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Living the Freelance Life: Creating The Best Work Schedule For You

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Some people are up and working at the crack of dawn, while some like burning the midnight oil. Which group do you belong to? The good news is, that won’t matter if you’re a freelancer. You can either be a morning lark, or a night owl, or somebody in between, because you can choose the work schedule that works best for you.

One of the many perks of freelancing is being able to work whenever you want. Sure, you still have to stick to project timelines or sometimes keep track of your work hours, but, for the most part, you’re not limited to a 9-to-5 schedule. The trick is finding out what the best, most productive work schedule is for you.

Early riser or nocturnal creature?
Do you like getting up with the sun and starting your work early, or is sunset the start of your day? Maybe you’re one of those people who love seeing the sun rise, but just can’t wake up early enough to do it?Studies have shown that night owls, early birds, and those that fall in the middle all have different brain structures. Chances are, if you’re a night owl and you force yourself to wake up way too early in the morning, you’ll have a difficult time concentrating on projects. Likewise, if you’re an early bird, you’ll find yourself lagging on tasks once the clock starts ticking towards midnight.

As a freelancer, you can be productive by staying true to your body clock. Don’t force what doesn’t feel natural – just work with a schedule that’s comfortable for you. Take note of the time you usually wake up and start from there. If it’s a struggle for you to get up at dawn, start your day at dusk. Instead of sitting like a zombie, totally unproductive for a few hours, you’ll have the energy for a fresh start everyday if you don’t force your night owl self to become a morning lark.

Breaks are good for you.
Are there times when you try your hardest to work nonstop for hours, but you find your mind wandering at certain times? According tostudies, that’s because your body’s telling you it needs a break. Your performance declines the longer you work, so let your brain rest from time to time. Take a walk, have some coffee, or do something else for a few minutes, and your energy will be back up and running at peak levels in no time.

Find your peak times.
People have their own personal peak times – the parts of the day when energy is high. Organize your work schedule in such a way that you work on your projects during these most important hours.

Do you find yourself feeling sleepy after lunch? If you have flexible work hours, or have the luxury of working from home, then by all means, take a nap! Staring sleepily at your screen won’t be productive anyway. The only thing you have to make sure of is that it really is just a nap and you’re not going to sleep your entire work day away. Feeling sluggish mid-evening? Schedule a coffee break then. You’ll be more productive afterward, when your brain is on top of its game.

Peak times can also equate to quiet times. Some people feel more productivity in peaceful surroundings, and if you’re one of those people, you should adjust your schedule accordingly. If you have kids or a busy house, you may want to work after everyone has left for the day, or gone to bed. If there are things that leave you feeling frazzled during the day, work around those times. It’s up to you to find those pockets of time within your day when you can work without any distractions.

Work with your lifestyle.
Freelancing gives you the freedom to be able to work with your lifestyle, not around it. You can plot your work day according to how you live, so you can be as productive as you can be.

Once you have your work schedule down pat, you’ll find that you have more time and energy for more jobs. Check out theFreelancer job list and start working!

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The team at Freelancer have made it a top priority to review the authenticity and credibility of job listings. We are pleased to announce that we recently implemented new site functionality minimising the number of illegitimate projects in the marketplace. We are confident that our users will notice the clear change in quality and trust you will find that these updates enhance your experience on Freelancer.

The Lowdown on Milestone Payments

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Some of the risks of offshore work arrangements are getting quality work (for employers) and receiving payment (for freelancers). It’s difficult to trust employers or workers that you haven’t met (or won’t ever meet) so many are wary of hiring and working online. To minimize the risks and to give its users peace of mind, Freelancer.com has created a system called Milestone Payments.

The Milestone Payment System is a great service for both employers and freelancers. It sets aside funds for payment that will be released in full or staggered depending on the desired schedule or upon accomplishment of agreed objectives in the project.

The amount set aside for every objective is at the discretion of the employer, but freelancers can come up with their own milestones as well. Proposed Milestones is a new feature that allows freelancers to propose a breakdown of tasks with corresponding amounts and deadlines.

