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:
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Business partners and Elance buyers Wayne Byrne and Robert Byrne found Elancers to help create software tailored to cut development time for programmers. The software, Iceberg, is essentially an application development platform that allows anyone to create custom-built business software, giving its users programming capabilities with a point and click interface.
Wayne and Robert began development of Iceberg in 2001 and continued over the course of four years – outsourcing parts of the development to Elancers.
Every week, hundreds of new Elance providers are hired for their first projects. We’d like you to meet one of them, Sharon Thompson (username: allamericangal) – a California-based freelance designer with over 20 years of experience in the graphic design industry.
Sharon has an impressive background in business and graphic design. She is a small business owner, having founded, Sharon Thompson Design Studio, in 1989, and has an extensive portfolio of logos, illustrations and photos.