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I Need Your Input on This Game Changer for Freelancers!

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by pozedanjire, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. pozedanjire

    pozedanjire Newbie

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    As a freelance programmer, I find the usual way of getting projects a bit time-consuming and not optimal.

    Think about it: you go to the freelance site, you scroll through a list of potential projects, you read about them, you pick some, prepare your quote/response and bid. That takes time!

    Until you build a solid client base that you can use outside of the freelance arena, you will spend a lot of time trying to win projects. For starters, this may not be a huge problem - since they have to gain experience and the like.

    But for experienced, good programmers it's not good at all. As a good programmer (with solid experience and all), I should have a pool of sales folks contacting me about projects I might be interested in doing. Maybe I can pay 25% to those folks or they might even sub-contract me. Off course, those sales folks would need to know that I provide great services and I'm good at what I do.

    I wanted to create a system/site that'd do just that - letting salespeople come to service providers with projects for bidding. But I'm thinking it may not work. I wonder if it can compete with the freelance sites. Also, those greedy capitalists are always looking for the cheapest deals - regardless of how much more they might have to spend down the road due to crappy architecture/etc.

    So what do you think? Can we find a way to make it work better for freelancers? In a way, it's like a rat race - don't you think? The corporate world should be a rat race - not freelancing!

    Let's build a game changer for freelancers - they'll thank us for that.

    Let's go! Think! Share your ideas!
     
  2. redstar504

    redstar504 Newbie

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    If you aren't willing to read the project descriptions and come up with a proposal, how much time and effort are you really willing to spend on the project? I take pride in writing a stunning proposal that the client can't refuse.
     
  3. werrich

    werrich Regular Member

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    it's a great idea but stuff like that usually takes a lot of upfront capital, because u would need to advertise to get the word out about your site (vs every other freelance services site), and there would need to be a way to filter out the garbage, etc. I'm like u with loads of ideas such as this but without the funds/help to do it, it's just another mountain of work that probably won't get done effectively.
     
  4. pozedanjire

    pozedanjire Newbie

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    Upfront Capital: I think if the idea has good potential, you might find folks that'll invest if you can compe up with a good business plan. Believe it or not, there are people out there (not necessarily Mark Cuban, Will Smith, etc) who will invest into good ideas.

    Marketing: Yes, that's the most important thing of all. People need to know about your product. But guess what? We usually have plenty of marketing power/capital at our disposal than we realize! Think about all the friends you have - who in turn have friends - who in turn have friends - ...
    So your product just needs to be good, and people will talk about it to other people.

    To be honest, this project won't require too much capital to start.

    Hey, would you be interested in potential partnerships (and the like) about your ideas and stuff? This is just one of the many ideas I have on my list. PM me.

     
  5. forgetyou

    forgetyou Junior Member

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    Freelancers are like cats, they like to roam around and do wtf they want.
    Did you hear about the phrase : "like herding cats"?

    Good luck.
     
  6. nanavlad

    nanavlad Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    ok
    it,s not rocket science
    Put a list of your services and prices on a blog

    have a secure payment structure,

    Go on sites like BHW and offer your services
    give a few free review copies and let the clients decide if you are giving good value

    If your service stands up to the scrutiny of the guys here , then you just keep expanding,

    Start small , If you are getting to many orders then consider putting a team of guys together to do the day to day work

    Your job keep the clients and workers happy

    Make loads of money
     
  7. pozedanjire

    pozedanjire Newbie

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    Point taken.