Employers - Projects



Do I have to deposit funds to select a Freelancer?
If you do not have any Feedback, you must have at least 20% of the value of the bids that you select as winning. You will be prompted to deposit funds with the amount when you select the winner/s.

Do I need to have sufficient funds in my account to accept a bid?
No, you don't have to have the funds in your account before you accept a bid. However, Freelancers may require you to put up a Milestone Payment in part or in full before they will start work.


Additionally, Freelancers that have been chosen with winning bids will see an icon on the final accept page of whether there are sufficient funds in your account to pay for the project in full or not before they complete acceptance.

How can I ask questions before selecting a Freelancer?
You can send a private message (PM) to discuss any detail with potential Freelancers. To send a private message:


  • Log in to Freelancer.com
  • On your Freelancer.com Home Page, go to the Projects Table at the bottom of the page, and then click "Employer View".
  • Click the "Open for Bidding" tab.
  • Click the project title to go to the project page.
  • Use the "Messages" button next to the Freelancers username to send a private message.

    How do I accept a bid from a Freelancer?

    When you're ready to select a Freelancer or Freelancers, follow these simple steps:

    • Log in to Freelancer.com
    • Go to your My Projects Page, then select Employer View.
    • Click the Open for Bidding tab.
    • Select the Project that you want to award to a Freelancer and then select Award.
    • Pick your selected Freelancer(s) and then click the Award Project button. The chosen Freelancer will have 36 hours to accept or reject the job before the offer expires.

    When the project is accepted, both employer and freelancer commission fees will be deducted from the user accounts and bidding is closed.

    For some tips on choosing the best Freelancer, we recommend reading "Four Questions to Ask Yourself When Selecting a Bidder".

    How do I cancel a project?

    To close or cancel a project, please do the following:

      • Login to your account.
      • On your Freelancer.com Home Page, go to the Projects Table at the bottom, click "Employer View."
      • Click the "Work-in-Progress" tab.
      • Select the project you want to close; on the drop down menu, choose the "Cancel" option.

      Please be aware that we do not refund commissions when the project has been awarded already.


      Our project commission is an introduction fee. Once someone's bid is selected and accepted, at that point email addresses and contact details are traded.


      It's our part to introduce the two parties but the project's success lies only between the Employer and the Freelancer.

      How do I delete a project?
      You may delete a project but it will cost $5. When the project is deleted, no one will be able to view the project, the attached files nor any of the bids on the project. The information will be unavailable to affiliates and the API. This should also remove it from the search engines next time they re-index our site.


      To delete a project, please do the following:

      • Login to your account.
      • On your Freelancer.com Home Page, go to the Projects Table at the bottom, click "Employer View."
      • Click either the "Open for Bidding", "Work-in-Progress" or "Past Projects" tab (depends on the state of your project).
      • Select the project title; on the drop down menu, choose the "Delete" option.

      How do I edit a project after bidding starts?
      Changing your original project description after bidding starts is prohibited because Freelancers base their bids on your description. You may, however, add additional information to your description to help Freelancers better understand the project. You may want to consider this if you've received several questions via the Project Clarification Board or private messages.

      How do I invite a Freelancer to bid on my project?
      To invite a Freelancer please go to his profile page and click "Invite Provider."


      You can use this form to search Freelancers by skills, country or rating.

      How do I put additional information after the bidding starts?
      To add an additional description to your project, please do the following:


      • Login to your account.
      • On your Freelancer.com Home Page, go to the Projects Table at the bottom of the page, and then click "Employer View."
      • Click the "Open for Bidding" tab.
      • Select the project title; on the drop down menu, choose the "Edit" option.

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