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FreeLancer FAQ

  • Can I withdraw money from my account?
  • How do I update a bid I already placed on a project?
  • How much will this cost me?
  • How do I cancel a bid I placed?
  • How do I add money to my account?
  • What if I can't make an accurate bid? Can I just estimate how much I will charge for the project?
  • How do I place a bid on a project?
  • Do I have to be paid for projects through my FreeLanceCenter account?
  • How does it work?
  • Why can't I find the "Place Bid" button on the project page?
  • What if I have a question about a project (that will help me place my bid)?
  • How do I communicate with Buyers?
  • Do I have to add money to my account?
  • What is "bid for the total project"?
  • Why should I use the FreeLanceCenter's service?
  • If I end up charging the buyer less than I bid on their project, can I get a partial refund on the commission FreeLanceCenter takes?


    Can I withdraw money from my account?
    Yes, just click the "withdraw money" button in the account management area. You can currently request a check to be sent to you, or receive payment through a PayPal account. Note that you cannot withdraw less than $25.00 at a time. Withdrawal by checks will incur an $1.50 charge.

    How do I update a bid I already placed on a project?
    Just submit a new bid and your old one will automatically be removed.

    How much will this cost me?
    There is no signup fee and no monthly fee, but you are required to give FreeLanceCenter a commission on each project you win a bid on. The commission is 5% of your bid (minimum $3).

    Example: If you are chosen for a project you have bid $100 on, $5 will be deducted from your account.

    How do I cancel a bid I placed?
    Log in to the account management area, find the project, and click on the "retract bid" link.

    How do I add money to my account?
    Login to the account management area and click on the "deposit" button.

    What if I can't make an accurate bid? Can I just estimate how much I will charge for the project?
    You should not make any estimates. The information provided should be enough to decide how long it will take you to finish the project. If there is not enough info, use the message board to ask additional questions to the project creator before placing your bid. Remember, by placing a bid you enter into a legally binding contract. If you abuse this system you risk receiving poor reviews by others, and possibly being banned from FreeLancerCenter.

    How do I place a bid on a project?
    Easy, just sign up and click on the "Place Bid" button which you can find on the project page.

    Do I have to be paid for projects through my FreeLanceCenter account?
    No, you can get paid directly by the other person. It's just more convenient for you to use the FreeLanceCenter payment system. Note that you will still need to deposit money in your account to cover the commission we charge for completed projects.

    How does it work?
    Browse the list of projects posted by businesses for the ones you would be insterested in, or have FreeLanceCenter send you an e-mail anytime a new project is posted that fits under your expertise. Then you can decide to place a bid on the project, as well as provide details of the work you can do. Update or retract your bid anytime you want. When the project creator chooses a programmer (winning bid) you will be notified. If you are chosen you can begin work on the project and get paid.

    Why can't I find the "Place Bid" button on the project page?
    If the project is closed it does not show up, because bidding has ended. It will also not show up if the project is frozen, which means bidding has temporarily been stopped.

    What if I have a question about a project (that will help me place my bid)?
    Just post a message on the message board for that project. You can access project specific message boards by clicking on the link provided on the project page.

    How do I communicate with Buyers?
    You can post messages on the message boards. If you post a private message, only the user it's addressed to will be able to see it, that user will also be notified by e-mail that you posted a project for them.

    Do I have to add money to my account?
    Not right away, but eventually you will probably have to. If your account balance is below zero dollars for more than 30 days your account will be frozen. You will not be able to place any new bids on projects.

    What is "bid for the total project"?
    This is the amount (in U.S. dollars) that you will charge the project creator, if you are chosen. It's a project total, NOT an hourly rate.

    Why should I use the FreeLanceCenter's service?
    Because we find customers for you, which might be the hardest thing for you to do, especially if you are a busy person. We already advertise FreeLanceCenter.com all over the Internet and attract many customers, all of which could potentially request your freelance services. Even if you have many customers already, why not use FreeLanceCenter as an alternative for more customers? You've got nothing to lose! Also, if you have ever had problems agreeing on how to receive a payment, you will benefit from FreeLanceCenter. Buyers can deposit money in several different ways (credit card, money order, etc.) and you can withdraw money in many ways too, which means it's easier to get paid at FreeLanceCenter!

    If I end up charging the buyer less than I bid on their project, can I get a partial refund on the commission FreeLanceCenter takes?
    Unfortunately, no.



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