Questions tagged [freelance-websites]

This tag should be used for questions about freelancing problems that involve related websites like Upwork, Freelancer.com etc. For 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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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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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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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 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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Getting started as a freelance programmer

I've been working in IT for 5 years, C/C++ middleware on Linux being my main specialization. I know some Java, Python, C#, have completed a desktop 3d viewer on C++/Qt and also know some web - a bit ...
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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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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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Do I have to pay for a freelance contract?

They offered me a freelance job to do data entry. only that to be able to be with the work they demand me the payment of 32usd. who tell me what the contract is for? Is this so or is it a scam? I am ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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How to negotiate a price after an item of work is done?

Back in December my friend was starting to make a website for her parents' coffee shop. She is a graphic design major and has taken a few web design classes. She was only a little way in when she ran ...
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Freelance site with lowest commission fees? [closed]

I got a gig from one of the company via email & interviews and they made me a good offer. They want me to start this collaboration via Elance and when I looked at the fees/charges on Elance I ...
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What are some practices to follow, to get not cheated when freelancing on non-commission based platforms

There are some non-commission based freelancer sites and usually, in case of disputes they don't interfere. They don't hold money from employer like odesk or similar sites. As an employer: How do I ...
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What to charge for Freelance Project for fiance's company

I recently started a project for my fiance, who told his company about it and wants to pay me for it (great). However, they want me to give them a cost, but have expressed they don't want to pay an ...
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Can I show clients I've worked with at my agency on my personal portfolio site?

I'm an art director working at a design and marketing agency for about a year now and I'm not planning on leaving soon. I also do freelance work on the side, and I'm updating my website. Can I feature ...
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Pricing a Wireframe Project

I have been asked to subcontract a wireframing project. I do not bill by the hour. What is the best approach to arrive at a fixed fee for the project? Budget is unstated, but the timeframe for ...
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Not getting job/projects [duplicate]

i am fresher on upwork ,so i don'thave ratings on my profile. I tried a lot to get any project/job even at lowest prices but my all proposals are getting rejected . Please suggest me some advice so ...
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How to be a freelance creative writer?

I have done a small amount of research on the internet about freelance writing. Almost all of the articles I have read relate to freelancers that write articles about a specific topic or a range of ...