Please Whitelist This Site?

I know everyone hates ads. But please understand that I am providing premium content for free that takes hundreds of hours of time to research and write. I don't want to go to a pay-only model like some sites, but when more and more people block ads, I end up working for free. And I have a family to support, just like you. :)

Please think about the value you get from this free site, and consider adding it to the whitelist for Adblock. To do so, just open the Adblock menu and select "Disable on freelancingguide.net". Or go to the Tools menu and select "Adblock Plus Preferences...". Then click "Add Filter..." at the bottom, and add this string: "@@||freelancingguide.net^$document". Then just click OK.

Thanks for your understanding!

Sincerely, Charles Kozierok
Author and Publisher, The Online Freelancing Guide


NOTE: Using software to mass-download the site degrades the server and is prohibited. Any such attempts may result in your access to the site being automatically blocked. Please be considerate of other readers -- and my server -- and thank you for your cooperation.

Custom Search






Table Of Contents  The Online Freelancing Guide
 >  An Analysis and Review of Popular Online Freelancing Marketplace Sites
      >  Elance - Freelance Marketplace Site Analysis and Review

Previous Topic/Section
Elance - Project Quantity and Marketplace Size
Previous Page
Pages in Current Topic/Section
1
2
3
Next Page
Elance - Project Discipline Focus
Next Topic/Section

Elance - Project Quality
(Page 2 of 3)

Project Value Restrictions

Elance has traditionally used a $50 project minimum in order to try to encourage higher quality in its projects. I believe that this does have a positive effect, in terms of encouraging higher value projects and discouraging “lowballing”. Unfortunately, Elance has not used the policy to its full potential. The main problem with the project minimum is inconsistent enforcement of the policy.

Client Verification Policies

Until recently, Elance had a payment verification policy for new clients. Upon registration, the company would charge a $10 fee to the new client’s primary payment source. Based on the company’s own claims, this “in some ways ... has served as a filter keeping non-serious posters from using Elance.” Many Elance users felt the same way.

In late January, this requirement was removed; instead of clients being forced to make this payment, it became optional. Elance “strongly recommends” that clients still do the verifi­cation, since it allows those clients to be marked as having been verified in their project postings. However, we all know that many clients will choose a free option over one that costs money. The company itself recognized this, and agreed that “there may be some degradation in the quality of posts for non-verified posters.” They promised to devote additional resources to the team that reviews postings and reports of inappropriate job listings.

The general consensus among experienced freelancers using Elance is that this move has indeed had a significant detrimental effect on overall project quality. As the number of projects listed each month has dramatically increased, the percentage of poor quality projects has risen perhaps even faster. There are many reports of regular users flagging large quantities of chaff project postings, and not feeling too happy about having to do it.

I reviewed some recent project listings on the site and found a significant number of new projects from unverified buyers. However, I did not perceive any clear subjective trend of these projects being of obviously lower quality than I’d expect from new clients who are already verified. I should make clear that this was just a casual review of a limited number of postings. I think it’s likely that these unverified projects probably are of lower quality than those coming from verified clients, but probably not dramatically so.

It’s worth also being clear that contractors do have the ability to simply ignore projects from unverified clients. Of course, human nature being what it is, that’s easier said than done. :)


Previous Topic/Section
Elance - Project Quantity and Marketplace Size
Previous Page
Pages in Current Topic/Section
1
2
3
Next Page
Elance - Project Discipline Focus
Next Topic/Section

If you find The Online Freelancing Guide useful, please consider making a small Paypal donation to help the site, using one of the buttons below. You can also donate a custom amount using the far right button (not less than $1 please, or PayPal gets most/all of your money!) Thanks for your support -- it's hard to make a living writing free material these days.
Donate $5
Donate $10
Donate $20
Donate $30
Donate: $



Home - Table Of Contents - Contact Us

The Online Freelancing Guide (http://www.FreelancingGuide.net)
Last Site Update: December 13, 2011

© Copyright 2001-2011 Charles M. Kozierok. All Rights Reserved.
Not responsible for any loss resulting from the use of this site.