Launching a Writing Career Through The Freelance Writer Website Elance
If you’ve ever considered pursuing a freelance writing career, the sheer number of freelancing websites out there is enough to give an aspiring writer the case of the dizzies. I suppose one could feasibly erect multiple accounts on a variety of different sites – cast a wide net, as they say – however, the beginning of my career in freelance writing began and almost solely remains with Elance.
I began poking around on Elance to gain supplemental income while I still held a day job as a talent agent, but I’ve always wanted to get by on writing alone. After working a while on building clients, I am now able to do just that.
As with any other website you can use as a ‘middleman’ to finding a gig, Elance has its positive and negative attributes. On the positive side, it gives clients a device with which they can rate the work of the writer they hire, the results of which are not unlike an ebay for freelancers and potential clients.
Display Your Portfolio
Elance also offers writers the ability to display past work within the online profile, and for those who may be new to the field or who may speak a desired language as a second language, there are tests that can be taken in order to prove one’s personal competency in areas such as grammar, specific topics, etc., the results of which can also be displayed for the Elance community.
Other perks include the ability to track hours spent working on any given project, the security of ensuring that clients pay for the service up front (the money is released to the writer once the project is complete) to avoid scams or usury, and the convenience of paring with one or more other writers in order to create a small business within the site.
As I mentioned, there were a few aggravations with this particular freelance writer website, the largest of which is the fact that most clients are not interested in hiring a ‘new’ writer – even if you’ve been writing for decades, you’re seen as new to the site and may potentially feel as though you’ve got an infectious disease for an unforeseeable amount of time. Of course, there are tricks to getting around this rocky start, and if you’re like me I can guess that you’re pretty eager to jump right in! I got around the “0” past gigs curse’ by inviting someone who’d already hired me for a writing gig to create a buyer profile on Elance; they then hired me for a job that I would’ve done anyway, paid me through the site, and after that, I was in!! My 5.0 rating, despite the fact that it was the review of one single buyer, found me getting new gigs left and right.
Now, aside from the aforementioned issue, there isn’t too much else to complain about with regard to Elance itself. Creating the profile can be a bit time-consuming, but it is all worth it once things get moving. The only other rough patches that I’ve encountered can be attributed to the buyers.
Beware of Bargain Buyers
Beware of buyers who are out to use you to snag an insanely low rate. There are many out there that see the need for those who have not yet earned their first gig, and use talented writers by offering them as low as two dollars for a 1,000-word essay – sometimes more. Don’t be taken in by this… it can be tempting to accept such an offer when you’re having difficulty finding a bite, however, if you set such a low standard for your work, you may not climb back out of that rut. Make sure that you accept offers that pay you fairly, and don’t feel bad about passing up on gigs that pay too little to be of benefit to you.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Elance [Kindle Edition]
Elance.com- One of the largest portals that connects freelancers to businesses needing workers in software development, marketing, administration, writing and editing, accounting, legal…
File Size: 2232 KB
Print Length: 304 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1615642072
Publisher: Alpha (September 4, 2012)
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
joyelove started her professional writing career through elance.com and also offers her article writing services through fiverr. You can enlist this writers services at fivver.com joyelove .