational psychology to better understand a candidate’s suitability for a particular job.
Payments for work are handled by Guru using either check, e-check, wire transfer, PayPal and credit card.
They’ll pay the Freelancer and handle the complicated stuff like foreign currency exchanges (for Freelancers outside the U.S.) and IRS form 1099s (for those within the U.S.).