I am in my booth just about all day, every day. I work hard with professional grade equipment and I'm objectively good at what I do. I can't help but feel like I'm shouting into the wind, though, when it comes to VB. I have good stats (that I've had to fight for - if I'd left it to the algorithm they'd be unjustly low), I've implemented the suggested rates changes from Johnathan. But I don't get invites. I've had a good number of bookings, and I have a five star average - but it never seems to make a lick of difference. Instead, I'm trained to jump like a Pavlovian-conditioned dog at the sound of a project becoming available, only to find after stopping my other work to click in hopes of bettering my numbers, that the projects are not available. Or it was just a glitch. Or to have it spuriously rejected in the middle of the night.
It's starting to feel hopeless, after a year of being on the site. Arbitrary, and at times demeaning.
The business model is... fine, I guess. It certainly stacks the odds (and the dollars) in the house's favor. I'm game though, since I'm already in my booth. I just don't like feeling like no matter what I do, I can't get ahead. Is there something I'm missing here? I'd enjoy a healthy working relationship; there's not much that's more fulfilling than creating something and being appreciated for it. I'm beginning to feel very disheartened though, and all I see when I research the topic is platitudes.
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