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I've noticed a pattern. While I may be wrong, it is worth sharing with everyone who wants to do work online through freelancer platforms. This post may well be titled "How to get free work."
No, it isn't click baiting, because nobody reads this blog!
Let's delve into the problem. You've bid for some gig, and you got a response that goes like: "Hi, thanks for your application, please do this or that so that I can know if you're the person I'm looking for."
Usually, the client asks you to do a little work to see how "good" you are. When you do this "sample" work, you never get a response again or be ignored altogether. What you should know is that a "client" will post a project, break it into small pieces and when a newbie freelancer bids he get asked to do a little part.
So, say, the person have a huge data entry job, he can break it into small pieces and everyone who applies get a piece, in the end, the "client" has the job done without having to pay or hire anybody.
Crazy, right? I blame my conspiracy theorist mentality. But, there's more.
I know this raises the eternal question of doing free work. If you're just beginning, it is okay to do "free work" for Microsoft. Never do free work unless it will add to your reputation, it 's okay to do free work for companies like Microsoft because then you'll get to "brag" about it.
If you really must do free work, then apply your expertise and knowledge in creating new products to show in your portfolio, thereby attracting the real, serious clients. The customers who will pay, and will appreciate your efforts.
Why is this important?
You may think that doing a little work for free isn't much of a big deal. But trust me. It is a huge deal. Like it or not, as a freelancer YOU set the standards, and your actions have repercussions on other freelancers. Doing free work will encourage more people to ask for it, it is unprofessional, and it's cheap quality, not matter how good it is.
Also, the whole point of freelancing is that you, not the client, are the one who is responsible for choosing. The essence of freelancing is that the freelancer gets to choose the customer. Remember that.
In the end, pay attention to this kind of pitfalls. Refuse to do free work, and ask to be paid for any "sample" work, be bold, know that if a client is real, he will rarely ask for any samples, because he'll already know that you're what he's looking for, period.
Above all, don't be desperate and don't despair. The perfect client is out there!