This payment scheme not only offers security, but also motivates the freelancer to take the job with utmost importance, knowing that payment is immediately due once the project is met with 100% satisfaction.

Both employers and freelancers can view the milestone payment but only the employer can release it and only the freelancer can cancel it (except for the Service Provider who is a Freelancer.com staff). This gives each party half of the control over the Milestone Payment.

Milestone Payment entails several short processes that are unique to employers and freelancers. Each is tackled below.

Employers

Employers have the freedom to reserve the funds for a certain posted project even if it has not been awarded to a freelancer yet. Doing this shows how serious the employer is and gives credibility to the project. As a result, high-quality freelancers are driven to bid on the project.

Once set aside, the Milestone Payments will be held by Freelancer.com until both parties agree to its release.

Benefits of using Milestone Payments:

  • Removes risk of paying outside of Freelancer.com
  • The employer stays protected by Freelancer.com if something goes wrong
  • Increases employer reputation
  • Projects are started faster (freelancers are keen on starting immediately knowing that payment is ready).

How to approve Proposed Milestones:

  • When reviewing bids, look for the number of milestones a particular freelancer can deliver under the amount proposed for the project.
  • Hover your pointer over the number of milestones (displayed alongside the number of days the project will be completed).
  • Tick the Shortlist box if you like the proposal but wish to check on other bids first. If you’ve decided to hire a certain freelancer, click on the Award Project button. As always, you have to confirm the award.
  • Click Create Milestone and you will be prompted to deposit payment for the milestones which will then be released after every task done.

How to set a Milestone Payment:

  • Click New Milestone Payment on the Finances menu
  • Click Create Milestone under the Milestone tab in the Manage Transactions section
  • You can either create a Milestone for an active project or directly for a user. It is strongly recommended that you always create a Milestone Payment for a project rather than directly for a freelancer. In the search box type in the name of the project or Freelancer you wish to create the Milestone Payment for.
  • Enter the amount to be transferred and a description for the Milestone Payment
  • Click the Create Milestone button

Note: Use this option if you don’t approve a freelancer’s Proposed Milestone.

How to release a Milestone Payment:

  • Click Financial Dashboard from the Finances menu
  • Under the Milestones tab in the Manage Payments section ensure Outgoing is selected in the top right to see list of Milestone Payments you have created
  • Click the Action drop down on the right of the Milestone Payment you wish to release then select Release from the menu
  • This will display a box where you can specify how much of the Milestone Payment you would like to release. You can release the entire Milestone Payment or only a portion.

For the protection of Freelancers, Milestone Payments cannot be cancelled by the Employer. If the employer feels that the freelancer isn’t entitled to a Milestone Payment, they should first contact the freelancer to settle things. If an agreement cannot be reached, immediately go to Freelancer.com’s Dispute Resolution Service.

Once the Milestone Payment is released, there’s no way for Freelancer.com to recover the funds. Make sure that the project has been completed and you are satisfied with the results before releasing any pending Milestone Payment.

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Before starting any work, Freelancers should ask for Milestone Payments to ensure that payment will be given once quality results have been delivered. Make your Proposed Milestones as detailed as possible by including the tasks you aim to complete, the expected time frames you will work towards, and what price you charge for each completed milestone.

Benefits of using Milestone Payments:

  • Ensures that the freelancer is paid after reaching every milestone set by the employer
  • Helps build freelancer reputation
  • Adds points to a freelancer’s Completion Rate

How to create Proposed Milestones:

  • After placing your bid and writing your proposal, go to the Proposed Milestones section and describe each task/milestone you will deliver for the project. You have to be very specific to avoid miscommunication between you and the employer.
  • Indicate how much each milestone costs. You should have an appropriate price for every milestone. In this way, you can get paid after completing a task and you don’t have to wait for the entire project to finish. The breakdown prices must add up to the price of your bid on the project.
  • Click Submit Proposal.

Note: Freelancers will be able to propose up to a maximum of 10 milestones.

