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Win More Jobs On Elance With These 7 Tips

Now that you’ve learned the ropes around the Elance Work System, it’s time for you to push the pedal to the metal, crank up the volume, and get awarded more jobs than ever before.

After personally spending quite a bit of time studying the Elance universe, I’ve learned that there are a few ways that you, as a provider, can stand out and shine from the rest. So before you jump the gun and send off your next proposal, familiarize yourself with the following tips.

1. Keep Your Profile Up To Date: Your Profile page is one of the most important assets for any provider on Elance to maintain. Having a well-written, fully-completed, typo-free page shows your potential client that you will take meticulous care of their work, similar to your profile page. Additionally, take the time to fill out the Summary and Keywords sections in detail as these are two key areas that attract the eyes of many employers. DongoDevTeam and Yourtravelgirl are examples of great profiles.

2. Write Awesome Proposals: Making a great first impression is key. Proposals are a lot of times the very first communication your potential client will see from you, so be sure to spend some time preparing your proposal. Aside from replying with just, “I can do this in one week,” ask thoughtful, poignant, and relevant questions, prepare a detailed timeline, establish a standard communication channel and frequency, and spec out your milestones. This will clearly state to your potential client that you mean business. You’ll show that you have put serious consideration and thought into the job as well as understand the requirements and have foresight into the project. For more on proposals, check out our this blog post: Make Every Proposal Count.

3. Take Skill Tests: If you’re debating on investing the time in Skill Tests, consider this: A recent Elance survey identifies that 77 percent of prospective clients found that Skill Tests and Verified Credentials to be important factors when making the hiring decisions on Elance. That’s nearly four out of every five employers on Elance! If you’re still debating on taking Skill Tests, remember, you aren’t playing the odds, my friend.

4. Join Groups:
By joining an Elance Group, you are showcasing your talent and professional skill that is officially recognized by a sponsoring company – for example, Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Excel. Talk about real street cred. Your Group affiliation is prominently displayed on your profile page as well, which helps employers quickly identify the cream of the crop of a specific skill and expertise in no time.

5. Act Fast: Once you see a job that fits your skills perfectly, be sure to prepare your proposal as quickly as possible without contradicting point 2. By responding quickly to a job posting, your proposal will be closer to the top of the list, thus being one of the first proposals that the client sees. Of course, you also have the option of submitting a “sponsored” proposal to ensure the top spot if you wish. Are you on Twitter? Follow our jobs feeds, located at @elance_jobs, @elance_web, @elance_design, and @elance_writing, and you’ll be notified via Twitter of the latest job postings in your discipline.

6. Take Care Of Your Rep:
Feedback is one of the most important elements when a client is perusing through a provider’s profile, according to our last survey. How can you build a shining reputation? First, obviously, by completing your jobs on time, treating your client respectfully, and by having stellar communication. Secondly, you can consider bringing your existing clients on to the Elance Work System to instantly build up your feedback while taking advantage of Elance features like Escrow and the Workroom.

7. Be Connected: One thing that all clients can appreciate is fast turnaround with everything, especially with any lingering questions, so staying connected as much as possible is critical to keeping your employer feeling good. Here’s a tip: If you have a mobile device with email capabilities, be sure to have it sync up with your email account associated with Elance. We’ve just recently added BlackBerry support, so answering questions directly into the Workroom or other areas in Elance is a cinch.

So, now, I must ask you, the real Elance experts: What strategies or tips do you have when winning jobs on Elance? Fill us in and leave us a note in the comments below.

Links:
Elance Blog - How To Review A Provider Profile
Elance Blog - How To Screen And Interview Providers
Elance Blog - Make Every Proposal Count

Comments

Actually I've found that tip #2 is a huge waste of time. I've bid on several projects and spent countless hours writing great proposals, and even writing prototypes to prove that I can do the work. I have bid on several open-bid projects, and on those projects I can see the competing proposals. To my surprise, the ones selected are always the ones that send canned proposals like "Dear sir/madam, we need more time to evaluate your project".... What is up with that???

I think it is really frustrating and hard to find companies that will hire at wages even at minimum wage level for Americans. $1 for 500 words? I am trying hard to give Elance a chance but it may want to be called Outsourcing instead .....it is a great gig for other countries. Elance it would be wonderful if you can help with this situation.....what one country can live on for $5 takes us in the United States $75. As this form of work grows ....maybe there can be a section just for contractors who want to bid in US wages.

Thought not in the US myself, I thought of this point as well. To me, your point is very understandable and agreeable.
I noticed some clients putting indications such as "US contractors only/preferred", which seems a solution as well to your stated problem.
Elance should consider probably Elance-US as several clients require quality standards and understanding of US design trends etc. and not low costs.

I wonder why do you think that non-USA citizens do not meet quality standards? Do you think that only USA experts are experts? Really...!?

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this is ramesh, can you have any experience in online projects from elance, if you have, please say how to get projects.

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Let me just say this. I put out an RFP to staff a small team of five people. In my RFP, I specifically noted that it was imperative that candidates be up to date with, and compliant as well, with each and every one of Elance's policies and procedures. I also noted that proposals submitted without a CV or resume would not be considered.

