So you’ve probably heard of Elance. Who hasn’t, right?
The Elance community presents opportunities for travelers and expats (aka. the location-liberated worker). Simply move from employee to freelancer.
In the news, Elance is often touted as a cost savings tool for large business. Cut the employee strings, only pay for tasks accomplished and avoid dreaded employee benefits costs. This new way of doing things has saved many businesses. Its also freed thousands of employees from their life sentence in a cubicle.
How can you use this?
There are really two ways:
- Find work. Its a proven way to find clients, and to get paid. The basic membership is free, with the upgraded memberships costing from $10 to 40 per month. Transaction fee is between 6.75% – 8.75%.
- Find talent. If you are thinking about starting your own business, you should check out Elance. You can outsource specific tasks, freeing you up to build your business.
There are 2 benefits to freelancing:
- Work your own hours and do the jobs you chose
- Work less hours, even part time – thanks to the power of working in one economy and living in another
My Experience with Elance
With our businesses back in Canada, we hired out work on Elance – everything from logo design to database creation. The database was custom created by a firm in Pakistan. We even had a number of phone meetings. They were among the best developers I’ve worked with. I haven’t done freelance work with them – I haven’t had the time. But if/when it comes time to look for more work, I’m going to Elance first.