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Freelance Writing Made Difficult

AdvantagesThe Theory Behind It

DisadvantagesHow 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 work and bid a price for doing it. In theory, it’s simple. In practice, it’s pants. The kind of work on offer ranges from website coding to graphics, to ..." Read review
19.04.2009

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Five Years and Elance is Night and Day Review with images

AdvantagesPortfoio Building, Fast, Easy to Sign Up,

DisadvantagesStability, Downtime

"...and want to clarify that Elance.com has improved dramatically and is indeed not a scam. They get their money from taking 7% of the revenue the workers receive. A modest sum for the opportunists they give if you ask me. They are very diverse and offer everything from programming to virtual assistant jobs and everything in between. == Their Improvement and Merger == Over the past couple of years Elance has developed into a position where they have ..." Read review
28.03.2014

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Community Level 2bcnlondon

bcnlondon

How much can you afford spending?

AdvantagesEasy to set up

DisadvantagesImpossible 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 list all the kind of jobs you are able to offer, but according to my experience buyers almost never see those listings, since they are able to post a ..." Read review
03.09.2004

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Community Level 1wheelyass

Quick review of elance.com

"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!
17.07.2007

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Community Level 1dpn2000

dpn2000

Elance is a joke and not recommended

Advantageswebsite is pretty

Disadvantagesno customer service, no good providers, bunch of frauds and cheats out there

"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 the accounts for that very feedback. Elance turns a blind eye so they can collect their service fees. Their escrow isn't a real escrow system, the ..." Read review
15.02.2009

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Community Level 1rippedoffb...

rippedoffbyelance

Elance are liars and thieves

AdvantagesI found no advantages

Disadvantageswaste of money, no customer service, Elance lies, poor website

"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% in several and top 10% in others. But when I went and did a search for those skills there are people will lower and non-existent test scores way above ..." Read review
05.02.2009

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Community Level 1FSchaef

FSchaef

Use Elance if you like wasting money

AdvantagesGreat for job posters and Elance employees

DisadvantagesHorrible 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-two job postings. Do you want to compete with that many people just to do work? This leads to bargain-bin pricing from many providers, so in order to get ..." Read review
05.05.2008

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Community Level 3rocking

rocking

Sell & Buy Services Over The Net

AdvantagesExcellent Site

DisadvantagesSlow 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 whats know as a reverse auction and as a service provider (seller) your tactic would be to bid a price lower than that of the buyers initial estimate. Buyers ..." Read review
27.03.2001

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Community Level 1zipoid

zipoid

The Elance/Guru/iFreelance model is terribly flawed...

AdvantagesNone

DisadvantagesMany. Bottom line: true professionals need not apply.

"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. . Reason 2: the absolute WORST time to be anywhere near these sites is during a recession, where employers KNOW creatives are desperate and ..." Read review
15.04.2009

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Community Level 1RForrester

RForrester

AVOID ELANCE AT ALL COSTS

Advantagesnone

Disadvantagesno 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 of service with links to even more nonsense. Their escrow isn't real escrow and doesn't protect you at all. Providers and buyers alike get treated ..." Read review
03.02.2009

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Elance sux - beware of elance

AdvantagesPretty GUI, Escrow (fixed priced) protection system, Ranking system, Nice Idea.

DisadvantagesSite Full Of Bugs, Dumb Management, Always Justify there buyers (clients).

"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 - they hunting freelancers down, every thing you say on their forums, support, every advice every rerport you made - even good one - will be against you and ..." Read review
13.09.2013

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Community Level 0psdhingra

psdhingra

Elance - A Costly Affair for Service Providers

AdvantagesBuyers get plenty of competitive bids to get their projects accomplished

Disadvantages(1) Hefty charges for Service Providers; (2) Mediation policy and refund policy are not reliable.

"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 uses very prompt methods of payment thru Credit Card, but adopts dilatory tactics by not providing any Link for deposit for the purpose of refund to the buyer, ..." Read review
03.05.2007

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Community Level 0jackdoson

Quick review of elance.com

"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.
18.05.2007

Ciao members have rated this review on average: not helpful



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