It's free to join Elance

By joining the world’s leading site for online work, you’ll instantly be able to connect with businesses from all over the world and apply for jobs absolutely free.

After you create your profile, clients looking for your skills will be able to find and hire you. Alternatively, you can simply check out one of the thousands of jobs posted every day and submit up to 15 proposals each month. We also offer membership plans if you would like to connect with more prospective clients.

When you quote an hourly rate or a fixed price to a client, Elance automatically includes a service fee of 8.75%. After Elance bills clients and receives payment for the work you perform, the fee is deducted and the rest is immediately transferred to you. In other words, the cost of using Elance is included in the price you quote and Elance only makes money when you get paid for the work.