A Freelancer’s Guide to Freelancer.com: Getting Started

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This is a five-part guide on how Freelancer.com works, how to be a successful freelancer, and how to behave within the marketplace.

PART 1: Introduction to Freelancer.com

PART 2: Getting Started at Freelancer.com

PART 3: Finding Work and Submitting Proposals

PART 4: Doing the Work and Getting Paid

PART 5: Conclusion and Takeaways


PART 2: Getting started at Freelancer.com

Setting up your Freelancer.com account

  1. Sign up and verify your email address. Create your account for free, and verify your registered email address to keep yourself up-to-date with the marketplace and to be notified for latest projects, contests, and features. Also choose a unique username. It will be your unique ID on Freelancer.com. This cannot be changed once set.

  1. Complete your account details. Provide your full name and address. Your first name and the initial of your last name will be your public display name on the site. Also make sure that your account’s country of registration is correct so we can notify you for available projects within your locale. Update your Language Settings as well.

  1. Complete your profile details. Upload a professional profile picture, and add a profile headline. Highlight your skills and experience in your summary, and don’t forget to input your hourly rate.

  1. Add skills to your profile. You can only bid on a project if you have at least one of the skills required for it, so add relevant skills to your profile so you can start bidding on projects that match your expertise.


Membership plans

We offer five paid membership plans for you to choose from for added features and benefits.

All freelancers are automatically subscribed to a free account upon sign up. You can subscribe to any of our paid membership plans to unlock the different features and benefits you can use in successful freelancing on the site.


All of these paid memberships offer more bids and allow you to add more skills to your profile, which both boost your chances of working on more projects on the site.


Building a great profile

Your profile is your storefront as it gives employers insights about you and the quality of your work. First impressions are everything, and successful profiles are always polished to perfection. Make sure yours is too.

Profile Picture

  • It should be a clear portrait photo of yourself, from the shoulder up.

  • Resolution should be at least 280x280 pixels. File size should be up to 2MB.

Professional Headline

  • It should indicate your profession / field. It can include your trade / brand name.

  • Keep it short and professional.

Profile Summary

  • Emphasize your skills and experience.

  • Be specific (if you have a niche market/technology).

  • Accurately represent your abilities and/or resources.

  • Observe proper grammar and acceptable formatting.

  • You can write up to a maximum of 1000 characters.

Hourly Rate

  • Indicate your hourly rate, and be hired directly for hourly projects.


  • Add your past work samples and studies.

  • Quality is preferred over quantity.

  • You may ask permission from your past clients.

Experience and Education

  • Add your education details, and include employment history.


  • Maximize the allowed number of skills you can add, but only add the skills you have the expertise on.

Qualifications and Publications

  • Highlight licenses and special awards/recognition you’ve received.

  • Include your professional certifications.

  • List your published work.


  • Take Skills Tests to certify your expertise.

  • All passing exam scores will be included here.


  • Verify your email address, phone number, and payment method.

  • Link external accounts (LinkedIn and Facebook) to improve your Trust Score.


Profile Guidelines


Posted 31 July, 2018


Product Knowledge Specialist at Freelancer.com

Our team is responsible for making available to Freelancer.com users the answers to their Support questions through the Help Center articles and the FAQs.

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