Hardly any programmers want to get involved with very small jobs. Administrative expenses are prohibitive, the outcome is too small. But it doesn't have to be this way. Software developer Bitpalace actively seeks small "on-demand" jobs.
"Fortunately, they don't consider themselves to be above any type of work," says Carsten M. after giving his third "on-demand" programming job to Bitpalace. Carsten suffers from the same problem plaguing many small website operators. Oftentimes, they just need something small done, like correcting errors, debugging software, accelerating an algorithm or modifying a form. But few software companies even want to get involved with this type of "petty work", since all the preliminary and post delivery tasks like consultation, administration and accounting outweigh the actual work effort. And programmers agreeing to take small jobs often vanish without a trace when problems with the script come to light.
Carsten was lucky. He learned about Bitpalace, an international software developing company offering to work on small programs while charging by the minute. Bitpalace won't turn down any job, no matter how small. Instead the company's programmers happily accept any challenge and make sure it gets done. Bitpalace's general manager Peter Debik talks about "on-demand" jobs with a lot of personal dedication and refers to programming services that can be done quickly and reliably for their clients. Often, this involves much more (unbilled) work than would seem sensible on the surface. Typical small jobs include the modification of existing web applications, error correction, modification of data input forms, adding plausibility checks and speed optimization of PHP programs or MySQL database queries.
Says Debik, "Small clients can be the most exciting and pleasant ones. Some jobs only require 30 minutes or less. But it's still a lot of fun, because it allows us to help people fulfill their aspirations." After all, some of these small jobs actually turn out to be profitable in the medium term, since today's small clients can quickly become tomorrow's big companies. According to Bitpalace, each new programming job is followed by an average of two or more additional jobs as well as recommendations to yet more customers.
Work time is logged by the minute. Clients are able to view a table detailing which programmer has worked on his job and how long he took to complete it. Software developers are available for work on demand. There is no minimum contract period and no minimum number of work hours. Bitpalace manages this "on-demand" challenge with the help of technological tools such as test servers, local development systems as well as remote maintenance software, which is later used to train clients on their own PCs.
About Bitpalace (Anglo-American brand of German Bitpalast GmbH):
Since 1990, the company has been developing into a leading provider of systematic internet solutions and today operates web servers for international, almost exclusively commercial customers. The portfolio includes website design, web hosting services, personal support for each customer as well as individual software development.
Sensburger Allee 27
D-14055 Berlin, Germany
Peter Debik MA
Phone (Chicago, IL, U.S.A.): 1-815-526 70 37