Well, I heard back from only two of the individuals whom I invited, both from out of the country (out of the USA). Perhaps it is a co-incidence, but:

One of the proposals did not include a resume. Not only did that speak to the contractor's lack of diligence in reading and following directions, but literally EVERY OTHER WORD in the proposal was grossly misspelled! I was horrified and embarrassed for this individual. I offered to elaborate as to where the various errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation and formatting occurred in the RFP, but I simply received a reply saying that she hoped that I would still consider her for the position.

The other candidate DID include a resume, however the resume included every bit of contact information that could possibly have been available for this person! I explained to the freelancer that I would not be hiring her because I really did mean what I said about compliance with Elance site rules. I do not have time to train newcomers, I need freelancers who are AWARE of and FOLLOW Elance's policies. I do not know how long this contractor has been including this particular resume with her proposals, but I can tell you FROM EXPERIENCE, ALAS, that Elance does do spot checks on a random basis. If they find that you are attaching resumes with your phone number, address, email, fax number, skype number, Yahoo chat ID, and on and on, believe me - the least you will receive is a very strongly worded warning and probation.

As a team leader, I would stand to be penalized every time one of my team members are penalized for any and all infractions. I have made it my business to learn and follow Elance rules and regs. If I can get them through my head, anyone can.

Just my experience.

As someone who is new to this website, it only makes sense for me to familiarize myself with the rules and regulations. After all, it is a professional page. I appreciate that, as an employer looking for contractors, you state that you are looking for people who take the time to not only learn the rules but apply them. It gives me hope that perhaps other employers will do the same and not hire someone because it's convenient or it's less expensive.

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I don't think the quality is at issue, the difference in wages from various countries is.

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I agree with the post, any body who thinks American Citizens do a better job should also tell that how they are better and than whom. Have they ever compared the work of non Americans with that of American guys. Without having a direct apple to apple comparison, such open biases are not justified.

I can see both sides. I think that the reason clients put a preferrence for a certain country or state for that matter is that maybe contractors from that area may be more familiar with something they are looking for. For example a research project might be for something in that particular area that someone not in the area might have a hard time finding if they aren't familiar with the area. Just something to think about that might help people understand better clients preferrences.

I also think that some bidders are willing to work at "strip me down" tariffs which bring the price standard down for everybody.
These bidding mechanisms have turned professionals into a flock of hyenas fighting for scraps. I see measly projects for $15-$20 with dozens of proposals, and I see from my own language skills how it's deteriorated. People are shooting themselves in the foot by doing this!

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I think it has more to do with the US dollar being worth more in other countries.

I join this conversation a year later, but OMG my reaction was the same to yours, pogacic.

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thank you!!! I completely agree! Clients need to remember that freelancers need to feel just as important and taken care of as the client wants to feel. I've had a few frusterating encounters with clients who expected me to work way below minimum wage, and who would spend countless hours typing messages back and forth to me using skype but would refuse to speak with me through the video option. I would ask a question and 5-10 minutes later she would respond. We went back and forth like that for 2.5 hours!

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Stop Already!

Your frustration with such clients is quite understandable, having said that in corporate environment we have to deal with all types of employers, with a will to win, but in such an age avoiding video chat that could save time and accelerate the pace of work is not understandable. There are old schools always (no disrespect intended) who cling to the old ways of doing business. Good for them.

I joined Elance several years ago, but never found any work because of that reason. I came here again this week, hoping the situation might be different, but I'm disappointed once again. It seems that even those posting jobs have been trained to offer a very low fixed price or hourly wage. Elance just isn't a good option for most US-based workers.

We're a US-based web design firm and have found similar experiences as yourself. It is nearly impossible to compete with international firms with hourly wages; however, we have found success in showing the quality that the clients are going to receive with those international companies compared to ours - it just does not match up. Additionally, you have got to target the right proposals - look at what the person is purchasing. Do not waste your time writing a proposal for a client who has made little to no purchases or definitely out for the lowest bidder - they will get what they pay for and there is nothing you can do about it.

Work quality has NOTHING to do with location. I have worked for US based companies, who'd serve the same crap with the 'international workers provide crap jobs, this is why you pay us 10 times more', while having no problem with using me for 100% of the job. The client was happy he had an American company do the job (since you claim we do crap jobs just because we're not asking for huge fees), while the job was actually done ENTIRELY by me (in Eastern Europe).

So please, don't say my work doesn't match up to an US based freelancer's work, because that's not true. I have seen bad jobs done by Indians, Russians, Germans or Americans alike. We're talking prices here and the fact living here is actually less expensive than in the US. This is why my fees are smaller. Not because I'm doing a crap job

And, if you took time to read some of my reviews (mostly 5 star reviews) you'd notice the clients were actually pretty happy :D

exactly my sentiments as well.

I am also a freelancer at odesk and some of my clients there thought I AM DOING A BETTER JOB than the tried and tested pro guys from the US even though my rate is only 15% of theirs and I'm also comparatively just a neophyte.

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