Freelancer.com or Elance.com? You Choose…

Are you a freelancer and would like to take your skill online to make some money?

If you want to work online or you want to get some jobs done from other people, you will find several opportunities on these websites.

freelancer or elanceThere are workers who are ready to take up any of the jobs that you have to give them and there are individuals who are ready to make work available for those who want to work online.

All you need to do is to get yourself registered on any of the sites and you are good to go. Before long, you will make money online.

The truth still remains anyway that there are several differences among the various freelance sites online.

While some of them are able to offer you excellent services, there are some other ones that may not be able to live up to their claims.

In this article, a comparison will be made between two of the prominent freelance sites that are used today.

In case you have been working on them, you will be aware of some of the facts that are mentioned about them here.

In case you have not been involved with any of them, you will do well to make use of the facts revealed here to finally make up your mind about the two of them.

Freelancer vs Elance

The below info may be the master info that you need to choose the one you would choose to work with.

The two freelance sites that will be reviewed here are freelancer.com and elance.com.

This article is not intended to tell you the specific one to choose between the two. It will only lay out the facts and we expect you to make your choice on the one you will choose to use in your bid to make money online.

Background about freelancer.com

Freelancer.com is a freelance site that has been around for sometime now. It was formerly called getafreelaner.com before it finally changed its name to the present freelancer.com.

It offers several freelance services ranging from article writing to website designing and all sorts of programming services.

You can even get graphic design jobs and data entry jobs on it. It is a site that links those who are looking for jobs with those who are willing to give them the job online.

Background on elance.com

Elance.com too has been around for quite a while now. In fact, it had been around since 1999. It is a site that many individuals have found to be very reliable. It does almost exactly the same thing as mentioned above about freelancer.com.

You can come by several online jobs and several buyers are also available to give jobs to online professionals who are seeking work. All you need to have is the necessary qualifications and you will be able to acquire work on either of these sites.

Registration on either site

The registration procedure on either freelancer.com or elance.com is actually not to difficult. You are asked to supply simple info to open your account.

Neither of the sites gives you any restraints when you want to set up account. You will also be able to set up your account free of charges.

While freelancer gives you complete freedom to set up an account, elance, offers the option of either setting up a standard account or a premium account.

The standard account is completely free to set up while the premium account may cost you some money.

This has really reduced the number of people seeking jobs on elance. Because of this, people would rather flock to freelancer to get a free account.

Effect of free or paid account on elance

There have been several rumors that those who make use of the free account on elance do not usually get any work at all.

However, those who set up a premium account have been able to land several mouth watering jobs on elance.

This may not be true everywhere. It is possible for some other guys to be able to get jobs with a free account on elance and be able to make money online from there.

It is however advisable for such people to get premium accounts as soon as they are able to gather the money together.

Limit of job bids

Both freelancer and elance have a limited number of jobs that an individual is permitted to bid for.

On freelancer, you are given the grace to bid for up to sixty different jobs per month. Once your 60 bid count had been used up, you won’t be able to bid for any other job until the following month.

On elance, a free account gives you access to only 10 points. This does not mean you will be able to bid for ten jobs. Each of the types of jobs on elance have different points attached to it. You may end up bidding for only four jobs with your 10 points in case each job carries about 3 points.

Strictness of getting job

It is stricter to get jobs on elance than on freelancer.

Elance rarely welcomes anyone that is a new writer. You need to have real experience to show along with your bid.

The case is different with freelancer. Freelancer employers always give equal opportunity to new writers. There are some employers on freelancer that do not even require you to submit samples before they give you a job.

How much per job?

On freelancer.com, the jobs done are almost always cheap. You can have an employer who is only willing to pay a meager $1 for 500 words article on freelancer. This is not the case with elance. A 500 word article can cost as high as $8-$10, depending on the writer’s merit, of course.

Some people may criticize freelancer.com for providing cheap jobs to freelancers and thus lowering the job’s merit, but this should not be reason enough to avoid freelancer.com. Employers pay as per their budget allows, whether freelancers take it or not depends on them.

How to get paid?

Several workers will bid for a particular job. The employer will choose any one of them that he thinks will be able to do the job for him. The two of them will agree on price and the outsourcing site will charge them for the job awarded. The employer will give the employee a period of time to get the job done and he will put the money in escrow.

Both freelancer.com and elance.com make use of escrow.

Escrow helps to keep the payment for the job on hold until the job is finished. Once the worker finishes the job, the money in escrow is released into the account of the worker.

Escrow works in such a way that the worker and the employer will not be able to get the money out of it. The only access the employer has is to release the money into the account of the worker. It is only the site management that can take any other action with money in escrow.

This makes it hassle free to get paid for any work done on either site as long as the money is in escrow.

The worker can then decide to withdraw his money through any means he deems fit. Each of the sites have different means through which money can be paid from the worker’s online account to his personal account where he can withdraw it in cash. The choice used is completely dependent on the worker.

