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Finding a suitable project
If you are new to the vWorker.com system, you'll have a tough time landing any
large project. Try finding a simple project and charge nearly nothing on it.
Some employers will go with the lowest price they possibly can and this is a great
way to grow a reputation.
I was a part of vWorker.com for a number of months before I landed my first
project, the main reason as I see it was my prices. After I got desperate and
lowered my bids to half of what I'd normally attempt, I landed my first job.
This was a client who was so impressed they not only dropped a bonus but they
returned on two other occasions boosting up my ratings.
Before you can make suitable money, you need to impress employers not only with
your services but your prices as well.
Project outside of your expertise
I'm a programmer and there isn't a single one of us who knows all the different languages.
In fact you
won't find a person who knows more than two programming/scripting languages
fluently. You should look for projects you find interesting even if it isn't in
the language of your choice or your expertise. If the worker asks for it to be in
language #1 but you believe it's much better suited for language #2, post a bid
explaining your thoughts and reasoning.
A number of the projects I've completed were originally for PHP work but after
placing a bid and discussing the benefits of CGI over PHP, not only did I change
their mind on the language to us e but I landed the project as well. Remember,
the employer doesn't always understand the most efficient and secure way to do
things. Just because what they are asking for is out of your expertise doesn't
mean you can't talk them into changing their outlines.
Employers love to hear questions, it lets them remap their project through their
head and it shows to them that you understand and have read the project outlines
enough to request more information or clarity. With questions you should also
propose alternative solutions, this will give them the impression you know what
you're doing and they don't need to hold your hand through the process.
I've been an employer on this site as well, nothing is more intriguing than workers
who ask questions. They asked questions I never dreamt of and it's a good idea
they did. A few years ago I hired a worker to design an image gallery web site
and asked them to put each picture's data on its own page for displaying. The
thought never crossed my mind if the worker would make a separate HTML page for
thousands of images automatically that would eat away at my storage space or if
there was an alternative way. But because of a single worker that many years ago,
the project was done and the performance was amazing.
Asking questions doesn't mean you don't understand, it means you're wise enough
to know you can't read their mind.
The client is always right!
You've surely heard this a number of times before but how true is this? The
reality is, the employer is not always right, if they knew everything they could
complete the project themselves. That's why there are workers, we're not here to
just make them happy and agree with everything they say, they want our feedback
to make the project more beneficial and efficient in the long run.
If something they a re asking for is unreasonable, let them know and explain the
downfalls and benefits of another solution. There have been many times the employer
asked me to do something so unreasonable it would have taken days to code would
could have taken hours, but they won't know this unless you explain it to them.
Employers are usually interested in hearing other ideas or suggestions for their
project, they do want it fine tuned and perfect after all, don't they?
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