Saturday, 1 February 2014

Is Elance Good for Freelance?

Rather like People Per Hour, Elance is an American based website which sources out experts in web design, computer programming and writing. It was a pioneer in the freelance revolution that evolved with the onset of the Internet.

Employers who do not want to spend money on permanent staff use Elance "experts" to get the job done at a fraction of the price than if they were on a company payroll.

For freelance writers, there is at any given time about 3000 writing jobs available on Elance but there is a lot of competition. It is a global market and Elance has a membership approaching the 3 million mark.

Many of the jobs require social media marketing, SEO and copy writing.

I joined Elance in 2011 but despite uploading my portfolio and profile I have only bid for a few jobs as I was busy elsewhere! However, to build up a list of potential websites that can earn you money it does not hurt to join Elance and create an impressive profile. It is free to join after all. That is the easy bit. The hard bit is allotting the time and the dedication to write proposals to win work. As I mentioned earlier, there is a lot of competition.

Once you have won a job, others will probably follow especially if you are given good feedback.

Beware, however, of jobs that offer low rates of pay. There are a lot of these on Elance which can be soul-destroying for those who want to earn a reasonable amount of pay for quality work.

There have been mixed reviews about Elance from writers appalled at the low returns but others have managed to successfully win a consistent amount of well-paid work. 

One frustration that many writers do eperience with Elance is that the jobs on offer are never actually given to anyone, probably because they are also on display elsewhere.

My advice is to use Elance but do not rely on it. Use your skills to build up networks and try other writing sites.

But to help you on your way, here are some tips to increase your chances of wining work on Elance: