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Broadway0474
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9/30/2015 | 3:46:02 PM
Re: Elance / oDesk / Upwork
kstaron, you should never get to the day you're turning work away. If you do, you need to hire an assistant and turn your freelance gig into a business, with you as president/CEO! That is the leap I'd love to hear stories about: how someone took freelancing and transformed it into a full-fledged, growing business with employees, etc.
Broadway0474
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9/30/2015 | 3:43:26 PM
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Impactnow, I wish I could share your optimism that companies learn their lesson after using these freelance job boards to hire cheap labor. They may get burned with bad end results from faraway places, but I think they also can get satisfactory efforts --- satisfactory enough to warrant them hiring non-US freelancers at fractions of the cost of US freelancers.
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9/30/2015 | 3:05:31 PM
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@yalanand,

Interesting comment,

I know that in some countries this is true (and most of the time the lower price is because of desperation). At least here in the US is a common understanding that a Freelance consultant will be more expensive by the hour, but because it's short term project for a long term solution, the exppense is well worth and usually pays off on it's own.

 
yalanand
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9/30/2015 | 2:52:31 PM
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@SunitaT0: Freelancing is good, you should definitely try it out. 
yalanand
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9/30/2015 | 2:51:23 PM
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Freelancing is good, no doubt about that, but you need to know when to stop. SachinEE is right, after a time in certain countries people see you like you are the one responsible for a depression in the market, because you are offering to do things at a cheaper price. 
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9/30/2015 | 12:37:48 AM
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@SachinEE: Nice of you to share your experiences. I haven't had a lot of freelancing but judging from your perspective, I think I should do some, because I need to understand the freedom in working alone.
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9/29/2015 | 11:24:09 PM
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@SachinEE,

Thanks for the quote :)

This also leads to increasing your skill set, thus providing the abilithy to expand the gig pool
mejiac
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9/29/2015 | 11:22:06 PM
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@kstaron,

To add to your comment, even though the constant seeking of the next project doesn't stop, but the work obtained and the flexibility is more fulfilling. One aspect that I'm noticing is that companies are seeking very specific skill sets/needs, and many times are for specific projects, so this also fuels the need to have freelancers since it greatly fulfils company short term needs (that many times converst to long term relationships)
kstaron
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9/29/2015 | 1:09:44 PM
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It seems like many freelance sites did that for  a while, going real low ball/bid. Eventually it'll even back out as employers realize you get what you pay for. But if anyone is interested in getting the occasional gig to help out with the bills or practice a different skill set, it's certainly worth a look. I've gone back and forth between freelancing and regular employee work. They both have upsides and down sides. The biggest down side to freelancing, is until you get to the point you are turning work away, you are always looking for work. So it's like being on a job hunt 24/7 for years, but you do get to make your own hours.
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9/28/2015 | 1:31:47 PM
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Broadway very true online freelancing today is largely driven by low cost providers in low operating cost countries. For US providers it's often very difficult to compete with these providers. However, many businesses in the US have been burned by these very low cost providers that in the end make mistakes miss deadlines and cost them more. The web has made freelancing a growing market but the infrastructure in place at many of the commercial sites makes it impractical for most US freelancers.

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