I hate to say it but such services are designed and created for second-world countries (e.g. Asia) and are not really created for the modern world. I live in a country were our cost of living highly outweighs that of many modern countries, including the States, so settling of such services would only really fuel more economic problems.
Most of those bids are from the developing world, and not from developed countries. Realistically only somebody who's learning would place a bid in there. Let me illustrate, I've just sent a proposal today for a CMS website. I included cloud hosting, SSL, hosting, domain registration and annual support. All that on it's exceeded the 300 USD yearly.
Now a custom website is anything from 1.500 EUR upwards. I tell my clients that there is no two ways about it. Recently I have had clients sending my power-point slides wanting them converting into a website. I never back down and always explain to them that this is not a possibility.
I CMS website needs to have support, needs to be hosted by me for that support, needs to have SSL for it's login pages and as an added extra might need cloud hosting and GZipping for performance issues. Clients need to value this support in order to ensure they don't have problems.
It's possible to make a job freelancing, but even though 'cheap' jobs often deliver sub-quality products. The cheaper deals are never the ideal deal.
Avoid the online market initially. Look at the your 'real' world. Try going out of your comfort zone and going to exhibitions and conferences, mingle with individuals. Don't advertise, as this hardly works, focus more on real world connections. Now online could also work, but you have to stay away from cloud-sourcing websites like this, unless you're doing it as an added extra. Build relationships on-line.
From experience I already have people I work with online, respect your connections and learn to handle your clients properly so they are profitable to you without disappointing them.
Yep, but you're the boss, so just let them know you gave them a discount. Ultimately you are in-charge of what you do,which seams to be the case if you work for yourself like I do.
I recently turned down a client because he demanded very cheap work and even told me that he can get it done from India for half the price. On that note I informed the person that I don't live in India and it's not fair to compare what I do to somebody in India. I then asked him to explore those offshore avenues in India. Now professionally it might have not been the best thing to do, but in light of the negotiation methods carried out, I really don't feel it was going to be a good working relationship.
The work in India is cheap, but the product always reflect's this. I've worked with many many people, and from all the people I worked with were, people from the US are better in such services. I've found people in the developing world to be seriously over-pricing for their cost of living and delivering sub-standard work whilst suffering issues with communication. Some might have the talent, but the language barrier makes work a lot more difficult.