How to post a contest on Freelancer.com
Step-by-step guide to posting a contest on Freelancer.com
If you need inspiration for a design, or you want freelancers to demonstrate their capabilities before hiring them, posting a contest is a great option.
Follow the step-by-step process below to finally get that brilliant idea out of your mind and into the world.
Step 1 - Click the orange "post a project button"
Even though this is a contest and not a project you need to start the process by clicking this button. You will specify that this is a contest in step 4.
Step 2 - Outline what you need done
A form will open asking you provide details about your contest.
Make sure your title summarizes your requirements so that freelancers can instantly gauge whether they have the required skillsets to complete it when they see it in their feed.
Be as specific as possible when outlining your requirements. Avoid writing a single block text and try to break up all of the different components of the project into separate paragraphs to ensure your instructions are clearly communicated.
You can also upload any files that freelancers might need to complete the task, such as images, branding guidelines, or even screenshots to help illustrate your requirements.
Don't worry too much about including every possible detail, freelancers will always have the option of commenting on your contest to ask any questions.
Step 3 - Specify the skills required
After clicking Next you can specify all of the skills required to complete your project. A list of skills will be automatically populated based on the details you entered. You can edit them if you like.
Step 4 - Choose 'contest' and set your budget
Select the 'Contest' option on the right and set your budget for the contest. You can always edit this amount after posting your contest if required.
Step 5 - Choose the duration of the contest
Choose how long you would like the contest to run for. If it's urgent, select a 1 day delivery.
If you select the 3 - 30 day range, you can specify the exact duration of your contest in the next field that populates. The longer your contest runs the more entries you will get.
Step 6 - Confirm contest details
Confirm that all of the contest details are correct before posting it.
It usually takes about 2 hours before you start receiving entries, Freelancers need time to create top quality work.
To access your contest after posting it, select "my project" and then "open contests"
Step 7 - Keep an eye out for updates
Whenever a contest entry is submitted you will see a red dot appear on the updates menu. Click on it to view each submission, you will also be notified via email.
If you download the Freelancer app on Apple or Andriod you will receive a notification on your device when an entry is submitted. You will also be able to view all of the entries straight from your mobile device.
Step 8 - Rate entries and provide feedback
Rate all of your entries and give feedback to your contestants. If there is anything that looks promising, you can comment on it with improvement suggestions.
Freelancer's are usually very happy to implement your amendments, and because this is a contest with a time limit, they will deliver ASAP to have the best chances of winning:
Step 9 - Award the winner
When you are ready to award the winner, click the green "award prize" button. You will then be asked to confirm the winner on the next screen:
Step 10 - Sign transfer document
Before you receive your files, you and your freelancer need to sign an IP transfer agreement. This transfers the ownership of all deliverables from the freelancer to you.
Step 11 - Wait for freelancer to deliver files
Once the IP transfer agreement is signed, you will need to wait for your freelancer to prepare and deliver the files to you. In the meantime, you can also download the contract you signed for your own records.
Step 12 - Make further amendments if needed
A chat window with your chosen freelancer will automatically open, in case you require further amendments to be made before the final delivery.
Step 13 - Accept and download files
You will be notified when your freelancer has uploaded your project files. If you are happy with them click "Accept Files & Award Prize"
Step 14 - Rate freelancer
On the next screen you can rate your freelancer and even include a personalized comment.
Step 15 - Continue working with your Freelancer
If you want to continue working with your freelancer, you can hire them after you have completed their review. Just set your hourly rate and hit "Hire Now."
Posting a contest on Freelancer.com is great way to tap into the global talent pool. With over 40 million freelancers on our platform, we can help you create just about anything you dream of.
So what are you waiting for? Your dream isn't going to build itself.