Elance is a website that connects business owners with skilled freelancers.
Elance gives you instant access to a community of over 2.5 million freelancers from around the world.
Hiring freelancers is simple, you can see portfolios and reviews for previous work done. Work tends to be done quickly.
Quality is always uncertain when working with new people.
Elance connects those who wish to outsource work with a huge community of freelancers from all over the world. It is a good way to find freelancers that fit your budget and people who use this service tend to be reliable and quick to finish.
$0 fees – for those hiring
8.75% of total quote for those taking clients
Elance is a website that connects those looking to outsource jobs with skilled freelancers ready to do the work.
The application is easy to use and pretty self explanatory. If you are posting a job, you simply post the details of the work – the more detail the better. Prospective freelancers will send you their quotes, with links to similar work and a an estimated time frame for completion. You can then scroll through each proposal, check out their portfolios and any links they have sent you.
Once you have decided who you would like to work with, you offer them the work and get started. This may include expanding the details of your brief.
If they accept you then make a payment to ESCROW which will hold the money until completion of the work is confirmed by both parties.
All communications and payments are made through the website itself, including delivery of any digital work like videos, images etc.
Elance actually do a great job of being a one stop shop for all your freelancing needs. I have been using the website on and off for a couple of years and it is a great way to get small jobs done at short notice.
I have found some real quality people and I have found some people who have good portfolios but don’t seem to put as much effort into the jobs I have requested.
It is hit and miss who you get especially if you are looking for price over quality! Of course this is not so much a function of Elance itself but of hiring freelancers in general.
The variance in quotes can be huge, between $15 and $200 for an eBook cover, or between $30 and $500 for some basic video animations. So it takes a little getting used to working out who is the right freelancer for you.
All in all Elance is easy to use and has a huge community which means that technically hiring someone is fairly simple. However the better you are in writing a good brief, communicating your needs and choosing the right freelancer the better the results you will get.