Every freelancer works on two or more freelance platforms. That's a fact of freelance life. I know guys who are working on every freelance website you can possibly imagine or find. I feel for them, I really do. They just want to increase their chances of being hired. There's nothing wrong with that.
So, what's the catch with the superhero and sidekick freelance website strategy? You have your main (superhero) freelance platform where you make the most of your money. And, you have a "backup" (sidekick) freelance website. You work there too, but only if you have a bad month on your superhero website. A sidekick platform is something you want to have just in case something goes wrong with your superhero option #1.
Is this a good idea?
Freelance Hocus Pocus is to Focus!
My hat off to the freelancers who can be and work with the same success on more than one freelance platform. On the other hand, I'm not saying that putting all eggs in one freelance basket is also a wise thing to do. So, what should you do then? How about turning the things around? Try this one. Treat your superhero website as your sidekick freelance platform and vice verse. See what happens.
The biggest freelance platforms in the industry are actually the paper dragons. Their bright lights are blinding you. There are surprisingly good "sidekick" freelance websites that are out of your main focus. The clients who are looking for freelancers outside the "mainstream" platforms have a different approach. More importantly, they choose quality work over pricing. They're also long-term business runners.
Freelance David vs Freelance Goliath - Ain't Your Fight
All freelance websites are constantly struggling to win more clients and freelancers. This is a risky business. You see freelance platforms come and go. They merge, grow, decline, disappear, reinvent themselves. You name it, they're doing it. That's not something you should worry about. You play your freelance game. Think twice where you're going to invest your time and energy.
Don't follow the freelance herd! Do you want to be just one more nameless drop in the overcrowded ocean called the "biggest freelance website" in the world? Or you want to make a freelance name for yourself on some smaller website? A big freelance website doesn't necessarily harbor big clients! That's something worth remembering.
Underdogs and Freelance Gods
Every superhero needs a sidekick. Perhaps that's true in the movies and comic books, but not in the freelance world. You don't need two, three or four freelance websites to work on, so you can feel safe and good about it. All you need is one, just one freelance website, which is your perfect match. Find your ideal platform and focus completely. A superhero who's running around with a handful of sidekicks obviously has some self-confidence issues. A freelancer who wants to be everywhere will eventually be nowhere.
Give your sidekick freelance website a chance to be a superhero. Switch your freelance seats. Let yourself GO!