September 25, 2010 9:57am CST
Is elance a good source for paid writing jobs? I am trying to find the best and easiest to work with source of freelance writing jobs. I like textbroker, but I am not making enough money on there to satisfy myself.
• United States
28 Sep 10
So far I have not made a dime on Elance. They have a lot of jobs posted, many of which I could do. But the competition is incredible. I looked at a job that I estimated would take about 10 hours to do properly, and would pay about $50. There were over 100 bids already, and it had just posted the day before. Associated Content has been a total waste of time for me. Triond and Helium pay a little (very little) but they do pay.
• United States
26 Sep 10
Hi Snowy, Elance is okay if you're comfortable paying a subscription fee just to bid on jobs. Without that subscription, you're limited to 10 bids a month, which is hardly enough to earn a living or even win a gig. It takes a lot of bids just to land one, so you might want to try vWorker instead. At least there, you have free, unlimited bidding.
23 Oct 10
Elance does have some benefits as well as some draw backs. A lot of the job postings are from people who want to make their own affiliate website, or want articles to submit to ezine etc to promote their own site. They want to spend as little as possible. When I was first on elance, I knocked myself out writing fabulous articles, until I realized it doesn't matter so much. Excellent writing is lost on the average client. Bid low, but also work low. Rewrites are easy, don't make much time and you can turn them out quickly, so bid low. I also had a couple business clients. A real estate company paid me $30 per article for ten 1000 word articles. I thought that was pretty good. I don't have the paid membership, since I'm not a regular user. I usually put jobs in the watch list so I can keep an eye on bids and bid accordingly. (They tell you avg bid, plus high and low bid). I don't bid on jobs over $500 as everybody bids on them. The other thing I do is write on Triond. When I bid on elance, I use links to Triond articles as writing samples. Clients are usually impressed by that.
9 Oct 10
You might want to take a look at "Review Stream". This is a site where you can write brief reviews on a variety of topics, things you come across in your day-to-day activities, shopping, movies, restaurants, travel, hotels, and so on, and get paid when your review submission is approved. I have been with it for some time now, and I am happy writing reviews there.
25 Sep 10
For writing jobs, I only use Triond by know.Even I also a member of some site like it. Bukisa, AssosiatedContent, etc. But I only active in Triond, even I only have 4 article in there. The most thing that I like from the kind of this site is, we post once and can make money again and again. Try to use shvoong, a review site.Look like it's well known in Asia, so you can get more view if you make a good review in there.