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?
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).