Monthly Archives: September 2014

Airtasker and TaskRabbit Are Set to Battle for Your Freelance Work | The Freelancer, by Contently

In his blog for Contently’s Freelancer site (Airtasker and TaskRabbit Are Set to Battle for Your Freelance Work), Charlie Kasov compares the services of two freelancer job sites: TaskRabbit, a popular site which has recently moved to an curated agency model, and Airtasker, an Australian site that still works on the more free-for-all open marketplace.

He also offers some advice to freelancers who try to sell their services via these online marketplaces. For example:

Since July, I’ve successfully been able to command higher rates because I try to give each client the best possible experience and make sure they write the most florid possible review of my abilities. I also take precautions to never work with crazy people, which has helped me avoid bad reviews.

 

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How not to query a new editor

As reviews editor for Computerworld, I don’t usually complain about queries I get from freelancers — they usually veer from “Hmmm, maybe I should give this one a try” to “Sorry, but not right for us.” But I recently got one that was so useless — and at the same time, seemed so inappropriately confident — that I thought I’d quickly offer a “Don’t let this be you” message.

The email I got was short and to the point. The subject was “query from journalist” and the message read:

“Would you care for a review of the new Seagate Wireless Plus? Thanks.”

With the person’s name and a link to his website. And that was it.

There was no introduction telling me who he was, why he was qualified to do a review for us, or what it was about that particular product that deserved reviewing. The website that he linked to featured a description of an apparently self-published book that had nothing whatsoever to do with technology.

He had also apparently send a similar query to at least one other staff member.

I checked my past email, and he had sent a similarly worded query a few months ago for a different product. That time, I was a bit amused, and simply sent an equally terse answer of: “No, thank you.”

This time, he doesn’t get an answer. If he happens to be reading this, a quick word of advice: If you want to work for a new publication, make sure you introduce yourself properly. If you can’t take the time to offer a well-composed query, I won’t take the time to answer it.

 

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