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I recently found myself with tons of extra time for work. I decided I’d try to find jobs to fill my time via Freelancer.com. It’s a site where people who need freelancers in a variety of specialties go to find someone to complete projects for them. Then, all the freelancers, like a pack of hungry wolves, bid and undercut each other to get the gig.

Having spent the past month bidding on Freelancer jobs, I’ve come to a few realizations:

  • People don’t really know what they want.
  • When they think they know what they want, they have an unrealistic idea of how long it will take.
  • When they have an unrealistic idea of how long it will take, it leads them to have an unrealistic idea of the value of the knowledge they are getting from their freelancer.
  • When they have an unrealistic value of the knowledge of their freelancer, finding someone overseas to complete their project on the cheap looks like a great deal.
  • When you find someone to make the project on the cheap, you tend to get what you pay for.

(That felt like I was just writing one of those If You Give a Mouse a Cookie… books.)

Can’t Compete With Cheap

There just aren’t enough hours in the day for me to complete projects and still pay myself a livable salary. Yes, I do realize that’s not your problem, but I do offer other values for what I charge… quality and follow-thru:

  • I’m the developer who comes in after you’ve been scammed by an offshore company who is in it for the quick buck.
  • I’m the one who cleans up the mess they left behind.

Why Would You Do That?

Well, because I want to build a relationship with you.

You should be happy with the solution you received for your payment.

When you think of a great idea, I want you to think of me to help you make it a reality.

No one can do it all and I will be the first to admit I am not the developer for you, but I can help you find the person or team who can help you.

That is who I am. It’s what I’ve always done. But it’s hard to convey that on Freelancer.com when price seems the driving reason for accepting a bid.

Give me a shot. I guarantee you’ll be more than happy with the result!