How to check if a Milestone Payment has been sent:

  • Click Financial Dashboard from the Finances menu
  • Under the tab in the Manage Payments section ensure Incoming is selected in the switcher. This table lists all your incoming Milestone Payments

How to cancel a Milestone Payment:

  • Click Financial Dashboard on the Finances menu.
  • Click the Milestones tab and choose Incoming.
  • Look for the Milestone Payment that you want to cancel and choose Cancel under Actions.

The Milestone Payment system is free and ensures that employers get the quality work they need while freelancers get paid for their efforts. Start hiring and get work done by posting a project, or start earning by signing up today.

 

Living the Freelance Life: Creating a Productive Workspace

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Freelancers can work anywhere – a coffee shop, a coworking space, even the park or someone else’s house, but most of the time, a lot simply work from home. Being able to do your job from the comforts of your own place is not only convenient, but also beats being confined to a cubicle all day. Here’s how you can make a comfortable, yet productive workspace that will inspire you to do the best work you possibly can.

Find a comfortable space and a roomy desk. You need a room or corner with a table and chair that isn’t cramped and gives you room to breathe. You need to be comfortable, otherwise the things that make you feel ill at ease can become distractions. Being ergonomic also helps you avoid work-related injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, back problems, and repetitive strain injury.

You also need a roomy desk. Some people have messy desks, while some have tables that are neat as a pin, but it doesn’t really matter what the state of your desk is. What matters is if you can get work done on it. Sometimes there is a method to the insanity of a messy desk, while a very sterile desk can be the cause of boredom. If you have space for all your work things, and it makes you want to work, then you’re good.

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Have all your tools within reach. Different people use different tools. Make sure you have all the tools you need for your job in your workspace. Set up shop where you can have your computer on the ready, and make sure an available power source is nearby as well. If a notebook helps you take note of things, keep one in handy. If a whiteboard helps you layout your ideas, tack one on the wall. If you need daily reminders that you can move around, have sticky notes on the ready. If you deal with numbers a lot, keep a calculator on your desk. Take the time to determine the tools that help you from day to day and organize your place in such a way that you get easy access to everything.

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Keep plants around. This may seem like a strange tip, but studies have shown that people work better when they have plants in their workplaces. This is because plants encourage you to interact with your surroundings, which in turn makes you work better. A cactus or succulent pot on your desk will not only help with that, but will bring a bit of cheer to your place as well.

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Play work-friendly music. A lot of people find that sound helps them focus while working, and you might be one of them. If you’re someone who is very productive in coffee shops because the background noise keeps you awake, Coffitivity – which plays ambient cafe sounds – might be for you. If you’re the kind of person who likes music while you work, get some playlists going. Music sites like Spotify has tailor-made work playlists, with names like Workday, Deep Focus, Brain Food, and Workday Zen.

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Surround yourself with things that inspire you. The joy of working from home means that you can have a workspace that’s done to your liking. Paint the walls with colors that make you feel pumped and energetic. Get a tea and coffee cart, or keep your favorite snacks and beverages around so you don’t have to get up when you get hungry or thirsty and lose your concentration. Hang art or posters on the walls that motivate you. Keep your toys near so you can tinker with them when you find your mind wandering. Your surroundings have a direct effect on how you work.

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There are many ways to spruce up your workspace. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that anything you add to it should contribute towards making you productive and help you enjoy working at the same time. It’s all up to you to make it your own. Happy working!

Success Story: Freelancer Brings Father and Son Together Through Music

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Alison Lynch and her husband Izzy could not be with Walter Schrader, Izzy’s terminally sick dad. The doctor told them that Walter didn’t have much time, but Izzy was sick with a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and it didn’t help that he was constantly emotional because of his father’s condition.

It pained the couple so much that they couldn’t be in the company of their father and support the family by being physically present. Alison knew she had to do something to somehow close the gap. She remembered she had two audio recordings in her possession: one of Walter singing the song “Where Are You?” popularized in 1937 and one of Izzy singing the same song when he was younger. Her aim was to combine the recordings so that father and son could be together, even if it was only in music form.

