Percentage of Awarded Jobs
Clients don’t like to have their time wasted—just ask them and they’ll tell you. :) Unfortunately, some of them don’t have any problem with wasting your time as a contractor. One of the ways that this manifests itself is with projects that are posted on freelancing sites but never awarded.
Some of the more common causes of abandoned projects include the following:
As you can see, the reasons for unfilled projects can range from entirely reasonable to utterly inconsiderate. Nearly all clients who spend appreciable amounts of time on freelancing sites will have some projects go unfilled, but certain clients make a habit of this behavior, which is an unacceptable waste of a freelancer’s time.
It’s also a waste of the time and resources of the freelancing sites. Since most do not charge clients to post projects, every listing that goes unfilled costs the sites money.
To help alleviate this situation, many sites now keep track of the proportion of awarded jobs for each client. This is expressed as either the percentage of projects filled (where a higher number is better) or percentage unawarded (lower is better, of course). Ideally this information is shown right in each project summary in the site’s search results, but you might have to hover your mouse over the client name or load the project details to see it.
There are no magic numbers here, no percentages above or below which I’d recommend you make a hard and fast decision. But I generally get wary of clients whose awarded project percentage starts to get to the 50% or below range. A client whose award rate is below 25% is very likely to be a waste of your time, while 75% or higher is pretty good.
Incidentally, remember the flaws associated with percentages as applied to small numbers. A 50% award rate over 100 projects is pretty bad, but the same percentage over two projects is just one unawarded job, and likely doesn’t mean anything. Don’t judge new clients too harshly if their first couple of projects don’t work out.
Home - Table Of Contents - Contact Us
The Online Freelancing Guide (http://www.FreelancingGuide.net)
Last Site Update: February 1, 2012
© Copyright 2001-2012 Charles M. Kozierok. All Rights Reserved.
Not responsible for any loss resulting from the use of this site.