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Elance Buyers Share Outsourcing Tips

 

Experience is a great teacher – but gaining experience takes time. To get new buyers up to speed quickly, we asked buyers who post and award numerous Elance projects to share their wisdom.



The following are just some of the great tips we received for communicating with providers, evaluating bids, and managing the projects you award. Plus we’ve included some additional tips to help you succeed when hiring on demand.

Use Market Research to Help Your Business

Do you feel as informed about your customers and their needs, or about your industry and recent market trends as you want to be? It's easy to stay up-to-date when you work with a qualified professional to do market research for your business.



Market research can provide you with valuable information to help drive the strategic direction of your business, and your business will reap the benefits:

Tips From The Trenches for Outsourcing to Independent Contractors

Analyst firm NelsonHall recently forecast that business process outsourcing (BPO) will grow to a $450 billion market by the year 2012.

I’ve been noticing that small businesses are doing an increasing volume of outsourcing of project work and even certain parts of their business processes. It’s a strategy that helps you grow your business flexibly. You can increase your capacity and throughput, without adding fixed expenses that would be difficult to scale back.



But being smart about outsourcing is crucial.

Experienced Graphic Designer Goes Global

Every week, hundreds of new Elance providers are hired for their first projects. We’d like you to meet one of them, Sharon Thompson (username: allamericangal) – a California-based freelance designer with over 20 years of experience in the graphic design industry.



Sharon has an impressive background in business and graphic design. She is a small business owner, having founded, Sharon Thompson Design Studio, in 1989, and has an extensive portfolio of logos, illustrations and photos.

New Apple iPhone Applications Unveiled

Part 3 of 3

In parts one and two of our Apple iPhone blog series, we highlighted Elance service provider Nick Dalton (username: 360mind), an iPhone SDK specialist, and provided tips on how you can have an iPhone application built via Elance. In this third and final part of the series, we highlight iPhone applications developed on Elance. Check out these great apps recently developed:



1. KidsCards
KidsCards, the brainchild of entrepreneur Mark Hanusz and 7-month old son, Avi, is an educational flash card application designed for children ages 1 - 3 years old. The application uses the Core Animation framework and allows iPhone owners (or their children) to flick through the flash cards, with categories such as letters or colors, using the familiar iPhone touch screen.

New Summer Job - Freelancing

If you’re a student, you’re lucky if your summer job is somewhat related to your field. (If you land an internship, it'll probably be related – but you might not get paid for the privilege of developing your skills.)



Freelancing provides high-end work for college students supplementing their summer income – or can even serve as your stand-alone summer job. Plus, freelancing over the summer could easily generate long-term clients you can work for throughout the school year as well. Who knows – you might get paid to complete a project that also satisfies class requirements!

Top Design Skills

It’s hard to post a project if you don’t know what you want. What may not be as obvious, especially for design projects, is a secondary – but nearly as important – consideration: How do you want your project developed? Knowing what you want done and which application you’d like to be used helps ensure your deliverable fits your current – and possibly your future – needs.



Different applications create different end products, so let’s take a look at some of the more common design applications. Keep in mind this is merely intended to be an overview: Hundreds of books have been written describing the uses of each application.

Finalists Announced in Best Logo Contest



The nominations are in for the 2008 Best Logos on Elance Contest, and we've chosen the finalists.  With over 100 entries in categories like Best Makeover, Web and Real Estate, the finalists are truly the best of the best.

Help us choose the best logo in each category by casting your vote.  Votes will be accepted through June 15th.

Vote Now >>

How to Kick-Start Your Apple iPhone Application Project

Part 2 of 3

Continuing our three part series focused on the development of applications for the Apple iPhone, we asked Nick Dalton, iPhone SDK specialist, to give Elance buyers a few tips on how to scope and post an iPhone Application project. Here’s what he had to say:



The iPhone is an amazing device that invites creativity. If you’re an iPhone owner I’m sure you’ve said to yourself: ‘I wish I could do that on my iPhone, or I have a great idea for an iPhone application’.

New Enhancements Improve Project Collaboration

We are excited to announce the latest product release to the Elance community, which includes improvements that make it easier for buyers to award, collaborate on, and manage their projects. We’ve also made it easier for providers to get repeat business.

Key Enhancements:

 

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