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Topic # 96050 19-Jan-2012 09:46
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Is there any New Zealand based rent-a-coder or similar style website for small website/coding jobs?  We sometimes need a hand with certain projects we dont want to go to the level of hiring another web design company but would like to offer jobs in a bidding system but definitely prefer working with kiwis.

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  Reply # 570711 19-Jan-2012 10:13
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In the past I've looked for something similar, more a general short it contract job board, but haven't found anything NZ specific.

This site has the potential to become what I was after: http://www.itnetwork.co.nz/ and it may suit your needs.

The sites I did find tended to be international and what I saw, which I suspect would happen here, was lots of people (perhaps companies) in low wage countries in India and China effectively pricing western contractors out of the process.  You may find a NZ based one would suffer similar consequences.  Basically if you're just interested in cheapest bid you remove experience out of the equation.  Trying to add qualifications and experience back into the bidding process is a little tricky.

Getting a bit off topic there - sorry!

Other avenues you could try are: LinkedIn and Twitter and (here) Geekzone!

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  Reply # 570843 19-Jan-2012 14:33
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I've used Elance and oDesk before (those international sites) and found that often you get bids for your projects within minutes, via more or less automated replies. You can try to filter out those ones by asking for an answer to a simple, specific question in any bid, which you often won't get from those who don't even read a proposal in person.

As for finding local developers: You could put "MUST BE BASED IN NEW ZEALAND" in the project description, and possibly state that the project will have to start with a personal meeting.

While all of this may help, in the end it would be nice if there would be such a site specific to New Zealand. At least I wouldn't have to explain why I would like to get paid more than $10 per hour. 

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