If you’re a programmer with an iron-grip on the latest development skills, you’ll love being part of our Titanium Certified Developers Group. It’s the new gold standard for businesses looking to hire online freelancers to help build cool apps on the popular Appcelerator Titanium Platform.
Officially-sponsored by Appcelerator, join the group to catch the eye of companies who are going places (and hiring as we speak … uh, blog). It’s also where businesses should go to pinpoint great workers with nerves of steel and Titanium expertise.
As background information for anyone not up-to-speed, Appcelerator's platform leverages over 5,000 mobile device and operating system APIs – allowing teams to create native iOS and Android apps (and HTML5 mobile web apps). Businesses who use the Titanium Platform report getting to market a whopping 70% faster. Titanium is also open source, making it easy to integrate data, content and services from a variety of sources into mobile applications.
As expected, Elance’s annual Spooktacular Costume Contest was a frightfully fun time. Many from our California team joined in the afternoon’s festivities, dressing up in their favorite Halloween get-ups. Costumes ranged from sports and film stars to music icons, YouTube sensations and yes, even Elance Executives (gulp). There was also a large contingent of gruesome things, domestic and wild animals, and at least one farm fresh vegetable. Some of the costumes were a little difficult to identify their exact intent, and to avoid embarrassment we’ll just leave it at that.
During the revelries help upstairs at our Mountain View headquarters, dance moves were busted, a wide variety of skits were performed, and a scary number of mini-cupcakes were consumed. And of course, each and every Elancer was left howling with laughter (particularly those garbed in dog or werewolf outfits).
We’re just now beginning to realize the horrific damage Sandy has brought to America’s Northeast Corridor. An estimated 6 million people are still without power, as well as countless destruction to homes, businesses and infrastructure people count on in their daily lives. Our thoughts are with everyone on the East Coast as they struggle with this difficult situation.
Obviously, many members of the Elance community are affected by Superstorm Sandy. With no electricity and no internet access — and limited mobile phone service — these freelancers and businesses are unable to work.
Note to all Elance contractors on the East Coast: We have notified your clients about the disruption in communications and the work stoppage due to the storm. However, as soon as you are able, please contact clients directly to keep them updated on your current situation. If there is anything we can do to help accelerate your recovery, please let us know.
Note to all Elance clients with contractors on the East Coast: Due to the widespread blackout, expect disruption in communications with your freelancers. On behalf of those who are affected we request your patience during this difficult time. We have sent communications to those who have been potentially affected, asking them to keep you updated, but we simply can’t guarantee they have gotten our messages. If you are experiencing significant delays in your job, please contact us and we’ll help in any way possible.
The Elance team rolled into Manhattan last week, rolling-up our sleeves to help businesses find great freelancers. It was a wonderful experience, meeting and greeting small business owners among the 13,000+ who attended the New York Business Expo & Convention. The weather was fantastic, we got to chat at length with friends old and new, and no luggage was lost in transit.
During Wednesday’s show thousands of eager entrepreneurs streamed through our booth, learning more about Elance and giving us a chance to learn more about them. We also chatted with the many attendees who joined us for an Elance-sponsored workshop, where we presented on competing with the big boys and featured an Elance client and his real-world views on today’s online workforce.
While we love meeting young “go-getters” from around the globe, it isn’t often that entrepreneurs stop by the office en masse. But such was the case Tuesday when a group of second-year MBA students from South Africa paid a visit to our Mountain View, California headquarters.
Led by Professor Albert Wöcke and Dr. Pieter Pretorius, the students are on a tour learning about the innovation that allows entrepreneurs to thrive in the Silicon Valley, Bay Area and West Coast. Naturally Elance was on the docket along with others leading the way in entrepreneurship, including Stanford, UC Berkeley, Cisco and other innovators found South of Market in San Francisco.
We love New York, and we’re jazzed to sponsor next week’s New York Business Expo & Convention. Kicking-off bright and early on Wednesday, October 17 at the Javits Center, NYXPO (as it’s affectionately known) is the region’s largest B2B trade show. Join 10,000+ fellow entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses to network, sharpen your skills and score gobs and gobs of free schwag. Seriously, can you ever have enough sticky notepads?
200+ companies will be exhibiting at NYXPO (including Elance – so stop by booth #326 to say hello and yes, pick up free Elance schwag). Oh, we’ll be giving away nice prizes at the booth too.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a story to Elance’s International Freelancers Day contest. They were truly heartfelt and incredible.
First and foremost, let’s point out that everyone was a winner. Not only did your submission earn you Connects, but it also won our hearts (and the hearts of fellow Elancers who drew inspiration from the story). So much, in fact, that we raised the number of prizes available to award! Now, on to the winners:
Grand Prize Winner (Apple iPad 3 + $100 iTunes Gift Certificate + 12-month Elance Premium Membership):
With the recent release of iOS 6, the Apple developer community is buzzing with excitement and getting ready to eat a whole lot of pretzels. Elance is joining in the über-fest celebration too, as we’re giving away a free ticket to the iPhone Developers Conference (IPDC) 2012 in Stuttgart, Germany this October 22-23. You must be from Germany, Austria, Switzerland or Luxembourg to win. The free ticket is also good for the Mobile Developers Conference nearby.
The conference promises to give Elancers a leg-up on freelance jobs, as businesses will be looking for skilled professionals with the latest know-how in iPhone app development..
The conference focuses on the most important trends for developers, and is a great opportunity for Elancers to stay on the forefront of iOS design. Rumor has it iOS 6 has over 200 new features waiting to be explored and designed for, including an improved version of Apple’s Siri voice control (that could be fun!). At IPDC 2012 there will be 6 tracks and more than 40 sessions during the two days, as well as a bonus “night coding” session bringing you directly to the code.
With the addition of Folders to your My Jobs page, we’re excited to announce that it’s now a breeze keeping your Elance jobs organized.
Folders make it really simple to arrange jobs in whatever method works best for you. Create Folders by project (New Website), date (Q4 '12 Projects), workgroup (Turbo Team) or whatever method-to-your-madness (Wash the Car). Hey, they’re your Folders. Do with them as you wish...
Simply create and name the Folders (get started by clicking the small gray Folder icon near the search box–it turns to green when you select it). Then drag-and-drop a job to a Folder for easy organization. Or, for browsers not yet supporting drag-and-drop, use the pull-down Action Menu to move your job to a Folder.
You don’t have to read between the lines to realize that people are down-right giddy about the future of online work.
Today, we shared results from our global freelance survey, “The State of the Freelance Market.” It reveals that freelancers are extremely optimistic about tomorrow and beyond. For example, 67% of those surveyed expect to earn more in 2013 than 2012. And keep in mind, 57% of freelancers report increased income in 2012 – so that number is even more impressive. In fact, the average freelancer is expecting to earn a whopping 43% more next year.
These figures are in sharp contrast to reports of the anticipated earnings of traditional workers – expected to rise just 3% in 2013.