While GoFreelance might sound similar to sites like iFreelance or Freelancer.com, it’s actually quite a different mammal. Heck, to employ hyperbole, it’s not even in the same Phylum as those sites, instead focusing on some more alternative ways to make money. And while you might not always be intrigued by the prospect of filling out forms for a living, it’s tough to deny that it certainly has appeal for some.
What is that appeal? Well, making money, of course. For most people, earning a living as a freelancer in what could be considered a specialized skill – writing, designing, programming – is a legitimate way of building an income. These same people probably would look down on some of the money-making projects available at GoFreelance, such as completing online opinion surveys or data entry, but hey: money is money. There are just some things some people would rather pay for than do themselves, and if you want to make money online, that means you’re in business.
Let’s handle this GoFreelance review at that level and see if it measures up to the standards of navigation, payment systems, and overall service that the trend-setters like Elance have established.
Make Money at Home!
The idea of making money at home isn’t really that novel of an idea. Lots of people are able to work from home these days, especially considering the flexibility the Internet has given us. Even many of us with traditional jobs are able to “make money at home” when they work remotely from a laptop.
But that hasn’t removed the stigma that making money at home usually has involve some sort of scheme or come attached to some infomercial-ready sales pitch. GoFreelance doesn’t exactly shatter that misconception, but it does make the “make money at home” idea seem much more plausible, especially when you consider some of the work available at GoFreelance.
Of what do I speak? Consider that in addition to traditional freelancing gigs like writing and editing, you can find the following work over at GoFreelance:
- Data entry
- Completing online surveys
- Answering and sending emails
While these aren’t exactly original to the idea of freelancing – and you can find plenty of data entry jobs at the more mainstream freelancing sites, for example – at GoFreelance, these jobs are the emphasized jobs. Part of the sales pitch. In fact, when you go to sign up for a free 7-day trial (at which point you are told “you’re approved!”), you’ll see these types of job as part of the overall sales pitch.
In other words, that’s what you can expect to see at GoFreelance.
But what about the features and characteristics that make up using GoFreelance on a day to day basis? Well, you’ll probably find a few things wanting, particularly if you’re already an established freelancer who’s used to seeing a lot better out of his or her freelancing site.
Consider, for example, that a typical job search of “writing” will yield you less than a dozen jobs – at least, that’s what it yielded me. One of the jobs was as a freelance writer and photographer for a small-town newspaper in Minnesota. Another was from an engineering looking for “sales partners worldwide” – mentioning nothing about writing at all.
So while the initial appearance of GoFreelance is attractive, the actual nitty-gritty details (like actually finding work) can be a little hazy. In fact, it does look like GoFreelance is spammed more than other freelancing sites, so it will take an intrepid entrepreneur indeed to work his way through the haze.
Getting Things Done
Hiring, then, will probably mean that you’ll have to do an equally-difficult search for the quality providers on GoFreelance. Since you’ll definitely have to pay to sign up – from either side of the freelancing fence – I’d recommend that you take your money elsewhere if you’re really looking for a freelancer who’s worth the effort of finding.
As for money transfers and other logistical issues, I just don’t trust GoFreelance. It says it’s 100% guaranteed to be secure, but you always have to wonder about the large-scale websites that offer a “100% guarantee” in that fashion. Elance doesn’t. Guru doesn’t. Freelancer and iFreelance don’t. Are you noticing a pattern here?
Pricing: Is it worth it?
Although the signup page makes it sound like the jobs will pay you a lot of money and your financial problems are now put to rest, things are not so simple over at GoFreelance. You actually have to find a gig that pays you as well as GoFreelance says you’ll be paid. And, again, I don’t see Elance or oDesk making the same promises about how much you’ll get paid. The whole thing seems a little schemey and untrustworthy.
But there are positives. For one, the fact that you get a week-long $7 trial means you get to explore this for yourself without spending a lot of money. And, heck, if you do find someone willing to pay you to fill out online surveys then that’s income you wouldn’t have otherwise had. And while the 100% guarantee is a little odd from a site like this, hey, at least it’s a 100% guarantee.
Still, $7 for seven days as a trial is just too much for me. There are freelancing sites that let you use their services for free.
No, GoFreelance is not perfect, but that doesn’t mean there’s no money to be made. But if you’re a serious freelancer who wants to have a serious job making money “at home,” then you’ll have to forget you’re at home and treat your freelancing enterprise like a business. And this means actually working at an office, even if that office is your home.
If it all sounds a little confusing, just remember that for the serious freelancer, there are more serious sites out there than GoFreelance. It sounds like an exciting proposition to work at GoFreelance, but it might be harder than it looks and, hey, what kind of seven-day trial isn’t free? It makes you wonder what they’re hiding.