Introducing SirraTeam.com

Since we at QuickSchools take remote working so seriously, I decided to create an app to help us track the hours logged by our contributors and to easily pay them via PayPal.

The result of that is SirraTeam.com.

Here’s what SirraTeam offers that I was specifically looking for:

  • It’s Free! The other solutions like PayMo charge by user. Since we have more than 30 contributors, that can add up. SirraTeam is free while in beta (which will be for a while) and after beta we plan to keep prices much lower than the competition.
  • Ultra-simple time tracking. I don’t want too many features that our contributors might get lost in. I just want simple time tracking.
  • Integration with PayPal for quick payments. This was the biggest thing. It’s our philosophy to pay our contributors frequently, sometimes as often as weekly. And with 30 contributors that got really time consuming, fast. SirraTeam is fully integrated with PayPal, so I can just click “Pay” and the PayPal payment is created.
  • Delegate payments. I can delegate the responsibility of paying specific users to managers. This is important as we scale up the team.

Lastly, I think it’s worth mentioning that SirraTeam.com works from the point of view of your organization/company: You create an account, you invite your contributors to log in, and they track hours with you. And then you pay them. Many other solutions are a little different in that they take the view of the freelancer – they log hours and invoice you.

SirraTeam.com is open to everyone. Check it out and let me know what you think. You can email me at aris at sirrateam.com if you have any questions or comments.

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Extreme HR

Over the next few weeks I’m going to write more about how we hire and how we structure HR at QuickSchools. But first and foremost, I need to give it a name. It needs a label. That would make it easier to talk about and identify.

I thought about the phrase “Extreme HR”. Not sure if that’s the best name for it or not. I guess it is a bit extreme. Some parts of it are reasonably common these days – 100% virtual arrangements, results-oriented work environment and hourly compensations for example. But I think some parts of it are pretty damn extreme. Resume-blind hiring, for example. I get some pretty strange looks when I tell people I don’t look at resumes when deciding between candidates. Or offering 5 people the same job so I can do an apples-to-apples comparison. Yup, that gets a fair amount of debate.

But we’ve done this “Extreme HR” so many times that it feels totally natural at this time. And totally logical given recent trends in work structure. And of course the kicker – it totally works and takes so little time to find great people.

Well, I guess we’ll call it Extreme HR for now, till we come up with a better name!