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fredmila
1st Sep '10, 22:41
Hello,

I am new to the forum but not new to the profession! While I am here I want to ask for advice from people who have more experience in contract work. I have experience as a free-lancer but not as a contract designer/engineer. I know that there are a lot of cowboy contract agencies and websites out there (in the UK); can people recommend which ones are good and which ones to avoid like the plague?

Thank you

AndrewNew
7th Sep '10, 08:57
If you want to pursue the free-lance route, I have used www.elance.com (http://www.elance.com) and www.guru.com (http://www.guru.com). In my experience they are quite strongly US-centric, although in theory for a lot of the posted jobs that shouldn't matter. Disadvantages are that there are many posts from people who clearly have no idea about how much things cost, and therefore set ridiculous budgets ($500 for a complete product development programme is not uncommon, I wouldn't go near any of these!), and it seems there is a lot of competition from the low wage economies. Also, you need to watch out for the various fees and commissions that the sites charge - on their own none of them sound like much, but they do add up. Despite these problems, it is possible to make good contacts, and if they like the work you do for them, they will probably come back to you directly (there are rules about doing this, so be careful you don't infringe the websites' Ts&Cs).

I hope this is useful, and very best of luck. What is it you specialise in?

Cheers

Andrew

GarethW
7th Sep '10, 22:10
If you want to pursue the free-lance route, I have used http://www.elance.com and http://www.guru.com.

We had a good thread on these recently. Worth a read:. LINK: viewtopic.php?f=56&t=10 (http://www.mechanicaldesignforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=10)

Flydude
13th Sep '10, 19:02
I have also used Elance and Guru with good success.

RACNicole
22nd Sep '10, 10:23
Hello,

I am new to the forum but not new to the profession! While I am here I want to ask for advice from people who have more experience in contract work. I have experience as a free-lancer but not as a contract designer/engineer. I know that there are a lot of cowboy contract agencies and websites out there (in the UK); can people recommend which ones are good and which ones to avoid like the plague?

Thank you

Hi fredmila,

I'm not sure what you mean by a cowboy contract agency, but when I started freelancing in 2005, I was extremely grateful to find vWorker (formerly Rentacder). vWorker provides 100% escrowing requirements up front and arbitration services on your behalf as a contractor, which is extremely helpful to the newcomer.

Freelancing veterans already know the importance of those tools and they're well-versed in what to say and/or do to get them on their own. But for the person new to online contracting, it's really nice to have a company take care of these things for you while you get used to working in the industry and discover what standard procedures are... like what a contract is supposed to cover.

I really like the project wizard vWorker uses too, because it gives simplifies client's needs into an easy to understand work agreement. I highly recommend it. As mentioned, I started with the service in 2005 and I haven't left yet!