Hello all newbie Freelancers! Isn't this exciting, getting paid just to write ? and for complete stangers?? Yes, it most definitely is! But it can also be a bit overwhelming, and i'm sure you may have a few questions that could use some answering. So I thought i'll share 4 tips that I hope will help with your new journey here.
Four Tips to help with your bidding:
#1. Make sure the Employer is verified.
Before you place your bid on a potential project, make sure the employer has at least verified his/her payment method. The last thing you need is to put in hard work only to not get paid.At the very least make sure that the profile of the employer is not one fit for a phantom! This way, if the communication goes sour, or something negative happens,you at least have a name and contact point to share with the Customer Service rep.
#2. There is no Project Clarification Board any longer.
This leaves you no room to clarify information before you make a bid. And some project discriptions leave much to one's imagination! so when you place your bid, make sure that you know what your price is for. So for example, if it's for a multiple post project, have a ball mark figure for either one or all of the items, and then the amount of days you will take to submit those articles. In the project proposal, clarify what your pricing and timing is for. Remember that it is YOUR time, so submit a realistic time line.That leaves less room for miscommunication. You can also always clarify with the employer once they contact you.
#3. Never give our personal information.
As obvious as this point may seem, as a new freelancer, we are eager to please. But Freelancer.com cautions against it. And for very good reason. Dispite the fact that the potential employer comes highly recommended, he is still a perfect stranger. So keep things extremely official, and stick to the chat on your freelancer profile. It is also beneficial to download the freelancer app, as this will help keep track of all communication. If the employer insists that you give out personal information or begins to revile you because you refuse to do so, that is a great indicator that you dont want to work for that individual.
#4. Be patient and persevere.
Finally, it is easy to feel discouraged and give up trying when you have not got a project awarded desptite your continuous bidding. Keep in mind that the statistcs reveal that you need to bid for a minimum of 35 projects to get awarded 1. So perseverence is key. You can also use this time to get some qualifications as these will help boost your chances of being awarded.
Hope these tips help! Happy journeys!