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boshoffirene
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It is starting to get depressing....

Why I no get work? Why my profile rejected?

 

Hell....I dunno? Why do you think you are not/it is?

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sivavranagaro
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Here what's really depressing. Spending all 70 connects from past month and 70 from this month, in two weeks, and not landing a job. Got only few replies, and all of them asking for Skype calls, which are totally unconvinient for me at the moment. 

 

What I think why I don't get more responses.

First, I'm hidden under "show more". Definitely. Second, my portfolio doesn't look top notch. But I don't have any time to make it look better. Third, summer. Fourth, more people competing. 

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Hi Vesna,

 

I understand that Skype calls are "inconvenient" for you, but they are KEY to getting clients. If you can't give the client the time of day for a Skype call, why would they give you the job?

 

Just know that most Skype calls are 10-15 max. Plus, some clients ask for Skype and just prefer to Skype instant message. It's really not that bad once you get used it.

 

Just popped by to say that you should really reconsider Skype requests because I've found them really essential to getting clients. (I find them just as inconvenient as you do, but I do see their purpose and use).

 

Best,

 

Kat 


@Katrina I wrote:

Hi Vesna,

 

I understand that Skype calls are "inconvenient" for you, but they are KEY to getting clients. If you can't give the client the time of day for a Skype call, why would they give you the job?

 

Just know that most Skype calls are 10-15 max. Plus, some clients ask for Skype and just prefer to Skype instant message. It's really not that bad once you get used it.

 

Just popped by to say that you should really reconsider Skype requests because I've found them really essential to getting clients. (I find them just as inconvenient as you do, but I do see their purpose and use).

 

Best,

 

Kat 


No need for quotation mark. They are inconvenient for me in full sense of that word.

Though, you are right. I think I'll have to accept them if nothing changes.

 

The thing is I can't schedule anything with a small child by my side. I mean, I can tell them I'll be online at exactly 2 PM, but I'm actually not sure, because at that moment my baby might be yelling as loud as she can. And if they insist on Skype calls during the work, not just interview, well, it'll severely ruin my JSS when they leave low feedback on my availability. Why would they give a job - because I don't have to schedule precise moment in a day. If she is screaming at 9 AM, I'll leave it for half an hour later. 

 

I'm also confused how Skype got popular. Just a year earlier almost no one insisted on calls. Now everybody.

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@Vesna M wrote:

 

The thing is I can't schedule anything with a small child by my side. I mean, I can tell them I'll be online at exactly 2 PM, but I'm actually not sure, because at that moment my baby might be yelling as loud as she can. And if they insist on Skype calls during the work, not just interview, well, it'll severely ruin my JSS when they leave low feedback on my availability. Why would they give a job - because I don't have to schedule precise moment in a day. If she is screaming at 9 AM, I'll leave it for half an hour later. 


 Vesna, I freelanced from home for years, with kids, grandkids, crazy rescue dogs and every form of noise and distraction imaginable. 

 

I see that the type of work you do allows you to work when you have quiet (like after the kids are in bed) and doesn't require phone contact, Skype, etc. to be successfully completed, just like mine (I'm a writer).

 

For years, I simply told the person requesting the call that I was game to try it if they were, but I had (fill in "my preschool grandsons," "a sick child," "a rescue dog that never stops howling," etc.) so I couldn't make any promises about the quality of the interaction. Then, I'd suggest that we go ahead and give it a try if it made them more comfortable, and if necessary could exchange further details by email.

 

I literally never had a prospective client object or stop working with me over that issue.

Hi Vesna

 

As a client this is an issue which I've recently changed my opinion about. For a long time I just accepted it if a client didn't want to skype if they had a good reason.

 

However, earlier this year I discovered that a male freelancer was posing as a women! After insisting on a skype call to clarify an issue, he asked me to wait 15 minutes to find some headphones. When he returned, a woman's voice spoke very slowly and unnaturally, just after I could hear a keyboard typing out the sentence she was going to say on his behalf.

 

The funny thing was he was one of the best freelancers I've ever had in terms of skills. I just don't like to be deceived in this way, so won't be hiring him again.

 

In addition, I've also had two experiences where a freelancer is actually part of a team and they share the work around. When I give somone access to the coding of my website I don't want to think there are another 10 people who have access to the backend of my website.

 

Consequently, I've now decided to step up my paranoia level a gear or two and will insist on a skype call to confirm the identity of the person I hire. I should have done this from the beginning, but just chose to accept that some people can't skype for whatever reason.

 

But you know what? In your case, I'd probably be very understanding of you having childcare duties and if anything it would make me think you're a real solo freelancer rather than a small part of a large anonymous team in which case I never know who will be working on my project.

 

So my advice would be to open yourself up to being available on skype and don't be afraid to point out the reality of your situation and ask the client for a little flexibility. I can't speak for all clients, but I for one am willing to be flexible if I truly feel the freelancer is the right person for the job.

 

Malcolm

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@Lindsey G wrote:

I am not gonna be petty and sarcastic and play along with this because I got a community warning last night ๐Ÿ˜•

 


tell me your lol post didn't get hit

 

don't worry about it. I get my stuff killed all the time. I think I've been really good lately and haven't gotten hit in like 2 whole weeks. I'm pretty proud of myself actually. 

LMAO it did- that and some other smart arsed comments I made in other threads about inexperiencedd members. 

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