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The Theory Behind It

How it Works in Practice

Elance.com is a website for freelance workers to find online projects and make a bit of cash from the comfort of their own homes. “Buyers” (businesses) post jobs on elance, and stipulate their maximum budget for doing the work and “Providers” (freelance workers) can then submit a proposal for the...

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Portfoio Building, Fast, Easy to Sign Up,

Stability, Downtime

Can I Hire Someone to Write This Overview? Elance.com is a website used for online freelancing that allows the user to to either post jobs online or put proposals on jobs, so basically you are either posting jobs are receiving them. The hirer then selects the best proposal, talks with the person...

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Satisfactory

Easy to set up

Impossible to sell

Most of you should not have heard of it... Some of you might have purchased through it. But only a few of you have sold anything through it. Elance is a work / project marketplace, where buyers post works / projects for bidding by sellers. Elance of course offers a listing service - where you can...

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Not for me

Great for job posters and Elance employees

Horrible for everyone else

This site offers an excellent place for job posters and an absolutely horrible one for service providers. Just take a look at the ratio of postings to service providers. For example, Design and Multimedia has, right now, over thirteen thousand service providers...and only four hundred and twenty...

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Not for me

website is pretty

no customer service, no good providers, bunch of f...

Elance is a joke if you are looking to provide quality work (and get anything close to a fair wage). For buyers it's even worse. The whole site is chalk full of low-quality providers with glowing resumes and feedback. The thing is the providers make multiple accounts and "trade" projects within...

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“Elance are liars and thieves”

published 05/02/2009

I found no advantages

waste of money, no customer service, Elance lies, ...

ELANCE ARE LIARS AND THIEFS! I signed up for Elance in early December. I followed their advice and took some performance tests (at $5 a pop) because they claim that when buyers do a search if you score high you will be high in the rankings for whatever skill. NOT TRUE. My test results were top 5%...

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Excellent

Excellent Site

Slow to navigate at times

This is a great auctionplace for selling and buying services over the internet. To use the site you have to register as either a buyer or seller and also register a currency to buy or sell in. Buyers display jobs in various categories and display a price they wish to pay for the service. This is...

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Not for me

published 17/07/2007

I own several companies which employ more than a thousand service providers so I enrolled in Elance. I asked Customer Service for support on some areas that was not clear to me, which is normally answered in Guru less than 24 hours. Weeks passed and finally I got a response from them asking me to explain what I want. I sent them several inquiries weeks back and they don't seem to have a record of it. Guru sends me a message and resolves all my problems within 24 hours. I don't blame your reviewers for giving a poor rating on their customer service. So when I tried to cancel my membership for over $1500 dollars, I cannot anymore! Oh well!

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None

Many. Bottom line: true professionals need not app...

The Elance/Guru/iFreelance model is terribly flawed... bottom-line, blind bidding is a mistake in so many ways. . Reason 1: you may be one of 50 or more quote: professionals bidding on the same job - while you can see how many other bids there are, you can not see the dollar amounts of those bids...

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“AVOID ELANCE AT ALL COSTS”

published 03/02/2009

none

no customer service, lots of fraud, expensive

Elance is about the worst freelance site out there whether you are a buyer or a provider. If you're a buyer you have to watch out for constant fraud. Their escrow service is nothing but a scam. You don't find this out until you actually have a problem. This is why they have a 7 million page terms...

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Satisfactory

Buyers get plenty of competitive bids to get their...

(1) Hefty charges for Service Providers; (2) Media...

Elance is a very costly site for service providers. It picks your pocket by both hands - (1) A hefty fee on registration, and (2) Additional 8.75% of the cost of the project, with minimum of $10 (25%, if Project Cost is $50). Its refund policy is also quite defective. For its own fee etc., it...

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Satisfactory

Pretty GUI, Escrow (fixed priced) protection syste...

Site Full Of Bugs, Dumb Management, Always Justify...

I'm writing from my own point of view and personal experience, and also adding it to things I read on the internet. Elance website is pretty - that's all. Their protection system (escrow) works but not guranteed, as it can be bypassed. Elance dispute assitance teams & policy teams really sux...

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Not for me

published 18/05/2007

Very poor, best place should be http://taskanswer.com It's charge free for registration, and free on payment way, best place I have ever find.

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Not for me

published 22/11/2007

Abysmal, overpriced service that's a cesspool for offshore lowballers. Appalling to anyone who values their time and considers themselves professional. Avoid at all cost.

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Not for me

published 23/05/2008

Elance is a complete and total farce. I took a chance with a "provider" from India who boasts of being a large, knowledgeable web design firm. They got the intial money and took off with it. All of the evidence is documented through the "private message board" that Elance suggests you have for backup and then they do absolutely nothing. Save your money, get a professional that you can verify and deal with in front of your own two eyes - don't trust Web Wave or Elance. It's an expensive lesson.

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