Monday, June 25, 2012
Why client are not selecting you for interview?
Some freelancer asked me to help them. Because they are not getting jobs even not yet selected for interview but they are continuing to apply.
I can say from my experience that you must ask some important relevant questions to the client when you apply on a job.
One of the things that seem to frustrate a lot of providers is the inability to ask questions of the buyer before being selected for an interview or even before applying.
I have been on other freelance sites that do allow this message system.
There is a solution. When applying for a job or bidding on a fixed rate project, ask the questions your inquiring mind wants to know the answers to, in the application itself. Here is an example:
Job Description –
"Link Builder needed”: Need someone to build links outside of my website to increase my search engine ranking.
This gives the provider a small amount of information. From this posting we know:
1. The buyer needs someone to build links and
1. The buyer needs someone to build links and
2. He wants to increase his ranking in the search engines.
Here are the questions that I would ask in the application stage.
- What type of website is it (e-commerce, information, non-profit, personal)?
-What is your current search engine ranking?
- What have you tried already that has not worked?
- Do you have a method you wish to use to build these links?
Yes, as a link builder, you should already have a good idea of how to do this job, but that does not mean that your methodology is on the same course as the buyer's.
The point is you are allowed to ask questions in your application. If you do not get an answer to your questions and get a "Candidacy Ended", chances are, this buyer did not want to take the time to give you enough information about the job to assume that you would be a good candidate.
The application process is secure, meaning that other providers are not allowed to see what you write in your application. You will either be interviewed with responses to your questions in the interview message, will be interviewed without responses but opening the door to further one on one contact so that you can ask your questions then or the job will be given to another provider.
Asking well thought out questions relevant to the posting is NOT an indication that you do not know how to do the job. It is a sign that you are very interested and would like the opportunity to discuss this further. It can be a great indication to the buyer that you are concerned about his project and would be a good candidate with good communication skills.
Finally I can say that it is a very useful tips to get jobs easily in freelance marketplace.
Posted by Mohammad Solaiman at 5:51 AM
Thursday, June 14, 2012
How to find a good client in freelance marketplace?
I'm a working as a freelancer in odesk.com and elance.com. It is a great experience to work with a good client. I want to give you some tips here that help freelancer to find a good client in a freelance marketplace.
If any freelancer follows the tips that I described below it help them a lot to find a good client. I hope keeping these things in your mind will give you better experience.
1. Verified Payment Method:
The first and one of the most important things is to check if the client has a verified payment method. This will ensure his payments in hourly contracts, and increase surety in fixed price contracts.
If the client is new and doesn't have a verified payment method, you may ask politely about what he is thinking to get his payment method verified. I have found some clients who are actually under process of getting his payment method verified.
2. The Country he lives in:
I found this a vital point for choosing a client. Choosing a client from a HIGHER ECONOMY country may be good for a lot of contractors.
3. Rating/ Feedback he received:
It’s always better to work with someone who already has experience working with other contractors and has received good (4 and above) feedback and ratings. This makes things easier.
4. Rating/ Feedback he gave:
I know most people don't consider this. But for me, this is one of the most important things to consider when I choose a client.
You'll find a lot of clients who often provides bad rating/ feedback to the contractors and often criticizes them. When you read both comments of client and contractor, you'll see that the work was completed successfully without any problem and there was everything alright. But then also, client gave low rating just because he doesn't want to praise his team member. I think this is a BOSS type attitude, rather than a TEAM LEADER attitude. And I ignore these types of clients mostly. They will often try to keep you in mental pressure and take advantage of your work without proper valuation.
5. Fees he pays to contractors:
This is another vital point I consider. When you try to apply for a new job, and see client's previous records, you'll see how much he pays to contractors. Some clients are there who pays $30 for a $300 job. I try to avoid them.
Finally, there is always exception. There are clients who are good but had some bad experiences with some bad contractors. You'll understand that from their comments in feedback. I think they will respect you more than the new comers, since they know the pain of the bad contractors. So, if you are a good contractor, they'll do everything to ensure you are happy with them.
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