I just stumbled upon a company called ZIP-Task. That company claims to realize online outsourcing projects in a different way than I have seen before. In conventional online outsourcing companies (e.g. oDesk, eLance, etc.) developers are more or less on their own.

ZIP-Task says the organise projects in a more systematical way (especially by first installing a project manager) but still selecting team members from an open freelancer pool on demand.

That special company seems a bit weird. For potential freelancers they even do not provide an explicit way of contacting them (e.g. by e-mail) other then applying for their pool. That creeps me out a little. Also they do not provide any detailed information for potential freelancers. At least I could not find anything.

Still the idea is interesting from a possible freelancer's point of view since I made very bad experiences with oDesk and similar sites (from a customer point of view). I think the ZIP task way may be a good idea. However I could not find any other companies that provide similar services.

Does someone have experiences with that special company? Are there any other companies that realize a similar online outsourcing concept?

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    Skimmed it, seems interesting. I will explore it. – Peter MV Jan 19 '15 at 14:45
  • Surely that's how an agency works? Agency has a supply of freelancers, client approaches agency and asks for x to be done, agency manages project and picks people to do the job. Odesk does have support for agencies as far as I know. – user152 Jan 19 '15 at 15:34
  • This just seems off-topic to me. Not so much freelancing as a company review request. – Scott Jan 20 '15 at 1:23
  • Don't have traditional agencies a limited pool of freelancers that work in the agency or at the location of the customers? Are there agencies that actually use a pool of remote developers that work via internet only to realize online outsourcing? Even on oDesk such agencies are not built that way, are they? – Silicomancer Jan 20 '15 at 8:06