Disclaimer: – This article is a point of my own view and all problems I have faced before getting success. It may not be match with others. So before you read this full article, be advised that don’t take it in your heart.
In recent days, Freelancing has become a very popular profession and most of the Bangladeshi young aged are trying to build an online career in Freelancer.com and trying to earn some money from there. After trying a hard for a long time a freelancer profile holder gets project and start earning with a small amount such as $5, $10, $50 or max $100. But freelancerc.om always trying to eat or steal that earning behind the shadow of Identity Verification. In this article, I am going to describe “Why Bangladeshi Freelancers Can Not Verify Their Identity with Online Copy?”
Okay, let’s think you are from Bangladesh and you have profile in Freelancer.com. You just earned $100 from a project/job/contest. It is accepted that they don’t allow you withdraw an amount of less than $30. So, we can imagine that we have earned $100 and trying to get the fund on hand.
Note: Your first withdrawal is delayed for 15 days for security reasons.
I really don’t understand the point that first withdrawal will be delayed for 15 days for security reasons. Anyone can tell me tell me what kind of security reasons are applicable here? Actually here is no security reasons or anything else but they are looking for a reason if they can prevent you from withdrawing money. If you talk to their live support to know the security reasons to make it 15 days delayed, their answer will be: –
“Sorry, we cannot disclose this security reasons because it is our privacy and policy. If you are not comfortable with it then you can close your profile.”
So, freelancer are helpless here and submit withdrawal request using preferred payment method and wait with hope that money is coming. Now all friends and relatives start to laugh on because of everyone start thing that earning money by freelancing is totally false. I am leaving parents to another side because they have right to advice their baby. With these all criticisms the freelancer fall in depression and get locked in room along for a few days with hope that money is coming.
Now 15 days is past and freelancer is checking the payment method he used to submit withdrawal request. But no money there. So, to be sure freelancer starts to explore in freelancer.com profile. After logged in got shocked with the following screen: –
You may see this warning on the main dashboard or top header for your dashboard
“To process your withdrawal request successfully, you need complete our ID Verification Process”
Here is another worst thing in Freelancer.com
They will accept any Government Issued such as Passport, current Driver’s License or National ID Card (Smart ID Card).
But Smart NID is not still available for all in Bangladesh. So, a Bangladeshi freelancer will try to register for Smart ID Card and after a few days an online copy will be available for download. The freelancer will download that and print it from a photo studio, then submit it for verification but it will be rejected.
Why this printed temporary online copy will be rejected?
Actually freelancr.com detects the validity of any NID card by using the barcode printed on it. In an online copy or temporary NID card copy, the barcode is printed on the back side of it.
This image is collected from Google.com
In this photo the black area in red square is the barcode used in Bangladeshi NID card. The problem is that when you print it by a normal Inkjet photo printer or a laser printer, it will be printed as a photo or general text, not as the barcode. To print barcodes a different kinds of printer is used all over the world and only that printer can print the barcodes accurately
When you take a photo of your NID card by your smart phone or scan it, it easily catches it because these devices are able to read barcodes.
So general printers print is as image or text and these are not barcodes. When Freelanceer.com’s machines or devices they use to detect the barcode to check the validity, that machines detects nothing. And now your ID card gets rejected.
So, now what are you thinking? Make a passport or learn driving to license? These all will take at least 3 months and if you don’t verify your account within 45-60 days, your account will be closed and the fund you earned will become freelancer.com’s property.
Okay, you already have Smart NID or Passport or Driving License. You need another document such as Bank Statement (Transaction History) or Utility Bill as the proof of your address. Utility Bill may not possible because you may live in a rent house or when your family house was made, you were not in the world. Another thing when it was made, your guardian won’t register it on with your until you become adult. So, no change for utility bill. Yes, of course there is a change of bank statement. When you will open a new account in any Bank, it will never has a transaction history. I mean you cannot go bank each day and deposit and withdraw it again and again. So, no transaction history, no statement. If you have made some transactions history by following above, you will get black and white printed history of your transactions. Freelancer.com will not accept it. Actually they will need a solvency which is a printed document but it is printed on the Bank’s own paper such as the example photo given below. It is not the exact one but something like this:-
In another word, you can call it “Bank Certificate”. If you ask for it to your bank’s branch manager or any officer of bank, they will have a look on you like they are watching a ghost or they are living in Mars. Actually it is allowed for the business account holders and having more than 1 lacks BDT transactions in each month.
So you are failed to verify your account and it is closed in 45-60 days. And your money is theirs. When you will do “Freelancer.com keycode verification”, I cannot but laugh here. For keycode verification you have to submit a photo like a prisoner
I hope Freelancer.com will be perfect on theses bullshit activates. If you are new in freelancing and willing to join in freelancer.com, then don’t join in freelancer.com. I’ll tell you why you should not join in freelancer.com in my next article.
Thanks a lot for reading it.