Ziptask was quoted/mentioned in this article by the business daily news.
Today we rolled out some file management features for use within your ziptask project management area. Instead of using shared dropbox folders to manage all your files for a project, you can simply click on the files link at the top of the project details area, and create your own custom set of files and folders for that specific project.
Within the file management section, you will see multiple repositories, which clearly separate files for visibility purposes. Project managers can see everything, while customers and freelance teams can only see in specific selected repositories. This is quite important actually, as it protects freelancers from customers who don’t want to pay the bill, and protects customers from handing out files to freelancers before they’re ready. It also allows customers to only show a project manager specific files, keeping them safe from the eyes of the freelancers. The project manager sits in the middle, so he sees everything.
Once you select your repository, you’ll see a web based file management area where you can create any number of folders, drill down into your custom hierarchy, add files from dropbox or from your local folders on your computer.
Right-click on a file to rebuild the context menu.
You can copy/paste, rename, download, delete, or even save right into your dropbox account. This becomes incredibly helpful when the files start to get bigger.
Just onboarded, they come from a variety of technically-focused backgrounds. We have handpicked these 20 from over 316 applicants over the last few months. Welcome and congratulations!
So here we go. In order to comply with federal regulations surrounding the Dodd Frank act, and the US Federal Government’s OFAC financial procedural checks, Ziptask has incorporated strict identity verification policies, including a KYC (Know Your Customer) policy. As such, there are completely new features created for identity verification, in order to prevent money laundering and fraud. Customers, freelancers, and project managers will all have to become “verified” by uploading legitimate, government issued identification and awaiting administrative approval from the Ziptask operations team (in 24 hours or less typically, especially during the work week). You will see an alert when you login in the lower right-hand corner of the screen, asking you to ‘get verified’ by either adding a bank account, or going through the manual process of identity verification through another set of steps.
Move over PayPal! We can do this cheaper now! That’s right… Bank accounts for 38 countries (list attached) can be added for direct deposit at a cost of $5 usd per transaction. Add a bank account in the settings area, second tab, (‘cogs’ / ‘gear’ icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen once logged into your Ziptask Dashboard).
Here is the list, in case you were interested… Most of the planet is represented below.
Great article. We could not agree more.
Ziptask is fully managed outsourcing. It’s a new web app for outsourcing, with a built-in cloud-based project manager. Never hire a freelancer again. Hire a project manager instead, who can find, hire, and manage all your freelancers for you.
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Today we release a feature to the Ziptask dashboard which allows project managers, customers, and freelancers themselves, to assign work items to each other on the project. This small task creation and assignment feature emulates very closely what you would see in any typical project management and task management system, like asana, basecamp, blossom, etc. Below shows visually this feature in action.
Once you add someone to the project (above), they will be available in the drop-down list of “assignees”.
Clicking on the small person icon reveals the assignee pop-up overlay area, where you can start typing the name of the person you wish to assign this work item to, and they show up in the box for selection.
We were excited about December, but January shaped up nicely for us, even after a big month. We experienced yet another month-over-month growth of 42% in January, and February is already projected at a similar level of minimum growth.
For far too long, Ziptask was only accessible by its customers and project managers. The freelancers we’ve brought into projects had been outside of the application and asked to take a step of faith as they engage on projects. Today we released a much-awaited piece of functionality that allows project managers to assign freelancers into Ziptask projects. It’s living up to the hype of being a truly “3-sided” outsourcing system: customers, project managers, and independent freelance professionals.
Below demonstrates a quick screenshot of what a project manager sees when the invited freelancer to a project. They would have already interacted/interviewed/screened the freelancer in other areas of the web app or through Skype/Google Hangouts. This is simply the assignment piece that connects the freelancer into the web app, and allows the freelancer to see everything the project manager sees.
Project managers simply click ‘assign’ and enter in the existing or new freelancer, select the role they’d play on the project, and after confirming the rate or customizing the offer, they perform the ‘invite’.
The freelancer receives an email, and is able to review and accept the project assignment.
Stay tuned for more updates.
We’ve got a long way to go, but December’s numbers revealed over 400% growth in gross sales! Not bad for a startup. Stay tuned… January should be even better.
Ziptask is holding Project Manager interviews. Apply here and get contacted for a pre-screening day this week or next!
http://ziptask.com/freelance <— Apply Page
(Be sure to include a picture and upload a resume)
Tis the season for giving, and Santa has been strategic this year. We just gave our project managers a boost, as we launched a new timecard entry and automated billing system this week. This new timecard and billing system allows project managers to enter time in rapidly for their weekly hourly work, and allows customers to see and filter/sort/review hours in seconds. You can search within any field, by payment status, customer, project manager, project, or date range.
It’s out in the app but here is a screenshot of one of our project manager timecards.
Background: so much of what we do is centric to our project managers. They are what we consider to be the “missing link” in the outsourcing process. What they do for our customers is essential to the success of the project. They are constantly framing and re-framing work, recruiting and managing talent, guiding and directing architecture, structuring deliverables, forming results out of chaos at times. The last thing they need is a painful process for tracking and managing their hours. So this system was designed with them in mind. It allows them to click a button and within 30 seconds or less, enter time and for a few projects, save, and exit. (Don’t worry customers, this system also captures details on what work they performed, and you get to see that info before it hits your credit card).