I've been doing this for a few years and I like it but there are some down sides. Usually, mine are those who want work for less than what I'm charging. I don't care for interviews either but realize that if a project is supposed to go on for a while, it's only fair. Last week, I was on a Skype interview with a prospect and out of nowhere, he tells me to turn on my camera so he can see what I look like. Most of my jobs go through oDesk and they have verified my identity. I asked why and got the most amazing answer. He wanted to see if I was "American". I told him that he was amazing for having such a talent. I mean, really, you can look at a person, especially someone from NY or LA (me) where race-mixing is common and people from all walks of life have a firm grasp of the English language. Some better than myself, and this is what I do for a living. He stood firm and I politely told him where to go. I wanted to call him out for being prejudiced but decided that I wanted to get through finals and enjoy the holiday. I wanted to report him to oDesk but realized that being a bigot is not illegal. Oh yeah, and he was one of the cheap ones.