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.
Many 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.
We have conducted more than USD $110,000 of business through elance.
We have one important policy to be noted by all fixed price contractors: We do not make advance escrow payments on fixed price jobs, instead we pay promptly after completion and of course always through elance. The reason for not making escrow payments is that it doubles the bookkeeping task of our company accounting and our accountancy fees therefore, for the job. Please note this prior to bidding on fixed price jobs - please do not bid if this is not acceptable. We have had exactly one dispute, out of 93 jobs, on bad quality work where we did not agree to pay for the approximately $300 fixed price demanded by the canceled contractor (another contractor did the job perfectly for the same fee and was promptly paid).