My first experiences and lessons with


I’ve been using in both ways by now. The first impressions for me are way better from the employer point of view. Mainly because all the works that I have posted were successful but not all the contests and bids that I was involved with ended up getting the work or the prize money.

Things may move very slowly on Freelancer

So, you find a contest or a project to bid on or submit to. After that, there is usually a 3-week period for the employer to pick the bid or award the winning entry. In my case, it almost always took more than a month to get from discovering the job entry to seeing some kind of results. Even if I pretty much always looked only the contests that were ending in a day or less. Only in order to speed up the process for myself. So, you need to be prepared for a lot of waiting … I mean a lot.

Many projects not ending up hiring

I was constantly monitoring the job listings that I bid on. The truth is - nothing really changed on the list. Most of the time the list of works I bid on was just hanging on there waiting for its due date. I didn’t see projects hiring people. What I saw was just a dead list of projects and lots of bidders.

No point in making a bid to a project

As there are only a limited amount of free bids available I decided to abandon the idea of bidding on a project for good. I found some criticism on Google search towards Freelancer, mainly concerning fake projects, fake accounts and high project fees for freelancers. I found too many complaints about freelancers not getting paid and employers disappearing. It all makes me cautious about ever bidding on a project again.

Better submit only to guaranteed contest

The same goes for contests with no guaranteed prize money. You might end up submitting an entry for a contest that the holder completely ignores or uses it only to gather ideas for free. There were contests not getting any entry awarded and just a waste of time for the freelancers. If you want to practice your skills then go ahead but if you want to make money then go for the guaranteed ones.

A good place to post a contest

So, to wrap it up: The best way to use is to hire someone or post a contest. I’d suggest the last one because you can compare the results of your own needs, not some random portfolio or past work experience. You can post a small fraction of the work as a contest and then continue working with the freelancer that won that contest. It’s better than picking someone based on a beautiful and promising piece of writing.

Last update: 2018-11-28 (Y,M,D)

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