If you have never used Elance before, chances are that you have been missing a great opportunity to take some work off your hands. I am going to tell you a little more about what Elance is, how you can benefit from you using it, and provide some specific examples as well.
What is Elance?
Think of Elance as an online freelance clearinghouse. If you have a job that you need to have done, chances are that you are going to find a provider that will be able to complete it for you on Elance.
Because users have to pay to bid on your project (they use monthly tokens, similar to a subscription), you can be sure that when someone bids on your project, they are interested in working with you. Think of Elance as the place where instead of scouring for a provider throughout the Internet, both employer and employee meet together in a centralized location.
Both Parties Benefit
Ultimately, both parties benefit from using a system such as Elance. For starters, money is kept in escrow, which means that the freelancer working with you knows that you have the money to pay for the project, and you can be assured that you do not pay a dime until the project is completed to your specifications. Furthermore, you have the ability to see the track record of the person you are thinking about hiring.
What Skills Can I Expect?
Even though there are many different types of expertise that you can find on Elance, providers have to register in one of the following categories: manufacturing, legal and engineering, sales and marketing, writing and translations, design and multimedia, web and programming. As you can probably imagine, these categories span across an incredibly wide range of skills. Let’s examine a few.
1. Video Editing
It does not matter if you are trying to create a YouTube video for your business in order to go viral, whether you have an interest in creating professional VMware vSphere training videos, or perhaps even want a personal video edited for a family member. Whatever you are looking for in the realm of video editing, you are likely to find on Elance.
There are several business owners that know how to write and can express themselves quite eloquently. However, sometimes they simply do not have the time or the particular know-how that is required for a certain job. In that instance, it is possible to get quality work by hiring a freelance writer to complete the job.
3. Editing, Proofreading
I have met plenty of business owners who do not want to deal with punctuation, or prefer to spend their time doing something other than proofreading their own work. For many business owners, time is valuable. That is why it may be beneficial for them to have a second pair of eyes look over their work to ensure accuracy, or to have someone take care of the editing process altogether.
When it comes to doing transcription right, it does not take a Master’s degree to be able to do, but it certainly takes skill. You want to look for providers that have listening skills, research skills, proofreading skills, and the right equipment when necessary. If you want your voice files transcribed quickly, sending them out to someone may be the fastest and most cost effective way.
5. Audio Production
One of the benefits of outsourcing audio production is the fact that you do not have to buy the expensive equipment and software to get the highest possible quality. Instead, you pay someone for his or her time. Especially if you do not tend to have any other needs for audio production, it simply makes sense to have an expert take care of it.
6. Technical Support
Whether you are seeking someone to clear up problems with your WordPress site, whether you need someone who has completed Cisco CCNA training to help you with your network problems, you can find qualified personnel online.
Many More Specialties
Of course, these are not all the options available. The best recommendation for someone who has never tried Elance before is to try posting a job. You are under no obligation to hire someone if you do not find a provider that you believe is the right fit for you.
About the Author:
Jason Monroe is an Internet marker who has worked as an online freelance writer since 2003 and currently writing articles for www.ecourseclassroom.com. Jason is sure to stay ahead of the competition by attending industry conferences and learning more about search engine and social media marketing. Because the Internet is such a driving force in today’s society, Jason has taken Cisco CCNA online training to understand networks better. Jason knows what it takes for a business to generate success online.
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