We contract small to medium pieces of graphics, research, transcribing, translation and similar work; sometimes also creative writing work if we find the right specialized contractors.
We strive to pay promptly. We do not make advance escrow payments on fixed price jobs, instead we pay promptly after completion. We have had exactly one dispute, out of 66 jobs, on bad quality work where we did not agree to pay for the approximately $300 fixed price demanded by the canceled the contractor (another contractor did the job perfectly for the same fee). We have conducted more than $90,000 of business through elance.
Some of our contractors have impressed us with their thoughtfulness and attitudes, and when we have suitable roles, have become regular team members who work with us on monthly arrangements. We appreciate their loyalty and quality of work.