Freelancers - Bidding



How do I submit a bid?

When you find a project you'd like to bid on, click its title from the list of your searched projects to go to its main page. On the project's page, read the description carefully, and click Bid on This Project. Enter your bid amount and the number of days for delivery, choose an optional upgrade if you wish, and click Place Bid.


You need to complete your profile first before you can place a bid. You also need to have at least one of the required skills of the project to be able to bid. If you have not updated your profile or skills yet, the Complete Your Profile form will appear on the project page and assist you in the update.


Before placing your first bid, we recommend reading this article: 10 Tips for Writing an Effective Bid

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Is there a fee for bidding?

No. You can bid for free regardless of your membership level.


However, you only have a specific number of bids each month (your bid limit), which you can use to bid for work on Freelancer. Your bid limit depends on your current membership plan. You can view your bid limit at the lower right side of your Dashboard page.


To check the bid limit for each plan, click here.

Why can't I bid on a project?

You may be unable to bid on a project for the following reasons:

  • You need to take a required exam (for Qualified projects).

  • You have no skills related to the project.

  • You have used up your total number of bids.

  • You need to complete your profile (add a profile picture, profile summary, and professional headline).

  • You are banned from the Freelancer Directory.


If none of the reasons above apply, please take note of the project's title or ID and contact our Support team. Click the Chat Now! button at the bottom of this link.

Can I modify a bid that is already submitted?

Yes, you may edit your bid on any active project. To edit a bid, follow these steps:

  • Log in to your Freelancer.com account.

  • Click My Projects.

  • Select the Freelancer view. 

  • Select Active Bids.

  • Click the Action dropdown menu for the project and select Edit Bid.

 
Alternatively, you can go to the project's page, locate your bid, and click Edit Bid on your bid. To know more, click here.


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How do I modify my bid on a project I already accepted?
Will I be notified about the status of the change bid request?
Will my employer be notified about the request to modify my bid?
How are the fees adjusted after the bid modification?

Can I modify my bid on a project I already accepted?

Yes, you can now change your bid amount and the number of days for project completion even after accepting a project.

 
Once done, you just have to wait for the employer to accept your request. 


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How do I modify my bid on a project I already accepted?
Will I be notified about the status of the change bid request?
Will my employer be notified about the request to modify my bid?
How are the fees adjusted after the bid modification?

How do I modify my bid on a project I already accepted?

To modify your bid for an accepted project, follow these steps:

  • Log in to your Freelancer.com account.

  • Click My Projects.

  • Click the project's title to go to its main page.

  • Click Change My Bid under your bid amount.

  • Indicate your new bid amount and/or the number of days for project completion.

  • Click Submit Request.


Your employer will be notified of your request, and they can accept or reject it. To know more, click here.


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Will I be notified about the status of the change bid request?
Will my employer be notified about the request to modify my bid?
How are the fees adjusted after the bid modification?

Will my employer be notified about the request to modify my bid?

Notifications in the form of Newsfeed updates and emails will be posted throughout the bid modification process in order to maintain good communication between the employer and freelancer.

Your employer will be notified on the following scenarios:

  • After submitting the request form, your employer will receive the notification to either approve or decline the new bid.

  • If additional fees are to be charged, your employer will be notified about the breakdown.

  • Upon acceptance of the request, the employer will be notified with the confirmation of the change.

 
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Will I be notified about the status of the change bid request?
How are the fees adjusted after the bid modification?

Will I be notified about the status of the change bid request?

You will receive a Newsfeed update and email whether your employer accepts or rejects the bid change request.

 
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Will my employer be notified about the request to modify my bid?
How are the fees adjusted after the bid modification?

How are the fees adjusted after the bid modification?

If the new amount proposed is greater than the original bid amount, both the freelancer and employer will be charged additional project fees depending on their membership type.

If the new amount is less than the original bid, the project fees will remain unchanged.

 
You can check the Fees & Charges page for reference.


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How do I modify my bid on a project I already accepted?
Will I be notified about the status of the change bid request?
Will my employer be notified about the request to modify my bid?

What are Highlighted Bids?

Highlighted Bids is an option for freelancers to feature their bids, highlight it and make it stand out from all the other bids. It incurs a one-time fee of ₹50.00 INR.


When you want to highlight your bid, tick the Highlight My Bid option on the bid creation page before submitting your bid. You need to have available funds in your account to cover the upgrade fee.

What is my bid limit?

Your bid limit is the number of bids you can use each month to bid for work on Freelancer.com. Your exact bid limit depends on your membership type:

  • Free Members get 8 bids per month.

  • Intro Members get 15 bids per month.

  • Basic Members get 50 bids per month.

  • Plus Members get 100 bids per month.

  • Professional Members get 300 bids per month.

  • Premier Members get 1500 bids per month.


Additionally, your bids are replenished periodically according to your membership.

How often are my bids replenished?

On Freelancer.com, your bids are returned to you periodically. This means that as you use your bids, you will be returned a bid at a set interval according to your membership plan.

  • Free members earn a total of 8 bids in the span of 1 month at a set interval of 1 bid every 90 hrs.

  • Intro members earn a total of 15 bids in the span of 1 month at a set interval of 1 bid every 50 hrs.

  • Basic members earn a total of 50 bids in the span of 1 month at a set interval of 1 bid every 14.5 hrs.

  • Plus members earn a total of 100 bids in the span of 1 month at a set interval of 1 bid every 7.5 hrs.

  • Professional members earn a total of 300 bids in the span of 1 month at a set interval of 1 bid every 2.5 hrs.

  • Premier members earn a total of 1500 bids in the span of 1 month at a set interval of 1 bid every 30 mins.


You will get one (1) additional bid when the following occurs:

  • A project you bid on is unawarded and closed or deleted within the 7-day bidding period or expires without the employer awarding it within 30 days.

  • If you are on a paid membership, you will receive 1 bid for every review you have. This applies to a maximum of 50 reviews.

  • If you are on a paid membership, you will get additional bids based on your My Rewards level.


You can view your remaining bids and the time left until you get your next bid back at the lower right side of your 
Dashboard.

How do I deliver a project?

You may deliver a project by any method agreed upon by you and the employer (as long as it is done within the site). You can upload and submit work files through the Files tab of your project's page or your chat/messages. To know more, click here.


We recommend using our Milestone Payment System to ensure payment on delivery of the finished project.

How do I bookmark projects?

To bookmark a project, click the Bookmark icon (half ribbon icon) at the rightmost part of the project listing or at the upper right corner of the Project Description.


Project bookmarking is available to Intro, Basic, Plus, Standard/Professional, and Premium/Premier members. If you are currently under Free Membership, upgrade now!

Why am I unable to bookmark projects?

Project bookmarking is only available to users with a paid membership plan. If you are currently a Free Member, upgrade here now!

How do I view my bookmarked projects?

To view your bookmarks, hover over Work and select Bookmarks

What is a Prepaid Project?

Prepaid projects give you additional confidence when considering projects from prospective employers as they have paid an upfront deposit towards the payment of their project.

If you are the first freelancer to be awarded their project, these funds will be allocated to you as a Milestone payment.
 
Prepaid projects are highlighted with a Prepaid ribbon in project listings.

What does it mean when a project is Frozen?

When a project's status is Frozen, it means that:

  • The employer or awarded freelancer(s) must take action for the project to progress.

  • No one else can bid on the project.

 
A project becomes Frozen if it is not awarded to any bidder within 7 days upon project posting. It also becomes Frozen when the employer selects one or more bidders and is waiting for them to accept the project. Once the project is accepted, the project status will change to Closed.

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