I’m back to bidding sites now, and today I’m focusing on Guru. This was a site I only signed up to last year to give it a try. I haven’t gotten any work through the site yet, and I don’t think I will do because I’m just not interested in bidding for work anymore. However, I have tried the bidding so I want to share my experience.
Is it possible to make money bidding for writing jobs on Guru? Or is this another site to stay away from?
Another Race to the Bottom?
One thing that I like about Guru is you can’t see what other people have bid, unless you’re a premium member. And if you’re a premium member there are high chances you’re not going to race to the bottom. It helps to take away most of the negativities of sites like this.
It is possible to see the number of proposals sent in for the projects, though. I sometimes see hundreds of proposals being sent in. Do you really want to compete against so many, especially when you have no idea what they’re bidding?
Project Posters Share Their Budget First
Another benefit of Guru is that those posting the projects get to share their budget first. They can do this by the hour or for the total project. Most of the ones that I see are between $250 and $500, but it will depend on the amount of work that is being requested.
While there are some people looking for as much work for as little cost, there are others who understand that writing takes time. It could make bidding for writing jobs on Guru a worthwhile thing. There are decently budgeted projects out there; much more than some of the other bidding sites (*cough* Freelancer.com *cough*) on the net.
Having an idea of a budget can also help with creating a proposal, and even deciding whether the job is worth sending a proposal for. If someone’s budget is way below your asking price, you can avoid without the hassle.
Updates on Projects of Interest
Every morning, I open my inbox to at least one update of projects that may interest me. This is a great way to keep me considering bidding for writing jobs on Guru, but doesn’t always get me coming back. Some of the days I simply delete without the temptation.
But for those who want to bid for the jobs, it can be a great way to find out about them quickly. You get the chance to get straight onto the site and place your proposal for the project. It also means you don’t have to go on the site every date to browse through the many projects listed—and not all will be within categories of interest.
A SafePay Guarantee
There is little risk of someone taking your work and not paying for it. Guru has set up SafePay. This means that the project posters pay the money to Guru, and then that money goes into Escrow. If the freelancer completes the work, the money is released to that freelancer. The money only goes back to the client if both parties agree that that should happen.
This is something that many other bidding sites should really set up. However, it will only work if Guru support are willing to listen to both sides of the story, and make a fair decision. With never having to go through this system, I can’t say whether it works fairly or not.
Upgrading Your Membership
Remember I mentioned that premium members can see the bids that others have put in. Well, you can upgrade your membership, and there are five options. The first is a free option, and one that many users will opt for. It could be worth sticking with this while you test to see if bidding for writing jobs on Guru is worth your time.
The rate for the different membership options ranges from $8.95/month to $39.95/month but all are billed on an annual basis. They open up different opportunities, including more bids each year (free members get 120 bids each year, split into months), roll over bids if they’re not used each month and links to personal sites.
Personally, I don’t think bidding for writing jobs on Guru is right for me. I prefer getting in touch with clients directly, instead of being involved in a race to the bottom. However, Guru is certainly one of the better options out there, and could be a great way to start your writing career.
Have you tried Guru? Are you considering it for your writing career? Please feel free to share your thoughts below.