Tips for Choosing an Elance Provider to Help You With Your Project – Outsourcing 101

When you’re in need of assistance with a project because you’ve either taken on too much or you simply can’t finish it, you should consider hiring another Elance provider to assist. This way, you’ll save face with the client and won’t succumb to negative feedback because you didn’t exceed your client’s expectations. In this article, I’ll teach you how to take on the role of the employer so that you can choose the best provider for you.

Check the Provider’s Feedback – As you know, a provider’s feedback covers the quality of the work, their timeliness, communication strategies and professionalism. By checking the provider’s past feedback, you can determine past project posters’ levels of satisfaction with that particular provider. If they have a high score – in the 90’s preferably – you can be fairly sure that you’re getting a great provider.

Check the Provider’s Samples – While involved in the selection process, providers are likely to send you samples of their past work so that you can see their style and ability. It’s important that you check the samples of the providers that you’re considering. You can determine whether their style is close to the style you need, what level of skill they have, and whether they meet your standards or not. By checking their samples, you can probably narrow down your choices a good bit.

Communicate with the Providers – For the providers you’ve shortlisted, it’s important to communicate with them via the site’s private message board. Let them know a little more about your project, what you need and what you’re trying to accomplish. Good providers will get back to you in a timely manner and will let you know what they can do to help you achieve your end goals.

Pay Attention to Price – You get what you pay for – that’s what they say, isn’t it? This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to choose the highest provider, but you have to wonder about the individuals who are offering to do the work for the absolute rock-bottom prices. Although you do want to make a profit on the outsourced work, you also want to make sure that the provider can get it done. So, ask yourself these questions: Will they truly deliver quality projects? Will you have to fix any errors? Will you have to spend additional time on the project. In most instances, you will likely get further choosing a mid-level price or even one that is a bit higher than the average. These are usually providers who know what they’re worth and who want to be paid fairly for quality projects.

As you probably know, there are many other aspects of choosing a great provider, but the ones above are the most common and should be looked at first. While there’s no guarantee that you’ll get precisely what you want, taking the steps above will help ensure that you choose the best provider for you!

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Good or Bad Elance Proposals?

In order to be successful with proposals on Elance, one needs to know the difference between good and bad proposals.  Utilize the examples below to help you understand good and bad bid proposals.

Bad:

“Hi there – I’m interested in working on your project with you. I’m a freelance writer with more than 12 years of experience and can guarantee your sales letters/press releases/articles/blog posts are all 100% original. Let’s make a deal today!”

Why is it bad? It’s a very generic bid. Notice how the copywriter has not addressed the needs of the poster, but looks as if he or she is trying to apply to all writing jobs at once. They even mention several different types of projects, but not the project poster’s project specifically. Also, the end looks way too much like a sales pitch, which will naturally turn off a potential client.

Bad:

“Pick me if you really want to increse your sales and brand yourself in your target market.  Your not going to regret it – please see your PM for details ans samples.”

The one above is riddled with grammatical and spelling errors, and still does not address the needs of the project poster.  No project poster in their right mind who is searching for quality work would hire this bidder.  Even if the samples are fabulous and the freelancer was just pressed for time, this is most definitely a no-go.

Good:

“Hi projectposter325. I see you’re in need of 3 blog posts on hair care by the end of the week.  I have extensive experience in this topic and can provide 100% original posts that are informative and easy to read.  I’d like to suggest a few topics, since you are giving creative license to the freelancer. I immediately thought of the following topics as great ones for your blog, as they match the tone and style of the existing posts:

–          5 Ways to Boost Your Hair’s Moisture

–          Kitchen Ingredients You Already Have That Can Work Hair Miracles

–          3 Minute Hair Mask: No More Split Ends for You!

Whether or not you like the topics above, I’d love to work something out with you and possibly work with you on a permanent basis. I’m available on the computer for 10 hours a day and by Skype as well.  Thank you for your consideration.”

Why is it good?  It addresses the project poster right away by user name, so the project poster knows the freelancer was paying attention.  It repeats the need of the project poster, and also lets him or her know that the freelancer has actually visited the blog in question and looked around.  The freelancer has specifically addressed the needs, even adding in his or her own ideas that would be helpful for the project poster.  This is a great proposal and one that a project poster would remember among more generic ones.  Specific, targeted proposals work best – always!

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Freelance Writers Wanted – Where to Find Legitimate Writing Gigs

If you would like to expand your efforts besides online marketplaces, like Elance.com, there are many opportunities for qualified individuals like you. In fact, there are many sites that hire writers to create articles, press releases, sales letters and other written projects.  Below, we’ll discuss the most popular and legitimate places where you can find other paying writing gigs.

Demand Studios

This website pays from $5 to $15 an article, and sometimes $20 for intensively-researched articles.  The guidelines are very strict and it can be difficult to get an article through without having to make corrections.  They’re also particular about what kinds of resources you cite and use, but they do pay on time twice a week.  The topics are varied, anything from how to change a tire to parenting a special needs child.  It can be fun and interesting, and there’s a real potential to make money.

Need an Article

This website is more intimate than Demand Studios, and writers can maintain contact with the administration.  The pay is less than average – $5 for a 500 word article, however writers are paid every week.  Clients are promised their articles back within 24 hours, so if you write here, you should be prepared to write pretty fast.  They also have a weekly requirement for their writers, so a certain number of articles should be written each week to keep your position.  There is a forum where writers can interact and have discussions so it can really feel like you’re working at a job where there is support from your co-workers.

Constant Content

This website allows you to post pre-written articles and charge a price for them or to create custom content for customers who need certain things. Basically, if you have an article, you post a portion of it on the site and customers are able to see what is available.  If they like the writing or want it, they will pay for it and it becomes their property. Constant Content keeps a portion of the payment, which is how they make their money.

While there are many other opportunities out there or places that will pretend to be a great opportunity, the three above are absolutely legitimate.  While the pay may not be as wonderful as a freelance writer would like, there are jobs available and the pay is steady. It’s a great way to work towards getting your own clients and making the prices you set.

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Is Elance a Scam?

If you’ve never tried Elance, you may wonder whether it’s legitimate or not. In fact, there are certain reports sitting here and there on the web that accuse Elance of being a scam.  Whether those individuals that have lodged those complaints were scammed by a project creator or not is unknown, but you can rest assured that Elance is completely legitimate.  They’re a great freelancing site that welcomes freelancers of all types, as well as those needing projects of all types completed.

Elance tries hard to ensure the quality of both freelancers and project creators, although there are no guarantees.  For this reason, they recommend that freelancers and project creators use the escrow system. This system allows project creators to place the payment for the project in an account and keep it there until the freelancer has turned in the work.  When the project creator is satisfied, he or she can release the payment to the freelance writer. This system helps prevent conflicts or problems from arising.

Elance has a feedback system that also helps to protect honest freelancers and project creators.  They have the ability to check the past feedback of individuals they’re interested in working with – to determine how past clients or project creators were satisfied with that individual.  The feedback system takes into account the professionalism, speed, expertise, and communication.  Individuals can also leave comments when they leave their ratings, so that others can read exactly how they felt about how the project turned out.

Elance has several methods for allowing individuals to remove their money – including transfers to a personal bank account or a PayPal account, so it’s easy to access your money.  With the new debit card, individuals can access their money instantly.  Elance is not a scam and is a great site for individuals to find work and to find experts to handle their projects.

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