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Thousands of  people from India and other countries like Philippines earn money from home without any investment using freelance online marketplaces. They are from cities like Hyderabad and small towns in Uttaranchal and West Bengal. When you apply for jobs posted on websites and there is no response from employer , it is difficult to find the status of  your application. Freelance websites like GetaFreelancer  have the advantage that you can compare your price quote with that of  other bidders. Unlike other  freelance websites,  GetaFreelancer is free for bidding and can be quickly accessed even with a dialup connection. At any time, there are thousands of  open projects in various categories. We have analyzed the winning bids of  successful service providers at GetaFreelancer and found certain techniques are used to get work from GetaFreelancer.

There are open projects available in the following categories at GetaFreelancer (in bracket -  number of open projects as of 12 July 2006) :

 .NET (162)
C/C++ (104)
Data Processing (77)
Flash (196)
Java (88)
Link Building (83)
Perl/CGI (71)
Proofreading (37)
System Admin. (39)
Virtual Reality (17)
Website Security (62)
ASP (172)
Cold Fusion (17)
Delphi (13)
Graphic Design (213)
Javascript (107)
Linux (59)
Photography (20)
Python (9)
Telemarketing (35)
Visual Basic (54)
Windows (68)
Audio Services (21)
Copywriting (100)
Electronics (9)
Handheld / PDA (12)
JSP (35)
Logo Design (83)
PHP (557)
Script Installation (110)
Training (13)
Web Promotion (155)
Wireless (9)
Banner Design (58)
Data Entry (67)
Engineering (23)
J2EE (32)
Legal Advice (9)
Market Research (70)
Project Management (75)
SEO (170)
Translation (32)
Website Design (468)
XML (72)

PHP programming, website design , web promotion, SEO, Flash and .NET are the most popular categories with hundreds of  open projects. The chances of  getting work when you bid for projects in these categories is higher, usually there will only be 5-20 service providers.  Data entry, data conversion , proofreading and copywriting are the categories in which high skill levels are not required. For a typical project, more than 50 bidders will be ready to work at the minimum price.

Projects which close in 2-3 days are marked as urgent. Some very urgent projects even close in 1 day and have very few bidders. We have found that for many  successful service providers, the first project is an urgent project. Many providers do not check or bid for urgent projects that close over a weekend, so if you spend a few hours on Saturday and Sunday bidding  for projects, the chances of getting work are higher. After you complete your first project,  and get a good rating from the service buyer, it is much more easier to get work

Complex projects require a higher level of skill and experience. There are is a lot of demand for experienced programmers, web designers, database administrators, internet marketers and they usually have loyal customers.  When a customer clearly specifies stringent terms for payment or  the specifications for a project are non standard, there are fewer bidders for the projects. Also unusual projects like translation from English to Assamese, will have few bidders. A new service provider has a greater chance of  getting such projects.

I have observed that a person who is proficient in English, has some skill and is willing to work hard gets work within a month or so. Many buyers prefer US residents. Some buyers may try to save on project fees, by getting a project cancelled after contacting the service provider. Such buyers are unreliable and are best avoided.

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