“The consultant did a great job at the basic tasks, they were done very quickly and efficiently. He was able to scale up the labor force in a matter of days, which I was quite happy with. I will definitely use him again for gathering large amounts of straightforward data quickly and efficiently.
On more difficult tasks that required intensive research and reading, the consultant wasn't able to perform up to my expectations, however he left a considerable amount of resources and information that I could use to complete my tasks more efficiently. For difficult tasks that require research, I recommend using him as a first-round pass to collect information and data that will make your life significantly easier.
The consultant did a good job of dealing with uncertainty. Originally I was going to do a flat fee job, but then decided to change to hourly and leave it as an open-ended project with murky deliverables. He was able to work with my vagueness very well, which is a good sign for a first time client.
Consultant also agreed to work on my terms -- use skype to talk, google docs, etc...This was important to me, as I found those tools more efficient than elance work rooms.
Room for improvement is the accuracy of the data. Communication was good, but the tasks need to be specified in great detail and should be prioritized. ”