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Tips for Incubating your Small Business Idea While Still Working Full-Time

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.

College Elancers Join Forces

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:

Track Coach Reinvents the Stopwatch

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.

20 Ways Writers Can Help Your Business

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:

‘A-Ha’ Moment Launches a New Business

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.

IT Professor Hires Programmers on Elance

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.

Born to Write

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:

ABC Good Morning America Contributor and CEO of Women For Hire

As the workplace contributor on ABC's Good Morning America, I report on just about every imaginable career related issue. So when anchor Diane Sawyer challenged me to find ways for our viewers to make money from home, imagine my delight when I discovered the Elance community.

There are so many great elancer stories out there to tell. In fact, I featured one Elance provider, Erin Bocherer (ErinKB1), in a recent GMA segment. She's a mom of three kids under six who, one morning when not watching cartoons, tuned into GMA and discovered Elance. Now she's making $50 an hour through the site, providing media relations services to her clients. And I recently included Elance CEO Fabio Rosati as a guest in webinar I hosted on this topic: It's Women For Hire's first-ever Work From Home Webinar.

Project Management Tips from the Pros

Did you know that more than $100 million worth of work has been completed on Elance since 2006? Interested in how elancers managed all of that work and delivered results for their clients? In short, elancers are incredibly productive and effective because they are skilled project managers in addition to skilled in their particular functional expertise.

We asked elancers for their best tips on how to set up and manage projects for success, and here’s what they had to say:

New Enhancements to MyElance for Buyers

The latest product release is here – check out the changes we’ve made to MyElance for Buyers:

  1. New ‘Quick Links
  2. Updated Workrooms
    - Select Action
    - Workrooms menu
    - Payment process
  3. Refined Escrow Payment Process