The couple agreed that the recordings would be their parting gift to Walter, who was diagnosed last year with melanoma. He bravely fought against it for a few months until they discovered that it had already spread beyond repair. Walter has since been under hospice care.

“Time is of the essence. Walter was totally bedridden and we had this gut feeling that he did not have much time left. I needed to find a place that can complete this type of work within an hour’s time,” said Alison.

Being a former musician in New Jersey, Alison knew that the local places charge too much. “It would have cost me a couple of hundred dollars at least and they would not be able to complete this type of work within a very short period,” Alison explained.

She remembered having great experience in Freelancer.com for some code-writing needed for her part-time job. She scoured Freelancer.com for the perfect person for the project and found IllusiaProd, who had everything she was looking for. When she told him that she needed the recording right away, he dropped everything so that he could deliver it on time.

“This amazing freelancer not only cleaned up the crackles in the old audio but also delivered it in an hour — just what I had requested. Hearing Izzy and Walter singing together brought tears in my eyes.”

The recording was then sent to Izzy’s mom, Maggie, his brother Michael, and sister Shari, who were by Walter’s side. They played the song for him and he managed to flash a weak smile and a thumbs-up. Walter passed away a few hours later.

“Walter and Izzy were not only father and son; they were best friends too. Even though he lived in another state, they still kept in contact and they talked every day.”

Do you have similar projects that require immediate attention? Post a project now and get bids from skilled freelancers in minutes. To speed things up even more, you can also chat with them instantly.

 

How-To: Make Your First Bid

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Freelancer.com currently has 13 million professionals. More often than not, tens of hundreds of freelancers find themselves competing for the same job for a number of reasons. How then can you, a beginner, stand out from the others? It would be easy if there was a magic spell that instantly gets you a project, but there is no such thing. However, there are things within your capabilities that you can do to help your bid stand out or increase your chances of winning a project.

The Project

Read the project description. More often than not, the employer will have information readily available on this page. It notes what is needed for the project, the timeframe, and other details. Some employers will even ask freelancers in this space to include in your bid how your skillset can and will help with the project.

Don’t be afraid to clarify things. Getting a project with details that are as vague as the plot of “Dude Where’s My Car” isn’t a good situation for you, the employer, nor the car. Never hesitate to find out exactly what the employer wants out of the project, the schedule for it, and the important facts you need to know. The employer will actually appreciate the fact that you took the time to make sure you are both on the same page.

The Bid

Get to the point. Keep in mind that, for a good project, the employer will have to sift through dozens or even hundreds of bids. Walls of texts will most likely be skipped, considering the amount of time anyone has for things that could have been said in a few words. Keeping your bid short and sharp will definitely catch the employer’s attention.

State your terms. Using the project description as your outline, be as concise and precise as possible in detailing the work and output you can provide, as well as how much it will cost, and the time it will take you to deliver the project.

Follow up. After placing your bid, the private message board makes a great avenue for those less important details you avoided earlier. In any case, if your bid got the attention of the employer in the first place, the smaller details will make the difference towards winning the project.

Your Profile

Update portfolio. It’s always a good idea to keep your profile page updated. Your profile page showcases what you can do and what you have done including a page for your portfolio as well as your resume. Here are our tips to get your profile page working for you.

Additionally, it’s always a good idea to highlight the skills that are relevant to the project you are aiming for. Remember to keep details short and straight to the point.

Protect your work. When uploading samples of your previous work or links to an online portfolio, make sure to protect your work, unless you want to give it away. Samples you send out should have a watermark or other means of identification or, at the very least, samples should be accompanied by a statement of copyright and your name or all three if you want to be on the safe side.

Your Price

Competitive pricing. Being competitive does not equate to being the lowest bidder, so don’t sell yourself short. A worldwide marketplace means competition will be tough, but if your work reflects quality, employers may consider paying above average prices. On the other hand, if you’re relatively new in the industry, justify your rates based on your portfolio and past works (if any). If you’re really just starting out, you may need to establish your reputation first, but it doesn’t mean you should work for free. Here are some of our tips on negotiating your rate as a freelancer.

