Out of the many websites we’ve already reviewed on Re-Cognition, I want to take the time and talk a little bit about a few of them which offer services I’ve personally used. These particularly relate to online jobs for writers – basically platforms which allow outsourcing on the freelance writing niche. And this first article in the series relates to my experience on Elance.
How I Started Off
I joined Elance back in 2010 and, to be honest, it took quite a while before I actually got a job. The system works by allowing people to post jobs on the website and then interested workers will place a bid for the completion of that job. In the bid, you’ll have to talk about yourself, what qualifies you for the job and even attach samples of your work relevant to the job you’re applying to. Then you’ll need to provide the requester with the price you’re willing to do the job for and the timeframe you estimate it would take you to complete it.
Given that there are a lot of writers already working there, the odds of being selected at first are minimal. What you can do is have your profile neatly arranged and completed so that you’ll attract attention to yourself. Having a portfolio also helps. But the most pertinent thing you can do is take the Elance tests. They’re real and they measure your efficiency in some particular areas of expertise. And trust me – they help a lot!
About half a year later, I got my first bid accepted and started working on the project. Delivered my best work at the time and, of course, within the established timeframe. Got a good rating for it and my career on Elance skyrocketed! While I don’t have the free time these days to apply for jobs, I know I can always return there and benefit from a good rating and notoriety on the Elance platform.
Do Online Jobs for Writers on Elance Really Pay?
The short answer is ‘Yes’, online jobs for writers on Elance really DO pay off. As you progress, you’ll afford to bid with higher prices on certain jobs, granted you’ve accumulated a significant number of positive reviews. And what’s great is that the platform is truly free – you have a number of ‘connects’ which you need to ‘pay’ for applying on a job. The higher price range the job has, the more connects you’ll need to apply for it.
When you apply for a job, make sure that the requester offers the Escrow service. It basically means that once you are granted the job, you’ll know for a fact whether or not the Escrow account has been funded with the established price for the job. You can maintain communication with the requester at all times and ask nicely for them to fund Escrow if they already haven’t. My advice would be to never start on a job that does not have its Escrow funded. The image bellow is the section that will appear above each proposal window (above image):
When you complete the job, the funds from Escrow will automatically go into your Elance account after a certain period of time has passed, regardless of whether or not the requester approves. If they’re happy with your work, they can release the Escrow funds immediately and rate your performance. If they’re not happy, they can ask for their funds to be released back into their account, but you can always dispute the matter if you’re certain you did your job according to the instructions given. When a job is in dispute, professionals from Elance will review your work and decide whether or not you did what was asked of you. If you did, then they’ll award you the funds – if not, they’ll release them back into the requester’s account.
In conclusion, yes – Elance does pay off and if you’re looking for good platforms that offer online jobs for writers, it’s definitely worth your while. Just have patience, use all your ‘connects’ within a month (they reset each month) and write up good bids in order to increase your chances of landing a job. If you notice that your bids are rejected or ignored, try offering a better price and see where that leads to.
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