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Questions tagged [freelance-websites]

This tag should be used for questions about freelancing problems that involve freelancing websites like oDesk, eLance, etc. For software support questions, see that vendor's customer support page. Do NOT use this tag for questions relating to developing websites for customers.

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How do I get my first job at a freelancing site?

I am in the software development industry and I'm an experienced software engineer. I am new to freelancing websites. The problem is I have zero rating and I can't get any projects even if I bid the ...
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How can I start freelancing and get online projects to work on?

I have good experience in PHP and I want to start freelancing. I have opened accounts on Elance, freelancer, oDesk and have been trying to bid on projects for the last 2 months, but I still didn't get ...
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How can experienced contractor survive outside Elance/oDesk/Freelancer?

This is what a friend asked me and I directed him to the similar question How to find clients beyond sites like oDesk/Guru/Freelancer? here. Then we started discussing the issue and I realize that ...
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Best way to get clients as a freelance web developer? [closed]

Getting work on elance, etc. often requires suicidally low bids. Is online really the way to go, or is it better to get clients through "real-world" networking in your city?
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What's the smallest unit of time I should charge for when clients request minor changes?

If a client needs a tiny amend making to their website (e.g. a phone number needs changing, a user profile needs to be updated in a way the site doesn't allow, etc.) I usually will not charge my ...
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How to handle silly requirements?

I make web applications for a living working from home. Sometimes a client pick a technology stack that is likely to hurt the project (severely over-engineered, bad combination of components or just ...
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Upwork taking 20% of my money. Alternatives

I am not very happy with Upwork now taking 20% of what I make. I have had to raise my price just to continue getting 10%. Does anybody have any suggestions for a good alternative for Upwork? I do ...
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Do you spend lots of time on a website for your freelance company?

I'm a one man band freelance company and have been using Upwork to supplement my income. I do it part time as well as working full time as a contractor for a government department. I want to start ...
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Can one make a living just by working through Elance, Freelancer, oDesk, etc? [closed]

I just starting using Elance and Freelancer. I was wondering if freelancers generally use these platforms to help them make ends meet, or if some freelancers actually make their entire living with ...
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Why anybody would work without a contract?

I am a buyer on upwork.com seeking for someone to remotely access and upgrade my server. There's a contractor who wanted to work without a contract. I'd sent him the offer but it was not accepted (I ...
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Can a Western IT software developer make it in online freelancing?

I’ve worked reasonably paid (by Western standards) for 15 years. I'm wondering whether there is any point me trying to crack the online freelance market. I compete against thousands of people with a ...
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How can I edit my cover letter to get more clients?

My source of income has been coming from freelance sites, such as oDesk. Things have been slow for me since the start of this year. As I mentioned in my other post about slowing down, I got a response ...
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Why am I not getting hired on UpWork/oDesk?

I'm having difficulties getting hired on oDesk (UpWork) when bidding on projects, and I think it has to do with my cover letters. Here's an example of one of my cover letters that I've sent: Dear ...
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Whilst employed, can I open a freelancing website account?

I have been working for a company for the last 3 months. 2 months ago I created a personal account on a freelancing website and for trial purposes I have applied to 4-5 proposals on the site, but I ...
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How to setup client ownership of domain name and hosting

I'm starting out as a small web design and development business. I'd prefer that after I launch a site for a client, they then own and be responsible for the management and recurring payment of their ...
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How can I reassure a client who is scared of me stealing their idea?

I've been in the situation many times where a client has a "unique" idea for a website and they fear that if they tell myself or any other developer about this that we "evil developers" will go and ...
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How to manage a client's expectations

So I am running in to a bit of an issue, and although there are similar questions on FL nothing this specific: How do I manage a client's expectations for a new website? The issue arises when they ...
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How Do I Start my Own Freelancing Company?

I am a Web developer with over 4 years experience, and I currently work for a company. Now, I want to start my own company. How can I get work and clients? I know about few sites, like freelancer....
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Phone or e-mail when attracting clients?

I'm starting as a freelancer in the web development sector. I'm constantly searching for new projects on (Dutch equivalents of) websites like oDesk. Many clients add both an e-mail and a telephone ...
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How can I prove my competence without working for free?

I want to work online. I've tried freelancer.com, but most of the buyers seem fake. At first, they talk as if they'd like to give you projects, but they have to test you and ask other questions or ...
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Bad rating has decreased my chances of getting work - How can I recover from bad feedback?

I been in freelancing for like 2-3 years now, and earning my bread and butter via freelancing on sites like oDesk etc. Mainly I use oDesk as I had many projects and ratings too. But now, I have hit a ...
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Making a quotation for creating a website (design and development)?

My client is requesting a general quotation about the design and development of their site. What I need is the specifications that I should evaluate the quotation on, such as if I need to host the ...
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Client asked me to remove copyright and name from licensed code

I have a client who used a licensed script as a foundation to their site. They paid for the license and it is a lifetime, single-site license. There are no more details than that concerning the ...
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Should I offer to refund an upfront payment for a job I failed to complete?

I work part time as a freelancer at odesk. Recently, I got a fixed price job of around 6 hours. I requested a 10% upfront payment for the job. However, after spending 1:30 hours trying to do the job, ...
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Client owes me substantial money, I got another job full-time, client wants me to hand over keys to next developer without payment

I have a small business client who I freelanced for before getting my current full-time php development & server administration job. Let's call the client "Joe's Pizza" (not actual name). Joe's ...
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Why < $10 per hour for freelancing?

