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iFreelance is a smaller general purpose freelancing site that uses a unique business model quite different from its peers. iFreelance resembles Guru in some respects, especially its use of individual profiles for work categories, and the fact that active providers must pay monthly fees for each profile they set up. Unlike Guru, iFreelance has no free profiles—you must pay to play. However, once that is done, there are no other fees, and that includes no transaction fees on the value of projects completed.
The lack of project fees creates a level of freedom at iFreelance not seen at other sites. Since the site isn’t taking a percentage cut, you pay the same amount per month no matter how much work you do. The site is not involved in payments, so it doesn’t care if you communicate with clients directly. In fact, client and contractor are expected to work out payment for themselves; this has both positive aspects (use any payment method you wish) and negatives (there’s no escrow, nor mediation/arbitration if problems arise).
The site itself is laid out in a professional manner, and seems to work well overall. The portfolio features are especially thorough, though the help system is somewhat lacking. The site allows clients to both post projects to solicit bids, and to peruse listings of providers to contact directly for work.
I signed up for iFreelance a long time ago, but I have not personally had an opportunity to do any work on it myself. The reason is that upon perusing the site, I didn’t see enough projects listed that I was interested in to justify paying a monthly fee to list a profile. This, I think, may be a contributing factor to iFreelance’s small size: the fixed monthly fee and lack of a free trial period discourages new freelancers from signing up. It may be a good match for some freelancers, but you probably need some patience and the willingness to invest a fair bit of money in up front fees before you’ll achieve results.
Here is some more information about the site, using my standard assessment criteria.
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