Is Legit? Or Just Another Greedy Scheme?

Is legit? Or is it a scam? Read this review to find out!

What Is

is legitMany of you are probably familiar with freelance sites such as 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.

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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 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 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 with Outsource Net.) People are frustrated. I understand them. Nobody should have to pay in order to work. Besides, 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 has some system in place to ensure that this doesn’t happen.

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  1. WMP

    Thanks for the review of outsource dot com, I would be skeptical of any company that required me to pay them for me to work for them, this will raise a red flag for many people. I can understand why they have such a poor reputation it’s because they do not provide a legitimate way for people to earn money. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether or not a company is legit, but I guess we just have to be careful.

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Of course, WMP. We should work to get paid, not pay to work! Outsource’s business model is very repelling.

  2. Anh Nguyen

    This is the first time I heard of Outsource, usually I would use freelance sites such as Fiverr and PeoplePerHour for their affordable price, nice user interface and great sellers. After reading your review, I wouldn’t considering trying this site for their complicated credit system and also they don’t look like such a trustworthy site on it’s own.

    Thanks for sharing!


    1. Ben (Post author)

      Thanks for sharing, Anh. Sites like Fiverr and PeoplePerHour, while not the best, are free and are certainly better for freelancers than a site where you have to pay to work!

  3. Kenny Lee

    I’ve never tried outsource[dot]com. Most freelancing sites does not offer good rates for freelancers. There’s just too many competition out there. We are talking about a global level. Freelancer]dot]com used to be free for freelancers, but now we are required to purchase credits too to bid for projects.

    As for blogging, most of the employers could be media agency. There’s no way of making any decent income from jobs like that. I believe there is a better way of connecting directly with the clients.

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Kenny,

      Yes, there IS a better way — and one way is by applying for jobs on independent job boards such as Problogger, where you deal directly with clients with no middleman.

  4. Teanna

    Great review

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Thanx 🙂

  5. Heather Grace

    I was laid off from my job nearly two years ago and went through the process of trying to find a new job. I came across outsource com but did not sign up. I didn’t look into it too much but after reading your review, I am glad I didn’t waste my time. It can be a desperate feeling when you need to look for work and I hate sites that prey on that. I hope your review saves others from loosing money on this!

    1. Ben (Post author)

      That’s the problem- desperate people will think they have no other choice.


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