“Great Client! Very professional, so it was easy to work with him. I have never found any client on Elance the way he was giving project instruction to me. Every instruction was very detailed, so it''s helped me a lot! Prompt payment. Hope will get next project very soon.
The goal of this job is to gather data on companies that provide services to marijuana dispensaries from the following five websites. Each website/directory is a little different in terms of what information it provides. I want the data to be put into Excel.
I do not know if this project is easiest done by programmers (web scrapers) or copy/past...
“The end work product was good, but it took 10 days longer than proposed (3 days turned to 13). Given that they said they had multiple people working on a the project, I did not think they were bidding overly aggressive as it related to how quickly they could do it, but perhaps they did not look closely enough at the job before bidding. There were some technical problems (being in India, they had trouble accessing a North American website) that accounted for perhaps a 2-3 worth of extra time, but not 10 (in my opinion).
On June 5th (due date), they sent me a message stating "We are working on the list, its almost completed. We will submit the file by tomorrow." When I did not receive anything, I messaged them again on June 7th and they replied "We have completed the file, we will cross check it out and submit it within the end of this day." I finally received file(s) June 8th and they were far from being complete or accurate. I was going to cancel the job completely, but they convinced me to give them more time to finish the work and correct the issues. I gave them more time and, eventually, they got me all of the work.
All of this being said, they did eventually get me complete, accurate work, which I know I can use for my needs. They were polite and respectful with all communication.
So, depending on the size and complexity of the job, they can be a good solution. But for larger jobs that need to be done perfectly, quickly, I would suggest paying the premium for a skilled programmer/script writer. While I was waiting for them, I hired a programmer who scraped everything that I needed in two days perfectly (for 2.5x the cost).”
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“Third or fourth job I have hired Safeer for. He does a good job with manual web scraping. He asks good questions and/or makes correct decisions (regarding "tricky" issues) without slowing down the project - good critical thinker.”
“I would rate him a 6 on work "quality of work" and "subject matter expert" if I could. His coding pulled non-visible data from the website(s) that I asked him to scrape and he pulled all the data on the sites, not just the handful of items I requested. He was sometimes a bit slow to respond and/or let me know he was working, but when I got the work product, I was blown away. I hired two programmers for the same task (for redundancy) and although his communication wasn't as good as the other's, his work product was better (and ultimately what I wanted). Well done!”