Is Elance a scam?

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I've been working part-time on Elance for almost 3 years now.
Just yesterday, my account was closed.
I contacted them for the reason, and this is the reply.
Hello paypoy,

During a review of your account, we determined that you are not meeting the minimum standards for our community with regards to managing job opportunities and active projects. Specifically, the number of proposals you have submitted without job award falls under our minimum requirements.

After a full review of your account closure response, we unfortunately will not be able to reinstate your account. you do have access to withdraw your current funds and complete any open jobs.

Regards,
Elance Trust & Safety
My account closed because my job award are under their minimum requirements?
I think this is unreasonable! It is a bidding site. You can't always expect to win.

Besides, I think I'm actually getting a high award rate.

They should close those who give crappy work.

Anyway, it's their lost.
#main internet marketing discussion forum #elance #scam
  • Profile picture of the author CyberAlien
    Originally Posted by mrdanilodiaz View Post

    You can't always expect to win.
    No, you can't always win. But, if you're almost never winning then they may not think there's a point to you having an account there.

    Regardless of the situation, there's a place for reviews: Internet Marketing Product Reviews & Ratings
  • Profile picture of the author Holmstrom
    Hi, move to oDesk, I think you are going to like it!
  • Profile picture of the author alrealestate
    Yes Odesk is the big dog in outsourcing for nonprogramming services. We seem to find more work than we can handle on Odesk... Only problem to many weekend get rich courses are sending folks to all the outsourcing sites with the promise of a native English speaking virtual assistant with a masters in accounting marketing and literature for 1.00 an hour. We wont touch any thing for less than the US minimum wage for voice work. Non voice is a different story.
  • Profile picture of the author tamalanwar
    Odesk is crowded now days and elance is still a cleaner marketplace.

    No Elance/Odesk is not a scam.
  • Profile picture of the author techbul
    I personally like Odesk, it's so simple to work with. In my opinion, it's just so much better than Freelancer and Elance.
  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Actually They have some requirements which all freelance has to comply. though it is not a fact that they are scam. By the way you can move on odesk, they don't bother you any way.
  • Profile picture of the author mindwire
    They are not a scam, they in fact want you to meet certain requirements.
    Save yourself some time and move on to odesk, it's by far the best freelancing site.
  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    ...or, open your own ghostwriting website and work harder promoting that than bidding on projects That works too - I know from experience
    • Profile picture of the author bhuff85
      Originally Posted by TiffanyLambert View Post

      ...or, open your own ghostwriting website and work harder promoting that than bidding on projects That works too - I know from experience
      I second this

      While some freelance sites can be worth the effort for supplementary income (during any slow months), finding your own clients is by far the best approach. Much more opportunity to build long-term relationships. Besides that, you're build a real business, rather than relying on others to bring the work to you.
    • Profile picture of the author WriterWahm
      Originally Posted by TiffanyLambert View Post

      ...or, open your own ghostwriting website and work harder promoting that than bidding on projects That works too - I know from experience
      ^^^ This...boy, I still remember when I first started out and used to hang out in those freelance sites. Do yourself a favor and build a business. Really.
  • Profile picture of the author Greedy
    I wouldn't sweat it.

    I've spent over $15,000 on eLance and they randomly banned my account a month ago. I hadn't used the account in 2 months.

    I just moved to oDesk. Same different.
    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
      Banned
      Originally Posted by Greedy View Post

      I wouldn't sweat it.

      I've spent over $15,000 on eLance and they randomly banned my account a month ago. I hadn't used the account in 2 months.

      I just moved to oDesk. Same different.
      They don't just randomly ban accounts. What did they ban your account for?
  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    Originally Posted by mrdanilodiaz View Post

    I've been working part-time on Elance for almost 3 years now.
    Just yesterday, my account was closed.
    I contacted them for the reason, and this is the reply.


    My account closed because my job award are under their minimum requirements?
    I think this is unreasonable! It is a bidding site. You can't always expect to win.

    Besides, I think I'm actually getting a high award rate.

    They should close those who give crappy work.

