Sites like upwork, which apparently absorbed the former elance ; and freelancer.com offers the illusory provocative sense of “work”. In reality they are nothing more than gimmicky branded variations of Craigslist. It’s also full of low budget clients who want quality work for dirt cheap. Of course this lures the entire country of India and Pakistan to come flooding these websites with their padded, overinflated 10 pager resumes of qualifications.
Why would you even want to bid on a project with 90+ bids all trying to underbid one another ? For spare change on top of which. This isn’t idiocy it’s pure lunacy.
Freelancer was quite horrible, actually. They make you jump through hoops in their “verification” process and charge you $5 for a poorly timed test. In middle of said test, which I was trying to complete (it’s one of those English tests to prove you’re a native born speaker of Engrish) a sign popped up on my screen saying something like “Couldn’t complete, some error occurred” and a big failure notification. Apparently I’m not a native born english speaker and didn’t pass even if I got 78% correct mid-test. Yeah that’s very professional. One upside to upwork is that their tests don’t actually matter because you can keep taking them until you get your ideal perfect score that enables you to sleep well at night knowing you’re a smart cookie and nobody can tell you otherwise.
Ultimately these sites, besides employing the entire country of India or Pakistan only generate a bidding war to see whose A. the highest quality and B. for the lowest possible price. You shouldn’t have to short change yourself much less at the profitability of questionable clients. Have some self respect and just use other channels and avenues to procure legit, genuine and solid work. Even Craigslist for all of its shady characters and cheap bargain basement clients felt a notch above these other platforms. Seriously though, why would anybody want to willingly do challenging work for the same hourly as a manager at Bed, Bath and Beyond ? Or a Starbucks barrista ? For quality coding + design ? Get real !
One site that seemed to be promising was suggested to me by a buddy of mine : Fieldnation.com. This one’s real good if you’re into IT/tech or are just a handy resourceful Mac’Guyverish type of cat like myself. No frills, no hassles, just sign up and get ready to get to work. They tell you all the specs of the job and you list out which job categories you’re interested in. I haven’t yet found any gigs through them but liking what I see on there.
Unfortunately, for those who vest far too much faith and stock in this technological terror we call the interwebs, we have to channel that into ourselves as a premium brand, not our digital selves in the matrix of online living. Read self help books, take some courses in this or that “trending” thing, discover your sweet spot you want to be living in…the promised land overflowing with milk + honey.
Anyway just thought I’d write this up since I found all of these bidding war websites quite repulsive and tiresome if not downright God awful and discouraging. Thanks for reading ! Please enjoy.