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Finding and Evaluating Online Freelancing Projects
One of the biggest differences between freelancers
and full-time employees is that
freelancers must look for their own work. As an online freelancer, you’ll
spend a lot of time looking through listings on freelancing sites, assessing
clients and projects, and deciding which opportunities to pursue. Knowing
how to do this well can save you countless hours of time and greatly
increase your potential for success in a competitive industry.
In this chapter I’ll share with
you my experience, gained from reading and considering thousands and
thousands of online freelance project listings. Topics include:
- Deciding how many sites to use.
- Figuring out the best strategy for searching for
listings that are likely to be of interest to you.
- Key factors for assessing the quality of a freelancing
client, such as feedback history, percentage of awarded projects, communication
style and responsiveness.
- Essential means for evaluating the suitability
of a freelancing project, including the clarity of the description, budget
range, the behavior of other bidders and much more.
- Recognizing specific danger signs that warn of
a potential “nightmare” situation.
- How to handle special circumstances, such as rush
jobs, projects that are promising but are hampered by a client with unrealistic
expectations, projects you encounter on multiple sites, and more.
My current estimated date for publishing
this chapter: Early Winter 2011-12
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