External freelancers, internal controls


Workflow visibility

Elance supports the entire freelancer lifecycle - from sourcing, to hiring, to establishing terms, to work delivery and payments, all the way through to rating with feedback; every step is documented and visible.

Financial controls

Work Authorization - Set approval thresholds for weekly hours worked

Users and Permissions - Limit access to sensitive financial information by user role

Contract Management - Maintain an auditable record of contract changes


Legal protection

Every freelancer on Elance agrees to a contract that protects both parties with default provisions including:
  • Intellectual property protection for the client
  • Ownership rights assigned to the client upon payment
  • Worker relationship classified as "Work-for-Hire"