Why Companies Are Flocking To Elance – How You Benefit

You may have heard about Elance once or twice in passing, but do you know what it is? Do you know what sort of service that Elance provides and what you are able to do there? Today we look into exactly how Elance works, and how you can benefit from the services that they offer.

What is Elance?

Elance should be thought of as a place where businesses and individuals can find skilled contractors to suit their needs. Say I have a certain project that I would like to hire a skilled contractor for, instead of me contacting a few providers and comparing prices, I can post the job to Elance instead. Soon (oftentimes within minutes) the first few bids are going to roll in. From there, I simply choose the provider that I believe most closely matches my needs and has a good price.

So There is a Broad Selection - Any Other Benefits?

Aside from having skilled contractors, Elance also keeps the money you would pay for the job in escrow. This is beneficial for both parties. One of the most frustrating aspects about working for freelancers is that they are often not 'guaranteed' payment. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous parties on both ends of the spectrum. Sometimes you pay someone in advance for a job and they never complete it, other times a freelancer goes out of his or her way to complete a contract and is never paid a dime. Elance eliminates that problem.

What sort of professionals can I find?

At this point you may be interested in learning more, you want to know what type of provider you can find on Elance. While it is not possible to discuss every skill that providers have on Elance (there are almost a limitless number of skills offered) we will discuss a few of the most important ones here.

1.) Writing

Good writing makes the online world go round. It does not matter if you are looking for someone with a background in advertising or someone with skills in search engine optimization, you can find them on Elance. A good writer can make the difference between another generic article that we already have too many of online, or an article that is truly going to grab the attention of your reader.

2.) Graphic design

Again, it does not matter if you are looking for a logo, letterhead or something else, Elance providers have you covered. Because you are able to see some of the work that your provider has done before, you can immediately tell whether the style of that provider would be a good fit as to what you are looking for.

3.) Technical support

It does not matter whether you are looking for someone who has completed a VMware vSphere training package or CCNA networking training, you can find some very technically savvy freelancers on Elance. Because you only hire these people when you actually have a need for them, it means that you do not have to pay them when you have no use for a technical employee.

4.) Legal advice

Having a lawyer on retainer can be extremely expensive, and especially if you only have a simple question, why should you have to be charged hundreds of dollars for a phone consultation? By turning to Elance for legal advice, you can not only save a great deal of money, but you can also be sure that your contractor has the right skills that you are looking for.

Free to try

As you can imagine, more and more companies are turning to Elance when it comes to needing someone for a temporary assignment. Posting a job is also free if you use a standard posting. Elance only takes a percentage of what the freelancer earns. If you are looking for someone with expertise for a temporary assignment, look no further than Elance.

About the Author

Jason Monroe is a freelance writer that made the transition to working online in 2003. Because he attends industry conferences and has nearly a decade of experience representing himself online, he knows what it takes for someone to create success in the business world. Jason is a big proponent of learning new things, he is currently trying his hand at CCNA security training.


  1. Robert P. Miller says:

    Beware of Elance and SynapseIndia!
    Journalists interested in the following extensively documented case of perjury, abuse, conflict of interest and possibly illegal corporate collusion please contact rpm@empiricalwellness.org.
    Through Elance, Empirical Wellness, Inc. hired SynapseIndia to build a website/app that would assist healthcare providers and researchers to work with patients through cellphone services. Almost a year after the project due date, and after receiving the majority of payments, SynapseIndia demanded the final payment even though they had produced only an incomplete and defective website.
    Empirical Wellness was forced to file a Dispute with Elance which escalated to arbitration. Throughout the 4 months of arbitration, Empirical Wellness proved that SynapseIndia had lied throughout the development, and that the COO of SynapseIndia (Kapil Gupta) repeatedly lied to the arbitrators--under oath.
    SynapseIndia is Elance’s most profitable provider, and Elance refers all their arbitration business to Net-arb.com. So guess what? A) Net-arb imposed no penalty for SynapseIndia’s perjury, B) Empirical Wellness was awarded only a small refund along with the incomplete and deeply flawed code for their website, C) Elance paid the financial award for SynapseIndia, D] instead of providing the code as ordered, SynapseIndia sabotaged the website and provided only useless sabotaged code, E) despite promises from Michelle in Elance's "Dispute Assistance" there were no consequences from Elance for the contractor's refusal to comply with the "binding" arbitration, and F) the undersigned personally lost about $30k and two years of work.
    BTW, most of the reviews of SynapseIndia on Elance are positive. So is mine...because when the due date for the project arrives (and the project is still far from complete), the client is pressured to provide a positive review. Not wanting to alienate a contractor who already has our money for an unfinished job, clients like myself post positive reviews. Then, when the work goes bad, Elance absolutely forbids any modification of the review.
    Robert P. Miller, PhD -- President, EmpiricalWellness, Inc.

    • James Martell says:

      Hi Robert, I am sorry to hear about the problems you're having. It sounds like a real mess. I am sure it's caused you many sleepless nights.

      I haven't had to personally get as far as having to go to arbitration, however my projects are a lot smaller than yours.

      I would think that the milestones system would have kept you safer all along the way. I would think with a project of the scope you're talking about that you would have received a much more complete software program long before the final milestone.

      Where did things start to go off the rails?



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