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Old 01-13-2014, 01:21 PM
 
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I'm looking for a part-time job to supplement my day job. Elance has been mentioned in many books I've read. Has anyone used it to freelance their skills? If so, do you have any advice? Is there a better freelancing website to seek work? Thank you.
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:40 PM
 
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I suppose it's all relative to your skill-set and how well you market it, but be prepared to compete against a cesspool of Indian and Filipino freelancers charging $2-$5/hr. https://www.odesk.com/ is also a good site with tests you can take to attract more clients and increase your job bids.
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:44 PM
 
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I suppose it's all relative to your skill-set and how well you market it, but be prepared to compete against a cesspool of Indian and Filipino freelancers charging $2-$5/hr. https://www.odesk.com/ is also a good site with tests you can take to attract more clients and increase your job bids.
Thank you for your response. That's what I've been hearing...
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:59 PM
 
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I've placed bids on several jobs, but have either been outbid by people willing to work for $2/H (as a poster above mentioned), or I have won a project, only for the project to never get off the ground. It's been my experience that elance has a fair number of questionable people (both those seeking work and those seeking workers) using its service.
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Old 01-13-2014, 05:11 PM
 
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I've used Odesk successfully for awhile, but I had to lowball myself. We're talking working for like $7-8 an hour for work that I normally am paid $30-40 an hour for at a company. Repeat clients often would honor my raise prices on subsequent projects and I eventually made $15-20 an hour, which is better, but still not great.

As many others have said, I found both Odesk and Elance hard to break into. You have one group of people which is the people in India and Chine literally charging $1-2 an hour for work, and the other group of people with like 15 years of Elance experience and your profile pales in comparison to them when they have 100s of complete projects and client reviews.

I also heard that odesk and elance are merging, so I don't think they will be separate for much longer. All and all, I did it for about 8 months, but wouldn't do it again.
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Old 01-13-2014, 05:27 PM
 
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I've done freelance web design on elance.com. There's a lot of competition but if you stick with it, you'll get something here and there.
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Old 01-13-2014, 05:30 PM
 
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I had done some elance work in the early 2000s. The money was okay at the time but the competition for gigs got too high for it to be worth it.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:27 PM
 
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I won a contract job on elance that lasted a year and paid $12-15/hr. I won another job that I've been on for 3 years in the same price range. Odesk and Elance have merged; as far as I can tell right now, the two sites will remain separate. I haven't placed a bid in months if not years. What I've got now is enough for me! You can bust in but it will take time. Some buyers have had bad results with non-USA providers and won't consider them any longer.
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:43 AM
 
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Thank you everyone who commented. It seems like I'd make the equivalent or more money waitressing part-time than using Elance! $1-2/hr?!!! Um, no thanks! I will check out the other sites mentioned as well. Appreciate the feedback.
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Old 01-14-2014, 11:21 AM
 
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Thank you everyone who commented. It seems like I'd make the equivalent or more money waitressing part-time than using Elance! $1-2/hr?!!! Um, no thanks! I will check out the other sites mentioned as well. Appreciate the feedback.
You would probably make far less than part-time waitressing. My gf is a Speech Language Pathologist and kept her restaurant job for about a year because it was such quick and good money. I absolutely hate the food service industry but servers make good money. Money management is another story altogether
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