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Comment by Tomica Bonner on October 30, 2010 at 11:29am
I work with Demand and Bright Hub plus quite a few others, I'll have to try elance.
Comment by Aysha Iqbal on October 30, 2010 at 11:14am
Thanks debbie...I also would like elance jobs that are less extensive on the brain so I could focus on my projects and just get these out quick you know. Its been a while since I did a bid on elance...
Comment by Debbie Allen on October 30, 2010 at 10:57am
I joined Elance in March '09, and successfully bid on several jobs in quick succession. One was ghost-writing a non-fiction book that is being self-published. Then I ran into a long period of time where my bids went nowhere. I suspect that many more people joined as providers, and that the majority were willing to work for very small amounts. I actually stopped bidding for awhile, since it didn't seem worth my time.

One thing I did was to set up email alerts with Elance for the writing gigs I was interested in. I found that just doing searches and browsing the site wasted a lot of time. Each week I get three emails from Elance: one for Creative Writing, one for Children's Writing, and one for Proofreading/Editing. Saves lots of time, and I can just check out the ones that stand out.

If a job I'm interested in already has lots of bids, I rarely waste my points, since I don't have a great chance. My current job didn't garner a huge amount of bids because the book to be edited was very long, and needed a lot of work. I decided to bid, but put in one of the higher bids, since it would take a lot of my time.

One encouragement for all you bloggers, is that clients look positively on blogging. My client mentioned that my blog gave me a leg up on the competition.

When I started on Elance, I bid lower, just so I could get a few jobs under my belt. I also "put up" with client quirks, since getting great feedback is really important for winning subsequent jobs. Browse other people's profiles to help you finetune your own. If you want to check mine (a work in progress), here's the link: http://bit.ly/bFAKmf

For me, with Elance, I gravitate toward the editing jobs, because it's less of a time and brain investment than reasearching and writing (since I need to reserve some brain cells for my own WIP!).

Hope this helps! I'm still figuring things out on Elance, so if anyone else has any tips, I'd love to hear them!

Comment by Aysha Iqbal on October 29, 2010 at 11:06pm
That is great Debbie... I sort of find the contracts on elance to be too consuming..in the sense that the time is too short for a very large job... But it is great if your schedule is more free and you can handle 1 contract.
Julie: that really depends on how often and extensively you bid for jobs.

Debbie: did you start off bidding writing jobs? or did you do something like data entry first, build your profile and then go on to writing? I noticed that I didnt get many bids just coz I didnt have an established profile with elance... and the ones who were willing to hire wanted 5-7 articles a day..that is tough for me coz I got a kid and all...what can I do to get something less extensive than that?
Comment by Julie McGuire on October 29, 2010 at 11:02pm
Hi Debbie: I've just started on Elance. I have not been very persistent but how long did it take for you to land your first job? I'm just curious. I have heard so many mixed stories. Congrats on finding a great job through them!
Comment by Debbie Allen on October 29, 2010 at 10:23pm
I work for Elance, and enjoy it a lot. It takes some persistence to land a job, but at least it's free to bid. I'm editing a novel for my current client--a two-month job that I'm loving.
Comment by Julie McGuire on October 29, 2010 at 10:03pm
Hi Genny: Love your blog! I'm your newest follower and look forward to reading more! Julie
Comment by Aysha Iqbal on October 29, 2010 at 1:36am
Elance is basically a freelance hub where people post jobs and you could bid for the ones that interest you. Textbroker is a writing site where you pick up small writing assignments as and when you go. Its not too much but its a good start. You work on your schedule and I like that...
Comment by Debra Leluga on October 29, 2010 at 12:26am
Hi Aysha! No, I have never heard of them..I will have to look into those. Thank you!

Thanks for the warm welcome, Genny!
Comment by Genny on October 29, 2010 at 12:14am
Welcome, Debra! And congratulations, Julie! That's great news.


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