Is Outsource.com legit? Or is it a scam? Read this Outsource.com review to find out!
What Is Outsource.com?
Many of you are probably familiar with freelance sites such as Freelancer.com and Odesk. Outsource is basically the same idea, except that it’s kind of a newer site. I came across Outsource through one of its Google Adwords campaigns. It looked good, and after signing up, you can fill out your profile, choose the categories you specialize in, such as blog writing or proofreading, and start browsing available jobs. There are one-time jobs as well as long-term jobs. Whoa, was I in for a surprise.
The Unbelievable Credit System
The problem is, you see, that you must have credits in order to place a bid on a job. Each bid costs a certain number of credits, such as 3 or 7. And how, dear Outsource freelancers wannabees, do you think you will earn credits? Through taking out your credit card and making a payment, of course. Yes indeed, you can not hope of bidding on the possibility of getting hired before you actually spend money.
The second problem, you see, is the cost of these credits. There are monthly plans, starting at $44.99 for 40 credits a month. I personally just do not understand the legitimacy of a site that requires you to pay for being allowed to work, let alone a site that requires you to pay for the mere possibility of finding work.
Think about it. You are paying at least $45 a month, and for what? So that you can bid on a project that 15 other freelancers are bidding on? If you are only one out of 20 bidders, there is only a five percent chance of you getting the job. And what’s worse, when you think about it, it’s even less than a 5% chance. Why? Let’s say you go ahead and bid $50 on a project. Well, someone else, who has no problem working for less, either because they live in a poor country or because they’re just unemployed, will go ahead and bid $40 dollars on that same project. And yet someone else may go ahead and bid $30 on that project.
You get the picture. You’re spending a lot of money on a very small chance of getting work. True, some projects pay more than $500, but there’s still no guarantee that you will ever get hired. Believe me, there are other legitimate ways for a company such as Outsource to make money. They could charge a commission on each job completed, so that if a writer makes $50, they take off $5. That’s legitimate. And unlike some other similar sites, they don’t even offer a free plan with limited bids or even a free 30-day trial (as far as I can tell at the time of this writing).
I think Outsource.com is a waste of time and money, and their “you’ve received a job request” emails (which is a false statement — nobody contacted me to see if I can work for them. It’s just Outsource’s system matching my specialties with job posters) are cluttering up my inbox. I’d better unsubscribe from their email lists.
What People Are Saying About Outsource.com
Outsource.com does not have the best reputation out there. It earned almost exclusively 1 Star ratings on SiteJabber at the time of this writing. (Do not confuse outsource.com with Outsource Net.) People are frustrated. I understand them. Nobody should have to pay in order to work. Besides, Outsource.com has all the problems its competitors have. How can you be sure that the person you work for will actually pay you? Maybe they will just take the work and leave. Freelancers not getting paid is a problem with all bidding sites, and I hope Outsource.com has some system in place to ensure that this doesn’t happen.
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