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What Do You Like and Dislike About Current Freelance Sites?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by hatterftw1, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. hatterftw1

    hatterftw1 Power Member

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    I'm with a group that will soon be launching a new freelance website, that we believe may help revolutionize the freelance game. I'm trying to gather information from regular freelance site users to help improve our site and add elements users may want. I would greatly appreciate it if you all could maybe tell me positive and negative things you think about some of the current big freelance sites out there (like Freelancer, Elance, Guru, oDesk) or things you wish they did or had?
     
  2. BHopkins

    BHopkins Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    For me it's always so difficult and time consuming to get all of the details of the job setup. If you had pre-set jobs with descriptions like Fiverr that would make it more of a marketplace but I would still be able to select my favorite provider from a list of people willing to provide the job.
     
  3. Subsonic

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    As an occasional freelancer I must say that quite a few employers have way too low budgets and too high expectations. On the other hand even the most ridiculous projects get bids from freelancers who are still looking forward to getting their first gig, no matter how poor the payment is. This is in no way easy to fix, but if you can lure high paying employers and the best professionals used to getting paid well into your site, you're going to bank hard!

    I have worked on too many projects where the employer first posted the project, took the lowest bid from some random guy who's message was stuff like "can be done cheap please see pm thanks" and then it didn't work out. Either the freelancer just disappeared or stopped responding after the first deposit, or the quality was really poor and the projects just didn't progress. After the initial failure some of them were wiser and stopped looking for the lowest bid and contacted me (my bids are usually very high compared to the lowest ones). Even though they had to pay a lot more than they expected to pay, they have all been really happy with the results and some of them have come back for more.

    If you manage to run a high quality freelancer site with high freelancer/employer satisfaction, pm me and I'll join instantly!
     
  4. BHopkins

    BHopkins Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Finding workers is easy. He needs to focus on what will bring in employers.
     
  5. hatterftw1

    hatterftw1 Power Member

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    I'm happy to see your post Subsonic, because your big concern with existing freelance sites happens to be one of our big objectives we are looking to help solve in the freelance market!
     
  6. blackouts

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    But finding Good and Creative freelancers isn't that easy, most freelance sites just focus on getting the $$ and not the quality of work that will be delivered.

    There should be a sort of portfolio system where employers can search for freelancers based on there previous work and skills, this could help a lot to sort out the amateurs from the professionals! These days it seems that the lowest bidder always wins and quality isn't important anymore ...
     
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    If you're gonna make new freelancing site just copy paste what Elance did and don't do anything that Freelancer is doing and you'll be fine.
     
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    You're obviously not using freelancing sites cause you already have this, this is such a basic thing
     
  9. blackouts

    blackouts Regular Member

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    Ok, maybe i didn't layed it out correctly. What i meant is to have a site where freelancers can show there skills and previous work. Instead of employers posting possible jobs they would go threw a sort of elimination system that will give them x results of freelancers that would correspond to there needs.

    EDIT: seems that odesk allready has that function, didn't know that ...
     
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    Or make/copy a new freelance site vworker was. Freelancer is a big BS!
     
  11. Dreamz

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    I like the sites that offer a section similar to an employment agency. Pre screened potential employees. Tested for quality of work and reliability not just a self assessment or cheatable online test. onlinejobs .ph I believe is one site that offers this.
     
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