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Outsource.com is a Scam – Beware

We paid for the credits and have been bidding on jobs for 5 months and have not recieved a single response from a client. They force you to pay to send your information to each client. It is my opinion the owners of the site is Creating the Jobs and that 99% of them are FAKE tasks. Beware of this site.

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    December 11th, 2015
    1 people found this review helpful!
    Outsource.com does charge a substantial amount up front plus they require you to purchase credits in order to bid on projects. So, Outsource makes money off multiple bidders on every project. It’s not a good place to get business from. Basically, the company requesting the bids MAY or MAY NOT choose anyone, and if they do, they are going to choose one of the LOWEST BIDDERS. This is not a good way to develop your small business.

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    November 18th, 2015
    4 people found this review helpful!
    support.com makes candidates pay to apply for jobs, then forces them to under-bid each other. When you see a business model like this, run away and don’t look back because it’s a scam.

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    October 26th, 2015
    2 people found this review helpful!
    A big mistake to become a member. One needs to be prepared to purchase more credits and a 6 month refund is meaningless if you don’t get a job- you can end up purchasing credits for $2000 and either get a paltry job of $30 or less in that time period!!!

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    1

    October 14th, 2015
    3 people found this review helpful!
    OUTSOURCE.COM is a scam IMO! I believe there should be a class action lawsuit against them. They are good at preying on starving artists. I’ve used Outsource for the past 4 months. Paid for 6 months. I have bid on jobs until I ran out of credits.
    I have over 30 years experience as a graphic design professional. I have yet to receive 1 paid job from them. The one client that “supposedly” hired me has yet to pay me. Check is in the mail (for the last 3 weeks) I’ve contacted outsource and asked how they vetted their clients. They don’t. I told them this client is a scammer and they should be aware of him. I feel that Outsource does not provide the service I expected, their bidding system is vary vague. Clients don’t give enough details to projects in order to give a true estimate. It costs you credits and you have no guarantee that you will get work. You have to remember to notify them 30 days in advance of cancelling or it will auto renew. Can’t find anywhere on the site to deselect the option to renew. I’ve had more success with Thumbtack.com and repeat customers. I’ve never had any luck with elance or odesk, ziprecruter either.

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    September 15th, 2015
    4 people found this review helpful!
    Outsource.com is a scam! I was fooled because a graphic designer friend told me about it. I should have been more cautious. Now, I’ve wasted a lot of time responding to bogus project descriptions, and I’ve only heard back from one customer, who wanted to pay me $25 to write a full press kit for him. Seriously?? That’s downright insulting.

    I’ve been doing entertainment and small business PR for nearly 30 years, and Outsource claims they have many projects for mid-to-upper-level freelancers, but they lie. I’m sorry, but there’s not a nice way to say it.

    I don’t know how you gave them a B+ rating. You should be warning freelancers that Outsource.com is a total scam!


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    September 15th, 2015
    2 people found this review helpful!
    I found Outsource and thought it sounded like a great way to earn some extra money. I am a college student and new to the freelance world, so I was willing to pay the $16.99/month advertised in order to get myself started. HOWEVER, only after the payment went through did they inform me that they were charging me $101.00, and I was shocked and angry. That is a lot of money to me and I was notexpecting to have to pay that, considering the website and credit purchase are incredibly misleading. I am reading reviews and realize that I am not the only one. I only agreed to paying $16.99 and they dishonestly took $101. That is not only deceitful and dishonest, but it is fraud and not legal to charge someone an unknown amount of money. I understand that it said $16.99 a month for 6 months, but that makes it sound like you can cancel any time, and that you only charge monthly. I am now extremely skeptical about this website. Furthermore, upon contacting Outsource with my issue, they have not been helpful in the least. They only keep telling me that refunds are against their policy and that they would be “happy to give me tips on how to use my credits.” I DO NOT want to use this company anymore, and they will not let me out of this membership that they used to cheat me out of over 100 dollars. Not worth it and incredibly frustrating to deal with.

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    August 15th, 2015
    8 people found this review helpful!
    I signed up and soon realized that it is a scam. Many project descriptions are written by the same person. The estimated budgets are way too cheap. I am a very accomplished designer and I have a job. Just gave it a try at my spare time. Beside cheating freelancers of their money ousorce.com also hurts their self esteem.
    My attempt to get a refund had failed. I hope there will be a class action against them and I will gladly join.
    DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. IT IS A SCAM.

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    August 14th, 2015
    11 people found this review helpful!
    I am an experienced freelancer, and the jobs on outsource.com seemed legit and lucrative, so I thought I would give it a try. I selected the 20-credit-a-month option. Within the first week, I had used my credits bidding on jobs, so I bought more. I spent $130+ and applied for seven jobs, but all I heard was crickets. My bids were viewed, so I did not get a refund. There were also a handful of jobs I attempted to bid on – some immediately after I received notification that they were available – but they had already expired or reached their maximum number of bids. I emailed outsource.com to express my frustration and still have not gotten a reply more than 48 hours later. I would like to cancel my subscription and get a refund, but it seems I am out of luck. I do not recommend outsource.com – another scam preying on freelancers who think they need to spend money to make money.

