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Looking to Work Online or Searching to Find Freelancers?

By Edited Jun 4, 2016 2 2

Why is work from home so popular?


These are extremely economically turbulent times that are testing businesses left and right and how they run. The economy has put many companies on a strain and forced them into the corner to where they need to cut costs in all possible manners. In addition, they are laying off people day after day in order to make their businesses profitable which has left many businesses looking to find freelancers to replace hourly and salary employees.

Businesses are now looking to find freelancers for online work and making skilled labor now available to freelance, which forms a perfect meeting ground for both business and the work at home freelancer. Employers are using professionally run websites to hire talent, and more and more people are putting up their skills for freelancing positions. Some of the popular websites that run this interface are oDesk, Guru and Elance.

Working online doing freelancing work also provides for a very convenient job environment since your schedules are a lot more flexible. This is especially suitable for stay at home mothers or fathers who have to be home to take care of their children and homes but still have the time to work online.

Finding online work has become increasingly easier as of late because businesses are now looking to the web and searching to find freelancers. This is partly to do with the popularity and connectivity of the net and partly to do with employers wanting to work with people on a freelance contract basis rather than having them as full time employees.

Businesses can just post their work online on a website, such as Craigslist or Elance, for an appropriate amount, and different people looking for freelance work can bid for it. The employer then chooses an appropriate candidate based on their bid and qualifications and gives them the contract. The freelancer does the work in the stipulated time and gets paid. Progressively, with each project completed, both the employer and the freelance employee build up their online reputation over a period of time, depending on their feedback and reviews based on timeliness and quality.

Certain sites also serve a small market segment and hence are more competitive, so if your freelance skills are in specialized fields, then you should opt for the specialized services more specifically focused on your expertise. The biggest benefit for these down times for job seekers is the increased ability to find employment on the net and for businesses it is the ability to cut costs by being able to out source their work online and take advantage of services and forums designed to help them find freelancers with the skills they are looking for.

With working online on an as needed or per job basis, employees can also explore a broader horizon of different work styles and opportunities. This can also benefit them in the brick and mortar workplace and open more doors by expanding their skill sets and abilities. So whether you are looking to find freelancers or are a freelancer looking for work you've stumbled into a whole new world of opportunity.

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Dec 19, 2009 4:50am
I joined Elance but as yet have not written for them. I think I might in the NEw Year. Good advice in this article
Apr 16, 2010 4:17am
Hi, this is Nicole from Rent a Coder. Rentacoder provides access to programming, writing, illustration, even data entry jobs. (You can get a sense of the broad scope of work available here: http://www.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/SoftwareCoders/BrowseWork.asp).

I'd like to point out a few differences between our service and services like Elance, Guru, and oDesk however, since those differences could influence the success of an outsourced project.

Selection of workers:

The more bids you receive, the more bargaining power and selection you have, and the less you have to pay. However, some sites make money for themselves in ways that reduce the # of bids you receive.

Elance workers can't make more than 10 bids a month unless they pay a subscription fee ($10/month for 20, $20/month for 40 or $40/month for 60). This could reduce the number of qualified bids you receive.

Guru attaches a hefty subscription fee onto its workers who want to make more than 10 bids at a time. That not only limits qualified prospects, it increases the cost of your projects since workers may pass this fee onto you.

At Rentacoder, we do not place a bid limit on any of our workers for any reason.


Unfortunately, 10-20% of projects fail (and on some sites this # is higher). If your worker is a bum, it's important the site offers escrowing and arbitration so you are guaranteed to get your money back. However, some sites charge so much for arbitration or make it so time consuming that it becomes impractical.

Elance charges $66.66 or $133.33 for each arbitration, which may make it too expensive to be a legitimate option on your project. And its mandatory pre-arbitration processes allow an abusive worker to stall the start of arbitration (consequently preventing you from accessing your money for *weeks*... 21 business days in fact). Elance's arbitration process can be tricky too, with each part of the process elongated with 3 - 15 business days in-between. What can be particularly frustrating is that Elance doesn't publish the detailed rules of its arbitration process.

oDesk's limited arbitration on pay-for-time projects is not based on quality of work, but simply whether or not the worker committed fraud-based solely on screenshots, not an analysis of deliverables. As a result, you could end up paying for work that isn't satisfactory.

At Rentacoder, we offer arbitration on all projects free of charge and we test your deliverables to make sure they meet requirements. We also prevent abusive buyers from stalling an arbitration's start. In fact, 45% of our arbitrations are completed under a day and 75% of them are completed under a week. Even more, we show the public how our arbitrators make their decisions.

In addition, most of these types of sites let you pay a worker you have employed before by the hour, which is the most convenient and cheapest way. However, neither Elance, nor Guru verifies the worker's timecard is accurate. On Rent a Coder, workers must punch in and out of a timeclock, and you can see a continuous record of their webcam and desktop, so you know the time is accurate.

There are other differences as well. I invite everyone to compare the 7 major services through this link to learn even more: http://www.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/DotNet/misc/CompetitorInformation/WhyRentACoder_ForBuyers.aspx

If you have any questions, please let me know. You can also call in to talk to a facilitator 7 days a week, or email us (see http://www.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/misc/Feedback.asp).

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