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I got PAAAAIIIIDDDDD!!! - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
Yes! Final pay is IN! OMG OMG OMG!

It hit my account yesterday morning and I went on a bill-paying frenzy. Continents rolled off my shoulders. OCEANS!

So yesterday I went onto my usual freelance site to trawl for jobs. Maybe it's been long enough that I've forgotten; maybe I was just not in the mood to plunge straight back into work, but the amount of douchey jobs on there was staggering. "I want a designer to work on my comic book but I can't tell you anything about the job because I don't want anyone to STEAL MY AMAZING IDEA. Also, please provide free art samples. Budget for job: $150."

I may have paraphrased a little, but honestly? Not that much. And I improved the grammar.

So I'm continuing with my non-working ways for the remainder of the week, as this will allow me some time to enjoy "not working" and "having money" at the same time. These two stars are very rarely in alignment.

In other news, I saw 'Inception' with Joe. I loved it from start to finish; I could NOT fault it. I'd love to discuss the ending some, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone.

What else... Tony's started moving the reptile display into the newer, larger building he's rented, so I'm going to head out to New Norfolk tomorrow to help him get set up. That'll be nice.

What else, what else... I've lost 3kg on my diet so far, at the rate of just under 1kg per week. MyFitnessPal is proving surprisingly effective, and on the flip side, the way it's set up also keeps me from eating too little. That's important. I got too extreme about the dieting business last time. I lost a lot of weight very quickly. I was tired all the time. I went too far and got TOO thin. And then, because it all came off so fast, it was very easy to put it all back on.

Live and learn. I hope, once I reach my target weight this time, I do not have any more weight loss iterations to go through before I find my balance. At current rate (slower and safer than my old rate) I should be a skinny little bugger by the end of the year. I'm absolutely going to continue using MyFitnessPal as a maintainence tool after that.
8 have fought ~ fight the power!
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: July 28th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Now that I have friends on MyFitnessPal it kind of makes it a lot easier to stay motivated, reading your guys' accomplishments and knowing that whatever I do will end up on my wall :D

May I ask what site you use to look for freelance jobs? I've always gotten jobs through word of mouth, I don't know the first thing about looking for myself, I'm honestly curious. I imagine any site that allows anyone to post job offers though will have the occasional Craigslist douche though. ConceptArt has those on occasion but they're quickly blasted to hell from the users.

shadow_weaver From: shadow_weaver Date: July 28th, 2010 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah I've heard of a few sites like that but the ones i've looked at require you to pay to use them. No one I know uses them so I can't get any verification if it's worth it to fork over a subscription.

thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: July 28th, 2010 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah damn. That seems so weird, but I guess it deters Craigslisters from posting their stupid "I have 5 bucks plz to be designing my band a logo" projects.
tania From: tania Date: July 28th, 2010 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I use iFreelance.com. I believe you can have free accounts there (or if not free, very very cheap) but as a beginner on the site it's tough to get noticed - many providers, including myself, have been members for years and as such have built up numerous feedbacks, which are the basis upon which many clients choose a provider.

I pay for a Gold account, but that investment has returned many times over. I've found some excellent clients through the site. Ongoing clients, even. HOWEVER, I've also had some really bad experiences through it, and have learned to choose which jobs I apply for very, very carefully. I trawled through something like ninety listings the other day and only saw about five I'd even consider bidding upon. To be fair, many of them weren't in my field (ie web design, or traditional media illustration) but the fact that it's a paid site doesn't necessarily deter the Craigslist-style fools you mention, as it's the providers who pay to subscribe, not the clients.

As for the other sites, like ODesk, I can't comment because I haven't started properly using them yet. They're a good deal more expensive and complicated but they're also far more serious - there are a billion checks and balances in place (escrow, timesheets, etc) to ensure the work is done and the money gets paid, but I found ODesk so time-consuming to set up that I still haven't finalised my account there. Having said that, just being on ODesk inadvertently gave me one of the biggest opportunities of my freelancing career. The company that hired me for three months (the contract I've just finished) found me through ODesk. Ironically, they contacted me because they wanted "someone serious" and I was one of the few providers who quoted at $60/hour rather than some bullshit undercutting third-world rate. When hiring freelancers, unless you are very lucky, you get precisely what you pay for.

So having had that good experience with ODesk (we didn't actually wind up working together THROUGH ODesk though, as we both found the complications of their system offputting) it would probably behoove me to get my arse into gear and properly set up my profile there.

In the meantime, there's good old iFreelance.com, a wretched hive of scum and villainy if there ever was one. ;)
tania From: tania Date: July 28th, 2010 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
This is my design profile on iFreelance: http://www.ifreelance.com/provider/reviews.aspx?providerid=15327

And this is my illustration profile: http://www.ifreelance.com/provider/reviews.aspx?providerid=15301

A few things to note from these:

- I find far more graphic design work than illustration through iFreelance. Design jobs tend to be less time-consuming and pay better than illustration.
- One bad review can put a serious dent in an overall excellent feedback score. See the 'Johnny on the Spot' review in my Illustration profile. Nico, you've been reading this journal for a few years so you might remember that guy: he was the one who wanted me to copy work he'd seen in my portfolio for his logo. The work was copyrighted, from a job I'd done for another client, but he refused to take no for an answer. That job ended badly. 9_9
- My hourly rate there is listed at $30. I do sometimes take jobs at that rate, when I haven't got anything else on; working for a low rate is better than not working at all.
- I get work on iFreelance using REALLY old samples. This is mostly my fault; I haven't taken the time to update any of my portfolios in some years, but the POINT is that I'm getting projects when my sample work is a level below what I can currently offer. Your illustration work is much better than mine, Nico; I don't doubt that you could find clients with what you have to offer. Of course, the quality of your work is only part of the process; you also need to strictly adhere to deadlines (the couple of 8.0 ratings I've received under 'schedule' are down to delays of just a couple of days each time) and of course you need to be incredibly restrained and patient with your clients. That last one has been a real struggle for me to learn, as I was born with far less than the natural level of tolerance this work demands, heh.

Edited at 2010-07-28 09:09 am (UTC)
shadow_weaver From: shadow_weaver Date: July 28th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much. I'll certainly check it out!
cassu_bean From: cassu_bean Date: July 28th, 2010 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Grats! Getting paid is always good. X3
alby_lion From: alby_lion Date: July 28th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good for you on all accounts!
8 have fought ~ fight the power!