Before 99designs, logo design was expensive. You’d have to shed a couple hundred bucks for a few logos that you wouldn’t even like. 99designs sought to change that paradigm and since it’s launch in 2008 they’ve grown to be the largest online graphic design marketplace paying out over $51,222,431 to designers awarded via contests. If you’re reading this post you probably know what they’re all about, if not watch their short 1-minute intro video on their website to find out. In short, a crowd of graphic designers compete to give you the design you love, or your money back.
I love graphic design, I designed both the LaunchAStartup.com website and logo. But I’ve also used 99designs numerous times to get a different perspective from dozens of other designers, thus saving me time and money. As an entrepreneur, I’m constantly busy with other things so the first time I used 99designs was out of necessity, as I didn’t have enough time to come up with something myself. I recently co-founded a consulting company and we needed a logo quickly to speed up the process to launch.
Editors Note: This is a continuation from last weeks piece, part one can be found here, “Freelance Scams to Watch Out For on Online Job Marketplaces“. This guest post has been submitted anonymously. Quality contractors can be found on either, or all platforms. And a dedicated freelancer may find a great client after many proposals. In order to find happiness, you must be able to navigate through the BS. This week we’ll look at what companies have had to deal with in their search for competent freelancers.
The single biggest complaint from companies is freelancers who are incompetent. A contractor may give excellent letters and samples, but then turn out awful work after the job is accepted, or worse commit fraud. It’s very difficult for clients to reject work once the contract terms are accepted on either site.
Companies often turn to freelancing sites to take advantage of lower currency rates in foreign countries. Unfortunately, they tend to quickly learn that they get what they pay for. The US dollar goes so far in many countries, especially in Southeast Asia. Freelancers in those areas will pull many different tricks to get your cash or to get your good feedback.
Some of these tactics include:
Editors Note: This is a continuation from last weeks piece about oDesk vs Elance: Why It’s A Battle YOU Won’t Win. This guest post has been submitted anonymously. Quality contractors can be found on either, or all platforms. And a dedicated freelancer may find a great client after many proposals. In order to find happiness, you must be able to navigate through the BS. This piece dives into a few freelance scams, and what you should do to avoid them.
Companies and contractors have both tried to scam each other through online freelance marketplaces. There are many reports of shoddy workmanship, clients who have glowing reviews but turn out trash, and companies that use misleading language or outright trickery to make a contractor do work for way too little or beyond the scope of the job. Here are some of the things to watch for from either side so you don’t get burned:
On the surface, Elance and oDesk look like they’re great places for quality contractors to make money. They also seem like they’re great places for businesses to save money and get the services that they need. Yet there are a lot of horror stories out there about these sites. In many cases, each party is having to accept “good enough” because of business necessity. While there are quality contractors on Elance and oDesk, a lot of that is attributed to the fact that they are the biggest players in the freelance market. While comparisons of oDesk vs Elance vs Freelancer vs Guru continue to grow as the online job market has skyrocketed, we’ll delve into a couple of problems of the current freelance model and how LaunchAStartup.com could be a potential solution.