Flexies, or freelancers, utilize the Flexie Bench much like eBay in reverse. Simply put, a customer posts a job on Flexie Bench, and the flexie bids to be hired to complete the project. The “winning” flexie gets the job. At the end of the job, the customer releases payment to the flexie. It’s just about that simple.
Sign up to be a flexie on Flexie Bench.
Create a free account and complete your profile and portfolio.
Include your best work in the portfolio, and put all your relevant information in your profile.
You want to let potential customers know what you can accomplish, your style and the quality of your work as well as your qualifications.
Monitor the project boards, which is where clients post work requests seeking help from flexies.
Look for jobs that match your skills.
If a job requires a team of flexies to meet all of the customer’s needs, you can recruit other flexies to work under you as part of a team.
You would be the lead flexie on this team, and the flexie responsible for putting in the bid and for managing the other flexies working on the project.
If a job is posted that matches your qualifications, prepare a bid proposal for the client.
Include your qualifications and those of your fellow flexies on your team, benchmarks for key completion dates, you rate, and how you will accomplish each step.
Customers will review the bids they receive, and they will also actively seek out flexies that appear to meet their needs for the posted job.
They will not necessarily select the flexie or team with the lowest bid price.
Customers want service and quality.
For this reason, make sure you respond promptly to any invitations you receive from clients regarding a work opportunity.
Throughout the project, your flexie team will deliver the project to the client at the specified milestone points.
The customer will approve the work to that point, and release the payment for the flexies for that milestone.
At the completion of the project, the client reviews the entire body of work submitted and approves it if it meets their needs.
When they mark it as “complete,” Flexie Bench releases the escrowed payment to the flexie team.
It is distributed in the manner outlined in the original flexie team agreement.
Flexie Bench sends payments to freelancers in over 170 countries.
At the end of the project, the customer rates the flexies.
Hopefully, if the work was done to the client’s specifications, the flexies will receive positive feedback for their profile.
The more positive feedback a flexie has on their profile, the more work they are likely to get.
Potential customers read these assessments and put a pot of stock into the opinions of other customers.