I have been working as a freelance writer online for several years and one of the first places that I took advantage of was a website known as Freelancer. Freelancer is one of many similar websites, but it offers many significant advantages for people just beginning to be involved in freelance writing, as well as people who have been earning money this way for a while. While Freelancer is certainly worth taking the time and effort, it does have some disadvantages and may not be for everyone.
Lots of projects
One of the most significant advantages about Freelancer is that it is big and well-used. This means that there are a large number of different projects available at any time, which look for many different skills. As well as offering work in writing, Freelancer also hosts website design projects and projects focused on media, design and architecture. The large range of different projects and employers means that most people will find something on the site that they can do well.
When you work for yourself, there is always a risk that people will not pay. This risk is present when you use Freelancer, but it is minimized. This is because Freelancer uses a system of scoring, where both employers and freelancers are given ratings and reviews based on how good they are. Furthermore, Freelancer users its own payment system, so the website is able to keep track of whether payment is received and allows for milestone payments.
The popularity of Freelancer makes it a little challenging to use as a Freelancer, because you tend to only get hired for the well-paying jobs if you have a good reputation on the site, and getting this can involve working on many jobs that do not pay at a good rate. Furthermore, decent jobs will often have a large number of different people bidding on them. In a later post I will give you information about how to build up your reputation on a freelancing site, and as a writer overall, but for now, the best information I can give is to perform your best regardless of how much the job pays and to follow the instructions of the employer.
There are certainly many good paying projects on Freelancer, but you will probably find that the jobs on Freelancer are not nearly as profitable as ones you find in the open market. This can be a problem if you are trying to be financially independent through freelancing and it is something that you need to take into consideration. You also need to be aware that Freelancer uses its own payment system and you can transfer the money from this to PayPal or other locations. While this is not ideal, I didn’t have any major problems with the system.
Personally, I do not use Freelancer often anymore, but for a long time it was how I found most of my work. Freelancer can be fantastic for picking up extra work when you have nothing else going on, or finding clients for repeat business. Many people that I write for on a regular basis were originally clients from Freelancer. If nothing else, I found that Freelancer acted as an important stepping stone, and continues to be a backup if I do not find many orders otherwise.
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