Don’t oversell. Self-confidence is a quality anyone can appreciate, but overconfidence as well as exaggerated claims will probably make employers look the other way. Simple, honest, and frank works best with employers and building relationships with both colleagues and clients.

Proofread

It is always a good practice to proofread anything you send out first. Check to see if it is written clearly, and that anyone can and will be able to understand what you want to say. Google Word documents underline spelling mistakes in red and it’s all for free. No matter how great a project, contest, inquiry, or suggestion is, a poorly written proposal suggests lack of interest and poor work habits. Edit your document and put your best foot forward.
Lastly, after going through all these steps,you may want to check out our bid upgrades to make sure your bid doesn’t go unnoticed. Keep all these tips in mind while preparing your bids, and you’ll have better chances of getting the projects you want.

Introducing: Proposed Milestones

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Freelancers know how tough it can be to bid for a project. You have to show off your skills, include sample works, and articulate exactly how much your effort is worth. You know someone will get the project at the end of bidding but how can you make sure it is you?

The employer will award the project to the best freelancer for the job. This is where an effective bid comes into play. It is vital as a candidate that you put your best foot forward when pitching yourself to prospective clients. Another way to showcase your professionalism and prove to the client that you are serious about their business is by listing down milestones in your bid!

Proposing Milestones: What can it do for freelancers?

Freelancers can now enumerate upfront the well-defined tasks they will execute on to complete the project in the “Proposed Milestones” section. This will help them go into more detail on what they plan to deliver, the expected timeframes they will work towards, and what price they charge for each completed milestone. This in turn gives the employer complete confidence and clarity on how the freelancer will tackle their project.

Are you an employer? Let proposed milestones find you the right freelancer!

Some employers who have yet to try working with freelancers think the work may not be done to their standards. This is definitely not the case! If the employer finds the right freelancer whose skills match the tasks for the project, then they can get the job done right. Proposed Milestones gives the employer confidence in the freelancer’s abilities.

There could be 10, 20, or even hundreds of top freelancers waiting to work on your project!

Here’s how Proposed Milestones work:

For Freelancers

1. After placing your bid and writing your proposal, go to the Proposed Milestones section and describe each task/milestone you will deliver for the project. You have to be very specific to avoid miscommunication between you and the employer.

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2. Indicate how much each milestone costs. You should have an appropriate price for every milestone. In this way, you can get paid after completing a task and you don’t have to wait for the entire project to finish. The breakdown prices must add up to the price of your bid on the project.
3. Submit your proposal.

For Employers

1. When reviewing bids, the employer will see the number of milestones a particular freelancer can deliver under the amount proposed for the project.To view the milestone breakdown, hover your pointer over the number of milestones (displayed alongside the number of days the project will be completed).

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2. Tick the Shortlist box if you like the proposal but wish to check on other bids first. If you’ve decided to hire a certain freelancer, click on the Award Project button. As always, you have to confirm the award.
3. After proceeding, you will then be presented with an updated version of the bid breakdown. Think of your project’s priorities while reviewing the freelancers’ milestones.

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4. By clicking Create Milestone, you will be prompted to deposit payment for the milestones which will then be released after every task done.

Why are you going to love this new feature? According to company data, freelancers are 21% more likely to be awarded the project if they indicate a bid breakdown. The freelancer receives faster and more frequent payments because of each indicated milestone and the employer is completely confident in the freelancer’s work!

Bidding for a project? You surely know what to do now.

Looking to hire a freelancer? Look out for Proposed Milestones and pick the best freelancer for your project!

Success Story: Musician Starts a Freelancing Career in His Studio

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Juan Martin Porcel Iturralde worked in an international company in Argentina where he was given the opportunity to travel to different countries. He didn’t feel satisfied however, and felt like there was something missing in his career. He thought of giving up his job for his first love, music, but he wasn’t sure how to make a comfortable living out of it.

Not the type to give up, Juan pursued his passion one step at a time. “I never stopped composing. I never stopped my curiosity for music,” he shared. He learned to play a lot of instruments: guitar, drums, bass, piano, and he also learned to manage every virtual instrument such as synths and electronic DAW (Logic, Ableton, Fruityloops, etc.).

