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freelancenetwork.net is an online job marketplace that provides a means for employers and freelancers around the globe to collaborate for mutual benefit. Individuals or businesses in need of skilled help for short or long-term projects can post those projects and allow freelancers to submit bids for the completion of the work.

For the employer or service buyer, Freelancenetwork.net provides immediate access to thousands of independent contractors with specific skills, without the need to place job ads or provide work space, insurance, etc. For the freelancer or service provider, freelancerenetwork.net offers a constant source of part-time to full-time work opportunities, without the trouble and expenses of advertising and self-promotion.

freelancenetwork.net allows employers and freelancers to work together on both online and offline projects over a wide range of categories through projects and contests.

Signing up is easy.

1. Click on SIGN IN or JOIN NOW on the freelancenetwork.net homepage. Registration is free.

Try to implement these best practices to increase your chances of improving your freelancing business on the website.

Make a good impression. As early as bidding on projects, make yourself stand out from the rest. Present yourself professionally, and tailor your proposal to what the project requires. State what you will provide, how much it will cost, and how long it will take you to deliver.

Background check. Employers consider several factors when deciding who to work with, so it is only fair for you to do the same to them. See the About the employer sections of projects and contests for a general idea about their accounts, payments, and reviews.

Do not bite off more than you can chew. As tempting as it is to accept more projects in order to earn more, compromising quality just to finish the workload that you accepted can reflect on employer rating feedback, which can hurt your reputation on the site.

Stay on the site. Keep communications and payments within freelancenetwork.net. This ensures you have the best possible protection in an unlikely event of a dispute.

Be accessible. Make yourself available even if you are away from your workstation.

Go the extra mile. If trying to give your best in all your projects becomes habitual, it will eventually be synonymous to your brand. Employers will keep coming back to you, and your client base will be a lot bigger without you realising it.

Each employer is as different as each freelancer is; so there is no “magic formula” that works for every bid. To help increase the chances that a prospective employer will seriously consider your bid, here are some things we suggest you practice:

Read the project description thoroughly. Take the time to go through the project description. If the employer feels that you do not understand the project enough, you are not likely to make the shortlist.

Keep your bid clear and concise. Employers may have dozens or even hundreds of bids to consider. Make your bid proposal short but meaty.

Propose Milestones. A way to showcase your professionalism and prove to the client that you are serious about their business by listing down 3-5 milestones in your bid.

Be competitive with your pricing. Being competitive does not necessarily mean bidding low. Worldwide marketplace makes for tough competition. If you are relatively new to freelancing, you may need to establish a reputation first. But if your work is truly above average, price it properly. Some employers are willing to pay for quality.

Do not oversell yourself. A little self-confidence is a good thing, but over-the-top claims is not likely to impress anyone. Being honest about your skills will get you much further than a lot of hype.

Proofread your bid before you submit it. No matter what kind of project you are bidding on, a poorly-written proposal suggests lacking of attention to details and poor work habits, neither of which is going to work in your favour.

After placing your bid, we encourage implementing the following practices to further improve your chances of winning projects:

Upload work samples to your portfolio. Quality, not quantity. Make sure that your samples are appropriate for the job and that they represent your best work.

Protect your work. Any samples you provide (should employers ask) should bear a watermark or other means of identification. It can also at least include your name and a statement of copyright.

Try to respond promptly when the employer contacts you through a private message. Most employers does this the first 24 hours of posting. So make sure to keep yourself available.

When posting a project, employers are given a choice between posting a fixed-price or an hourly one. Posting projects in the correct project type that better fits the work requirements can be advantageous.

Fixed-price project

1. This is ideal for one-time projects or those with set/limited budgets.

2. The bid amount of the winning freelancer is the total amount to pay them for completing the project.

Hourly project

1. This is ideal for continuous work (no specific deadline), or full-time positions

The bids of the freelancers are their hourly rate for your required work. The amount to pay your winning freelancer is the price of the total hours of rendered work.

Your bid proposal should clearly express your interest in and highlight your suitability to the project you are bidding on.

Follow these tips for writing a proper bid proposal to increase your chances of getting that project you are eager to start working on.

1. Tailor your content. Let the employer know that you have thoroughly read the project details and understood what is being required. Make sure that your proposal is relevant to the tasks specified on the project description. Explain your time frame and budget estimates in relation to what the employer wants done. Ask questions if you want something clarified.

2. Introduce yourself. Give a short background of yourself, your passion and/or profession and state how these complement your work performance. Present yourself in a professional manner and try to add a little touch of your personality in your writing.

3. Highlight your qualifications. Mention your relevant work experiences and include samples of similar work you have done in the past. Invite the employer to visit your portfolio so they can see firsthand if your brand of work matches what they are looking for.

4. Keep it concise. Make your proposal short but meaty. Include only relevant information highlighting your suitability to the job and any details that the employer might have requested.

5. Be sincere. A little self-confidence is a good thing, but over-the- top claims is not likely to impress anyone. Be honest about your skills and qualifications to ensure that the employer will truly get what has been promised.

Proofread. Double check if you have provided all the key information. Review your grammar and spelling for a perfect first impression.

You should refrain from doing any of the following practices to avoid incurring penalties.

1. Using generic proposals (bids with the exact same content) on multiple projects

Bidding on and accepting projects you do not have the required expertise on

Bidding with a very low amount and increasing the amount significantly once awarded

Giving out or asking for contact information in your bid

freelancenetwork.net gives employers access to freelancers from around the world for virtually any type of project.

We’d like to provide you with a few pointers on posting a project that will draw the attention of the right bidders and make the process of hiring your next freelancer a pleasant and rewarding experience for you both!

