Elance.com is a website where individuals and companies offer their services against payment.
At this platform, you can outsource some of the time consuming tasks that you, as a solopreneur has to worry about.
Delegating small, tedious jobs can be very beneficial and productive for your business. It will help you free up time and become more efficient.
As a result you will be able to focus on the more important aspects of building and growing your business.
Although it may seem like an overwhelming process, using Elance is quite simple.
Before you can submit a job proposal, you are required to register. This can be accomplished in two ways:
1) Click on the REGISTER link at the top of the Elance.com page OR
2) The POST YOUR JOB link in the center of Elance.com.
From there you will follow the simple step-by-step instructions. It really is that easy.
Once registration as a client is complete, it is important for you understand some basic Elance terminology to help guide you as a member. As you start posting jobs on this site, you will begin receiving job proposals from contractors.
If you have chosen for the job to be paid by the hour, each week your contractors will submit TimeSheets in order to receive payment for the work they have completed. These timesheets will need to be approved and paid by you.
When working on “Fixed Priced” jobs, Milestones are often used to keep track of portions of work done. The dollar amounts can be changed and approved by contractors and clients alike.
The important thing to remember here is that if the “Terms and Milestones” are changed by either party, they have to be approved by both parties before they will go into effect. This is a protection for all parties involved.
While working together on jobs you have posted, the Workroom can be used to communicate between client and contractor(s), as well as to submit work in the form of attachments.
For more information regarding key terms, as well as how to further use these tools check out Elance University on the Resource tab at the top of the Homepage.
The description of the job you wish to get done should include as much information as possible, such as:
The site offers job description templates by using the Description Assistant. However, if you begin using a specific template and no longer wish to, you can remove the template and go back to original text by selecting the UNDO button.
Before finalizing your job proposal, there are a few other options to choose, such as filing 1099 forms automatically, posting your desired duration as well as a start date.
Another option is the type of job posting, which Elance offers three different types:-
After your job is successfully posted, you will receive an email confirmation, and you will typically begin to receive proposals from contractors within a couple of hours.
Prior to submitting your job proposal, you can choose to make it a public or private proposal, also known as an Invite-Only Job Post.
A public post is a typical post where any contractor can submit a proposal. However, you also have the option of a private post, where only contractors whom you invite may submit a proposal to the job posting.
This can be accomplished by choosing PRIVATE in the JOB POSTING VISIBILITY heading under ADVANCED OPTIONS located on the job posting form.
You can select up to 30 contractors by searching through contractors with particular skills, clicking on the CONNECT button and choosing INVITE TO BID in the popup.
When considering which contractor to hire – cost should not be the only factor. Although every business is on a budget and the cost is important – just because someone is the cheapest does not mean they are not good. The opposite is also true. If someone charges a lot does not necessarily mean they are the best choice either.
There are several other factors that you should take into account. Here are a few :-
When hiring someone on Elance there are various elements to bear in mind so you stay within the guidelines themselves as well as to ensure that you are adhering to proper etiquette with the contractors.
First and foremost, it is completely against Elance rules to hire a contractor you find on Elance outside of Elance for a minimum of two years. After you have worked with that client for 24 months, you can then hire them outside of Elance platform but until then it is against the rules.
You also must pay them through Elance for that 2 year period. It is against its rules to pay them through another source – like Paypal for example – and if a contractor gets caught receiving payment through Paypal before that two year mark they can be suspended from Elance.
It is important to post a job with the intent of awarding the job. The contractors have to actually purchase “connects” in order for them to submit their proposals to you. If a client is posting a job with no intent on awarding that job the contractors are essentially wasting that connect (and the money they spent to purchase it) and have no business to show for it.
The best way to ensure a successful relationship with your new contractor is to maintain regular communication. Depending on the task that you assign, it may be necessary to check in with them on a daily basis. By sending a simple e-mail requesting an update, you will be made aware of any pitfalls that may occur in a timely manner and which can be addressed quickly as well.
Elance can be a useful tool for any business. It can help you find qualified individuals to assist you complete some of those mundane tasks that you just don’t have time for. That way you can concentrate on the strengths that you have to build and grow your business.Back To Top