Status Reports, introduced in July, help providers systematically manage customer expectations and satisfaction. They allow providers to document progress as work is performed, and communicate job status on a weekly basis.
The recently updated Tracker automatically generates Status Reports and Invoices, eliminating billing errors and making project billing quick and easy. Since the launch of Tracker and Status Reports, we have received positive feedback from many providers and employers.
Whoever said a hobby couldn't be lucrative? Recently hired provider, Fred Bliss (username: FredBliss), has done exactly that - he turned his web design hobby into an income-generating opportunity. Here's how he did it:
Back in 2000, Fred needed to pay for car repairs for a vacation trip to Vermont with his girlfriend (now wife). At this time, Fred had limited previous experience in web design, but enough to take on a small paying job from his friend. After completing the project for $300, Fred realized that he could earn a living doing web design - something that he really enjoyed.
We are pleased to introduce Teams, a new way for Elance providers to organize as a team and work together. The Teams functionality is available for Small and Large Business provider memberships as an optional add-on feature for a fee.
How do you know if Teams is right for you? Take our four-question quiz below:
Have you considered starting a business while still employed?
My Shanghai-born friend, Annie, says the Chinese have a term for this: “riding in the big boat while carrying the little boat.”
Some entrepreneurs only launch their business officially once they leave employment. However, they incubate the business concept while employed.
Other times, they actually launch the business and run it on the side while still employed. They may continue to run it as a side business for a period of months or even years. Only later do they leave their jobs.
A year ago, Eric Vogel (username: evogel21) was a full-time student at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, pursuing degrees in International Business and Marketing Communications. His life changed after a professor introduced him to Elance.
Eric’s journey since then has been an interesting one – he shares his experience in his own words:
With the spirit of the Summer Olympics in Beijing fresh on our minds, we thought it would be appropriate to spotlight Matt Shields, a high school teacher, dedicated track and field coach, and Elance employer who brought his vision for a track and field tool to life with the help of an elancer.
Matt began teaching and coaching track and field in 1998, and as much as he enjoyed coaching over the years, he was often frustrated by how difficult it was to record, compile and report track meet times for his athletes.
Effectively communicating the benefits of your products, services, and points of differentiation with prospective customers is critical to generating new business. Effectively communicating with current customers so you build a long-term business relationship is just as important – after all, it’s widely assumed that it costs 6-7 times more to find a new customer than to keep an old one.
Here’s a list of 20 projects you can hire Elance writing professionals to ensure you get your message across in a professional and engaging way. For ease in reading, we’ve organized the list of jobs into functional areas, but be sure to browse the entire list:
Andrew Simmons, an Elance employer and entrepreneur, is also a modern-day Sir Isaac Newton - you know - the guy who had an ‘a-ha’ moment when he accidentally discovered gravity by observing an apple fall from a tree? Similarly, Andrew had his own ‘a-ha’ moment that launched his lucrative business.
“I was creating a tiled mural design of Venus painted by Botticelli for my bathroom, and had the tiled pattern on the floor of my living room. A friend came over and thought it was cool - he started telling people about the tiled design,” said Andrew.
As an IT professor at the University of Connecticut, Alex Tung knows a lot about web programming and development. But while he’s teaching the technical side of things – his mind is constantly working on the creative side.
Alex is never short of ideas for new websites to develop, and in 2006, he founded Idea Yoga – the parent company to host the numerous creative websites Alex creates with the help of elancers.
You could say Rebecca Stigall (username: ForewordCommunications) was born to write. She spent most of her formative years in education programs focused on writing and research, and as you would expect, wrote for her school papers. Even in college, she was to the go-to girl for editing projects for her close friends.
Now as a newly hired provider, she continues her twenty plus years as a freelance writer on Elance. Learn more about Rebecca’s Elance journey in her own words: