Inspired by Tim Ferriss's book, 4-Hour Workweek, elancer Jesse Krieger set a challenge for himself: Launch a new business relying exclusively on the help of remote experts. Here's Jesse's story:
“A few months ago, I read about Elance in the 4-Hour Workweek and was blown away," Jesse said. “The idea of having a business staffed entirely by workers via the internet and not having to deal with an office environment was motivating.”
Elance provider Frederick Pohl’s lifelong dream was to become a successful business owner and family man. His dream became a reality earlier this year when he launched his design business, Pohl Media, on Elance – giving him more time to spend at home with his new daughter.
How did Frederick do it? Here’s his story in his own words:
We are excited to share the news that Elance is teaming up with American Express OPENSM, a company that offers business cards, services and tools that can help small business owners manage their cash flow and grow their business.
The recently launched initiative aims to bring more opportunities to Elance providers and employers by creating an American Express OPEN community on Elance. Read on to learn about the initiative, key benefits and how to get involved.
Effective marketing doesn’t happen by accident. Targeting the right customers and crafting a message that’s not only eye-catching but also creates sales is both an art and a science.
To help freelance marketers – actually, to help any small business or entrepreneur gather and analyze data, find up-to-date information, and develop new marketing ideas, we’ve put together the following list of online resources:
“Build it and they will come?” Not anymore (if that was ever really true).
Chris Bennett - Guest Contributor
Just building a feature-filled social networking site with a sound infrastructure is only the start of your website journey. Don’t fret, though, because it’s an exciting journey: social networking sites are the most visited area of the Internet. According to recent statistics from Hitwise.com, social networking actually accounts for 11% of all web visits.
Check it out - our very own Cathy Siciliano was featured on Anita Campbell's Small Business Trends radio show. During the show, Cathy shared best practices for working with an outside consultant.
Cathy also co-hosted last week's episode of Small Business Trends radio focusing on selling to wholesale buyers. Listen in as Cathy and Anita learn best practices for promoting your small business to wholesale buyers with Stephanie Cartwright, co-founder of MyWares.
Did you notice the new “tab” at the top of every page on Elance?
The new addition – Skills Central – is a resource where you can explore the inner workings of the Elance talent market, especially facts and data about the skills in demand and the skills for hire on Elance.
Cool, right? Better than cool, Skills Central is actually useful in helping make you a better elancer, too. Here’s how …
Do you want to record a radio ad for your business, a voice greeting for your inbound customer service phone number, the names of your employees for a dial-by-name company phone directory or audio for your sales demo? Then you’re probably in need of a voiceover artist.
We asked top voiceover providers on Elance for project posting tips and here’s what they had to say: