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Subscription fee’s (in order to bid on projects)
There are different packages ranging from free to $30.00 per month
There is a fee of 8.75% commission on invoiced project if you win bid and fee is called a “finders fee”.
You can either be paid through eLances online billing and payment system or your regular client billing and payment process. A $10.00 fee applies for wire transfer withdrawals above one per month through their system.
Basic profile/membership is free
“Guru Profile/membership” will range from $29.95 to $99.95 per quarter.
It depends on what subscription plan you choose. You will need to read each plan at Guru website to view this information.
You have to invoice employer through Guru’s billing systems. Guru will apparently be handling funds and will send you payment via check, direct deposit, wire transfer, remit2india and paypal.
So as you can see, it can get a little confusing and there are plans in which you will have to pay a fee, but I would start out with free subscription to get a feel for website, for projects posted and just to decide if this is something you would like to invest time and a little money into.
I want to be clear that you don’t have to use freelance websites in order to get work at home. There are many job lead websites out there and lots of jobs for taking, but this is just yet another way to start getting work at home experience and some money to pay bills. Freelancing is 100% legitimate and many people have been doing this type of work for years. I know you have been preached at to not pay for a job, so how is this any different? This is more like paying to access a job lead database. There is nothing wrong with that and it is not a scam. My good friend, Pamela, owns a job lead website that is loaded with company websites and she charges a fee for you to access this. Freelance websites are much like this in fact that they charge (for better subscription plans) to connect you with possible employers/projects.
I would recommend having a look around for yourself, maybe ask some friends if they have ever used these freelance websites and get their personal opinion, but just remember this as an option to getting work at home jobs.
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