Yesterday's column created a great deal
of feedback -- all of it positive and in favour of the concept of teleworking
as one element of NZ's battle to grow a "new economy."
Some readers pointed out that we're already teleworking to a degree -- with
many local companies already working on overseas projects and contracts, particularly
in the are of web design.
In the mean-time, there are some overseas sites that might be worth looking
at if you're considering some international teleworking.
Billing itself as "The World's Intellectual Capital Exchange," this site
connect workers with projects.
An "Outsourcing Marketplace", Ants.com also allows IT workers, writers and
developers to bid on projects from around the world.
Yet another open marketplace where workers can bid on contracts in a
huge range of IT-related categories.
Although these sites are good, they appear to be mostly focused on connecting
individual contractors with work (or vice-versa). This still appears to leave
a significant void in the market where individual workers are looking for
teleworking jobs without the hassle of becoming self-employed. What's needed
in such cases is perhaps the formation of local companies who can employ workers
on behalf of overseas clients.
This way local workers could be employed on a regular salary
while the local company could re-sell the worker's skills (with a margin for profit)
to the overseas client.
A local company would also be able to provide some of the elements that many
teleworkers sorely miss when they move away from traditional employment --
namely a place to congregate, chat and discuss problems or ideas. A local
teleworking company might offer a offices which can be shared by those
workers who want to get out of the house on a regular or semi-regular basis.
This salaried subcontracting system is the way a few local consultancies already
work -- perhaps what they need
to do is place increased emphasis on establishing links with their peers in
the USA and Europe and providing teleworking skills -- they might be surprised
at just how much money there is to be made.
Stupid or Cheap?
An Aardvark reader has alerted me to yet another case where someone who can afford
to do something right is taking short-cuts.
on the TranzRail site invites visitors to book their travel arrangements and
pay using a credit card.
But there's no secure server -- and none of the input fields are even checked
Aside from the fact that even the dimmest schoolboy could write a simple script
that would flood the company's system with empty messages in next to no time,
the lack of a secure server must be seen as either penny-pinching or gross
I sure as hell wouldn't be booking my travel here!
Come on TranzRail -- you can do better than this.
As always, your feedback is welcomed.