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Creating a Great Elance Profile

In addition to being able to write great proposals, one of the most effective ways we’ve discussed in our Freelancer's Guide to Earning More on Elance is to have a great Elance profile. According to our 2011 Freelance Talent Report, the value of an online profile is increasing, with 65% of respondents stating that digital portfolios and online resumes are more effective than traditional resumes in landing a job.

If you’re just getting started on Elance, there are a variety of things that you can do right now to build up your profile to create the best representation of yourself to clients worldwide. If you have not yet familiarized yourself yet with the Elance profile, please visit our User Guide here.

Clients using Elance realize that there is often more to selecting a contractor for work than their Elance Level ranking or total earnings. As a contractor, it’s important to create a profile that best showcases your skills and qualifications, regardless of whether you’ve been using Elance for five days or five years. In this article, we’ll be reviewing the follow key areas: Skills, Portfolio, Keywords, Service Descriptions, Groups and Photos/Logos.

On Elance, skills play an important role in differentiating yourself by demonstrating your actual skills and expertise to prospective clients. Based on your membership plan, you can enter up to a particular number of skills to your Elance profile. They are an excellent way to showcase your standing in a particular area, whether it be HTML5, English to Dutch translation, Microsoft Excel 2007, or any of the you may have in your arsenal.

Skills can either be self-rated, meaning you can evaluate yourself, or tested with one of our over 300 Skill Tests, which show how a candidate scored relative to all the other individuals who took the same test. Once you’ve completed the Skill Test of your choice, you can see your percentile and rank among everyone who has taken that particular test, and if you score well as a top performer, that’s another part of your profile that stands out as a  highlight and as a key differentiator. Lastly, if you’ve posted a high score, you can share your results on your favorite social media outlet or email. Remember, over 76 percent of clients are more likely to hire a contractor with tested skills that are relevant to their job.

Tip: Determine your strongest skills and take the Skill Tests for them. Also, taking language skill tests like English Speaking/Writing/Grammar/etc. tests is something you may want to consider if you believe you are qualified to do so.


In today's evolving workplace, portfolios are not limited to graphic artists and visual designers anymore, and they don’t only come in leather-bound presentation cases either. On Elance you can build an online portfolio of your standout work, everything from a series of articles you've written to a website you’ve developed or mobile applications that you’ve built.

Elance provides a filmstrip-like interface that gives you the ability to quickly skim through portfolio items and jump to individual pieces with a simple click. Additionally, you can switch to a “Gallery” view that shows thumbnails of all items for even more convenient browsing. Workers on Elance have uploaded over 1.4 million assets to their portfolios, and that number is growing each day as more contractors are seeing the advantages of having their work samples ready for instant viewing.

Tip: Have at least two (preferably more) examples of your work for each major skill you have advertised in your profile. For example, if you are offering content writing and graphic design, have at least two articles and two visual design pieces in your portfolio.

One of the first things a client will do is to utilize keywords, which are the skills they are looking for in contractors (and vice versa) through search. This is one of the most important elements of your profile; including particular keywords can ensure that you appear in certain search results, and can posititvely affect your rank in searches that come up. There should be a handful of important keywords related to your particular skillset, which will be visible to potential clients. Don’t leave it to chance and make sure you make the effort to build your keywords list.

For details on how to add keywords to your profile, please visit the Help article here.

Tip: Don’t overcompensate by adding too many keywords—that may affect your perceived credibility. Spend some honest time compiling 10-15 essential keywords to your particular skillset.

Service Descriptions

This is where you market yourself as a complete package and cover items that may not fit in the other profile sections—the open-ended “essay” portion, if you will. You can give clients a better feel for your professional background, range of services, personality, and communication and work preferences, while also giving them a better feel for who you are as a person.

Mention any credential or achievement that reflects positively on you – graduating from a prestigious university, working for/with a Fortune 500 company, achieving something noteworthy in your field. If you wrote an article for a national publication, make sure to mention that as part of your description. If a website you designed gets millions of hits, make sure you bring that to the forefront. As jobs become competitive, each and every little plug for your skillset can make a huge difference.

Tip: Don’t go straight into bullet points about your accomplishments. Start with at least a one paragraph summary of you, your talents, and your overall work philosophy before you start listing things. Summarize yourself as if it was the only thing potential clients could read about you.

Potential clients appreciate someone who demonstrates expertise in their field, and Elance Groups are among the most prominent ways to show off your skills on your profile. There are over 80 different groups on Elance, each sponsored by a different company or organziation, and each with their own membership requirements. Requirements range from passing the Elance skill test for a particular area, to achieving a specific level ranking on Elance, so clients can be assured that group members are among the cream of the crop.

While it may not seem like it to some, uploading a photo of yourself adds credibility to your profile. Clients are looking for online talent with qualified skills, but despite great collaborative tools available (like Workroom messages) a human connection can ease their concerns about remote work.

Tip: If you are particularly camera shy, consider hiring a graphic design professional on Elance to create a logo for you/your company. It won’t be free, but it at least shows that you are serious about your “brand” and ultimately the services you are offering.

Sample Profiles
If you happen to need some inspiration, here are some more examples of great contractor profiles:

Nix Solutions (Web & Programming)
Jenifer Toussant (Admin Support)
The NetMen Corp (Design & Multimedia)
Synapse India (Web & Programming)
The Write Genie (Writing & Translation)
Media Financial Consulting (Engineering & Manufacturing)
Rebecca742 (Writing & Translation)

Do you have any suggestions to on creating and improving your profile? Drop us a comment below and let us know what tips you have. Good luck!


