In a recent post, Freelancer.com was recommended as an excellent way to start working online and find jobs and projects on which you can bid. These projects range from one day to ongoing work. It was also mentioned that the positions posted at Freelancer did not pay as well as other sites yet there are many advantages to using the online work site including learning how to start working online and supplementing your current income.
Also at Freelancer, project owners who need help in getting work finished can outsource these jobs and get the work done professionally at a very affordable price. Freelancer has thousands of jobs/projects and they constantly send you newly posted ones directly to your email.
However, those who have work should expect to get little less quality for the work as the pay is not as great and can also be tremendously low especially for bloggers and writers. Yet this is a great path for newbie online writers and bloggers as well as others who wish to try out working online.
Now we suggest Elance. Elance is an upscale version. Freelancer is a great way to get started and to pick and choose from short-term and long-term projects and to make extra money here and there. It’s great for beginners, self employed, contractors, and those who wish to make a second income as well as those who are still debating if they should do this on a full time basis. Skills required at Freelancer range from very basic to highly qualified. Yet the pay is lower, as stated earlier and those who have jobs to post should also expect “less” quality (although many people turn out tremendous work results). Yet this is the excellent tradeoff – additional income, a great way to gain Internet work experience, thousands of jobs/projects each day, and more work coming in by the hour.
Elance, on the other hand, is a more souped up version of the online work and projects at Freelancer. It is for the more qualified, highly skilled (in different industries), and for those who are looking for long term work and are already working online on a full time basis or want to switch over from their current job to using the Internet for work. The projects are more detailed with stricter requirements and the income is higher.
The time invested in posting your profile information, education, skills, and qualifications plus the extra time needed to gain your chance at being considered for a project will be greater. But that is the tradeoff. Higher pay, longer term jobs, and larger companies and employers mean taking the time to gain their attention and showing them you are the person who can meet their needs.
Naturally, this would mean that if you’re just starting out, Freelancer would be more suited for you than Elance. If you’re committed to a full time job outside of the home (such as working for an employer), it is recommended that you start with Freelancer. The jobs and projects posted arrive in your email account almost hourly, it seems, depending on the type of skills you have and the industries that you are able to work in.
Elance has fewer jobs compared to Freelancer yet that is not to say that there is a shortage of projects and job openings. They are of higher quality and are more serious, if you will. Elance project owners and job owners are similar to those at other job boards such as Monster.com and other top job sites. Not similar to Freelancer where your bids have a better chance of being selected as the projects are shorter, usually temporary, and with much smaller pay, Elance posted job openings require lots more (but divvy out more) and you must meet a more stringent list of requirements based on the job/projection owners guidelines. But the income is greater and so is the competition.
In closing, we recommend starting out with Freelancer then moving on to Elance. Unless you have been working online and as a contractor for a while, this may be the best route to working online for legitimate, highly credited, reputable online job sites that do actually pay.
For those who have the qualifications it is recommended that you bypass Freelancer and go straight to Elance. And even better yet, just start your own online business!