Simplified Connects and New Member Features.e_darrellj | Aug 26, 2013
As you probably know, we’re working to make Elance the world’s most trusted online workplace. Our goal is to help freelancers get the best work, and clients the best online teams for the job. A recent blog post touched on the advances we’re making, and you’ll continue to see more.
Today we continue the progress, as we’re excited to announce that we’ve now simplified and improved how you use Connects. Plus we’ve also added new features and enhanced the benefits you get for paid membership, rewarding freelancers who are committed to being successful on our platform.
Your Connects model is now simplified.
We recently increased the number of Connects freelancers receive each month. Today’s new Connects model is designed to help you be even more successful when you’re working online. This change applies to all freelancers, making it easier to calculate the number of Connects you’ll need.
Check out the chart to the right to see how you can apply your connects, beginning today (August 26, 2013).
Click here to see our new Connects model in more detail, including examples.
We’re also adding new premium membership features for freelancers.
As mentioned, beginning today there are even more benefits of becoming a premium member. This includes increasing your visibility to clients, and exclusive insights into pricing when submitting your job proposals. Check out this updated features chart:
Specific changes include:
1. Add work samples directly within proposals – Now you can include portfolio samples directly into job proposals, allowing clients to view your samples without leaving your proposal. This feature is only available to freelancers on premium membership plans, giving you a competitive advantage.
2. Gain competitive visibility - Previously, all freelancers could see the minimum, average and highest proposal price to help determine their own rate. Starting August 26, 2013 these amounts will only be visible to freelancers with a paid membership plan. With this change you’ll now have extra insight over much of your competition.
3. Large Company monthly membership cost of $60 – The monthly fee for Large Company Membership is increasing to $60. This increase will help us to continue to develop new features to make these members even more successful on Elance, while improving the service we provide.
4. More updates to follow – These are just some of the feature changes we’re working on, exclusively for premium members.
We hope you’re as excited about these changes as we are. As we continue to make Elance the most trusted online workplace, thanks again for being an important part of our growing community.