Should you use Elance or Odesk?
Whether you have heard of these two places or not I think it’s important that we explore them.
Both of these places are used when people want to outsource work. There are thousands of freelancers ready and waiting to take on any type of project you might need assistance with.
Before you get too excited however we need to talk about some of the drawbacks that are involved in outsourcing.
Some people have suggested that you will not find the world’s best writers etc. on these sites. That means you need to try and do whatever research is necessary and find others that have used various people for their projects. I have not personally used either of these services but I have had conversations with people who have and I’ll share what they have said.
One person said they have several people do the same project and use the one that’s best.
That seems like a lot of wasted money and time in my opinion. Ultimately that’s a choice you need to make.
I’m told these sites have feedback system which should help you make a decision as to who you should hire.
Since you don’t have a working relationship with these people keep in mind that they may not meet the deadline that you have for your project.
Should you decide to use someone make sure to thoroughly check any feedback they had from other people.
There are going to be communication issues since you are not allowed to trade phone numbers or Skype with these individuals.
One of the reasons for this is that they want to make sure that freelancers do not make private payment arrangements offline.
That being the case it can be difficult to coordinate your projects on these particular sites.
Note: According to my information Elance does have their own video/voice chat system now. If that’s correct then that would prove to be extremely beneficial.
Why do people use these sites?
It’s more affordable than hiring someone long term.
When you need help with a project you contact them.
How does it usually work? Freelancers have to bid against other freelancers in order to obtain a job. Therefore they put in the most competitive bid they possibly can.
My suggestion would be to take a small project and try either of these places to see what experience you have.
Have you used either of these services? Were you happy with the results?
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