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Crappy experiences with outsourced/hired help/freelanced work

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by hayama, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. hayama

    hayama Registered Member

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    Hey all,
    I just ended talks with a freelancer who was to help me in identity branding a new product (logo creation, etc). He was referred and his work looked extremely amazing. We got in contact and after signing an NDA, I let him in on my project.

    After 2 weeks of emails (moreso on my end than his), I decided to end the discussion (an agreement wasn't even finalized yet) because he was horrible in communicating. Not only that, but I had to hear from a 3rd party that based on my budget, I was too demanding. Which is funny to me since all my emails were questions to clarify agreements and to ensure he had everything he needed, as I wouldn't hear anything from him for days.

    Luckily it was only time that was wasted, but this will serve as a good lesson learned for me and my team. First impressions usually are right. No matter what the talent, make sure he/she at least has the decency for customer service.

    What other crappy experiences have you guys had with hiring someone to do work for you? Online or offline
     
  2. darkmarth

    darkmarth Junior Member

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    It makes me SOOOO mad when freelancers stall the project selection process!!

    Typically on GAF, I will choose somebody who looks totally qualified and I'll select them to be my provider (thus freezing the project)....5 days later...what!? no way!? omg!? The project is still frozen and the freelancer hasnt even accepted the job...So you're missing out on new applicants who actually need work and will work...plus your project isnt doing itself in the mean time...

    Forget the PMs that say - cant wait to start! This project is so great! You're the man! They would rather tease you with the idea that they would actually accept your project

    AHHHHH

    Luckily I have found a few good ones whom I hold onto dearly!!

    Okay okay...another runner up...

    When they do choose your project, begin the project, and then have to leave for 2 months....
     
  3. hayama

    hayama Registered Member

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    I've heard horror stories about GAF/CL/etc type sites. I would have to be desperate to go to them, but I understand that's the only choice sometimes.
     
  4. noph34r

    noph34r Regular Member

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    This happens when a freelancer takes too many tasks in the same time and isn't able to get anything done.
    It isn't only a problem on GAF, I have had a deadline problem with a freelance from El@nce.