Elance Blog

Advice from an Elancer (Volume 5)

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Question #1:

What are the benefits to being a freelancer?

Advice from an Elancer:

There are so many, I don’t know where to start! Check out the “Work Differently Photo Contest” for some of the answers. I think many Freelancers would agree that it is the most flexible way to work. You make your own hours, work on projects that you choose to work on, and have more freedom than a traditional workplace. Many Clients are turning to Freelancers in this economy because they don’t have the overhead costs associated with hiring a full or part-time employee (benefits, sick days, etc.) so this is a great time to be a Freelancer!

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Question #2:

Please suggest ideas for winning more projects.

When I submit my proposal on client's project and I get average 3-4 projects awarded per month. Why not 10 - 15 projects per month? I have 6 years of Elance experience and good feedback.

Advice from an Elancer:

3-4 projects per month isn’t bad, and I’m pretty sure a lot of Elancers would agree! Tips for winning jobs are to watch for jobs posted by previous clients and bid on them. If you did a good job for them in the past, they may hire you again. Look for jobs seeking long-term relationships. These don’t always work out, but it’s worth a try. Make sure your proposals are individualized and address all of the needs the client expresses in their job descriptions. Other than that, just keep up the good work!

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Question #3:

Would providing links to your publications be considered providing contact information?

I have published a number of articles in an online publication under my own name. These articles are relevant to the service I offer and I would like to include links to the articles in my portfolio. Prospects that follow the link and also click on the live author name will land on my profile page at that publication and will be able to contact me directly.

Will including the article links be considere
d providing personal contact info?

Advice from an Elancer:

I did some research on this one and here is what I found. In a proposal, Freelancers should not provide contact information. This suggests an offer to work outside of the Elance System, which is prohibited if you are following a lead generated by Elance. The scenario you describe is tricky, because the publication has chosen to link to your contact information, which is good for you, but not so good for your Elance use. Using examples with your name is fine. The contact information is the problem.

You can ask the publications to link to your Elance profile; you can upload the file to your portfolio, but you lose the impact of it being published online; you can place the article in your portfolio, stating that it was published in so-and-so magazine on this date (this will also discourage plagiarizers) or use other pieces.

Once you are accepted as the Freelancer for the job, you are free to provide contact information and are reminded to record outside information in the workroom to protect both you and the Client in the case of a dispute.

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Question #4:

Apart from portfolio, what is most important component in pursuing the client’s requirements for a job?

Advice from an Elancer:

There is one word for this: Proposal. The absolute best way to show a Client that you are the Freelancer for the job is to write a proposal that shows the Client what you can do for them in relation to the points they have indicated in their job description. Never, ever, ever (as Taylor Swift says on the radio several times per day) use the same proposal, changing a few words, for each client. Read what they need and then show them how you can give it to them.

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That’s enough for today. If you have questions or want to follow the conversation of other Elancers, visit the Discussion page of our LinkedIn page.

 

Comments

We are always ready to meet new clients.
So we use all these important tips.
Our task is to prospect new customers every day and show the best of what we can do for them.
I believe this is the magic of Studio Domingos.

Congratulations for the post.

Thanks,

Daniel / Studio Domingos

Good and nice post.......

Thanks & regards
www.al-kasser.com

Thank you!

DD