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Finding Freelance Projects
There is a huge number of freelance projects posted on the Internet, usually on intermediary freelancing platforms. Websites that allow entrepreneurs and virtual workers to engage in business relationships, charge a commission for their service. All freelance projects come with description, requirements, deadline and specific details.
Freelancers decide whether a certain project meets their work profile, thus bidding on those that correspond to their work specificity. For instance, designing a website for gambling may contradict the moral beliefs of one coder, yet, such freelance projects will be taken over by those who don’t have qualms on the topic.
[hmtad name=”Odesk” align=”floatright”]The financial aspect is one other issue with many freelance projects. Every worker charges the amount that he/she believes to correspond to the work effort necessary for the project. The way people evaluate and express their time and skills in terms of money varies greatly depending on objective and subjective factors:
- the freelancer’s cultural background and country of residence;
- the living standards in the country or state of residence;
- professional training (academic degrees – associate, bachelor or master of Arts, Science etc.);
- the level of experience in the domain;
- the freelancer’s confidence in his/her professional skills etc.
For example, many excellent South-Asian freelancers take up freelance projects for a fraction of the price charged by European or American self-employed workers. When a freelancer becomes member of a website that intermediates freelancing projects, he/she receives notifications of various jobs available as well as invitations to bid on specific projects.
The worker will then filter those freelance projects that meet his/her financial criteria and level of expertise. Taking up work for less money then the average payment level in the country of residence, equals an unprofitable deal.
And working at an unprofitable rate is the same thing with wasting time. Many freelance projects are awarded to the least picky of workers. These could be valuable professionals that are just starting their freelancing career or workers who still don’t have a history record on the intermediary websites where they bid for freelance projects.
Thus, they will work cheap to make a name in the business and grow from there. Employers often award the project to one who bids lowest, however, there are very serious freelance projects that go to well-rated freelancers with proven experience in the same domain of activity.
More and more freelance projects are posted every day on the Internet, as the market grows stronger and more competitive. The higher the quality of the service, the better the payment!