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Freelancer.com: An Honest Review from a Freelance Writer with a 5 Star Feedback
I started out my freelance writing career on Freelancer.com, and I've been their member for more than three years. I guess I have been on Freelancer long enough to write a review about the site. What I'm about to share with you is my honest review of Freelancer.com, and it is based on my personal experience. One of the key things to remember as an online writer is that you should always do a research prior to making any conclusions. That said, you will find a lot of reviews about Freelancer, but you should never trust one source. For some working on this site was a life-changing experience, and for others things may have not turned out the way they've planned. What about my experience on this site? Well, read on to find out how working on Freelancer turned out for me.
A Great Start
As I've mentioned in one of my lenses, I was very lucky to land my first online job only a month after I joined Freelancer. I didn't have a portfolio, so my employer asked me to write a sample article. I wasn't hesitant to do this, as I really needed a job. I must admit I was skeptical all until I received my fist payment. Fortunately, everything went great, and my first client and I established a great working relationship that lasted for about a year.
After a Year on Freelancer I Started Gaining Real Experience
After my first online writing job came to an end, I had to go out there and find new clients. This, however, turned out to be a lot more difficult than I imagined. I was bidding on many projects, and I couldn't find a job. Since I decided that I want to be an online writer and that this was going to be my only source of income, the only thing I could do was to be persistent and continue my job search. So, I did.
The Grey Period
During my job search, I have encountered some of the most common problems most freelancers are faced with. Some employers working on Freelancer.com asked me to write a sample article, and after I delivered the work I've never heard from them again. This is when I started to think about the problem with writing sample articles for free.
Then came the period when I refused to write anything that is not a part of a paid project. Although I've written some content for free I got something out of it that no money could buy - a very valuable experience. This is when I started to do research on my clients, and found out that their profiles speak for them.
I wasn't surprised to see that many employers on Freelancer who contacted me for a free writing sample had a lot of open projects where dozens of online writers applied hoping to get a job. Now imagine what you could do if you have, let’s say, a hundred writers each providing you with a free article. You would get a hundred free articles – a brilliant idea, right? Well, I cannot agree.
I have found what I think is a great solution for this:
If you like a job, but you aren't sure whether writing a sample article will be 'put to good use', publish it on your blog, and send the URL to your potential employer. If they are serious, and they like your writing there's no reason why you shouldn't get a job. If, on the other hand, this writing sample was to be used as a free article, you have a solution for this. The article is on your blog, and under your name. Also, you're adding new content to your portfolio. It's an idea.
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Take a Break
I know this can be a lot of information to take in at once, especially if you are just starting your writing career. So, whenever you're ready feel free to move on to the second part of my review.