Eventually, Juan quit his sales job and settled for a part-time job in the mornings, where he did sales at the Buenos Aires International Airport. The rest of his day he filled with his dream job – music. He was all set; he had a home studio he specifically built for his startup business. “Once I realized that I can get jobs associated with music such as song composition, arrangements, and sound design, I started to invest in some good hardware to have better work quality.”

Finally on the right track to turning his passion into work, Juan sat proud in the middle of his cozy little studio, waiting for customers to whirl themselves in. “I ran into a blank wall. Nobody came in and I didn’t know where to find them.”

That was when he stumbled upon Freelancer.com. “I browsed the web looking for a way to work from my studio. I chose Freelancer.com because I think it is the biggest website for freelancing. It has a lot of projects from all around the world in several categories,” he said.

A few months later, he had already gained the trust of many of his clients, and they kept coming back. He also had to employ a musician and a singer because he was already overloaded with work.

“The speed of my business’ growth is so fast that I’m actually thinking of giving up my part-time job,” he said, adding that working full-time on Freelancer.com might be a great idea because his earnings were better. The more time he dedicates, the more money he would earn.

Providing a comfortable life for his family wasn’t only his sole motivation. Juan said that doing what he loves every day without having to leave home was all he needed. “When you love what you do, you would want to work all day because you enjoy it.”

Read more about Juan Martin’s experiences on Freelancer.com here.

Do you want to be able to free yourself from a stressful 9-to-5 job and focus on doing what you love? Like Juan Martin, you can also work on your passion. Freelancer.com is here to assist you. Sign up now!

 

How-To: Post a Project

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When you need something done, all you have to do is hire a freelancer to help you. At Freelancer.com, the easiest way to do that is by posting a project. Think of it as a free and fast way of putting up a job ad – you just have to fill out a form and it’s done.

Once you post a project, bids from interested freelancers will instantly start coming in. Then it’s up to you to sift through the applicants, check their profiles, and even chat with them to make sure they’re right for the job.

It’s easy to post a project, but it can be difficult to find the kind of people you need for the job. Here’s how to make sure your project page will attract the best and most qualified bidders.

Give a detailed project name

Your project name should be as detailed as possible. It’s what freelancers first see when they browse jobs, and plays a big part in getting people to click on to your project page and bid. Some freelancers actually bid without bothering to read anything else on the project page, so your project name needs to be able to impart as much information about the job as possible.

If you need a graphic designer for example, your title should say what kind of graphic the person would be expected to do (logo, blog illustration, or something else), and what the graphic would be for (a company, a magazine, an ad, so on and so forth). This way, you have more chances of finding someone with the exact experience you need. However, try to be as concise as you can too. A lot of people won’t take the time to read the entirety of a very long project name.

Be specific

The work category dropdown menu that you find at the top of the Post Project page is offered as an option, but it’s a good idea to use it. Answering the question “What work do you require?” will help narrow down your bids. The list has all the popular work categories on the site – such as Writing, Design, and Data Entry – but you can also choose the Customized option that will let you select skills manually.

The skills box is where you can enter five skills that relate to the project. This is where you can get even more specific by entering specialized skills. The freelancers who have the skills you entered will be notified about your project, so if you put in skills that aren’t so general, you’ll be able to target the freelancers you really need.

Provide a thorough job description

The project description is where you lay out everything the freelancers need to know about the job, so be as comprehensive as you can. You don’t have to reveal any sensitive information about your project or your company, but making essential project facts available will help bidders ascertain whether or not they can help with your project or not.

Take the time to explain what you need done and how you want things done. Try to anticipate any concerns freelancers may have and address them. Is it an ongoing project or will it just last a couple of months? Will the freelancer be paid by the hour or by commission? Will the work be done in parts, or do you expect it to be completed in one go? It’s better to lay all this information out at the very start so that bidders know what they’re getting themselves into.

