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Freelancer.com: An Honest Review from a Freelance Writer with a 5 Star Feedback Part II
What You'll Read in This Lens?
This is the second part of my Freelancer.com review. In case you missed the first part of my review, be sure to read it as well in order to gain some more insights on this topic.
In this lens I'll talk about outsourcing work, fake profiles, and provide you with some great tips on how to 'survive' on Freelancer, so read on.
Should you have any questions, feel free to let me know in the comment section.
I was working on Freelancer for some time when another discovery presented itself to me – there are people who bid on projects only to hire freelancers that will complete these projects for them or in simple words, people who are outsourcing work. At first I was very surprised and not so happy about this, but then I accepted that this too is an online job. If there are people who are great communicators that can be middlemen between a freelancer and their clients then so be it. The problems, however, arise when people who outsource work are neither great communicators nor they have a good organization. An even bigger problem arises when you are that freelancer at the end of the chain.
Word of Advice
My advice to you is that you shouldn't take on this kind of projects unless you are on the same page with both your employer, and, as complicated as it sounds, with the employer of your employer. Also, you would have to be satisfied with the pay in order to take on this type of work.
Stalling with Payments - Arm Yourself with Patience
Another thing I learned on Freelancer was that there are a lot of employers who have a stalling payment system. In the beginning I refused to work with employers who didn't make payments on time even if I had to cancel the project and not be paid for the work I've done up until then. However, experience and time taught me that this is not anything new in the freelancing world.
My financial situation forced me to learn to deal with employers who stall their payments. In situations where I had to wait for a payment for a certain period of time, I learned a valuable lesson that is to never rely on one client if they are late with payments. So, my advice to you is that you should always have several work opportunities that would provide with a steady income. However, don't take on too many new projects that you can't complete on time or at all. Organize your time, and if you do it right, you will have a few sources of income and those late payments will come just on time.
What I Have Learned the Hard Way:
Don't argue with an employer that didn't make a payment on time, as you won't achieve anything. If an employer doesn't have an intention to pay on time you can't make them. Reporting them to Freelancer will only make things worse, and diminish your chances of ever getting paid for the work you've done.
What To Do?
So what you should do is complete the assignment you've been given, not take on any new work from this employer, and wait for the payment. In the meantime, find new jobs to work on, and you'll get back on your feet soon.
Fake Profiles on Freelancer.com
I'm probably not the only one who has worked with people who have multiple accounts on Freelancer although this is against the site's TO's. I could, and I probably will write a lens about my experience with one of these employers. All I can tell you now is that at the end of it all I had a really good laugh although it wasn't that funny at that time.
Now, there are a lot of both freelancers and employers on Freelancer and it is impossible to track all the fake profiles and everyone who's violating Freelancer's code of conduct. The best thing you, as a freelancer, can do is to flag a profile that is suspicious to you and stay away from these employers. The same goes for freelancers, as they also have fake profiles on Freelancer.
How to Spot a Fake Profile?
- Check a client’s profile and feedback – sometimes you’ll find the answer in their feedback.
- Google their profile picture and name – some of my clients had the same name as famous people, which in some situation was a mere coincidence and in some cases a very clear sign that they worked under a fake name and had multiple profiles on Freelancer.com.
- Once again browse their feedback section, and check if people who worked with that particular employer were referring to them by different names.
My Thoughts on Freelancer.com
From my point of view, Freelancer can be a good place to start your online writing career. However, if you are truly dedicated to your freelancing career you will grow out of Freelancer at a certain point. I look at Freelancer as a place where you can learn a lot about freelancing in general and what to look out for, as well as one of the places where you can start building your writing career.
Why I Don't Think You Can Work on Freelancer Indefinitely?
As I've already mentioned, Freelancer is the place where you can start your work, but eventually you will grow as a writer and as a result of that you will want to increase your income. People who outsource work are very unlikely to decrease their income so that you could earn more. At one point, you will realize that there are a lot of familiar faces bidding on a particular job, and that you've already worked with most of them. That is the time to start looking for higher paying jobs, and new sites for freelancers that will provide you with these jobs.
The Core of My Freelancer.com Review
1. Do a thorough research on your potential clients
2. Use a Writing Sample Trick (Part I)
3. Avoid working with employers with fake profiles
4. Try to get the most out of your experience on Freelancer
5. Good luck!