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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

Guest Post from Rich Sloan, StartupNation

There are lots of ways to describe the US economy. I’ve heard someone go so far as to call it an ‘economic tsunami’.

Rich Sloan, Co-Founder, StartupNation

Economic outlook aside, it is always a good idea to use uncertain times to evaluate your competitive strength and position yourself for success.

Elance Buyer 'Invests' in Website

Ram Palaniappan is a successful entrepreneur with a special interest in financial markets. His latest venture, Xearn.com, was an idea born out of his own personal passion for the stock market.

Xearn.com is a website community where you can create a mock stock market portfolio based on actual stock prices. There is no real money behind the stocks – but you can choose to charge a subscription fee for others to view your portfolio.

PC Mike Features Elance in NBC's High Tech Talk

In this morning's "High Tech Talk" segment on NBC-TV, "PC Mike" Wendland discusses Elance from a user perspective.

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Here's an excerpt from the story:

"...here’s a site that instantly puts you in touch with thousands..... I put a notice out for development of a logo. The first bid came in less than five minutes after I posted it. Within a day, I had 17 web designers and artists offering their services… from all over the world."

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Best Practices for Working With an Illustrator

Jonathan Tenkely (username: jtenkely) is an experienced illustrator and successful Elance Provider. We asked Jonathan to give our readers a few best practices on how to work with an Illustrator on Elance. Here’s what he had to say:

Jonathan Tenkely - Elance Provider

For many people, purchasing illustrations or hiring an artist to create a unique image is a new experience. Because each artist is different and the client-artist relationship is critical to success, it’s helpful to have a few basic tips to refer to when you want to hire an illustrator.

Give a Little, Help a Lot

If you could easily donate a few cents at every online purchase you make, wouldn’t you do it? Dan Quigley, founder of Change Round-Up, believes that you would – and has used Elance to help create a way to make it happen.

We asked Dan how his company works: “Change Round-Up is an online version of the spare change jar. When someone is making an online purchase, during the checkout process they are asked to round their total up to the nearest dollar, and donate the extra change to their favorite charity.”

Get Prepped with Patrick O'Malley

Elance buyer Patrick O'Malley founded his business, Get Prepped, in 1999. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Get Prepped offers courses on campuses nationwide to help law school applicants prepare for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

Get Prepped was born while Patrick was in law school and tutoring prospective law students. Soon thereafter, his entrepreneurial instinct kicked in and he decided to start a business focused on helping potential law school students prepare for the LSAT.

Overview of New Features

We are excited to announce our latest product release, which includes improvements that help the management of remote engagements and help Providers streamline several day-to-day administrative tasks. 

MyElance Redesign for Providers
Status Reports and Job Tracker

MyElance Redesign for Providers
The new MyElance interface lays the foundation for future enhancements and includes many suggested enhancements we have received over the last few months.  Watch the video tutorial »

Web Designer Reaches New Clients

Meet Ketan Sethi (username: EyeForWeb), a talented web designer and small business owner who joined Elance to reach new clients.

Ketan founded his web design business as a freelancer in 2004. Prior to getting into web design, Ketan worked for renowned news channel like Zee News and DD News as a 3D animator and graphic designer. While working for Zee News, Ketan became fascinated with web design.

Bowdabra Creator Staffs Company with Elancers

Meet Sandy Sandler, corporate gift expert and creator of Bowdabra, a bow-making tool.

Sandy started her product development/marketing business, Nuvelle Crafts, in 1996. Like most businesses, Sandy started small – only employing herself and one part–time assistant to run the day-to-day operations. Her business strategy has also included the idea of hiring on demand. She started the business knowing she would hire contractors and service providers to help it grow.