Give examples

Under the project description box, you’ll find a place where you can upload files. Use this space to show examples of what you need for the project, such as sample articles, graphics for inspiration, or even code to start on, among other things. This will help give bidders an even better picture of the project you have in mind.

Determine the project type and budget

The last things you need to pin down are the project type and budget. You have the option to pay the freelancer you’re hiring a set amount at the end of the project, or pay by the hour if the project entails ongoing work.

As for the budget, you can select the currency of your choice from the dropdown menu. You can either pick a budget range or create a custom budget and enter the minimum and maximum bids you want.

Opt for upgrades

If you have room in your budget, take advantage of a project upgrade. There are several options to choose from that will definitely help in getting you more quality bids in a shorter amount of time.

Choices include marking a project urgent, which ensures replies from freelancers within 24 hours; sealing a project, which keeps bidders from seeing what others are bidding; and featuring a project on the ‘Features Jobs and Contests’ page, which allows your project to be displayed more prominently, resulting in more bids. You can also choose to get help from our recruitment team, mark a project as full-time or commission-based, make a project private and hidden from search engines, and havea project require a Non-Disclosure Agreement for confidentiality purposes.

Having a complete project page is crucial in being able to find good freelancers. Follow these tips and you’ll get the bids that you want in no time. Post a project now!

 

Building your Freelance Reputation

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Freelancing entails posting one’s skills online, placing bids, and waiting for clients to come knocking. Commonly, the client no longer conducts lengthy interviews with the freelancer and instead only browses through the freelancer’s profile. On this occasion, you want to immediately capture the client’s attention by showing that you have a solid freelancing reputation. This is because no matter how talented and skilled you are, if employers don’t see evidence of who you claim to be, they will look somewhere else.

Building a reputation online is challenging and made more difficult by the fact that there are many freelancers ahead of you with years of experience. Fortunately, the online outsourcing world is fast-paced and the demand for skills is steadily growing. There is an endless stream of jobs bound to be taken, but will you get picked?

In order to begin building your freelance reputation, consider doing the following:

Produce only the best work – Make it your mantra to deliver only quality results on each and every project. Even though it’s tempting to only do what pleases the client, you also need to think of its impact on a global scale. Your client has tons of people connected to his network and once the project goes live, these people can look at what you’ve done. It will be privy to his friends, colleagues, Twitter followers, and essentially anyone who stumbles upon the project.

Whenever you work on something, keep in mind that someone else aside from your client is going to take a look at it so make every project the best you’ve ever done. The upside is that these people may also be your potential clients.

Strive for positive feedback – The process of coaxing a positive feedback out of a client may be difficult and lengthy. However, there is an easier way: practice goodwill. What really makes you remembered is not how fast you finished the project or how well you understood the instructions; it is how you acted during every encounter.

Clients may eventually forget how great the project was, but your attitude while doing it will remain and they will be more than happy to spread the word. If you are in a client’s go-to list, chances are, they will tell everyone to put you in their own lists too.

Get inspiration from criticism – It’s almost impossible to please every single person who criticizes your work especially if the project has long been over and client satisfaction has been met. Since you probably won’t re-do the entire project just because a critic expressed dislike, acknowledge the criticism and use it as inspiration to do better on your next project.

Build your profile and portfolio – Your profile and portfolio are your main selling points. You want both to be organized and effective enough for clients to be persuaded that you are the perfect person for the job.

For someone who is just starting out, organizing your profile page adds concrete to your reputation building. Every time you successfully finish a project, get an excerpt and add it to your list of accomplishments.

Include completed projects, samples of your work, and any other proof of your capabilities in your portfolio. Keep it organized and clutter-free for easy viewing as well.

Remember to post a complete resume too. For more tips on how to keep everything neat and complete, read “Is your Freelancer.com profile working for you?”

Doing things with a desire to be the best and going the extra mile to ensure that work is above and beyond expectations are the ingredients to building a strong freelance reputation. Make it your goal to perfect your performance without the thought of prestige lingering at the back of your mind. Before you know it, you’re already a reputable and sought-after freelancer.