How-To: Post a Project

When you need something done, all you have to do is hire a freelancer to help you. At Freelancer.com, the easiest way to do that is by posting a project. Think of it as a free and fast way of putting up a job ad – you just have to fill out a form and it’s done.

Once you post a project, bids from interested freelancers will instantly start coming in. Then it’s up to you to sift through the applicants, check their profiles, and even chat with them to make sure they’re right for the job.

It’s easy to post a project, but it can be difficult to find the kind of people you need for the job. Here’s how to make sure your project page will attract the best and most qualified bidders.

Give a detailed project name

Your project name should be as detailed as possible. It’s what freelancers first see when they browse jobs, and plays a big part in getting people to click on to your project page and bid. Some freelancers actually bid without bothering to read anything else on the project page, so your project name needs to be able to impart as much information about the job as possible.

If you need a graphic designer for example, your title should say what kind of graphic the person would be expected to do (logo, blog illustration, or something else), and what the graphic would be for (a company, a magazine, an ad, so on and so forth). This way, you have more chances of finding someone with the exact experience you need. However, try to be as concise as you can too. A lot of people won’t take the time to read the entirety of a very long project name.

Be specific

The work category dropdown menu that you find at the top of the Post Project page is offered as an option, but it’s a good idea to use it. Answering the question “What work do you require?” will help narrow down your bids. The list has all the popular work categories on the site – such as Writing, Design, and Data Entry – but you can also choose the Customized option that will let you select skills manually.

The skills box is where you can enter five skills that relate to the project. This is where you can get even more specific by entering specialized skills. The freelancers who have the skills you entered will be notified about your project, so if you put in skills that aren’t so general, you’ll be able to target the freelancers you really need.

Provide a thorough job description

The project description is where you lay out everything the freelancers need to know about the job, so be as comprehensive as you can. You don’t have to reveal any sensitive information about your project or your company, but making essential project facts available will help bidders ascertain whether or not they can help with your project or not.

Take the time to explain what you need done and how you want things done. Try to anticipate any concerns freelancers may have and address them. Is it an ongoing project or will it just last a couple of months? Will the freelancer be paid by the hour or by commission? Will the work be done in parts, or do you expect it to be completed in one go? It’s better to lay all this information out at the very start so that bidders know what they’re getting themselves into.

Give examples

Under the project description box, you’ll find a place where you can upload files. Use this space to show examples of what you need for the project, such as sample articles, graphics for inspiration, or even code to start on, among other things. This will help give bidders an even better picture of the project you have in mind.

Determine the project type and budget

The last things you need to pin down are the project type and budget. You have the option to pay the freelancer you’re hiring a set amount at the end of the project, or pay by the hour if the project entails ongoing work.

As for the budget, you can select the currency of your choice from the dropdown menu. You can either pick a budget range or create a custom budget and enter the minimum and maximum bids you want.

Opt for upgrades

If you have room in your budget, take advantage of a project upgrade. There are several options to choose from that will definitely help in getting you more quality bids in a shorter amount of time.

Choices include marking a project urgent, which ensures replies from freelancers within 24 hours; sealing a project, which keeps bidders from seeing what others are bidding; and featuring a project on the ‘Features Jobs and Contests’ page, which allows your project to be displayed more prominently, resulting in more bids. You can also choose to get help from our recruitment team, mark a project as full-time or commission-based, make a project private and hidden from search engines, and havea project require a Non-Disclosure Agreement for confidentiality purposes.

Having a complete project page is crucial in being able to find good freelancers. Follow these tips and you’ll get the bids that you want in no time. Post a project now!

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