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How to accept BIDS for many small programming tasks?

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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
11 of 12

@blarvinius B wrote:

Yeah, I get your drift.



Just trying to figure out how to price jobs and get a good deal... its outsourced because its not my area of expertise. And also, with the global reach, its hard to say what a good price is...

This is a very valid concern. This is the way I approach this:


- for fixed rate jobs I put $5 in the budget (because you have to put something)

- I state at the beginning of the proposal that this is a placeholder price and invite people to bid their own price


This way you don't reveal your budget and you let them evaluate the costs.


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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
12 of 12

re: "This is the way I approach this..."


Excellent advice from Rene.


The other way to handle this concern is to NOT USE fixed-price contracts.


Post jobs for hourly contracts, and then you don't need to worry about freelancers looking at a budget amount and saying that the budget post will be the amount they'll charge.


If a task is really small, maybe it only takes 10 minutes to work on. In which case, an hourly contract may save money versus using a fixed-price contract.