I'm a freelancer myself for mobile apps and also frequently hire other freelancers for my works. Everytime when I make a bid, I receive bids from all over the world. Many of the bidders charge like $...
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How can the online freelance IT market be segregated?

So you find an ideal IT project that requires your exact skill set, except it's being offered for pennies on the dollar. Freelancers from countries with the lowest salaries are more likely to make a ...
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How to get direct freelancing work without job portals?

With my experience on freelancing sites, I found that referrals and repeating work with a client are never enough to keep you busy. I have seen many people here claim they have never worked on ...
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Freelance sites specializing in quick turn-around? [closed]

Sometimes I have some hours or days to kill, meaning I have time for a quick freelance job. The problem with most sites on the web is that they require a comparatively lengthy application process for ...
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How to find clients beyond sites like oDesk/Guru/Freelancer? [closed]

I have been freelancing for more than a year now. It's been great in terms that I get paid decent amount for hours I have put in. My issue is I'd like to diversify risk and find new clients beyond ...
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How to manage project requests from clients who offer partnerships?

I'm starting my own business as freelance Web/Application Developer and I get a lot of requests from clients to design mobile Apps or web Applications. They try to convince me that their idea will ...
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Freelance graphic design without true work experience or degree

I'm wondering if there are places where people submit jobs in graphic design and where people can submit results, all without the process of an interview or a hiring system. I feel that I'm a pretty ...
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How to respond without hurting a potential IDEA business guy's business proposal

It might sound ridiculous, but this has happened to me. I recently met a non-technical GP doctor, who is interested in finding a programmer for his ideas. He is an offical General Practitioner doctor,...
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Employer Via Freelancing Platform Threatening To Take Legal Action Against Me

The long story short is I was engaged, hired and paid via an online freelancing platform to do some development work. I believe I performed to the best of my abilities, however the guy who hired me is ...
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Inflated business area, what to do?

In short words: I am a web designer / developer (front end and back end). I do that proficiently since more than 10 years, and I am appreciated and good skilled in designing and programming. I work ...
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How I can be hidden from my current working company?

I am working in one good company as a senior iOS developer and have some good experience in it. I have some free time in personal and I want to earn more money by doing freelance work online And I ...
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How to get work on freelancer.com as an existing contractor but new to freelancer.com?

I have been on freelancer for the past 4 months, and I have been continuously applying for jobs. I did not hear back from any client. We have done couple of work, and I listed my portfolio on my ...
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Is it good to leave a job to start freelancing?

I have 3.5 years of experience in an IT company at the position of senior Web developer and I want to start work as a freelancer. If I don't get enough work, then what? What are the risks if I do ...
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What to do with code after oDesk job completion?

I am using oDesk and I completed my first job. I have a GitHub account where I put all my open source code. I and the client are continents far. I live in India while the client lives in Texas. We ...
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How to enter freelance websites with high rates since the beginning

I am aware that I am not so good at interact with clients, but I am also aware that I am a skilled programmer with years of experience in many fields, actually my work rates are higher than the ...
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Do I need to use SEO on my portfolio site?

I'm in the process of revamping my freelance brand identity and web presence in preparation for graduating, and I'm wondering whether I should think about trying to optimise for keywords etc, beyond ...
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Handling a client that doesn't pay after services are delivered

What are the ways of protecting your income while working as a freelancer? I did contract work for a company day and night for 4 months, full-time. They were supposed to pay those 4 months of fees ...
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How do I convince clients not to use irrelevant pictures on their site?

When I work with clients as a web designer, I often have conversations like this. Me: The first thing a visitor sees when they come to your window cleaning website is a picture of a kitten. How does ...
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Content planning and wireframing. Many clients don't want to hear about this?

Sometimes I'm faced with clients who run away or avoid the content planning or wireframing. I hate to work with lorem ipsum, I need the content, I need to plan everything to design it, isn't this ...
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Making quotations out of thin air

In many of the freelancer's sites, they ask you a quotation for a bid that you need to provide just to "enter the pipeline". But at the same time, you get little or no details on the task at hand, ...
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How to find good jobs on freelancing sites

I've recently got back into doing freelancing jobs because I needed to get activity on a payment method in order to get private loads reactivated. I am using freelancer.com and even when I made about ...
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I found out that a client is using the work I did for him to sell fraud courses

About a year ago, I completed a simple project for a client on his already existing website: he's actually someone I know (a friend of friends) and we only had a verbal agreement. It is an automated ...
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Newbie freelancer, advice needed

I'm a webdeveloper, who want to start freelancing. I tried the following sites without any Freelancer.com Tried it for several months and I got only one "job". I got a bad client who quitted after ...
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Should I be afraid of clients stealing work?

Specifically on sites like freelancer and fiverr, it seems as if literally nothing is stopping a client from: Sending me requirements Waiting until I deliver the work (or insisting that I deliver a ...
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Freelancer.com Milestones/Escrow

I've recently signed up for Freelancer.com and when bidding on projects you are asked to break down your proposal into milestones. Why would I want to do that? If I enter just a single milestone and ...