Freelancing for free???

One of the sections of the site will be where I post about various ridiculous or stupid job posts along the way…

There are places to search for freelancer jobs online, and not all of them are equal. I have/had account on more than once site, and can tell you more or less about each one:

freelancer, elance, odesk, designcrowd, fiverr, 99designs just to name a few. There are some that worked out for me and some that didn’t. My husband, also a freelancer had luck on different sites. This makes me think that not just the site itself, but how you start communicating with the client, how can you get them to consider you is very important.

Between all these sites there are 2 that I just cannot understand from the FREELANCER’s point of view. and but ‘s contest type “jobs” also fall into the same category.

While design work is different, and I also think it is important for the client to see that you are on the right page when it comes to design something for them, plus design is always subjective and the client must like what you do… but still this contest type jobs just doesn’t make sense to me. I mean as a company I would probably use the services and get 10x designs instead of one for ridiculous amounts… but as a worker, working for free is just not appealing. Why would I do that? Why would I spend a lot of time to FINISH a design and than hope that I am the lucky one from 50 other people doing the same and MAYBE I get some payment at the end of a worked week… It just doesn’t make any sense.

I would agree to show extensive portfolio, to make sample design, to present my ideas and how would I implement them, and spend a few hours on this but no more than that and definitely won’t go overboard and finish the whole damn job, to do all sorts of modifications for the client just to be told … meeehhh not interested.

It is like ordering a pizza, from a place that shows you the menu, and describes what each pizza is, delivering it to your house, looking at you how you eat all slices of the pizza, except maybe 2 last bites and than give back the box saying that sorry I don’t like it I don’t want to pay… Strangely this practice is not accepted anywhere in the real world, except in design and freelancing communities… A sample pizza, a slice? Oh what the hell, why not… but you won’t get the whole damn pizza for free that’s for sure!!!

Maybe I just got the whole idea wrong.. or who knows but surely for me, working for free doesn’t sound as a good idea.