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And you were worried about people expecting cheap work!?...

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by bigdave, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    I signed up to Elance recently after it was recommended by a friend as a good way of getting a bit of extra work in. He had warned me not to expect great money but I didn't realise quite how bad it was!

    I decided to submit a proposal for a job but by the time I'd written my proposal and worked what it'd cost, I'd been undercut by over £125!! Someone in India had put a quote in for £30! :icon_eek: How on earth is anyone expected to make a living Now India has the internet and photoshop?!?:icon_cursing:
  2. sthomas

    sthomas Member

    I signed up for Elance a few months ago and experienced a very similar thing for a freelance job I was interested in.

    It's a fantastic opportunity for designers and developers in India to pitch for work but I can't imagine many designers in the UK are winning that much work on there.
  3. Esh

    Esh Member

    Simples really...move to India where living costs are lower, and you'll soon be minted!

    Seriosuly though, this kinda thing irritates the life out of me! :icon_cursing:
  4. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    This is what the mate that put me onto it said:

    Think I need to go networking with him some time soon! :icon_biggrin:
  5. spottypenguin

    spottypenguin Active Member

    That's the point though isn't it? £30 to someone over there is probably equivalent to hundreds here. Doesn't help us much though :icon_mad:
  6. djb

    djb Member

    I had a really interesting chat with a hotel owner in Vietnam who also ran a web design business and there is absolutely no way people from the UK can compete with people from Vietnam/India/Nepal etc. So don’t even try :)

    I suppose a clever person gets the work in the UK and outsources it to these cheaper places (that’s what the hotel owner was angling at). If only I was that clever person!
  7. Ian Bonner

    Ian Bonner Member

    This is my problem with all this. People have told me that if I'm not happy just don't apply to request posts. My problem is that it will affect me and others anyway, whether I respond to requests or not. It's not a big problem for someone over here to have a logo done in India or wherever nowadays. Thats the 'beauty' of the internet.

    I was made redundant from my last job because all the work went to India. It's the way it's going now.
  8. TimmyC

    TimmyC Member

    Its really bad!!

    The best thing is to forget about those sites, and start canvasing in your area or the next city with big clients. Stick to our country with our prices.

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