There are many international online outsourcing websites such as Freelancer, Odesk, and Elance but the major issues of Iranians with these sites, is online money transactions abroad: this process is almost impossible as Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal all are closed for Iranians, due to international sanctions.
Ponisha is the largest place for freelancers in Iran to get projects done and also to make money. It was launched in Dec, 2011 to help companies and individuals outsource their projects and hire people for short durations. It is also beneficial for entrepreneurs and startups to outsource technical parts of their projects.
Here is Nima Nourmohammady, the founder of Ponisha: “Most people usually look for full-time jobs in a company, but I believe freelancing can be a full-time job, and with some training in marketing and negotiation, anyone with any skill could become successful. The benefits are endless. Just imagine there is no boss. In this situation, you can work whenever or wherever you want and on whatever project you desire and still make more money than people with regular employment.”
Currently Ponisha has more than 50.000 freelancers, with 2400 completed projects and a revenue of 5,103,158,949 Rials ($157,000) for freelancers. Nourmohammady said that the main goal of Ponisha is to expand. “Our main and most important target is to reach 1 million registered members. We keep adding features, updates and promotions to keep our customers satisfied. Most Ponisha’s growth comes from our organic growth and we are thankful to our users who keep introducing us to their friends and networks.”