Freelancer.com Review 2012-2013

I’ve recently started using Freelancer.com to complete small programming projects and was pleasantly surprised when I first started using the site after several years of using Scriptlance.com which they acquired. My first project went amazing! The code shop I worked with in India did a spectacular job on a clone site I had them develop…I thought I found a group of programmers that I could start to develop a long-term business relationship with, but it crashed and burned. After coming up with a second round of project for them the bid on first, they vanished for over a week. After presenting them with the new projects, they promised quotes, but never delivered and then they just stopped communicating with me.

Freelancer.com Review Continued

With six more projects to complete, I developed the project specs, diagrams, etc. to help articulate what I had in mind and put them to bid on Freelancer.com – Before selecting a programmer, I always ask if they completely understand the project requirements and if they have any additional questions before I award the project. Most say no…we completely understand your specifications…we are ready to go!

After two weeks of working with five programmers on 6 projects, it appears three are going to crash and burn…I’ll have lost some project development time, money from a few released milestones, and will have to then re-post my projects and again select another programmer. I believe their are some great programmers on Freelancer.com, but there are many dead beats as well which ruins the whole experience of working with virtual help.

Freelancer.com Review Summary

I believe I’ve found one programmer here in the US through Freelancer.com who I hope will turn out to be someone I can work with and count on long-term to help with my specific programming requirements. Here are a few of my personal recommendations for selecting and working with Freelancers. These same ideas can apply to any of the other outsourcing websites as well:

  1. Make sure you articulate specific requirements for project. Don’t leave anything vague or to the imagination….unless you are looking for someone to have creative license on your project(s)
  2. Never, Never, Never release a milestone until you have something tangible to show for. Make milestone release very specific (ex: rough draft of website template, screen shot of db design, etc.)
  3. Ask for references that you can call or  email with regard to specific projects
  4. Make sure programmer(s) portfolio has specific examples similar to what you are looking for and belong to some of the references they provide. I’ve checked many portfolios and projects that were concepts for the programmer and were deleted or had an expired domain when I went to look at them.
  5. If you find a good programmer, don’t abuse them by asking for unlimited modifications or changes….they need to make a living as well.

Freelancer.com Review Conclusion:

Freelancer.com can be a great place to find resources for project outsourcing. Put in the extra time to articulate everything to the T and use your due diligence to thoroughly review bidders before making your final decision. Don’t be afraid to to ask about project completion rates or negative comments. In the same fashion, don’t accept at face value a programmer’s rave reviews.

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7 thoughts on “Freelancer.com Review 2012-2013”

  1. @searchenginepro. Hello. My name is Max and I work for Freelancer.com. I actively look for online sites that discuss Freelancer.com and I came across your post here. We greatly appreciate the review that you’ve given Freelancer.com and the great tips to help out fellow employers. I’d like to assure you that there are thousands of great programmers waiting for you at the site. Should you have any enquiries, or concerns, please send an e-mail to max@freelancer.com and I’ll address them immediately. Thank you again and we hope you continue to use Freelancer.com services.

  2. Just talked with a programmer I’ve been using in Romania and Freelancer took all of his money. Says he tried six times to re-validate his account, but freelancer kept telling him they did not get information.

    He’s now out a bunch of money and needs to try and engage freelancer to get access to his account and money owed him for completed projects.

    Any programmers out there have a similar experience with freelancer hijacking your money?

  3. January 2, 2013 Freelancer.com review update. One of my programmers has been round and round with Freelancer, but has not been able to get his original account issue resolved. He set up another account and is now getting this message:

    Your Freelancer.com account has been limited for account security reasons until we can verify your identity. You can continue to work and receive payments, but you won’t be able to transfer or withdraw funds. To verify your identity, please provide the following documentation:

    He’s telling me he has now lost $3100 because of his account being locked.

    No follow up with regards to original inquiry. Max please feel free to provide any information relevant to the identity documentation process and how programmers can get this issue resolved quickly so they do not loose money or delay payments.

  4. Hi SearchEnginePro, I’m Valerie Scott from Freelancer.com. I came across your post regarding your programmer’s verification issues. I understand that you have already been corresponding with Max, so I just want to follow up to make sure everything got resolved. If not, please have the programmer send me an email at valerie.scott@freelancer.com. I’d be happy to make sure everything is taken care of. Kind regards, Valerie

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