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  • Freelance Bidding/Work Sites

    Does anyone use the bidding sites like Guru.com, Sologig.com, Elance.com, etc. What has been your experience? Are they worth joining?
    Appreciate the advice.

  • #2
    My opinion (and the general consensus of the people I have spoken to) is that these sites work by one designer trying to underbid the next.

    Spend the money on marketing yourself with a postcard campaign or something instead, and you will get work with your ethics intact.
    "It's never too late to be who you might have been." - George Eliot

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    • #3
      Run for your life from such sites!!!

      - J.
      Jeff Fisher | Engineer of Creative Identity
      Jeff Fisher LogoMotives | Twoot! Twoot!

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      • #4
        Boston Freelance

        Exactly - sites like eLance make you compete with people who will do a 100 hour project for $100.

        There's a new freelance exchange on the 'net, http://www.BostonFreelance.com. Although it's free to sign up for projects, they have a very strict admissions policy. In order to qualify, you have to submit examples of your work -- and even still they reject more than 50% of the people who apply.

        It just started recently, you should check it out.

        Best,
        -D

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        • #5
          I use freelanceworkexchange.com and get a bite once in a while. The good news is the listings are light so the time spent looking for work is minimal. I have not had to do any bottom feeding, but maybe that's why I get only occasional work, enough to make it worthwhile so far. The other sites I've seen, yes, run for your life.
          Steve Chittenden

          Graphic design, web design, professional writing, and marketing.

          "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
          -- Theodore Roosevelt

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