Freelance Tips

Upworks Vs Toptal

I started my journey as a freelancer from Elance. After several months, I started getting jobs there. I got excellent reviews and a five star rating on those jobs. One Major problem with Elance was constant competition with low-priced inexperienced developers. Every time I placed a bid, i had to prove myself through my proposal and give a competitive price so i could stand out of 50-60 other applicants. The competition was tough and growing everyday. Elance-Odesk merger into Upwork resulted in further increasing this competition. People were biding at extremely low rates like $5 for a project. I decided to look for a new freelancing platform.

I tried searching for good and reliable freelancing platforms other than Upwork and I came to know about toptal.com. When I read about their screening process, I was convinced that this is what I was looking for. I wanted a place where only seasoned developers or at least people who knew how to code could bid. I searched more for toptal.com and found many good reviews for it on quora.com and other websites.

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Skrill Asking For IBAN

Recently skrill (moneybookers.com) modified the withdrawl process for wire transfer to banks. When withdrawing money, they  ask for your  IBAN . Now

<h3>what is IBAN?</h3>

IBAN is international Bank Account Number, which can be generated from your local bank account number and swift code easily. IBAN its not a new information, it is generated by your bank account number and swift code after doing some calculations on it.

I faced a lot of trouble when i called Bank Alfalah, Lahore and asked them my IBAN. They told me Alafalah does not have an IBAN. I called them again and same reply. Then i decided to so something on my own. I used a tool to generate the IBAN and also followed the steps given by State Bank Of Pakistan to verify that my IBAN was correct. Luckily I was able to generate the correct number and received my money from skrill in my account 2 days back.

Use this tool to calculate IBAN.