In our previous discussions of working as a freelancer, we’ve sometimes mentioned Freelancer.com, an online exchange for matching up freelancers with businesses that need specific services performed. It has now rolled out an Australia-specific site with a .com.au domain.
Freelancer.com is actually an Australian-based site, but has previously concentrated on the US market. While the essentials of the service haven't changed with the introduction of the .com.au domain -- companies posting projects still pay $US5 for a listing, plus 3% of the fee charged by the project worker they select -- operating with Australian currency billing does eliminate exchange options.
One common concern with these kinds of competitive bidding sites is that pay rates can seem so low as to be unsustainable. We've recommended in the past that working for free is sometimes better than working for less than you're worth, and there's arguably not much point in trying to compete with someone charging cents an hour for work that requires real skill and effort.
Had a good or bad experience with freelance exchanges, as a worker or purchaser? Tell us about it in the comments.