Difficult to get first job and have to compete with the guys they bid 1$ or 2 $.
It is. You either need to sell yourself very well, or offer a different service that fetches more $$ on the average
Yes you are right Tony. But peoples having good skills too will bid for very less amount. They must bid worth to there skills then everyone will have fair chance.
You have your profile hidden so we can not even take a wild guess what it is that is stopping you from winning contracts.
What kind of work are you applying for? How good is your profile? How complete is your profile? How good are your test results? How good is your overview? How many samples of high quality work, relevant to the kind of jobs you are after, are in your portfolio? How well written are your applications?
There is no point whining about what other people do - if you have a quality "product" it will sell at a fair price, regardless of what other people bid. That's what it boils down to.
I wanted to say all these things. But I delayed. Why people hide their portfolio I wonder. Do they feel inferior about their skills? I don't know.
GO START WITH LOW RATES LIKE $1 OR $2 AND THEN LATER ON AS YOU GAIN WORKS AND RATINGS YOU GO THEN ON INCREASING YOUR RATES LIKE $1 OR $2 INCREASE PER GOOD JOB HAS BEEN DONE THEN WHEN YOUVE DONE A LOT OF GOOD JOBS THEN I BET YOU COULD CREATE YOUR DESIRE RATES.
YELLING poor advice doesn't make it any sounder. Lowering your rates below what you feel the work is worth leaves you working your tail off for someone who doesn't really appreciate the work you are doing. Sure, they may appreciate you for doing it for such a low rate, but they don't appreciate the work as being quality, valuable work. Which means you work is being marked as low quality, regardless of its true value. It also sets a precedent that makes it clear to future clients exactly how poorly you value the quality of your work. This is a hard image to shake.
The biggest thing that most people who lower their rates never even consider is how it effects the market rate for those skills. By lowering your rate, you have told the market (all clients looking for similar work and all contractors bidding for similar work) what that work can sell for. If it can sell for that low rate, why would they pay more. In other words, if enough people do this (and there are thousands that do) the higher market rate that you believe you may be able to raise yours too after struggling through at that low rate may very well be closer to your original low rate by the time you get there. And you will only have yourself and those who you didn't warn to blame.
If you really feel the work is worth higher rates, if those rates are what you are working toward, don't take less than the work is worth. You seriously hurt your own future chances and the chances of your neighbors by not charging market value for marketable work.
Your word stew has ben removed from "shouting" level to normal talking - and as someone already pointed out your logic is flawed and wrong-headed.
Also, I see that what you are preaching has worked so well for you (sarcasm intended). You might think your services are worth 4 an hour but most of us have to earn a living from freelancing and not get a cup of coffee from an hours work