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Elance. Worth it?


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#1 davidude

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Posted 06 July 2004 - 05:15 AM

I have been looking seriously at Elance and considering signing up for a one or three month subscription... but before I do it I want to make sure that I will at least get enough work to pay for the subscription costs ;)

If anyone knows more about it or has tried Elance I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts on it and whether or not you think my work is good enough to be competitive...

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#2 psyris

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Posted 06 July 2004 - 11:06 AM

ive never heard of it to tell u the truth, sorry i cant help though just curious what is it?
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#3 davidude

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Posted 07 July 2004 - 04:34 AM

The basic idea behind it is that you pay a certain amount of money each month and then are able to bid on design projects. Check out the site www.elance.com and it should give you some more information :)
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#4 Neupix

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Posted 07 July 2004 - 04:54 AM

Looking at it - I would say no. It seems as though its just a big marketing scheme, and out of the thousands of providers listed, I doubt you would be noticed by anyone.

Just my thoughts, if you are looking for a free designer listing, check out http://www.designfirms.org. I am listed there, and I get about 100 hits a month. Not much, but it is still something.

Then again... I suppose it wouldn't hurt to spend $5 and register for a month.
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#5 Shyflower

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Posted 07 July 2004 - 06:31 PM

Why pay that much to get work? Try Rent-a-coder or ScriptLance. I like RAC best because the clients have to escrow the money up front, although they charge 15% and some of their rules are pretty strict. Scriptlance charges less, but the auctions are open and there isn't a whole lof of support that I can see.

#6 Neupix

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Posted 07 July 2004 - 07:07 PM

Why pay that much to get work? Try Rent-a-coder or ScriptLance. I like RAC best because the clients have to escrow the money up front, although they charge 15% and some of their rules are pretty strict. Scriptlance charges less, but the auctions are open and there isn't a whole lof of support that I can see.


I have never tried RAC, but scriptlance is just ridiculous - there are people that bid $5 on $200 projects, and while someone may not accept the $5 bid, they are still not going to hire the professional that will charge $200.
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#7 Neupix

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Posted 08 July 2004 - 12:09 AM

HAHA

I take back everything I said above about ScriptLance - surprisingly I won a bid today after checking it for a second time, and I wasn't even the lowest bidder. LOL
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#8 creativerx

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Posted 31 August 2004 - 02:14 AM

I've won a couple of jobs on scriptlance, but all in all, I have not been very impressed with it. As you mentioned before, there are lot of ridiculously low bids. I don't know how anyone can afford to work for those rates. And the typical M.O. is to demand mock-ups before choosing a winner. Basically, you end up working for free. I've never tried elance. I'd be interested to hear what else is working for people. And what hasn't worked.




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