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Codemill is a new freelance GitHub marketplace for developers

If you have mad coding skills and you're after a way to earn a bit of money on the side, a new outfit called Codemill (opens in new tab) might be just the thing you're looking for.

Describing itself as a marketplace for GitHub pull requests, Codemill is a clever way for organisations to get issues in their code fixed for cold hard cash, rather than relying on the good nature of GitHub, and of course it's also a way for developers to profit from their abilities quickly and easily.

It's all set up to be nice and straightforward for everyone to use. Clients can mark up their code issues with a simple tag – codemill${price} – which also includes the price that they're willing to pay to get it sorted, and it then becomes a task in Codemill's system. Developers can then browse open tasks, or simply set up alerts for new tasks based on programming language and price.

Codemill - negotiate a price

If you feel the price for a job is too low, it's easy to negotiate

If you find a job that's up your street then you can fork the repository and get to work, or if you think the price is a little low you can negotiate with the client first, through Codemill's system. Once you've forked the repository it's yours to work on alone; no-one can undercut you if you've started work.

When you're done, you send a pull request to complete the task, and if the client is happy with your work and merges it, you get paid via PayPal. Easy!

Codemill - getting paid

Submit your pull request, and if it gets merged that's when you'll get paid

Codemill also works with private repositories, making it suitable for companies that are a little more sensitive about sharing their code. In this case developers simply have to request permission to access the repository, which also enables clients to vet developers in advance, rather than have the work snaffled by the first dev to come along.

It's early days for Codemill, but if it catches on it could be a win both for companies that need their code fixed quickly, and for freelance coders looking to monetise their abilities.

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Jim McCauley
Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.