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pewpewandrei profile image

Nice article. Personally I didn't have a great experience the first time with any of these sites. I've had clients trying to strongarm me into doing it cheaper because they saw it cheaper at another dev, and probably the worst is that the platforms favor clients so much it becomes a hastle to justify when you decide to drop projects or if the client is not happy with the finished product because they decided at the last sprint that they want half of the website changed.

In more practical terms, the platforms are good for a nice side project to have the occasional extra spending money, but for the majority it will seem like a massive problem to get into having clients accepting your bid over the indian guy/girl/bot bidding on the lowest bid, and then the client having left with a bad taste of the platform thinking that those are the norms for developers.

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Maciej Author

Yeah I hear you, and these are some of the reasons I left the platform.
If you are beginner you may be willing to slide clients way.
I found that establishing firm rules, and informing prior to the project start and sticking to them helps a lot.
If a client is strong-arming you like that it's best to be firm on your price, and explain the logic behind the price, in a lot of cases you will lose a client, but those that will understand it are the good clients you want to nurture the relationship with.
Also the platform favouring the clients, can't disagree here, the treatment from of their freelancers is abhorrent, and it's no wonder they mainly attract those cheap developers that go for quantity of projects over quality.
Still you can find some really good clients there, and this makes it a good place to get your feet wet in the freelancing word.