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Online Freelance Employment Marketplace

Published 06/20/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Jess Meli
What can you use the app for?

Elance can be used to find and hire professionals including freelance professionals who can complete a projects and provide the output online or through online methods. There are different categories of jobs that can be listed and there are also various opportunities for services providers to bid on projects within the platform. It is an employment platform that bring people who need work done with those who are able to provide services or do the work. Elance job categories include writing, design, programming, finance, engineering and other sub sections within the main categories. Users of the application are able to search or browse for jobs in any of these categories. There are filters which allow users narrow down their searches to get to the types of jobs they desire to find. There are also jobs which can be featured specially to get extra attention and bids from those who are able to provide the requested services.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Elance was founded in 1999 and is one of the longest established freelance websites around. It is growing fast with a large population of users all over the world. It has a a variety of job categories and is gaining popularity for having high quality providers who are able to provide great work. Users can place special or private bids and employers can also invite certain service providers to bid on jobs.

What are the differences to other apps?

Elance is similar to any other freelance website. However, there are special features that the application has including business to business and featured project listings. There are skills tests that providers can take to confirm that they have the skills to provide adequate services to people who are willing to pay for such services.

How does the web app look and feel to use?

Elance has a unique appearance and it is fairly easy to use. There are a lot various sections of the website including job search area, transaction area, users profile area and financial area. The website generally has update periods during which the website is unavailable. It is easy to place bid as and attach files. Users can also withdraw money through a variety of methods including Paypal.

How does the registration process work?

Registering on Elance is similar to registering on other sites. However, a phone number is needed and users will need to verify their membership by phone confirmation. However, this confirmation is usually an automated confirmation. Users also need to pass a test before they can be accepted as members of the site. The test helps reinforce some basic concepts about Elance which users should know and these will help to user be able to abide by the terms of the application.

What does it cost to use the application?

It is free to sign up for either service provider and employer accounts on Elance. Service providers need to pay between 6.75% and 8.75% on invoiced orders depending on their earnings. Hence, providers can also take such fees into consideration when they bid on projects. Employers may also decide to post projects that are featured. When posting a project or job, the employer can either post it for free, or pay to post it as a featured or business to business listing. There is also the possibility of working in teams within Elance.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Elance is an ideal website for anyone looking to start working for themselves part time or full time. Users can find clients and also build a business. Users can work around their own schedules and determine how much work to accept or decline. Users can earn some extra cash and also accomplish various tasks online in many of the job categories that Elance has available. These job categories include writing, design, programming, engineering and finance. Employers can find great quality work at a fraction of the cost. Freelancers and people who have jobs that need to be done will find the Elance application a useful site for finding and posting jobs.

  • There are job postings which service providers can bid on
  • Good quality work can be acquired at reasonable fees
  • Service providers can earn money as hobby or in their free time
  • There are many categories of work available to bid on
  • Employers and service provider can be from all over the world

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