Are freelancer bidding sites worth your time?
I’m doing an experiment to find out. I’ve signed up for bidding sites in the past but never took them seriously, branding them just a little above contest sites. Sure, you don’t work for free but from what I’ve seen, you work for cheap. While I believe that price shouldn’t be the major determining factor in hiring a designer, maybe I can be more open to these sites now as one way to build a portfolio and real work experience for those just starting out, but we’ll see.
- asking for spec work
- asking for X concepts and X revisions
- that go against my ethics
Day 1 – Create profile
I created a username, a logo and filled in some basic information. I only put down logo and graphic design as my expertise. Freelancer.com allows up to 20 skills and you can take exams at $5 each. Never mind.
Day 2 – Create portfolio
I’m not being “totally real” here so I don’t want to put in my real projects. Up to 5 items are allowed for a free membership, more if you want to pay monthly fees of $4.95, $24.95 or $49.95. I’m doing free so I initially planned to quickly create 5 logos for fictional projects. Interestingly, I checked out the profiles of a few of the top freelancers (more than one thousand projects completed) and there was nothing in their portfolios! I stopped at three logos.
Day 3 – Bid on projects
Free membership allows only up to 10 bids a month. I plan to use up those bids in one day with the following specifics:
Days 4-7 – Await results
The clients have up to a week to choose a bidder so by next week, I will be able to report some results. I can’t believe I’m actually excited ha-ha. I may not even win any bids but that would be just fine. I’ll have some sort of analysis to guide the beginning designer in deciding if bidding is worth it, even just for starters.
I’m off to doing the bids now. Why don’t you add me to your reader so you won’t miss out on the results.