30,000 jobs??? Believe it.
The best way to describe Elance.com is that it’s sort of eBay for jobs.
If you’re someone like me (I’ve employed Elancers several times), you might be design or web challenged. When I needed my cover art formatted into an actual cover, I went to Elance.com. Likewise, when I needed my book proofed – again. And when I needed some of my interviews transcribed? Elance.
The way it works is that people who need services post their jobs; then various vendors offer bids for the work. Just like in the non-virtual world, you’ll get selected for a variety of reasons:
- Perhaps you have more experience than the other vendors.
- Perhaps your portfolio appeals to the buyer.
- Perhaps you speak the buyer’s language – literally. Elance.com connects buyers and providers from all over the world.
- Perhaps your price is right.
If you’re looking for work, I encourage you to check out Elance. For all you know, there may be people out there looking for your particular skill and some kind of virtual assistance.
And if you’re thinking about outsourcing design work, editing, proofing, transcription – or any one of a host of other time-consuming tasks – post your job on Elance.com. You’ll save yourself some time and aggravation, and put a talented freelancer to work.