Yet another way to fleece a freelancer

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?

 

 

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How to Get Your First Client on People per Hour

pph_blog_logoIn 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).