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Make money with Freelancer.com?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by arganrecords, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. arganrecords

    arganrecords Elite Member

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    Hi to all, someone on this forum is banking on Freelancer.com? I need some advices because the competition is really impossible and especially for the logo design section there are a lot of bids won by the same big fish.
    As you know on Freelancer.com more feedbacks you have more work you have but in this way get the firsts jobs it's impossible (I'm always ranked not before than 15 posiztions and an employer choose the first with best price and around 1000 Feedbacks.

    I've the Plus plan that allows me to send 100 bids a month but I think it's impossible to get job with 0 feedbacks and with only this little bids.
    Before buy the premium plan (1500 bids/200$ month) I need some advices and if you've experience on this marketplace you can give me some advices to make the firsts sales.
     
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    I'd stay away from Freelancer if I were you. Scam here and there.
     
  3. divok

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    freelancer is shit. Even fiverr is better than it. Try selling here and on fiver. Also try your hand on designing biz cards etc on websites like zazzle .
     
  4. myinternetempire

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    Do you have already work on other freelancing sites?
    When you submit your proposal you can mention that you are new on Freelancer.com but you have already worked on other freelancing sites? Hope it me help you.
     
  5. Reyone

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    But keep pumping the phone man, you can still get a lot of sales from that method ;)
     
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  6. arganrecords

    arganrecords Elite Member

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    Yes I sell on freelancer's sites from about 5 years, the problem is that in this Freelancer.com there isn't real opportunity to get the job. I've created online portfolio, I'm sending a lot of sites of customers to employers and nothing.
    So, a lot of requests are really spam there but there are designers with 125+ orders in quenque eith an average of not less than 15K$ of work (I think they deliver all in less than a week).

    For this I see a great opportunity in this kind of work.
     
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    You have to be a master of your craft to make a good living off of freelancer.com/odesk/. You need to bit low on projects to get them and be able to do them fast so you can develop a professional looking profile. They more your bids are approved, the better you look obviously. Freelancer.com is a saturated niche, but you can make good money from it.
     
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    multicolouredhat Regular Member

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    Well I would say that exchange review from a person or two, maybe friends.
     
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    Freelancer is bulls**t
     
  10. CL@PVA

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    Try to build your portfolio on Behance and dribble, and if you lucky you can get buyer there, and also try to sell on Peopleperhour, And you can try also on eLance.
     
  11. bigkapp

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    Theirs a bunch of freelancing sites out there. Try mastering a few and adding more as you build on to your portfolio.
     
  12. bluehatface

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    I presume Freelancer is similar to eLance in terms of competition. It took me quite a while to get my first job on eLance.

    What I did is go beyond what they were asking on all bids - Someone wanted some algorithmic info on a load of audio files. I offered to build a program that would extract that info for them so they didn't have to get someone else to do it in the future. The program would have had to be made anyway for me to get the data easily. It turned into me developing a server-side algorithmic detection program (for more $$$ than originally quoted for the app), and further work for them down the line on other projects. I then had 2 jobs, 5 star feedback, and a large total earnings to get the ball rolling on further proposals.

    There must be some out-of-the-box things you can offer with Logo Design? Multiple versions? Animated intro for YouTube videos? Facebook/Twitter header/banners? Car stickers? Business cards? Pre-designed letterheads? Try to offer something extra in the quote that is too amazing to turn down.

    It might also help if you ask a few friends/family members to sign up, create a job, and then hire you. You will lose a bit of $$$ in commission to the site, but at least you'll have some feedback.
     
  13. myboss

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    Yes. I agree with divoc. Fiverr is better . You also can try smilegig for more earning.
     
  14. Balkana

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    It's hard to get a job on freelancing sites, I am right now only active (check account from day to day) on Elance and I'm not applying for jobs, I am being invited by other people. I was invited 30 times, applied for 15 or less and got hired for only one job, still ongoing (got maybe $5 from it by now). You should decide what kind of people you want to work for, because there are some who prefer low cost but there are some who'd pay more just to be sure that they get a quality service.
     
  15. cosmo342

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    I've been working as a freelancer for 8 years. Yet, it still has very good projects, but be ready to spend much time on estimations and be ready to get hired once per 10-15 applications. Just don't bid low cost projects, as you won't be hired for your personal quality and experience, but only for price which is lowest. Spend some time to investigate your potential client needs and write professional and descriptive letter. Try to make a connection between you and your client. That is the key. And if he is looking for quality, not low price, he will choose you for the project. That relates to programming section of freelance, not sure if it's similar to logo design..

    Most of the projects I've done were upto 1-3K and only few were grands. Freelancing keep your in constant unemployment state. Got 70% complete with the current one - start bidding on future projects.
     
  16. myinternetempire

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    He can also use the reference of other freelancing sites.
     
  17. I-marketer

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    I've been there too, OP. After few weeks of bidding I gave up and created my own portfolio on behance, deviantart.... more professional approach, I think.
    Quality standard on freelancer is low. If you are good at what you do, you don't need freelance sites at all.
    Most people's portfolios I saw there had such shitty pics, that I would be embarrassed to be associated with them.