Getting scammed a few months ago by the IAPWE wasn’t a good experience but it did lead me to something that could be.
When The IAPWE informed me that they were interested in hiring me, they gave me a list of things to do before they’d give me any real work and pay me. (I should’ve seen this as a red flag immediately but I’d never before been scammed and this whole, ‘jobs online thing’ was new to me) The last thing they told me to do was make an account on Freelancer so that they could (and I quote) ‘send me jobs’.
I made an account and looked through the Freelancer site. The first thing I thought when I made one was, ‘Wow, if this thing with The IAPWE doesn’t work out, I’d like to go through this site a little more.’
How Freelancer Works
Freelancer had constant job offers pop up on their site every minute. I immediately saw jobs for blogging, writing papers, editing, tech and product description. It really did look like a Freelancer’s dream! The site immediately led me to their paid membership plan (about $30 per month) that allows you to contact as many employers as you want and basically have Freelancer at your disposal but I skipped through that and Freelancer informed me that if I didn’t have a plan, I could contact 8 employers per month. I thought that was reasonable and a good way for me to figure out if I liked the site or not.
How the site worked was you find jobs that you think are within your capabilities. You contact the employer and offer your services and see if they pick you. Freelancer gives advice up front for contacting employers which I found very helpful. As you probably know, The IAPWE didn’t work for me so I was drawn to Freelancer for a while.
I tried it out and used up all my offer allowance before the month was over. Every job that I applied for was about $30, simple and had around 76 offers. The site always told me my chance of being hired was high and I believed it at first because most people didn’t write anything to the employer about how long it would take them to complete the job or their capabilities like I did, but I never got hired.
I once got sent something by email from someone who said they reviewed my offer and were interested in hiring me but wanted to speak further via Skype. (I had to read their message a couple of times because their English was broken) I contacted them back not long after saying that I would be happy to work on their project and asked for them to just send me an email with the time they would like to talk. A week passed and then more and the customer never answered me back.
I’ve been on Freelancer for about two months and not yet gotten a job, but I’ll honestly tell you I’ve not been working at it very much. Lately I’ve only posted an offer once per week because my life got a little crazy. Considering I’m not paying anything for The Freelancer service, and I haven’t been really working that hard on getting one of the many jobs and building my credibility, I’m not that surprised.
I think, with work, it could be a great thing for a Freelancer. I’m still curious about it and I intend to write about it’s ups and downs when I do. Till then, it looks like a cool thing for a Freelancer to check out.