DoNanza is another incarnation of the standard freelance or find work online website. Users can search job listings from many online sources and find potential employment in a work from home situation. The job types vary and cover many primarily tech or writing related tasks. DoNanza offers a few unique search options as well as a scrolling feed on the homepage that lists recent searches. With so many other websites, including those that actually manage the whole job posting and completion aspect themselves, DoNanza has a lot of competition.Show more screenshots »
DoNanza is the result of Liran Kotzer, Gil Pal and Ami Dudu’s efforts to create the first search engine to focus entirely on web-based freelance jobs. DoNanza went live in June of 2009 and enjoyed a lot of growth in its first year. Today, the site is constantly expanding to include more jobs and users. On average, DoNanza grows by 4,000 projects daily and displays more than 70,000 projects spanning all of its categories. The company has raised $1 million from Innovation Endeavors (Eric Schmidt’s fund), AfterDox and other investors.
In general, DoNanza isn’t terribly unique in its posting of and focus on freelance jobs. That being said, there is some benefit to having a central website to locate project listings from over 600 websites. There is a problem that can stem from the massive area DoNanza covers. With all of those projects, many are bound to be sub par or even advertisements for other things, such as revenue sharing situations. While these are a way to make money, it is very difficult to generate enough revenue to make a livable paycheck. DoNanza may be a good option for filling in the job gaps to make a little cash.
The DoNanza website has a very professional appearance that is far from boring. The site uses different colored text in its search results to make it easy for the user to identify details. Price range is in green, the header is in blue, and a yellow icon appears for bidding. Users can easily sort through projects and gather information on ones that look promising.
At this point, DoNanza does not offer any kind of user registration. There are no sign up forms or anything similar. The site does suggest that the user follow through Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Users can also add a project board to their website and a widget. These tasks require a publisher account, which asks for an email address, password, contact information and website URL. These forms can be accessed by clicking the gold “Get Started!” button at the bottom of the homepage.
DoNanza does not offer users an account creation form. The site doesn’t actually handle the posting of jobs. Instead, it gathers postings from other websites as a way of directing users to those postings. Since it’s literally a search engine and not an actual freelance website, DoNanza really couldn’t justify charging for the service. The site does no money handling or other tasks. That being said, users can create a DoNanza account for free. The service may be helpful for users to find a few projects or contests, so the free price is well worth a visit. Even the publisher accounts that allow access to a widget and project board cost nothing.
The free cost of DoNanza makes it a great option for anyone with a tight budget or those looking to expand their potential job market without adding more to operating costs. Naturally, a balance of time must be found so the user does not spend hours wading through sub par projects (which will inevitably appear on this type of site).