Freelance bidding sites – good or bad?

If you’ve poked around for freelance jobs on the web, you may have run into online bidding sites. Work from Home Momma shares her thoughts about bidding sites. She notes that freelancers on these sites offer their work for hire at extremely low rates.

I’ve always steered clear of bidding sites, since I know I can make much more money in my home market. But, if you’re just starting out, desperate for work or living in an area of the world with low salaries, bidding sites might hold some appeal for you. However, if you want your clients to see the value of the work you do, you should probably look elsewhere for work. You’re not going to get far with companies that award work to the lowest bidder, without considering experience, talent, expertise or value added.

Laura says:

Thanks for linking to Deb’s articles. I haven’t gotten a job from a bidding site for a long time, although they were part of my strategy when I started out. Coincidentally, however, I did take a look at several last night before I read your post.

My perception is that you must pay a fee to be able to apply for most of the jobs.