Is there a way to find out why the freelancer declined my invitation? It'll be really helpful to know if it's because the price was not right, or they have no time, or I was looking for the wrong expertise, etc.
While declining an invitation, there are some options listed there which the freelancer can choose or they will have a last option which says "Other" where they have to type the reason, but it is not mandatory.
Hi L Z,
If the freelancer adds an optional message when they decline an invitation, that message is delivered to the client. Unfortunately, the reason they choose, isn't shared with the client.
Knowing if the price was out of their range is fairly easy to determine. If it is a freelancer you are really interested in, take a look at their profile. Most of us have our rates clearly noted in our overview (when it is a per piece rate, etc.) or our hourly rate set on our profile. The same can be said for expertise, as we each have to choose Entry-level, Intermediate, or Expert.
Another thing to consider is whether it was a niche they are involved in. For example, if the work area is in writing and you need a highly technical article based in the Scientific field but are inviting a freelancer that specializes in non-technical pieces in home design, you're certainly going to be declined (unless, of course, they moonlight in tech).
Finding the right freelancer can take a bit of work, but when you're using invitations, you'll have a lot more success by checking over profiles and work history. That should give you a better idea of what they are comfortable with, which will save you a lot of frustration overall.