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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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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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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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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 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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Does bidding early on a project increases the rank of the bid on freelancer.in?

Freelancer.com seems to avoid deliberately stating how their bid ranking algorithms work, but they do provide a bid ranking guide, written by Emma D, that gives you a set of tips to increase your ...
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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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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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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 find good jobs on freelancing sites

I was freelancer for more than 7 years. From my experience I can tell you 3 secrets of getting freelance job. They are: Bid on small or low budget project - for first few projects. First 3 projects ...
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Client comparing estimates

If the guy isn't complaining about the price, stick to it. If you change it, you send a message that you might have been (unintentionally or not) ripping him off/unnecessirily over charging, and it ...
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Get a project to work on

If you want to get into the Freelancing then Join a freelancing website like Upwork or Freelancer. Create a profile, add your education and experience, take skill tests, etc. and start applying to the ...
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What is a 3-quote process?

It means that your potential customer requires 3 quotes before making a decision about outsourcing any work. (As Neil above stated) If you are quoting, and you have not actually met and talked to ...
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What is a 3-quote process?

I'd take it to mean that the potential client is seeking three quotes to ensure that the accepted quote is competitive. The cheapest quote needn't be the winning quote as long as the winning quote ...
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How to write a Proposal on a Graphics Design bid as a newbie(in freelancer.com)?

The link provided by Mario in the comment to your question is a great link, however I would like to add something to it. A great proposal does two things, it answers all the explicit and implied ...
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How to handle bids over project budget

(DISCLAIMER: I do not use sites for finding Freelance jobs) If you can contact them before accepting, I would start a discussion about what is required, and what's in the budget. If the Freelancer ...
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Better option for bid on projects, Hourly, Milestone or Fixed Price

Generally, clients prefer fixed price as it fits into their illusion of financial predictability. To the freelancer however, fixed price can at times be detrimental - not only financially but also to ...
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How to handle bids over project budget

I used to freelance using a lot of those sites, I'd often overbid, and here are the reasons why: 1 - Bad project description If I don't see a precise project description and scope, that means I'd have ...
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Ask for a preview of the job before awarding a bid or after?

What is the point of asking for a preview after awarding the contract? If you're happy with it, great, continue with the project. If you're unhappy with it, oh well, you're already committed, so ...
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Ask for a preview of the job before awarding a bid or after?

Freelancers will have a portfolio of past work. The purpose of a portfolio is for the freelancer to be able to show examples of their previous projects/work. They may have a range of styles or ...
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How to find good jobs on freelancing sites

Quality over quantity. Instead of browsing all jobs or putting some vague search term be specific. This not only filters out most of the junk but it has the added benefit of showing you better ...
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Client comparing estimates

If somebody has such a large Project, it is good business practice to get different quotes on the table. This does not necessarily mean you have to be the cheapest, at the and the overall package ...
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Whose responsibility is to give budget for job: Freelancer or Client

Scott already gave an in-depth answer - but I'd like to offer an opposite perspective. Determining the rough budget is a standard part of a sales process. It's called qualifying your client. There ...
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