Start by knowing what you need. While a good freelancer may be able to fill in some gaps on a project description, your best bet in getting quality bids is to know what you’re looking for. If you aren’t sure exactly what to ask for, do a little research before you post.

Create a descriptive project name. A freelancer should be able to tell at a glance what you’re looking for. For instance, a project named “E-Book” may grab the attention of graphic artists, writers, web developers and others. A name like, “Write an E-Book about Snakes,” however, is likely to bring bids mostly from writers and, in particular, writers with some knowledge about snakes or resources for the knowledge.

Provide a detailed description. Your description should answer as many potential questions as possible. Think about what will be required of the provider you hire and be as clear as possible.

Select the required skills correctly. Use all 5 of your available skill selections if possible. Many freelancers search projects strictly by skills.

Consider your budget selection carefully. Too low a budget may eliminate some of the better candidates for your project. Setting the budget too high may leave the door open for some price gouging, but this is usually fairly easy to spot. No matter what, though, don’t set a budget higher than what you’re willing to pay just to attract more experienced freelancers.

1. If you have examples of what you need, upload them. Don’t borrow content from websites, articles, programming code, or other sources as your examples, unless you own the rights to the source. Doing so may constitute copyright infringement.

Allow enough time for bidding. If your project isn’t urgent , don’t rush freelancers to bid. Remember that the top professionals are usually the busiest, so you might eliminate some of the top freelancers if you set the bidding time too short.

freelancenetwork.net takes pride in matching employers to the best professional freelancers. We sincerely hope that these tips will help you find the best freelancers for your projects.

To make sure you can bid on projects, complete these steps:

1. Verify your email. Verify the email address linked to your freelancenetwork.net account. Check your registered email address for the verification email, and follow the instructions provided.

2. Update your skills. You can only bid on a project if you have at least one of the skills required for it.

3. Update your profile. Upload a professional profile picture, and add a profile headline, summary, and an hourly rate.

You also need to update your Language

Settings and Location by going to your Settings page.

Picking a freelancer to work with entails considerations on several factors. Here are some things to think about before awarding your project.

Staying within the posted project’s budget range is a major consideration for most employers. Eliminating freelancers who went over your indicated ceiling cost is an easy way to shorten your bid list.

We also suggest getting in touch and asking why they priced their bids as such. Freelancers who are experts in their fields will usually price themselves higher than others. If quality is what you are after, try to negotiate the project requirements and payments with experienced freelancers to get the most out of your money’s worth.

If the deadline is non-negotiable for your project, you can eliminate bids that fall outside that range. Freelancers may still indicate a longer time frame, especially if your deadline is too short for the work that the project requires. If this is the case, messaging your bidders is still the best way of knowing which freelancers are most likely to make it to your shortlist.

The Freelance Network

The number of received reviews does not necessarily correspond to higher skill mastery and better output quality because some new freelancers with no reviews may actually be experts in their fields.

If your bidder has reviews, it is best to check them for comments.

Checking their profile Portfolio is recommended too, as well as making an effort to reach out and ask for work samples to see if they are a match to what your project requires.

Freelancers who try to tailor their bids to address your project’s needs at the onset show dedicated interest in getting your project completed.

Asking for specific information in your project description can also be a way to determine if a bidder took the time to read it. If what you asked for is not included in their proposal, the bid can easily be disregarded.

It is free to sign up, post projects, place bids, and discuss the project requirements. Once an awarded freelancer accepts to work on a project, however, we charge a small project fee relative to the value of the selected bid, as an introduction fee.

The cost and how this fee is charged depends on the type of project.

Hourly projects: free of charge

Fixed-price projects:  free of charge

Hourly projects: 15% of the payment released to the freelancer is charged as fee.

Fixed-price projects: 15% of the winning bid Project fees are non-refundable. Refund or adjustment of these fees can only be processed if they were mistakenly charged due to technical issues.

The Dispute Resolution Service allows you to contest the return (for employers) or release (for freelancers) of in progress payments (those that are not yet released) in the event that your project does not go as planned. This is accomplished by opening a dispute.

In all circumstances, we encourage you to resolve project issues or disputes between yourselves rather than use this service. It is provided only as a last resort should you be unable to reach an agreement.

Dispute verdicts are final and irreversible.

STAGE 1 – Identifying the issue

The complainant should select the Project and the Milestone payment or payments to be disputed. A User could contest all the Milestones related to a single project in one dispute.

After which, a description of the issue and an explanation of why the dispute is being opened should be given. From this stage until Stage 3, users are encouraged to attach any files that could support their claims.

Finally, the complainant is requested to enter the amount he or she is prepared to pay for the Project (if a Buyer) or wish to get paid for the Project (if a Seller). The amount could be between 0 and the total amount of the Milestone Payment(s) in question.

STAGE 2 – Negotiations

At this stage, either party can negotiate for partial compensation, or (after a period of time) choose to have The Freelance Network ‘s Dispute Team arbitrate the dispute. Both parties will have the opportunity to tell their side of the story and also negotiate terms to resolve the issue between themselves.

Only the party who originally filed for the dispute can cancel the dispute. If the issue cannot be resolved through negotiation, either party can choose to have the dispute arbitrated by the Dispute Team.

STAGE 3 – Final Offers And Evidence

Stage 3 is the last stage where both Users can submit their final evidence to support their case. After Stage 3, the involved parties are no longer allowed to submit evidence. The dispute will be resolved based upon the evidence provided through the Dispute System, or that is otherwise available to the Dispute Team, such as the project description and correspondence between the parties.

Once the dispute has proceeded to Stage 4, further evidence will no longer be accepted.

STAGE 4 – Arbitration

At Stage 4, the Dispute Team will review all evidence and other information provided to reach a decision (usually within 48 hours). Dispute verdicts are final, binding, and irreversible.

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