Good luck making any real money on eLance.
As a freelance worker, you sign up for free and you are limited to submitting 10 proposals per month. You can also buy additional connects (job proposals) with a paid membership through the month if you find you need more. You can upgrade to the Professional ($10/ 25 proposals per month) Small Business ($20/ 40 proposals per month) or Large Business ($40/ 60 proposals per month). I chose the Professional, as with the basic free plan you cannot add connects during the month.
First of all…I’ve probably submitted over 50 proposals and I got 3 jobs from it after 2 months into the search for a great work at home job only to find out I found out I was competing with HUNDREDS of big companies with loads of job experience on eLance from third world countries where they only charge $2 an hour.
I mostly applied or made proposals on writing jobs and jobs that consist of customer service and I am actually working a job right now for a gentleman in NJ who owns a cleaning business and a landscaping company. I am being paid $10 per hour.
Um…No. It’s $10 an hour on the phone. I am realizing that the hassle of making sure I am always available for his phone calls from 8am-5pm just isn’t worth the money I’m being paid…or not being paid. I have yet to be compensated for my work as of yet and I’ve been answering the phone for him for about 2 months now. He probably hasn’t paid me because there isn’t enough to pay. I’ve answered about 50 calls, at 1-3 minutes on the phone. So that averages about $20 – give or take – over 2 months being available FT Mon-Fri. NOT WORKING OUT.
The sad fact is that real writing jobs along with other coveted work on Elance.com gets outsourced overseas; making it difficult for US-based freelancers to compete or work for much lower pay. For example, a graphic designer such as myself would charge about $150 – $200 to design a logo for a business whereas the freelancers on Elance.com based in the Phillipines are only charging $2o-$30 for the same logo. It’s a no brainer for the employee and the winner of the proposal is making a killing (in their world).
Is it worth it? Maybe if you’re so broke and you can live on third world salary. Otherwise, it’s a waste of time.
I just answered an invite for a virtual assistant job from yesterday but I am pretty much wasting my time by even responding because there were 18 invites; most to the Philipines and the pay rate was $5-10.hr. My chances of landing the job is about 10% and my chances of making 10/hr is lower.
If you decide to work on eLance, you may want to check out http://www.freelancersunion.org/retirement/index.html. You’ll need it. LOL
I wish eLance would divide their website up to restrict countries working for other countries. THEN eLance would be a great job source.
But it’s only my wish… one that won’t come true.
I have had a lot of feedback on this post, it is also the most popular post on my blog.
Thank you to all the people who have responded and gave me your advice on this subject.
Lately I have discovered that when I win a bid on eLance, I will work for that person for maybe a week or two and then the work declines and then eventually I get nothing from them. I have done virtual assistance jobs. I think I am going to look into WordPress jobs as someone suggested.
Please don’t be offended about my 3rd world country comment. It is just what Americans call other countries that are very far away. But the fact remains, most of the 3rd world countries are bidding so low that us Americans cannot make the money we need to survive in our country. The cost of living is way higher here than in other countries.
Just my 2 cents.
I haven’t received an email from eLance for a year and just as I was approving a comment and replying to it, I get a notification from eLance:
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Thanks eLance. But it’s too late.