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Thoughts on freelancing sites, like people per hour etc..

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by hannahclemson, May 10, 2012.

  1. hannahclemson

    hannahclemson New Member


    I am a freelancer and do ok for work. Currently using People per hour, and just wondered what everyone's thoughts are?

    By the way, new the forum so 'hello'!

    thanks Hannah
  2. Web Designer

    Web Designer New Member

    Welcome to the forum.

    Freelancing sites are good to earn money if you are skilled and can meet client's deadlines. Whatever your skills, upload some samples of work on your portfolio. Bid on those projects that yo can do easily and matching to your skills. When you have completed the project, ask for client's review that increases your reputation on the sites.
  3. glebe digital

    glebe digital Member

    @hannahclemson welcome to the forum. :)

    Great to hear there's someone making a living on PPH


    Can't abide it myself!
  4. Opus

    Opus Member

    Never attempted to do work through any of the crowd sourcing sites. I'd rather put the effort into finding clients that will agree to pay for the work I produce rather than banging out designs in the hope that I get paid for some of them.
  5. FreelanceScribbler

    FreelanceScribbler New Member

    If you want lots of cheap work, then these types of sites can be quite good.

    Just be prepared to work your arse off producing loads of poor quality work.

    But it's good experience for getting quicker at what you do while maintaining a good level of quality.
  6. naturalelixirinfo

    naturalelixirinfo New Member

    Glebe digital, It is a nice image.
  7. IainGlasgow

    IainGlasgow New Member

    I have looked at PPH for quite some time and I get the impressions that alot of the assignments are being posted by cheapskates who want to circumvent the minimum wage. I've seen jobs offered on it for as little as £4 per hour. The "writing" jobs posted by people wanting blogroll are by far the worst offenders IMO.

    I saw one a while ago looking for photographs of their products to be shot for an ecommerce website. They had something in the region of 1,000 products they wanted shot and were looking for the photographer to supply images in different sizes and hand the full image rights over to them. I don't recall the exact budget, but it was in the region of about £500 (yes five hundred!). I sent them a (more) realistic quote (akin to what might typically be paid for non-exclusive rights-managed images, never mind a full rights buyout), also suggesting that the work and payments be done in stages (as well as periodically renewing the licences at discounted rates) if their budget was tight. Suffice to say I did not hear back from them - I just hope the shock didn't give them a coronary!
  8. Kevinj

    Kevinj New Member

    freelancing sites

    I get about 3 jobs per year from PPH. In amongst the looneys, cheapskates, students looking for others to do their coursework, ( I have developed a good filter for all of these) there are the occasional genuine clients.
    I don't charge any less for my services and I do bid on some of the lower looking projects with these charges and explain what they would get.

    Often the brief is badly written, or not specific, there's often not enough detail or description to give a quote, however I'm amazed at what people will bid for without knowing what it is.

    There's a website called freelancer.com - mostly american, where you will find loads of situations where someone in Pakistan for instance is willing to bid £30 for what would be £3000 work in reality. On this site you will truly be bidding globally, my advice is avoid it like the plague.

    Read the briefs very carefully, if you can't evaluate the job, don't bid.
    Even when you do bid, have a working agreement with the client, check out their background, and if you feel suspicious of anything walk away.
    Even though the sites have a framework for disputes, in practice if it all goes wrong there's very little they can do.

    Good Luck , Kevin
  9. Alan H

    Alan H New Member

    Hi guys,

    I'm a freelancer of many years standing who is constantly being hammered by the google updates that so called experts don't seem to be able to grasp. A regular client has been contacted by the owners of a new website starting up called Maven Freelancing, anybody heard anything about this? Their blurb is impressive, anyone know anything about them?



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