I just came across a Reddit AMA of a WordPress developer who has built up a pretty impressive income stream by freelancing on specialized sites like Codeable and the GoDdady Pro marketplace.
I’ve dabbled on sites like Upwork (previously oDesk) before and found myself constantly getting undercut and refusing to participate in “races to the bottom” so I stopped looking for jobs there altogether.
Here’s what stood out to me in the AMA:
On Codeable, the “freelancee” only gets to see the average bid, which means they can only select their freelancer based on their credentials and such, not by price. That’s huge and solves one of the biggest problems facing conventional freelancing sites.
Codeable is not a freelancer free-for-all. Only a small percentage of applicants get accepted (less than 5%). This ensures high quality for people looking to hire, and also a healthy amount of potential available work for each freelancer.
The subject of the AMA’s average project only seems to be about a few hours long. This is big for me because I’d rather not get bogged down with month long projects.
I’m at the month and a half mark of running my theme shop full time, which has been doing well, but I find in between theme builds I have a lot of spare time that would be nice to be filled up by a steady stream of 2-3 hour freelance jobs.
I’m thinking of applying and seeing what happens.
Are you a freelancer at Codeable or GoDaddy Pro? What has your experience been like so far?