A Freelancer’s Guide to World Travel
The following post, written by Becky Trowbridge (a freelancer and fellow Executive in Sweatpants), is…
How “available” are you for new oDesk clients?
If you’re like me, you decline about 90% of the interview invitations you get. Some are turned down because they are spammy (although oDesk is getting better about weeding those out). Others, however, I turn down simply because I’m so busy that I can’t in good conscience take on new customers.
Well, today I received an invitation for a marketing automation job. As much as I wanted to apply for it, I just don’t have the time right now. Therefore, I turned it down. After declining the interview and indicating that I am “too busy at this time,” I noticed a new pop-up from oDesk.
What would you do in this situation?
My gut reaction was to just mark myself as “Not Available.” Here’s the problem: if the right offer came along, I could quickly become “Available.” If I mark myself as “Not Available” it seems that I would be eliminating myself from future consideration for inbound leads on oDesk.
For now, I have set my profile as “Available” out of fear of missing a great opportunity. I picked “less than 10 hours per week,” which I could technically accommodate if the right offer came along. In the meantime, I’ll probably still decline most offers.
What will you do?