Ever tried hiring a freelance writer? I have, and it’s tough. Really tough. And it’s tougher if you don’t know how to screen the writers or if you don’t know the industry well. For instance, I have recently started a trip planning company with my besties and finding a freelance writer for travel content was the biggest challenge in the whole process. The reason? I’m not that much of a traveller and I don’t follow the travel industry.
However, I do know good content when I see it — no matter what topic it is. So I had to try several freelance writers before finding one that matched my requirements and budget. It was actually the first time I worked with several freelance writers for a single project. It took a lot of time but in the end, I learned to hire.
That said, it’s not difficult to hire a freelancer (for any project) if you don’t care about the budget. If that’s the case, all you need to do is find the best in the industry and hire them. They will get your job done without much input from your end because they know what they are doing. On the flip side, when your budget is limited, it’s difficult to find someone who matches your requirement plus budget.
I have recently come across a new marketplace —FreelanceMyWay — that features only hand-picked freelancers. And from there, I found my latest freelance writer.
I don’t remember how many times have I tried hiring a freelance writer for Minterest. Just to outsource part of my work so as to make my content creation process more streamlined. But it failed every single time. However, it became easy recently as I have started approaching a writer the same way I did for my trip planning website.
So here are my two cents about FreelanceMyWay and how to take advantage of it as a hirer and a freelancer.
FreelanceMyWay for Hirers
It’s sort of difficult to find that perfect freelancer from freelance marketplaces like Upwork, Freelancer, Guru, etc. You know why? It takes many, many years for a freelancer to build reputation and track record. And when they do, they rarely depend on these platforms. They move on, go beyond these platforms, and create their own personal brand/agency.
However, FreelanceMyWay’s a good place to quickly hire a bunch of freelancers for your next project. Here’s why:
- You will find only verified freelancers.
- Since it’s a new platform, the customer service is pretty good (compared to big marketplaces).
- You can hire beginners with talent and the experienced ones at affordable rates (because premium freelancers won’t join a new platform).
- The user interface is simple though it lacks several essential features.
FreelanceMyWay for Freelancers
If you’re into freelancing, then it’s not a bad idea to show your presence on as many platforms as possible. You never know where your next client might come from. And no, I don’t mean in any way that you should sign up on every single freelance marketplace on the planet. What I mean is that you will never know which platform is going to give you the best results.
For instance, you would probably know that Upwork, Freelancer.com, Guru, etc. are some of the biggest freelance marketplaces on the web. They are all crowded with hundreds of thousands of freelancers. So you’re going to deal with tough competition. That’s not the case with a new freelance marketplace.
If you’re one among the first to join, then you’re going to get some edge on the platform when its traffic goes up. In other words, you can grow along with the platform. The only thing is, you should know your job and you should know how to handle clients in your own special way because that’s what matters the most.
Here’s why you should try FreelanceMyWay:
- It’s a new freelancing platform and that means less competition. You won’t probably find a job post with over 30 bids.
- You can focus on this new platform, show your expertise, get some work, build a portfolio, and then showcase yourself as the best in that particular category.
- When the platform grows, you will grow at a faster pace since you’re the best in your category. That’s the reason why the top-rated freelancers on Upwork, Freelancer, etc. continue to remain so for several years.
- You can easily beat your competition by being yourself. When I posted a job, 8 out of the 10 bids were similar. They submitted their bid with a covering letter that they were using for all bids. But the other two responded with a personalized message that shows their expertise in the field plus highlights the fact that they have done their research (or at least read my job post) before applying.
FreelanceMyWay is a pretty new platform (with limited features) and I could hardly find anything that disappointed me except for the fact that it’s not clear how they filter applicants. When I submitted a job post, I got a handful of applications in just a few hours.
However not all the applicants were appealing. I submitted a job post for a freelance writer and I found that some of the applicants were not even professionals. Their own profile wasn’t proofread. On the flip side, I got access to a handful of freelance writers that I couldn’t find elsewhere.
If you’re new to freelancing, it’s really easy to outsmart other freelancers when the platform itself is new. Just fill up your profile — by entering everything that’s applicable. And make it look complete with your profile picture, your past work experience, your forte, and so on.
Don’t apply for anything and everything. Instead, apply for jobs that you think is relevant to you and make sure that your covering letter is personalized. If you have expertise in the job, mention it. And if you don’t, mention why you can do it or rather why they should hire you. Be super responsive when it comes to messaging.
And if you’re looking for a new freelancer, then do your homework and set your own criteria.
Have you tried FreelanceMyWay? Do share your thoughts as a comment below!
Happy Freelancing! :)
Disclosure: This review was sponsored (?) by FreelanceMyWay. However, it hasn’t influenced my views in any way as they paid for my time and not for a biased positive review.