Lisa A. Martin - Freelance science copywriter/editor

In the next of my post in my series of Freelancer.com Frequently Asked Questions, this time I tackle the subject of Freelancer‘s fees.  What are they? How much do you have to pay? Why are they charged?

From a buyer’s perspective, that is, a person posting a project on the site in order to find freelancers, here’s the skinny:

  • It’s free to join Freelancer.
  • It’s free to post your first project.
  • Each subsequent project you post will be charged $5, but this is a deposit that will be refunded upon selection of a provider through the Freelancer dashboard. Requiring this deposit aims to stop people from posting an ad and then recruiting outside of the Freelancer system, thereby denying Freelancer their commission fees.
  • When you select a provider, you get your $5 back, but are then charged a commission fee which is $3, or 3% of the winning…

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