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In my experience, international organizations of all sizes successfully hire freelance product managers and/or product consultants. This is especially true In the entertainment and media business. Anyone who says differently has probably never seen it done successfully. Are there challenges wi...

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Upwork is a terrible idea. Everyone there is broke. They're struggling to find clients themselves, and have no money left over after they possibly keep their heads above water to invest in your services. Find a better class of freelancer for your clientele. I don't think the startup/VC people a...

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My solution has always been. 1) Leverage your network but be specific in the ask "Do you know a programmer that's $20-$40 hour (likely from eastern Europe) that you've worked with and like?" 2) There so many new marketplaces jumping up focused on niches that may be worth trying (ex: http://elto.c...

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When I was starting out freelancing, I was also starting in a new city without much of a network at all. I built my network by looking at local meetups, conferences, mixers, and pretty much anything else I could find where people would show up who were either A) doing the kind of work I do, or ...

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Think about the different pieces of the pie. 1. Amount per hour 2. Amount per project 3. Location work needs to be completed 4. Deposit 5. Payment terms 6. Time to finish the project 7. Specs and reporting All of these can help you negotiate their rate. The important part is to ask up front wh...

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I do a lot of business with people on Elance (which is now being merged into Upwork and is going away, so stick with Upwork). The real challenge for US-based workers (which you may or may not be) is the price competitive nature of jobs when competing against an international workforce. There are ...

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Wordpress is widely enough used that you can do almost anything with it! You can manage others sites in terms of cheap hosting and managing their backend; manage Wordpress security; Wordpress specific consulting; create plugins that generate revenue; give talks on Wordpress; the list goes on and ...

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What's the business model for the freelancing platform? Have you looked at http://equitydirectory.com/? They are a startup concierge matchmaking subscription service for founders looking to share equity or cash/equity splits with contributors. Are you familiar with http://SlicingPie.com? I thin...

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