Have you decided to close your Freelancer.com account? You've come to the right place. On June 3, 2020, I closed my account for good. Here are the steps I took.
Deciding to Close Freelancer.com Account
Whatever your reasons are, you have to make a conscious effort to close an account. Personally, I hesitated about two years too long, using rationalizations. Perhaps you've considered some of them:
- The membership is not that expensive
- Maybe this year, I'll make some real money
- I went through a lot of hoops to get verified
- Seems a shame to abandon my profile and rating
- I'll lose my links!
Eventually, the futility of holding on to this useless account overcame all of my rationalizations. So, before I could change my mind again, I firmly decided to close my account.
Backing Up Account Data
One way to appease the rationalization about my profile and rating was to export relevant parts of the account. Starting from the dashboard, I visited the following pages:
You may want to preserve your introduction. If it is still relevant, you can blend it into your other profiles. Of course, if you no longer do some of the things you've listed, just ignore them.
Notice the Verifications on the far right? I made a mental note to update my Facebook connections, if necessary. As a matter of fact, make sure you go through your website and other social media profiles and remove any links to your Freelancer.com profile.
Save any images and other items you may want to keep.
When you click on each item, you'll have a chance to copy and paste the descriptions. Be sure to click Read More, so you don't miss any text.
Some of the reviews can be used as testimonials. Hopefully, you did this when the project was completed, including getting a link from your client. If not, you can still quote any reviews of which you're particularly proud.
You'll definitely want to copy and paste your Experience, Education, Qualifications and Publications. This is a good time to think about updating them across your other platforms.
This is your last chance to download a record of income and expenses. Crunch the numbers and pat yourself on the back for making a sound financial decision to close this dog.
If you haven't already done so, download snapshots of your financials. Switch to Yearly period type and start from your first year. Later, you can put them all into a spreadsheet and analyze your performance.
With your account data safely backed up or ignored, it's time to officially close your Freelancer.com account!
Click the Manage Account link, as shown above. Do not click Manage Membership , as that takes you to a page where you can upgrade or downgrade your current membership.
You can leave feedback. Or not. But, whatever you do, don't cop out now. You're nearly done! Click the Close my account button. A spinner will display …
Error Closing Freelancer.com Account
I am not sure what happened here. If this happens to you, you may confirm that the account is closed by trying to contact support, as suggested. When you do, you may not be able to log in. That was good enough for me!
My word of the year is focus. Although I needed six months, I finally concluded that I was not going to spend another year for a membership on a platform that has not been profitable for me since 2015. I've made more money on Upwork.com in two years than I did in seven years on Freelancer.com.