Is Freelancer a scam? Many freelancers wonder about these so-called freelance sites, where freelancers could supposedly bid a price on projects they will work on. Let’s explore this Freelancer.com website and find out whether or not it is a scam.
How It Works (Or How It’s Supposed to Work, Anyway)
There are many website owners and other people who need work done for them, whether that work is designing a site, writing articles, taking care of a website’s HTML code, or something else. And there are many freelancers who are looking for work. So Freelancer.com’s goal is to connect these freelancers to those who need them. Freelancers work, get paid, and then Freelancer.com takes a small commission off the freelancer’s wage.
There are both free and paid membership levels for freelancers, with the main advantage of paid membership being access to more job bids per month.
The problems, however, are many. First of all, there is no guarantee that the person hiring you, or the person you are hiring, is not a scammer. How do you know that the person you are working for will not simply take your work and then not pay you? And how can you test the people you are hiring so that you won’t hire anyone who will mess up your website and take all your money?
The next problem is the bidding process. When freelancers look for jobs, they must submit a price bid on a posted job, meaning how much they want to get paid. The problem is that there will always be people who are willing to work for less than you are, and the job poster will likely choose them. After all, if you live in the US, you may want to get paid five cents a word, but someone in another country such as India or Pakistan will be overjoyed to work for one cent for every five words.
The real problem with Freelancer.com, though, is that there is just so many complaints about Freelancer.com, that it’s simply impossible to ignore. Review sites such as Ripoff Report and SiteJabber are filled with horror stories of freelancers working hard, and when they finally accumulated a significant amount of money in their account, their account was suddenly frozen and they were unable to withdraw that money. There are stories of freelancers getting charged the ten percent commission that freelancer.com takes off all wages paid though they have never actually received their wages. There are also many stories of website owners hiring freelancers and putting a deposit into their account, only to never receive their work and never getting a refund from Freelancer.com.
So, Is Freelancer A Scam? Can It Really Be True?
I’m afraid Freelancer may not be totally legit. The hundreds of complaints make me afraid of actually trying it out.
Just take a look at the complaints on Ripoff Report, SiteJabber, and Highya, or just google ‘Freelancer.com complaints.” There’s no information at the BBB about freelancer.com either. Another thing I have noticed is that most freelancers bidding for jobs on their website are new freelancers with no reviews or work done yet – another red light.
I would not advise you to try out Freelancer.com. It may be legit, or it may not be, but all these online complaints, as well as the horrible reviews it has received from many blogs, make me want to avoid it at all costs.
Hey, what do you think about Freelancer.com? Do you think it is worth it? Have you had any experience with it? If yes, please let us know below whether YOU think Freelancer.com is a scam!