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(p.s.: GetaFreelancer.com is now called Freelancer.com)
However, I did check out one bidding site – GetaFreelancer. I joined up out of curiosity. I’d heard a couple of people recommending it, so I thought I’d dip my big crusty toe in there to see what they’re about.
MY NAME IS GETAFREELANCER, BUT YOU CAN CALL ME ‘GAF’, YOU PRETTY LIL THING…
Joining up was cool – no hiccups there.
Projects you can bid on range from writing to web design to project management and a lot of things in-between like programming and data processing. Below’s a sneek peek at current GAF gigs:
HOW DOES GETAFREELANCER PAY? HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE PAYMENT?
Forms of payment?: Paypal, Moneybookers, E-Gold, wire transfer, GetaFreelancer debit card.
How long?: When you make your very first request for payment, it’s delayed for 15 days ‘for security reasons’ (hmm…). E-Gold is delayed for 45 days.
After that, any subsequent payment requests received during the week up til Sunday are sent the following Monday or Tuesday.
OH GEE, GAF IS THE BEE’S KNEES… APPARENTLY..
An open testimonial on the site goes like this:
GAF is neat and tidy. Everything is easy to understand. There are dozens of freelancer sites but GAF is the only one that WORKS! – elgyn.
This is my personal opinion based on the two sections I frequented – ‘Copywriting’ and ‘Proofreading’. Other people might, of course, have had a totally different experience (and opinion):
It ispossible to make money on GetaFreelancer, but ‘possibility’ comes in different shades, doesn’t it?
 would you write a 500-word article for $2? Actually, make it a dollar for some. I saw many of those on the site. You do get a few that offer better but it didn’t appear to be the norm from where I was standing.
 It’s a bidding site. If a lot of people on there are looking for how-low-can-you-go writers in terms of pricing (rather than quality), then how low would someone be willing to go to win a bid?
SO, HOW DID IT GO FOR ME ON GAF?
I secured a writing gig for $30 from someone who was looking for a UK/US writer. I can’t actually remember how many other bidders I was up against, but I put in my bid and got it.
When I won the bid, an escrow payment was set up (i.e., GAF holds the money and releases it once the job is done).
The gig turned out to be proofreading and a bit of re-writing rather than solid writing. I went through about 7 documents which were no more than 3 pages each.
AND HOW LONG DID IT TAKE FOR THE PROJECT TO WRAP UP?
All in all, it took about 2.5 weeks from the time I put in the initial bid to completing the project and receiving payment. This was because the documents weren’t sent to me in one go. As I’ve only done one gig to date, I don’t know if this is typical. My guess is that it varies from client to client.
WHAT I DIDN’T KNOW (‘cos I didn’t comb thru the FAQ)…
– a commission is charged for every project (10% or $5, whichever one is greater). I was charged $5. Exception: sign up as a gold member (paying $10 a month), and you don’t get charged. (Jul ’09 – Fees have since changed – consult GAF for details).
– you can only withdraw money made if there is a minimum of $30 in your account (after the commission fee is subtracted, that is).
– there also seems to be a $1 fee to withdraw to a Paypal account. I don’t know if this is a variable fee. Other withdrawal methods seem to charge too (not sure if there’s a charge for wire transfer).
DOCTOR, DOCTOR – I HAVE $25 STUCK IN MY GAF ACCOUNT…
And it’s been there for the past couple months – I just couldn’t get myself to do the lower paid gigs even if it was just so I could exceed the minimum and withdraw.
…until I had an A-ha moment!
Why don’t I deposit some money from my Paypal account to reach the minimum, then withdraw the whole amount? (Now, why didn’t I think of that before?!!)
Because of the 15-day first-payment delay ‘for security reasons’, the estimated processing time GAF has given is 12th-13th May. I can live with that.
Through my experience, GAF isn’t one of the first places I’d recommend to most people interested in writing. I just think there are sites out there that list gigs that appear to pay better, like:
– Freelance Writing.com
– Women on Writing (ezine)
– Absolute Write (Paying Markets section):
– Paying Writer Jobs (yahoo group)
– the Digital Point Content Creation forum
– the Problogger Job board
If you still wanna join GAF ‘cos you’re simply curious and wanna check it out yourself, that’s perfectly ok. I mean, my review is my personal experience after all – you might have a totally different experience. So good luck if you do join – let me know how you find it.
Have a luv-er-ly weekend, y’all!