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Ridiculously low budget, should I ignore

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Irit H Member Since: Jun 5, 2019
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How should  a freelancer respond to an invite from a potential new client, when the potential client indicates in his job request a budget of $5, while the freelancer profile rate is clearly stated at ten times higher than that, should the freelancer totally ignore the invite ?   

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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You received an invite.

It costs you nothing to reply - other than time.

 

I don't think you know that the client meant the budget to be $5.00

 

That could simply be the default value that was there when he created the job posting.

 

What I would do:

Ignore the $5.00 budget.

If you are interested in the work, then reply to the invitation.

 

Talk to the client about the work, and if she wants you to do the work, then simply work at your regular rate.

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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
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I always respond to invitations. A budget that low may well be a placeholder. If the project interests you otherwise, respond. Mention that you assume the budget is a placeholder and substitute your own budget (be sure to specify what your budget includes). It costs you no connects to respond to an invitation.

 

If the project doesn't interest you, decline.

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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
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Irit H wrote:

How should  a freelancer respond to an invite from a potential new client, when the potential client indicates in his job request a budget of $5, while the freelancer profile rate is clearly stated at ten times higher than that, should the freelancer totally ignore the invite ?   


Ignoring the invite is not good for your responsiveness rating, so either accept or decline in a timely manner. 

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