Dear Fawad
Although you were right but your attitude wasn't good. People from different nations translate their views in English in their local language ritual style. And this is true for those people who are not well educated; like me. Education teaches good manners, soft negotiation and politeness. Hurting to someone's feeling is not good. You could advise him by only saying that his english proficiency level was not good enough so he should try to improve his english proficiency. Please be polite and kind to everyone.

Fawad Jahangir,

You replied so rudely for Buchaiah's concern. It was about how to get more projects. You gave him an idea of improving his English to get projects in his bucket. However, I just saw your profile out of curiosity how it looks, but you know what, you started your freelancing work from 2014 but still your kit is empty shit without money and projects.

What would you suggest yourself for getting the projects?

I am new to elance as well, and understand, how difficult to build trust in prospective clients, especially, when you cannot communicate well in English.
I suggest you to select jobs that don't require English fluency, (data entry is one of them, I suppose) and focus mostly on jobs posted from clients of your home country for the time being.
Also, you can consider to hire someone to edit/proofread your profile to make it look more professional.
I am sure your English will improve with time, just work on it (take a course and the tests) plus chat/blog/communicate a lot on the internet.
Good luck!

I agree with you completely

dear gvento

thanks for your direction.

I am also a new comer on this site, I do respect of your comments & suggestions for those who joined it recently. I observed that everyone get engaged to appreciate Ms. Morgan & responded bad remarks to the said guy. In this scenario, you come up with the solution that what things need to do at infant stage.

I like your comments.

Have a nice day ahead!

you still not get proposal , pls let me know at my email adress pravindhengale@gmail.com

i want to acceptance of my content and to live on line by which i may get some dollar from the writing .Since it is serious so it would be able to sent me the news that it is accepted in the elance account .

again i want request that by accenting my content if elance company sent me some remuneration then it will be helpful for me and it will take brave and it will encourage me to write content in any topics about children health and health education .which will give source to the nation of the world by which they will be helpful for us in fact.

HI Iam zahmehmood

hi i am newly e lance registered i am choose admin data entry 1st Jan 2014 to as on date i was send 35 proposals but not get at least one proposals how to get project what is the reason i cont understand please help me. any thing wrong with me how to rectify my self or proposal models or etc.

He SadBo,

It's important, when submitting a proposal, to use proper grammar and writing skills. When I read your comment, I completely understood what you were trying to convey however it does have grammatical errors. When applying for administrative jobs, you may want to review these items. Make sure that you're writing in complete sentences and that they are always grammatically correct.

Try brushing up on your writing a little bit before applying for any other jobs.

Here is an example of how I would have written your question:

"Hello, I am a newly registered member of elance and my chosen specialty is Admin Support. I have been a member for nearly three months and have submitted 35 proposals with no success. I am unable to understand why I haven't been successful, is there any advice or tips that you can give me to help me along?"

You had no punctuation and your question was just one long run-on sentence. If this is the same English and Grammar with which you send your proposals out, that may very well be the reason that you are unable to obtain a job. Elance has several tests for both English and Grammar and they might help you figure out where you can improve your skills.

Good Luck,


Well, May i have any example of proposal letters for Design and Multimedia category?

same question here?

Hi Casey,

I simply don't understand anything here, I just need some one to inspire me and help me with some guidelines I need to start this business. Honestly I don't even have a clue of what's going on here, I need some help please.

here's my Skype : paulpaul3599 or YM paulsonline34@yahoo.com,

Thank you.


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Hi Casey,

I simply don't understand anything here, I just need some one to inspire me and help me with some guidelines I need to start this business. Honestly I don't even have a clue of what's going on here, I need some help please.

here's my Skype : paulpaul3599 or YM paulsonline34@yahoo.com,

Thank you.


hello how are you?

By a very good manner you advise I must appreciate. can you please help me regarding the writing skills .

Hi Casey,
I want to help you by sending you proposal that must help you.
Can you please suggest how it is possible or through which source I can send you?

Hello Madina1330, am also a newbie and trying to find my way in here. Can you please send me a sample proposal as a guideline. Thanks.
My yahoo mail is dkabotsi@yahoo.com

Hi, it'll be helpful if u can send such a proposal to me also. soulstar205@gmail.com . Thanks

hello madina,
would you send me too, the proposal.i just recently joined and i cant seem to find my way around here. my email jocylineotto@gmail.com
regards jocy.

AOA Madina1331,
Would you suggest me how to make successful proposal?

E-mail mubshar1@outlook.com

Hello, please send me a sample proposal

He casenyc :
i read your reply. which you answered to sadbo. It was really appreciate action by you. Keep it up.


I can't verified my Skype

Dear Sir,
Also thanks from me....
Nice post.

Saiful Islam
Web Programmer (PHP, MySQL, Ajax and jQuery)


thank you
nice post

Dear Sir,
Also thanks from me....
Nice post.


Software Quality Assurance/Tester

sir , apnake ar koto jaigai dekhbo.

Hello sir, may i know more about you??

I am Emdadul, I hope that you are fine.

You are most welcome.

Data Entry / PDF to Word / Excel conversion etc

earn gud amount working online

want o work online what is the proedure


How to get the data entry jobs can u please tell me, what is the procedure and how to get the genuine sites?

you can visit www.canifo.com we are providing complete website at Rs.1000/- more details and how to earn mney please visit and contact

It is very easy to find data entry jobs. Write "Data entry related jobs" in search jobs box. Then click search. Now you will get the list of data entry jobs.

I am new a elance member any member help me and give me Data entry job..

can i help you

I can help you if you know email marketing.

me too....

Hi cely.
Keep in touch.

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