In this article I will review Freelancer.com , again I will be posting from my experience in the freelance world. You can refer to my profile here. I will be checking out the different features of freelancer.com. Expect to read about membership types, different parts of the site, do’s and dont’s. And a follow up guide for freelancers and employers/outsourcers.
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Freelancer.com the top ranking site for freelancers and outsourcers
To start with Freelancer.com is currently the biggest freelance site online. Freelancer.com boasts a whooping 10 million users, 5 million projects and roughly 20k users online at average. So it should not be that hard to make money on Freelancer.com given that there is 1 project for every second user online, and it is not that hard to find someone to do the work for on you Freelancer.com based on your specs if you can outsource your project to 10 million users. Of course the numbers here can be debated, given that not all users are active and out of the 10 million there is a percentage that is only there to freelance and another part that is only there to outsource.
Freelancer.com does have main categories which are then divided into subcategories. I will list the top categories and the main subcategories. If you want to check it out ourself visit Freelancer.com and then Browse Categories from the main menu.
- Websites, IT & Software : PHP, MySQL, WordPress, SEO, Joomla and Linux
- Mobile Phones & Computing : Android, Iphone, Ipad and Mobile Phones
- Writing & Content : Academic Writing, Article Writing, Copy Writing
- Design, Media & Architecture : Animation, Illustration, Flash, Logo Design, Photoshop Design
- Data Entry & Admin : Article Submission, Data processing, Web Search and Virtual Assistant
- Engineering & Science : CAD/CAM, Mathematics and PCB Layout
- Product Sourcing & Manufacturing : Manufacturing , Product Design and Supplier Sourcing
- Sales & Marketing : Internet Marketing, Advertising, Social Media Marketing and Affiliate Marketing.
- Business, Accounting, Human Resources & Legal : Finance, Accounting, Project Management, Quickbook&Quickens and Business Analysis
- Translation & Languages : English (UK), English (US) and Spanish
- Local Jobs & Trades : This is more or less a fluke on Freelancer.com‘s part, they are better of removing this category.
- Others : Anything goes
In short, you can simply go to Freelancer.com, sign up and post a project. You can pay by the hour “Freelancer.com just announced a desktop app to monitor hours, more on that later ;)” or pay by project. Any budget goes, but beware of too high a budget or too low. Stay tuned for some tips. I will have some articles ready on that. The prices apply only if you do have a free membership, if you are a paying user you can get them all of free depending on your membership type. The different project types you can choose after setting pay per hour or pay per project are :
- Featured : Cost $29, this will list your project in the featured projects listing. Freelancers : This means that the employer is serious and does not mind cashing out a bit more to get the right person. Employers : This will tell the Freelancers that you want someone with the skills and attitude needed. Depending on the project, this is worth paying for sometimes.
- Urgent : Cost $9 . This will get you an Urgent logo, and it gets more XP points for freelancers who do bid. So you will get more bids faster. However, I don’t think it is worth it, Freelancers will bid on your project no matter what, if they believe they can do the job for you.
- Private : Cost $19. Buy this if you want to hide your project from search engines. See the NDA type below as well if you are concerned about the privacy of your project listing.
- Sealed : Cost up $9, this will hide the bids from freelancers. Normally freelancers will see what others are bidding and then bid in the same range. So if the bidding started with a few high bids, you will probably get bids in the same range from the more serious freelancers. If bids start out low, you will probably get low bids. In order to ensure more accurate bids set the project to sealed. This way each freelancer will think twice about what price to set. I recommend this upgrade.
- Fulltime : Cost $199, charged if project is $5k and up. Not really recommended, as it is only an additional logo stating that you want somebody fulltime.
- Assisted : Cost $20 , if you don’t want to be bothered with all this detail, the Freelancer.com project management team will help you out with all of these details. I will keep it to you to decide whether it is worth it or not.
- NDA : Cost $20, all freelancers have to sign a NDA before bidding on the project. Similarly to Private this is recommended if you want to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of your project.
Freelancer.com Membership Plans
You can start out on Freelancer.com completely free, no need to pay a thing. However, if you do actually start bidding on a lot of projects or post a lot of work online it definitely is worth getting a membership as it can safe you a lot of money. A quick example : You make USD 1000 a month at Freelancer.com with the free membership and you pay 10% which is $100. If you have a Standard Membership you pay %5 which is $50 and the membership Fee of $25. So you save USD25. So the Standard Membership is definitely worth it for USD1000. Otherwise there are other perks listed below :
- Free Membership : This is all you need to get started. Sign up and start making money, or outsource your work. The cost is higher at %10 project fees for freelancers and 3% for employers and freelancers are limited to 10 bids per month.
- Basic Membership : Cost $4.95. Freelancers still pay 10% but get 50 bids per month and express withdrawals for their income. Employers still pay 3% but get free priority projects and free design studio
- Plus Membership : Cost $9.95. Freelancers still pay 10% but get 100 bids per month in addition to previous perks. Employers still pay 3% but get free sealed projects.
- Standard Membership : Cost $24.05. This is the membership I personally use. Freelancers only pay 5% in projects fees and get 150 bids per month which is more than enough, given that you can now earn points which give you free extra bids. Employers dont pay any more fees at all and everything apart from NDA projects is free.
- Premium Membership : Cost $49.95. This is more for companies that provide freelancers and do outsourcing jobs as it only makes sense to get this membership if you need the high number of bids of 500. For employers the only additional perk is free NDA projects.
Freelancer.com Points and Rewards
Freelancer.com does have a points and rewards system that does rank members and which can be traded in for perks. I will have an article on how these rewards work and how they help freelancers to land more jobs.
This was a general overview and review for Freelancer.com. Stay tuned for remaining parts of this review :
- Freelancer.com Review For Freelancers
- Freelancer.com Review for Employers/Outsources