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True Story: One Writer’s Climb To The Top (Literally).

Mark Leary of Soulsplash Writers is among the top freelance writers on Elance. But more than simply scaling the pinnacle of his literary profession, he has also reached his lifelong dream of living in the clouds. In fact you’ll find him most days happily working and playing at his home/office – 3,600 feet up the Cascade Mountains at the base of Bend, Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor.

Mark of SoulSplash

“Thanks to Elance I can work in the sunshine on my back deck, go for a morning ski or afternoon mountain bike ride, and still get in a full-day’s work – all on my own clock,” Mark says. “I have freedom and flexibility that none of my corporate friends enjoy.” He’s also quick to point out that with very few writing jobs in Bend, without Elance he would never have been able to trade in the cubicle for a ski lift.

To date Mark has completed over 150 writing jobs and counting on Elance, from sales and marketing projects to ghostwriting articles and eBooks. This includes a wide-variety of topics that keep him fresh and energized. “The range and diversity of projects is a blast,” he notes. “Everything from writing How To Surf and How To Throw A Baby Shower books to ghostwriting for best-selling New York authors.”

There’s an international flavor to Mark’s portfolio too, thanks to Elance. He’s able to write for a diverse list of clientele from around the world – from the United States and Canada to South Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Choosing Elance was an easy choice for Mark. “It’s a trusted company where people feel safe working, especially with the escrow. Elance is also well-publicized, which gives me a bigger reach and eliminates the need for additional marketing.” He also gives a thumbs up to Elance’s sensible rating and ranking system that rewards people fairly.

While his career continues going uphill and his mountain bike downhill, we have to salute someone able to achieve an ideal work/life balance. It must be heavenly.


What an inspirational story for the rest of us Elance writers! But...watch out Mark because here I come... :-)

Elance no doubt is a great portal for people to work from home; just need to have some expertise and a bit of grey mettle !


I sent a note saying that the agreement between myself and the client had changed from an hourly rate to a payment of $75 per exercise. I noted that this had not been changed and the client has deposited no money for payment. As result I am now owed $300.00. This is the 2nd time that I have had a problem with being paid for work completed and I am very unimpressed. I have written 2 messages to the client since providing them with the work and they have not responded. Prior to this they were very much in contact with me. At this point in time I am very unhappy with the whole situation and advise anybody wishing to use this system to think very carefully. Obviously it works well for a lot of people but at this point in time it appears I have been cheated twice.

Wendy ... simple way around that. Have the client put the money in escrow before you do a thing.

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Great story. Like it.

Its a great story. Such stories are very motivational and inspiring. Keep posting such more.
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