I thought that digital freelance market like PeoplePerHour was bad – high volume of low paid gigs, but more importantly, the site takes up to 20% of your earnings, was bad.
Then there’s ClearVoice that promises medium range gigs but never delivers: unlike PPH, I never got one in half a year although some of the topics were very relevant.
But Contena takes the piss to the next level. They promise you gigs but only after you paid for subscription – a measly 6 Monthly Payments of $199. And most of the gigs are not that well paid, so “will work for subscription”.
What’s next, charging for using “freelancer (TM)” in your profile?
My article in Medium about a sharing economy site
In People per Hour (PPH) blog. PPH is a British freelancer platform like elance.
To tell you the truth, I’ve moved past it as finding a recurrent higher level gig directly is much less hassle. They charge a lot for providing the platform and most of the gigs don’t pay much, especially if you consider an effort to get the gig/payment.
However, it’s a good starting point for somebody wanting to try her hand in freelancing.
Upd after 3 weeks, the result of publishing in the blog:
- one person who wanted a European sales person (20% commission on fabulous contracts selling his photography stuff; I never said that I do sales);
- one person who promised in broken English to “do any job for me”;
- two people saved me in their “favorite category” (didn’t know you can do it).