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    August 1st, 2015
    10 people found this review helpful!
    Freelancer BEWARE! The time has come to announce that Outsource.com is not a legitimate company. The website charges over $100.00 to freelancers to bid with no guarantees. The freelancer knows NOTHING about the client. No earnings figures, no ratings, etc… The client knows NOTHING about the freelancer. No earnings figures, no ratings, etc… From this to how the job descriptions are all written. They look as if they were written by the same person every time. They are NEVER descriptive enough. They are SUPER vague descriptions. From that, you cannot find a physical address to the company. The website layout itself is cheesy at best. The bottom of the page has links like legit websites but only one or two of them are actually working links. If a person compares a site like Upwork with Outsource, they would run away from Outsource as fast as they can. Online work is real. Making online money as a freelancer is real. Unfortunatly, Outsource is a scam that equates to a black hole for money.

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    July 26th, 2015
    6 people found this review helpful!
    DO NOT USE THIS “SERVICE”. I went to outsource.com as a way to freelance as I was looking for permanent work. I had no idea I had to pay to bid, and when I paid, I got a lot of very odd quote requests and since I had only 8 credits left for the month, I figured I would wait to see what I was doing “wrong”, but even with “tweaking” my profile, and advertising myself, and haven’t gotten one job.

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    10

    June 23rd, 2015
    6 people found this review helpful!
    This is a website for freelancing leads so if you’re just looking for a 9-5 job, this isn’t the place for you. You’ve got to think about it like you are advertising yourself – no one is going to hand you some perfectly great clients.

    It took me about a few tries to get hired, but it’s definitely paid off. To be honest, I almost gave up about a month after I started, but the support helped me tweak a few things and I’ve been hired twice so far with really good pay.


  12. User Score
    3

    June 21st, 2015
    9 people found this review helpful!
    What is the way to buy credits? There is none. You are taken to the purchase place only after you make a quote ready and try to submit, at which point you probably have not saved the text of your quote so you HAVE to subscribe. When I reached this point I tried the paypal option, and for some reason it didn’t work, and I lost my beautiful writeup I made for the client. Anyway, I still have my money. The interface such as above is indicative of underhanded means of coercing money from you; they have no honor.
    That apart, making a quote needs good information about the project. There really should be a mini-forum where people can interact publicly with the clients and get questions answered. Without the interactivity in the beginning projects are not likely to work out well and you end up using up your credits for nothing

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    June 11th, 2015
    11 people found this review helpful!
    You will pay a lot for bad job leads. To submit a quote, you must buy credits. The hiring client may never respond to you (most likely) or they may simply waste your time if they do contact you, fishing for info and not serious about paying for services.
    Graphic designers and related professionals need to take a stand against these sites. They seem like a good way to find freelance jobs, but they really take advantage of job seekers. Instead of finding work, you pay for a service that doesn’t deliver.
    The old advice that it is a scam when a business charges a job seeker to access job postings remains true.

  14. User Score
    9

    May 20th, 2015
    6 people found this review helpful!
    I’ve actually had great results..signed up 2 months ago and have been hired 3 times for writing jobs. Was also concerned about the upfront fee, but it’s been worth it. The fee actually makes a lot of sense when you realize it scares away the $2/hr freelancers so you aren’t competing with low wage workers overseas and can actually make good money. It’s also great to not have to get a large percentage of your payment taken out every time you get paid.

  15. User Score
    3

    May 19th, 2015
    13 people found this review helpful!
    When checking out jobs on Outsource.com, I found I needed to buy credits in order to apply. Okay, so on the page where you do that, the prices were listed by the monthly cost, so I signed up for the one I wanted, only to find out after they accepted my payment that I had actually paid for 6 months. I emailed them to cancel (you can’t do it from the website) and they told me they do not refund money, and that it clearly says 6 months. I has tiny print that just says the price for 6 months, but the way it’s presented, it looks like it’s just projecting out six months, and not locking you in. All in all, I felt VERY cheated out of my $137 or so. Oh, and if I don’t get any jobs in the first 6 months, they give me another six months free. Completely worthless.

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    May 6th, 2015
    16 people found this review helpful!
    Pathetic company working as an internet scam. I will not waste my time explaining, just stay away. They take your money and never look back. The “jobs” are a farce.

  17. User Score
    1

    April 24th, 2015
    20 people found this review helpful!
    It’s all great except for the little detail about actually getting work. The most beautiful website in the world can’t solve the problem of 80,000 freelancers competing for 600 jobs. I’ve submitted quote after quote and never get any response. Some don’t even get reviewed. This is a complete waste of time and money.

  18. User Score
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    April 22nd, 2015
    21 people found this review helpful!
    1. No support at all.
    2. They sucker you in to pay upfront for 6 months so you can send quote – to which you will not hear a single peep from any job request.
    3. You can’t see if the project even went live. At least with the competing freelance site, you can see if the project was funded and who it was awarded to.
    4. Shady shady shady.
    5. Stay away.