Chide me if you want for forging a pun out of a site like iFreelance.com – they started it. iFreelance greets its visitors with a friendly “iFreelance” and then the question “Do you?”
Well, I’ve never been a big iFreelancer user myself, but for the purposes of this review, it’s important to keep an open mind and ask myself – along with you, the Clickfire audience – if this is a policy that should be reviewed. If iFreelance has the simple requirements of any solid freelancing site, requirements like…
- A simple, easy-to-use interface and navigation system
- Fair pricing and, if possible, free pricing
- Plenty of jobs to bid on
- A simple way of bidding on these jobs
…then it’s probably going to be something we freelancers consider adding to our repertoire. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s decide how to proceed. Since iFreelance.com asks you if you’ve got the kind of metal to make it on their site, let’s approach this iFreelance.com review with a newbie’s-eye view and the perspective of someone who’s considering joining iFreelance for the first time.
To the Budding Freelancer
Let’s start from the perspective of a freelancer who’s just starting out in the world of Internet business. They’ll want to sign up as a work provider, someone who’s going to trade their skills and their time for a buyer’s money. It’s a simple enough concept to understand, and if iFreelance can deliver the goods, it will also be a simple enough process to execute.
First things first? The price. Signing up is free and the registration is simple, so there’s no reason you can’t take a little time out of this here review and go and sign up right now. Hey, you’re the budding freelancer, remember? Gotta start taking action. Once you’re done, come right back here.
All set? Good: it was simple because iFreelance doesn’t make it get complicated. It’s free and easy to sign up which means you can be up and editing your profile before you know it. A little word of advice: try to mix up your profiles across different freelancing sites. It’s good to keep things fresh.
Once you’re signed up, you’re ready to start perusing the project boards and find projects that you can – hopefully successfully – bid on. The categories at iFreelance are a little different than many of the categories you’ll find at other freelancing sites like Guru or Elance. Consider, for example, the “Traditional Art (Illustration / Painting)” category or “Photography / Videography.” Clearly iFreelance isn’t about one particular set of freelancers.
This is good news if you’re someone who’s been looking to make money off of a skill that doesn’t relate to writing, designing, programming, or coding. iFreelance is a good place to find some “off the beaten path” projects that can actually make you a legitimate freelancer and not just someone with a hobby.
Of course, even the newbie should think about the cold hard nitty-gritty of getting their dollars up. When it comes to payment over iFreelance, here’s what they have to say about how much it costs to use their site:
Absolutely nothing. Our service is free to buyers because we charge service providers a small membership fee to use our website. The only cost to you will be what you pay directly to providers who work for you.
The “absolutely nothing” is a little misleading if in the very next sentence you talk about a small membership fee. But, heck, it doesn’t look like it’s going to break anyone’s bank anytime soon.
To the Enterprising Buyer
If you’ve come to iFreelance not to freelance but to hire those that do, your experience is going to be different, but not all that different. Posting a project is easy and can simply be handled after you register for the site itself – which, again, is free and easy in and of itself. Just post some basic details, a thorough description, and voila – you should have a few freelancers poking around your project and conveniently wondering if they can be of any assistance.
A good freelance site is obviously no guarantee for success in this regard. There’s an art to posting a project just like there’s an art to bidding on them. You’ve got to attract people to your project while simultaneously being clear about what actually needs to be accomplished. Project requirements should be stated up front. It’s better to weed certain people out and get less bids than go with someone who was never right for the project in the first place.
It’s even harder if you don’t have much of a budget to post, but iFreelance is still a good place to make the advertisement. Is it the best place you can go? I would personally recommend one of the more mainstream sites like Elance or Freelancer, or even a niche site like GetACoder if you have a programming project to post.
The short answer: yes. Of course you’ll want to take advantage of a site like this. It’s free to sign up for and you can poke your head around and see if there are any projects worth your while. Keep in mind, however, that this isn’t exactly the most glowing recommendation of all time. Of course any freelancer worth his salt will want to sign up to multiple sites so they never rely on any one particular crowd or payment system to provide them with a full-time income.
Then again, not all of us are looking for a full-time income. Some of us just want to get paid to exercise our skills in a particular hobby. Photographers, for example, will find an avenue for their creative expression and a way to get paid for it at iFreelance.com. That’s certainly not a bad thing, and it’s definitely a good thing if you’ve got a talent that needs to be capitalized upon.
Should uFreelance? Sure; just ditch the puns.