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16 Must-Have Online Tools for Freelance Programmers

With the number of free plug-ins, toolbars, applications and other widgets ever increasing, you may wonder which ones are really worth your time.

As a freelance programmer, the last thing you have time to do is research online tools – so Elance did it for you. Check out our list of 16 online tools that may help you save time and increase quality.

Serving the OLSB Community

We’re pleased to announce a joint effort with Microsoft to connect Microsoft Office Live Small Business customers with skilled elancers through a new Services Marketplace.

Starting today, Microsoft is directing all Office Live Small Business customers who need web design and marketing assistance directly to Elance to get the help they need. Check it out

7 No-Brainers for 2009

Start this year off right – revisit your goals, set new targets, and create a plan to grow your business. Here’s a reminder of the ways you can improve your existing services, grow your capabilities, and creating meaningful customer relationships in 2009.

Stay in touch with potential customers.
Follow-up is critical at all times, but especially during the sales process. Work hard to sell the quality of your work and service and communicate effectively and you’ll win more jobs. Stay on top of every proposal and respond quickly to questions or request for samples.

Simplified Way To Get Hired

We launched several changes to the website today, including:
• Enhanced access to skills testing for providers
• Simplified way to hire directly from provider profiles
• Improvements to the status reporting feature

9 Technologies to Watch & Get Involved With in 2009

Barry Moltz is back and he's sharing his expertise on the technology trends to watch out for in 2009.  If you're feeling overwhelmed with the number of new gadgets and websites that are popping up everywhere - check out this article to help you decide which to watch this year:

9 Technologies to Watch & Get Involved With in 2009

Barry Moltz is back and he's sharing his expertise on the technology trends to watch out for in 2009.  If you're feeling overwhelmed with the number of new gadgets and websites that are popping up everywhere - check out this article to help you decide which to watch this year:

Elancer Changes Lives with 'Gratitude' for iPhone

Carla White is an advocate of daily expressions of gratitude and began keeping a gratitude journal last year. She believes that reflecting on her day and jotting down all the thing things she is thankful for has changed her life dramatically – for the better.

Wanting the world to share in her experience, Carla took the concept of a gratitude journal into the iPhone/iTouch world and created a new application available in the iTunes Apps store today – Gratitude.

Top Five Marketing Pieces to Redesign

Hiring a full-time designer to join your staff may not be in the cards this year, but making sure your website, brochures, business cards, and other marketing materials are up-to-date and well-designed should be on your must-do list in 2009.

Want to know the top five pieces of marketing material you should keep current and professionally designed? We asked experts in the design field – experienced designers on Elance – for their top picks of materials every business needs to make pop, and here’s what they said:

How to Create a Video on Budget

Guest Contributor Shannon Newton is back, and he's sharing his expertise about video production and what you can do to successfully manage your next video project within your budget:

Pretend you want to build a nice, second story deck for your home. If this deck was your video and you had a specific budget to spend on it, where would your money go? I took a look and based on my experience, here's what I found:

Help Your Small Business Survive and Thrive in 2009

We asked Barry Moltz, a widely recognized expert on small businesses, for tips on how small businesses can thrive in today’s economy. Barry’s tips are based on his hands-on experience as a small business owner and his research as a professor and published author. So whether you’re a provider on Elance or a employer, you’re sure to get a lot out of these tips:

I often joke that the original title of my first book was: “The Worst They Can Do is Eat You! Surviving Your Business during Tough Times”. That title seems very appropriate today as we head into a very tough part of the economic cycle.

How do we survive and thrive in 2009? Check out these 10 tips:

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