Elance is another site for bidding on projects. However, it isn’t quite as bad as Freelancer.com for the race to the bottom. There are freelance writing jobs at Elance that pay a semi-decent amount, as long as…you build up your reputation!
You could end up working for small amounts of money at first, while you prove yourself to be a reliable and good quality writer. After that, clients are more willing to pay you higher amounts for your work.
So, is Elance any good for finding freelance writing jobs?
Some People Decide By Country
Your country is shown on your profile. That can be a positive or negative thing depending on the client. Some clients prefer to work with people within their country, especially if they are from a country with a lower cost of living.
On the other hand, some prefer to only work with those from English-speaking countries. There is the belief that people living in those countries have a better command of the English language (because it’s their first language). If you’re an English speaker living somewhere else, it could put you at a disadvantage.
Competing With Hundreds of Other People
So many people are not hunting for freelance writing jobs at Elance. You’re going to compete with each and every one of them. I’ve literally seen hundreds of people all compete for the same job.
Is there really any point in that?
I turn away as soon as I see hundreds of people bidding. They offer lower rates than I’m willing to accept, and
quite frankly I’m not interested in doing that.
But I get why some people are. And I get why some people use Elance. You can be successful if you offer something that the hundreds of other people don’t. I was just looking around to see what others say about finding freelance writing jobs at Elance, and one writer admitted that he gave half of his work for free when bidding for his first three jobs.
Why? Well, it moves me onto the next point.
You Need a Good Reputation to Get Freelance Writing Jobs at Elance
Why would someone hire you when you have no reputation and no feedback? This isn’t quite the same as marketing companies directly. You don’t get to show off your portfolio of content, and people aren’t likely to research your name. Most people work under a username on the site, anyway.
So, how do you get a good reputation when you’re new? How do you convince someone to hire you?
Well, the guy that I found used half of his work for free as a way to get people to hire him. The clients saw that he knew the topic, could write and already had some of the work. They wouldn’t have to pay much to get the rest of it.
But are you willing to do something like that? Some people are because they know there is the return on that investment later. The same guy managed to make $4,000 in his first month finding freelance writing jobs at Elance! That’s more than most people make in a full-time job!
So, his method certainly worked.
Oh, but he did charge $25 for 250 words of content in his bid! So, you can still charge a higher amount for your content and still get chosen for jobs at Elance.
So, is this site worthwhile for you? I’d suggest giving it a look, if nothing else. I signed up for it a few years ago but have never made a penny from it. To be honest, I don’t feel like it’s worth it for me. I don’t like searching hours for freelance writing jobs at Elance and competing with so many people. My preference is to market companies directly. But this could certainly be an option for you if you’re willing to play a little game or want to build up a portfolio.