How to Get Freelance and Telecommuting Jobs Through Project4Hire.com

What is Project4Hire.com?

Project4Hire.com is a website that assists freelancers in finding jobs, and helps clients find freelancers. It has categories such as graphic design, web developing, software programming, writing, services, engineering, hardware support and repair, audio, visual, and media, as well as other projects.

Registering on Project4Hire.com

Registration is easy. Once at the site, click on "Open an Account" in the blue Quick Links menu. Here you will choose whether to sign up as a client or a freelancer. If you want to post jobs for other people to do, choose “client,” but if you are the one looking for a job, you want to select “freelancer.” Then fill in the rest of the text boxes. You will have to create a user name and password. The user name must consist of both letters and numbers. Then simply click on the text box stating you agree to the terms and conditions, and then click “Sign Up.”

Then go to your inbox (of the email address you gave). Project4Hire.com will send an email to confirm your account; it might take a few minutes for the email to arrive. Open the email and click on the link provided. Now there is another page to complete. First choose your profession from the drop down list. The choices are programmer, web designer, graphic artist, translator, marketer, writer, researcher, realtor, repairer, freelancer, accountant, tech support, system admin, photographer, IT professional, paralegal, multimedia artist, SEO professional, and other professional. Then fill in your personal information, such as your name and address. Some of these fields are optional. Then choose your areas of interest and your average hourly rate. You also have the opportunity to post a profile, in which you fill in information about yourself. If you want, you can choose to be notified by mail when a relevant job gets posted. You can also choose to upload your logo. When finished, click on “Change or Update Info.” You will automatically be taken to the “My Account” section of the site.

Landing a Project on Project4Hire.com

Landing your first project on any freelance site is frustrating for most folks. As a general rule (this applies to working on any jobs site), make your bid very competitive until you have built up a reputation among employers or "buyers". Many really good freelancers have taken as little as 20% of their normal going-rate in fees just to establish themselves on a freelance site. Think of it as an investment in better-paying jobs on down the line.

There are several ways to find work on the site. One way is the “Featured Projects.” You can get to this by clicking on the “Featured Projects” link under the Quick Links menu on the left side of the screen. Here, is a short list of projects, giving their title, number of bids, average bid, category, date started, and time until it expires. Click on the project title to view more detailed information about the job, including previous bids. At this page, you can also bid on the job or add it to your watch list. Bid on the job by clicking on “Place Bid,” and then fill in how much money you’re asking for, how long it will take you to complete the job, and any comments you have about the job. You also have the option to receive an email in someone places a lower bid. To do this, click on the checkbox near the bottom.

The WhyDoWork.com Connection

You can search all of the projects that are available on Project4Hire.com on the WhyDoWork.com work at home job search engine (as well as thousands of jobs from other freelance sites). WhyDoWork.com puts all of the best jobs on the Web together for you so that you don't have to search so hard!

Landing a Project on Project4Hire.com

Landing your first project on any freelance site is frustrating for most folks. As a general rule (this applies to working on any jobs site), make your bid very competitive until you have built up a reputation among employers or "buyers". Many really good freelancers have taken as little as 20% of their normal going-rate in fees just to establish themselves on a freelance site. Think of it as an investment in better-paying jobs on down the line.

There are several ways to find work on the site. One way is the “Featured Projects.” You can get to this by clicking on the “Featured Projects” link under the Quick Links menu on the left side of the screen. Here, is a short list of projects, giving their title, number of bids, average bid, category, date started, and time until it expires. Click on the project title to view more detailed information about the job, including previous bids. At this page, you can also bid on the job or add it to your watch list. Bid on the job by clicking on “Place Bid,” and then fill in how much money you’re asking for, how long it will take you to complete the job, and any comments you have about the job. You also have the option to receive an email in someone places a lower bid. To do this, click on the checkbox near the bottom.

Freelancer Resources & Articles

Project4Hire.com also offers resources to help freelancers succeed in their chosen projects. You will find lots of great articles on the site that contain valuable information. If you click on “Articles,” you will be taken to a page where you can read various articles. Near the top of the page is a list of subcategories. Click on one of these to view only the articles relevant to that subcategory.

Networking with Other Freelancers

Back at the navigation bar at the top of the screen, click on “Forums.” This is a basic discussion board that you can use to communicate with other members. It is divided into categories: Open Discussions, General Questions and Recommendations, Critiques/Reviews of Clients and Contractors, General Support Issues, and Announcements.

Getting Paid

These links on Project4Hire.com will help you to manage your finances for projects completed: Deposit Money, Withdraw Money, Direct Transfer Funds, Conduct a Safe Transfer, and Fee Schedule. To deposit money, click on the “Deposit Money” link. To withdraw money, click on the “Withdraw Money” link back at the Account Manager. Choose how much of your money you want to withdraw, and the payment method you want to use. You can withdraw money using PayPal, wire transfer, 2 Checkout, or have a check sent by regular mail. There are withdrawal fees for each method, so you might want to wait until you have a significant amount of money in your account before you withdraw.

To transfer funds, click on “Transfer Funds” back the Account Manager. Fill in where you want to transfer, and how much you want to transfer. To make a safe transfer, click on the “Conduct Safe Transfer Funds” link back in the Account Manager. A safe transfer is an escrow service. The client sets aside the money for the freelancer. Both the client and the freelancer can view the money in the safe transfer account. Fee schedule is an overview of fees for the winning bids, safe transfers, and certified freelancers.