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Old 07-07-2016, 11:00 AM
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Default Are Bidding Sites Worth the Time?

Are sites like Upwork worth the time? I had a client disappear on me and am in need of some money fairly quickly but am wondering if you can get a decent wage on sites like these.
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:07 PM
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Competition can be pretty fierce, especially if you have any over seas bidders who bid pennies on the hour. At least that's some of the feedback I've seen.
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:50 PM
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I have found it beneficial. You have to have a killer proposal to get the client. I definitely don't bid cheap either. It is important to note that there is a 5 day hold on funds after they are released.
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Old 07-14-2016, 09:14 PM
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You're much better off pursuing your own writing clients directly. The high-paying clients are not on bidding sites, content mills or writer job boards - you have pursue them one-on-one. I use Linkedin, cold emailing and snail mailing to get most of my clients. I gave up on bidding sites and writing sites 3 years ago, and my income immediately soared thereafter! I charge 25 cents a word for basic writing tasks, and more for more involved work.

Create a writer website for yourself and start your own professional freelance writing business. That's what I did, and I've been making excellent money ever since (over $50,000 this year - and I only worked about 7 months of the year. The rest of time I spent traveling).

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Old 08-01-2016, 07:42 PM
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I started writing 6+ years ago and my first job was off a job board that has now merged into Upwork. I still have that person as a regular client to this day. I couldn't believe my luck.

Having said that, if you're patient, you can find golden nuggets in Upwork and other sites. But finding private clients is generally more lucrative. I have a small handful of regulars and I get more from referrals, various forums I belong to, Google searches and Facebook. So don't only chase work in one place. The more you look, the better off you'll be.
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Old 08-28-2016, 02:47 PM
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It is true that bidding sites can be worth the time. I think it is not wise to spend all your time there, but it can be good to spend some regular effort there. Another possibility is to do a bidding site concentration, but only for while you are prospecting for your own outside clients. Be sure to have comparable (or the same) rates if possible in the event that the clients you are prospecting to come across your bidding sites profile (don't be too cheap.)
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