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Freelancer Sites, Getting Clients, and Hacks

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by englandrm, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. englandrm

    englandrm Senior Member

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    Just joined one of the big Freelancer sites (Starts with an E and ends with a lance) because I saw some jobs that caught my attention. My account is basically brand new, even though I have a ton of experience in what I do.

    I've applied to about 15 different jobs, heard back from 3, and closed 0.

    In my other methods which are similar to this, I have an amazingly high closing rate. I think my main issue is that its a new account that doesn't have any work history on the site. I don't want to post my current clients' info on my profile for the world to read, so I have no real reputation at the site, and I can only show off my client list after they respond.

    My question is...

    Is there any way to get around not having previous jobs on there?

    Can I buy an account? Is there an easy way to get jobs on there?


    I really don't want to lower my prices, but is that the only option to get people through the door. I feel that once I have 2-3 jobs listed on my profile, my conversions will go through the roof. I would love to hear some advice from people with experience in this.

    Thanks a ton. ~BHW
     
  2. s1wg4u

    s1wg4u BANNED BANNED

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    I use Elance for a business I run -- I'm writing an eBook about it to sell on Warrior forums -- but basically the best way to get clients is to do some really cheap work for a few people, get great ratings, and then start bidding.

    And honestly, what's converted best for me is my catchy name and my non chalant attitude in the bid. I introduce myself, talk a little bit about myself, and then bla, bla, bla. I get a few clients a month this way though I don't actively pursue getting more because i'm focused on other things.
     
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  3. habib123

    habib123 Registered Member

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    that is not easy u need to bid on projects so that clients can choose you there are lots of freelancer working there already.

    u need to be low cost in start

    hope u will gett any work...tho
     
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  4. englandrm

    englandrm Senior Member

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    So that's a no to being able to buy one?
     
  5. cashmaxman

    cashmaxman Newbie

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    I love & hate Elance. Its strange, I will get lots of replies for a period, then none, then alot again. It fluctuates. I also can't figure out why I dont get replies and I look at the other people who have bid and they are all from India and have horrible looking profiles.

    I do get some gigs from there and some have worked out great, you just have to work hard at it. I personally push the fact I am American to the clients. And found higher initial replies with shorter initial proposals.

    -G