Charges on work done

Freelancer.com only charges each worker 5% of the total value of the winning bid and elance.com places a predetermined amount as their fees before the deal is finalized.

However, there is a difference: while freelancer.com takes fees from your winning bid, elance.com doesn’t take such a share. Elance.com charges above the price quoted by the freelancer.

Each of these sites makes sure that the charges are removed from your balance immediately after you win a bid. They will remove the charges and release the balance to you. This means that you do not need to spend a dime before you can make money on either site.

Conclusion

Read through the info above and consider all the points so as to know the one that will work well for you in your bid to make money online.

The info here may not contain everything that you need to know about both the freelance sites. You can then check other sources or user feed backs to get more info.

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Comments

  1. Daniel says

    Hello Casper,

    I trust that you are doing well.

    I am writing this to enquire about Elance.com. I am a freelancer & about to Sign-up with Elance.com however before I do that I thought of going through the reviews first & then I found you.

    So, would you recommend me to sign-up with Elance.com?

    Look forward to hear from you.

    Cheers,

    Best Regards,
    Daniel

    • says

      Hi Daniel,

      As the post stated, there are pro’s and con’s to both freelancer and elance. However, only you can make the decision
      on which one you would prefer…

      To be honest, the majority of my success didn’t come from either of them. I use oDesk…it’s awesome!

      Actually, Casper and I are in the process of creating a dynamite product on how to use oDesk,
      from start to finish plus…things that aren’t being taught to freelancers.

      But like I said, do your homework and figure out which would benefit you the most according to your talents and skill set better.

      We post that kind of info for you to make a sound decision. You can always sign up with both and then choose
      which one is working for you the best.

      Thanks for posting and let us know how it’s going!

      Joni

  2. Howard Siow Soshal says

    Pros: the dream is to get a previously unknown expert who’s currently unemployed or stuck somewhere in some undeveloped country (eg. India) that is willing to do work for a lot less money and deliver much better quality than you can find locally…

    Cons: the reality for most is… the whole “work from home” and “work from anywhere” fad of the 1990s is… exactly just that, a fad that was very difficult for most companies to execute… any company that was serious about creating something great needed to have teams of people located together. Ever tried a long distance relationship? ie. that’s why the bay area is so arrogant about “any serious venture must be located here”.

    Since porter’s seminal works on “clusters”, the dream is to have teams working in geographic clusters and communicating with complementary clusters elsewhere. Very few companies have been able to execute this well. Even McKinsey still finds it important to fly consultants over rather than work remotely.

    But elance.com, odesk.com, guru.com, scriptlance.com, vworker.com and freelancer.com are great for small mom-and-dad companies to get small jobs like “i need a logo designed by a smart high-school student” jobs. Ultimately it runs into the problem of… the “successful” feelancers were bidding for perhaps 500 jobs for every 1-2 jobs they “won”. These 2 jobs were earning them about $300-400. That is a very low pay rate by any standard. So if they actually did have decent skills in this day and age, what are they doing pawning their skills for pittance?

    The future:
    The problem I think is the age old difficulty of finding highly skilled workers with the right experience. With facebook, linkedin and a plethora of competitors in this space, we’re hoping the solution will eventually be searching linkedin or facebook for: “find me a worker with experience in a similar role in a similar company”, or it will be… “find me a smart graduate and we have the inhouse skills to teach them everything they need to know”… everything else I think is just fluffing around… 🙂

    • says

      Hi Howard. My name is Emir and I work at Freelancer.com. I came across this post and got to read your comments. I’d like to take some time to address it. But first I’d like to thank Casper for the review of Freelancer.com services.

      The reason outsourcing has become so essential today with small businesses is that it allows employers to engage with professionals to execute jobs at very reasonable costs. Instead of paying a local professional thousands of dollars, he can outsource his requirement and have it done for a few hundred dollars or less. With money saved, they can use their additional funds and resources for business development and expansion.

      You mentioned the low pay grades for some of the jobs posted. What you may find low wage can be significant for someone else in the developing world. That’s why many freelancers in the developing world, leave their full time jobs to work at Freelancer.com and earn better income.

      There’s a great mix of jobs available at our site and be assured that there a lot of high quality jobs waiting just for you.

      While social media and networking sites have the huge registrations and users, we’re glad to report that Freelancer.com still has one of the largest pools of very professional and reputable professionals and employers. We have more than 3.5 million users (and it continues to grow) and because we have that pool of talent available, we have hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers.

      Freelancer is the world’s biggest outsourcing and crowdsourcing market for small business. We have employers who crowdsource their requirements engaging groups and individuals and they’ve been successful in their endeavours. To know more about Freelancer.com, please visit us (http://www.freelancer.com/info/about.php) and view our awards, the success stories, experiences from satisfied employers and freelancers.

      Thank you very much.

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