    Anyway, it's their lost.
    First, your anger towards Elance doesn't warrant questioning whether they are a scam or not. THEY ARE NOT A SCAM! Second, they have policies like this one in place for a reason. Finally, it's not their loss. They have plenty of writers and just because you're mad at them doesn't make it their loss.

    Benjamin Ehinger
  • Profile picture of the author dudeco
    No, they are not a scam. But good news for you is that there are other options. Like others have said, I have had good success with oDesk, and have also had good success with Guru. So, you have options.
  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    Elance is not a scam, they don't bear any failure in results. You can move to odesk it is also great to work with.
    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by Greedy View Post

      I wouldn't sweat it.

      I've spent over $15,000 on eLance and they randomly banned my account a month ago. I hadn't used the account in 2 months.

      I just moved to oDesk. Same different.
      They randomly banned your account?

      Really?

      How does that serve their interests?
  • Profile picture of the author mbacak
    Many people paint the world with a negative
    paint brush. Instead of getting upset about it,
    you might want to ask yourself....

    What went right, what went wrong and how can you fix it

    ....before I'd think about moving
    to Odesk or any other place.
  • Profile picture of the author kinyash
    Sad as it is, they are having tighter rules these days but that does not mean they are a scam. I am sure they do have their reasons. I would suggest you evaluate what really went wrong and move to the other alternatives. Getting worked up is counter productive.
  • Profile picture of the author BloggerDeen
    Yeah these companies can do anything. When companies become big they stop caring about people who built them but stop getting disappointed move on to something next. Its not a big deal. When you are self employed instead of posting it on forums, move on to next one.
  • Profile picture of the author SoniaB
    You should take a look at freelanceswitch. Great payouts and converts because its a rather small community.
  • Profile picture of the author curationsoft
    I have nothing against Elance, they may have the right to change their policy whenever they like. I suggest you go to Odesk, they are one of the strongest recruiter company that I know.
  • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
    Is Elance a Scam? Obviously, that's why they've been around for so long.

    You aren't doing yourself any favours by asking such a daft question. If you'd asked for help in working out why your account was banned, fine. But to blatantly ask if they are a scam when you KNOW they aren't as you have had had WORK via them, tells me a lot about you and your attitude.

    If it's the same attitude you use towards potential clients, then that tells me why you were banned.

    Instead of screaming scam, why not politely ask them to refer you to the part in their T&Cs that refers to minimum requirements.
    • Profile picture of the author Patrick
      Originally Posted by rosetrees View Post

      Is Elance a Scam? Obviously, that's why they've been around for so long.

      Was that a typing mistake ? :p
  • Profile picture of the author jay walters
    I don't believe that Elance is a scam. It is a clean place to hire or work projects.
  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    Elance is not a scam.

    But that does not mean that you will get your money's worth of work. I never used Elance but I think the platform is quite similar to freelancer.com. Every time you bid on a project and the project closes, even if you are not the winner, Elance takes a fee.

    I got a negative balance on freelancer.com and almost immediately got a warning email to deposit funds or I will be banned. I guess, you were banned because you forgot to deposit more cash into your account. Am I right?

    Regardless, I think it is best to take matters into your own hands when it comes to finding clients. Don't depend on one website to provide you with all your work.

    Good luck!
    • Profile picture of the author DTGeorge
      Originally Posted by timbonitus View Post

      Elance is not a scam.

      But that does not mean that you will get your money's worth of work. I never used Elance but I think the platform is quite similar to freelancer.com. Every time you bid on a project and the project closes, even if you are not the winner, Elance takes a fee.

      I got a negative balance on freelancer.com and almost immediately got a warning email to deposit funds or I will be banned. I guess, you were banned because you forgot to deposit more cash into your account. Am I right?

      Regardless, I think it is best to take matters into your own hands when it comes to finding clients. Don't depend on one website to provide you with all your work.

      Good luck!
      Just to clear up your questions...

      Every time you bid on a project and the project closes, even if you are not the winner, Elance takes a fee.
      No, if you bid for a project but do not get it, Elance does not take any money from you.

      I guess, you were banned because you forgot to deposit more cash into your account. Am I right?
      I used Elance on and off for 6 months, and they never threatened to ban me because I didn't have any money in my account.

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