The advent of the Internet and how easy it is
to send money across the world has made freelancing to become a popular form of
making money. Introverts, those who want to work from home and those in
countries with high unemployment rates can now search for jobs online. They can
achieve this through freelancing platforms. However, everybody would prefer to
look for the best platforms that they can use for freelancing. Here are some of
the factors to look for in the best platforms for freelancers.
Ease of getting jobs
The reason why you are interested in the freelancer
marketplace is that you are looking for a job. Thus, you would expect that
it should be easy for you to get a job by using the platform. Generally, the
platform should give you some free bids that you can utilize to get a job.
Furthermore, it should be possible for you to get your first job within the
first 3 days if you are consistent online and bid regularly for projects. When
this is not the case, it might mean that is not the right freelancing platform
for you and you should start to look for another.
The best platforms for freelancers should have enough measures to protect
freelancers. Freelancers are more disadvantaged in most cases when it comes to
seeking jobs online. They are hoping to work for someone in another country
they have never seen before and would most likely never meet physically.
Furthermore, they are expected to submit jobs first and the jobs approved
before they can get paid. Fortunately, with necessary information about
freelancers such as the number of projects given, how much spent and if payment
is verified as well as milestone and escrow system, freelancers can be sure they
would get paid. Thus, the right freelancing platforms should have these
features to guide freelancers to know if they should accept a job from a
freelancer or not.
Ease of withdrawing money
from freelancing platforms
After working, the next thing you want to do is to withdraw your payments.
It should be easy to withdraw money from freelancing
platforms once you have paid. A lot of freelancing platforms have a minimum
amount you must have in your account ranging from 30 dollars to as high as 100
dollars. Furthermore, the frequency of withdrawal is also important. The
freelancing platform must allow you to be able to withdraw at least once a week
every week. The number of times you can apply for withdrawal within a week and
the days, the better.
Cost of services
The cost of services is also another factor to consider. Most freelancing
platforms take a percentage of the amount you are earning as a freelancer. This
could range from free to as high as 20 percent. You should be sure of what
percentage of your earning the freelancing platform would claim. You should
also look for other things that you need to buy moving forward including
membership plans, writing exams and/or bids among others and how affordable