Availability confirmed: best option for attracting new clients. It shows that you're ready and available to work on new projects. This status must be confirmed every 7 days.
Availability not confirmed: this notification pops up when you have not confirmed your availability in the past 7 days.
Not available: choose this option when you do not want to be contacted about new projects. You will be asked to select a date when you'll be ready to make on more work.
Warning: If you've set your status to "not available" and also identified a date for when you'll be available to take on more work in the future, you will begin receiving new project requests as early as two months before the date of your next availability
You can change your status at any time via your Malt profile. This information is used by Malt and potential new clients to know when and if you are free to take on new projects.
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This is the best option for attracting new clients and increasing your chances of receiving new project requests. Selecting this status means you have confirmed your availability on Malt within the last 7 days. As a result, your freelancer profile will appear in Malt Search results and can also be matched to Malt Plus opportunities (i.e. new project opportunities matched to your skills and expertise via our advanced AI). We recommend confirming your availability weekly to increase your chances of receiving new project requests.
Whenever you receive new project requests, be sure to reply as quickly as possible—as your profile will no longer be visible in Malt Search until you have done so.
As an added bonus, when you’ve confirmed your availability, a little badge will appear on your profile (picture 1) and also in Malt Search results (picture 2). Why? Because potential new clients tend to be most interested in working with freelancers with their availability up-to-date.
When your availability has not been confirmed, it means that you have neither updated your availability in the last 7 days nor set your status to “not available.” When this happens, your profile will continue to be visible in Malt Search results and you’ll still be able to receive new project requests. However, you will lose the “availability confirmed” badge on your profile and in Malt Search results (see the example for Aleksandra above). As a result, potential new clients may be less eager to contact you, which may decrease your chances of receiving new project opportunities.
You are by no means required to update your availability. Just because you haven’t confirmed your availability in a while doesn’t mean that we will automatically switch your status to “not available” after a certain amount of time has passed. However, if you want to grow your freelance business and be contacted with new project opportunities, we don’t recommend leaving your status idle.
This is the best option for when you don’t want to appear in Malt Search results or receive new project opportunities. However, based on the date that you set for when you would be available to work on new projects again, this is what you can expect:
2+ months before your next available date: Your freelancer profile will not appear in Malt Search results or receive any new project requests.
1-2 months before your next available date: Your freelancer profile will not appear in Malt Search results but you may receive relevant new Malt Plus project opportunities that our AI-powered algorithm has matched to your profile.
<1 month before your next available date: Your freelancer profile will appear in Malt Search results once again and you will continue to receive relevant new Malt Plus project opportunities as well.
Finally, if you’re either working on a long-term project or simply unavailable for a specific period of time—and do not wish to receive or reply to new project opportunities—you have two options for ensuring your visibility on Malt isn’t negatively impacted:
When setting your status to “unavailable,” choose a next available date more than 2 months away. You can always update this later if your schedule changes.
Unpublish your daily/hourly rate from your freelancer profile. This will stop your profile from appearing in Malt Search results, but you may still receive relevant new Malt Plus project opportunities. And if you decline those, your visibility won’t be impacted.