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Why am I not getting hired on UpWork/oDesk?

Where do I start? Why I almost didn't read this question? Why most of guys on this group probably skipped reading your question? Why I would not hire you based on this bid? Bad English You addressed ...
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Making quotations out of thin air

Don't provide anything. Avoid these clients. Seriously, don't even consider working for clients such as this. If the client can not take the time to at least attempt to describe their issue as ...
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Why am I not getting hired on UpWork/oDesk?

I'm going to assume that you're asking because you're new to either Upwork or freelancing altogether. There are many reasons as to why you might not be hired often. Personally, I used to get hired on ...
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How to find good jobs on freelancing sites

When you say freelancing, are you talking about working part time from home, or working for a period of weeks or months possibly on the clients site? I've been a contractor/consultant since 1994 and ...
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Why am I not getting hired on UpWork/oDesk?

Getting hired on Upwork is easy and hard at the same time. Most of the freelancers have everything perfect from the 100% profiles, good in their field (Skills are there) etc. From what I have come ...
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When to stop working for free?

I know this isn't the best answer, but you should essentially never "start" working for free. I know the saying goes "hardest part of freelance is the 'free'". Be professional, but also understand ...
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Competing offer from outside consultant

If it were me, I'd ignore the outside contractor entirely unless specifically asked. I would not intentionally note anything the outside contractor is suggesting and I wouldn't "build in" counter ...
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Quoting a project with an open budget

Here are the factors I use when determining a fixed price for clients: My estimated time to complete the work My confidence level in that estimate (is it similar to work I've done before? Then I ...
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How do you negotiate your fee in equity?

It all boils down to one thing, do you believe in the project? Accepting equity is always a bet, because so many things can go wrong at every step of the startup way. The moment you accept, you are ...
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Marketing new skill or line of business

What I did was I offered to do something pro-bono for a community- or non-profit-organization that I believe in. Even if it's given to them, it fills up my portfolio, and I'm remembered. Great, you ...
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How to find good jobs on freelancing sites

I have been a part time freelancer for the last 6 years. Nowadays it is very hard to get new work. Recently I started using this chrome extension, which is very helpful for me to get new job ...
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How to find good jobs on freelancing sites

You should be applying for fewer jobs. It's not about the quantity of jobs available. You need to find the jobs which suit your skills, your experience, and your expected rates - and then focus more ...
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Test project asking for too much to get a job?

"Test projects" are never acceptable to me. If you hire a contractor to refurbish your kitchen... do you expect him to do a "test project" by refurbishing your bathroom first? If you want a mechanic ...
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How to reject a project that does not fit with my skills or goes beyond my skills in order to keep your client for future projects?

The best way to keep that client is to find a subcontractor who can do the job. In that way, you move from being "a programmer" to "someone who solves computer problems." When you ...
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How can I start freelancing and get online projects to work on?

Here's what I would do. Contribute to Open Source projects. Some open source projects have a lot of visibility. Do great work. Companies who's looking to hire/outsource would want to bring someone ...
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Determining when to turn down business

I have limited experience but going through something similar at the moment. Any new clients I receive will be politely asked if they know exactly what they want and if the have a relatively detailed ...
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How do we bid on freelancer's sites?

The clients who post projects in freelancer sites do not care to give the details of the app in the project description. I have seen 90% of the clients not describing the requirements. They just say "...
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How to say "How long will the interview process take?" without being rude?

Longer-term clients are typically going to have a longer-form interview/onboard process, even for freelancers, as they're investing more time and money into you and the project you're going to be ...
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How to say "How long will the interview process take?" without being rude?

Just ask them, there is nothing rude about clarifying timeframes or anything else. If you lose an opportunity you lose it, it's not a big deal, you just move forwards and look for another. As a ...
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When to stop working for free?

It's never easy to detect when a client/employer is genuinely gather information to make a buying/employing decision or are they making use of the opportunity to 'fish' for more ideas and proposals so ...
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No response after project bid

You may not get a response if you are not selected. Depending on the site, there may be a way for you to see who, if anyone, is selected. I use eLance to hire people sometimes and it used to be ...
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Can online bidding for projects work without prior record?

Don't listen to people who have no clue what they are talking about! Now, everyone and each of us started as a new guy, either in some field or on some freelance service. As everyone, you will also ...
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How to negotiate a price after an item of work is done?

Tl;DR: You would be nuts to request compensation if you weren't asked to complete the work. Businesses do NOT pay for services just because someone "feels" like doing them. And you run the risk of ...
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Why am I not getting hired on UpWork/oDesk?

There are two things that would make me hesitant to hire you. The good news is that the one that is probably easiest for you to change is the one that would be the biggest problem to me. Those two ...
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Unallocated projects

Being a client on those services give you a chance to open the project even if you are not sure that you need someone to work on it. So those are the ones that are left hanging because clients are not ...
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Making quotations out of thin air

DISCLAIMER: I don't use Freelance Websites to find work. You should know your skill, and what you can easily do, and what might take you longer. Quote on this, giving a range. If you know that a ...
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Making quotations out of thin air

In short, you can't! In reality, you have to as the client is requesting it. So how to cross the gap and give them the range? If they ask for "some app" and "how much it costs", just skip those ...
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Risk assessment of remote assistance project with high expectations

In my experience, the only times I have made money on a fixed price contract were when I had built a solution for that problem already and I only needed to tweak it for a new client. I had to price ...
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How to handle bids over project budget

This is a common problem in business - when a contractor sees what is really being asked for, they want more money than you budgeted. This happens in home remodeling, building a restaurant, and nearly ...
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