What is the difference between elance and freelance

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I wanted to outsource for a service but was confused between elance and freelance. What is the difference between them if there is any and what is the best website for outsourcing in terms of cost and quality of service.

Thanks in anticipation for your kind response
#difference #elance #freelance
  • Profile picture of the author TobinBell
    Hi there!

    I am a Freelance Writer myself at Freelancer.com. I also have an account on Elance, but I must tell you that it did not really work for me. Freelancer has got a much greater exposure and customer base than Elance. Elance may be a little cheaper in terms of commissions you must pay for the use of their platform, but Freelancer is a much more reliable way of finding quality freelancers for your job.

    Be aware though: There are many workers who will promise heaven and earth for 100 times less than usual. It should not make you choose them, for you give up quality for the couple of extra bucks you might save. It is just my personal experience as a Freelance Writer:

    Always check feedbacks...yes, every single one of them before you hire people. They sometimes try to cheat with reviews by doing 2-10 dollars worth of work to manipulate scores. Check repeat hires and the amount of money paid each time. Also, make sure the freelancer in question has a rich portfolio or links to his articles(that can be verified).

    For example, on my profile,you can see that I have completed 135 projects. I have a rich collection of portfolio elements (although I might have to update them sometime )and a lot of customer reviews. You can also see that I might charge much more than the average writer, but I only provide quality, and my employers are always happy.

    I am not trying to advertise myself, but these are the kind of freelancers you should hire. I do not want to sound racist here or anything, but I would stay away from Indian or Pakistani employees. I believe many of them have potential in many other fields, but when it comes to writing, etc..they do not provide quality...and that is a fact.

    Anyway, my point is: If you are a first-timer, try Freelancer.com to get the hang of it, and then see for yourself. I would stay away from Elance, but you may try that too. As a freelancer, I did not like it at all. I was actually scammed there once, so this is probably why I am biased.

    Hope I could help!

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    • Profile picture of the author kgibest2
      Originally Posted by TobinBell View Post

      Hi there!

      I am a Freelance Writer myself at Freelancer.com. I also have an account on Elance, but I must tell you that it did not really work for me. Freelancer has got a much greater exposure and customer base than Elance. Elance may be a little cheaper in terms of commissions you must pay for the use of their platform, but Freelancer is a much more reliable way of finding quality freelancers for your job.

      Be aware though: There are many workers who will promise heaven and earth for 100 times less than usual. It should not make you choose them, for you give up quality for the couple of extra bucks you might save. It is just my personal experience as a Freelance Writer:

      Always check feedbacks...yes, every single one of them before you hire people. They sometimes try to cheat with reviews by doing 2-10 dollars worth of work to manipulate scores. Check repeat hires and the amount of money paid each time. Also, make sure the freelancer in question has a rich portfolio or links to his articles(that can be verified).

      For example, on my profile,you can see that I have completed 135 projects. I have a rich collection of portfolio elements (although I might have to update them sometime )and a lot of customer reviews. You can also see that I might charge much more than the average writer, but I only provide quality, and my employers are always happy.

      I am not trying to advertise myself, but these are the kind of freelancers you should hire. I do not want to sound racist here or anything, but I would stay away from Indian or Pakistani employees. I believe many of them have potential in many other fields, but when it comes to writing, etc..they do not provide quality...and that is a fact.

      Anyway, my point is: If you are a first-timer, try Freelancer.com to get the hang of it, and then see for yourself. I would stay away from Elance, but you may try that too. As a freelancer, I did not like it at all. I was actually scammed there once, so this is probably why I am biased.

      Hope I could help!

      Cheers
      Thanks for that indept analysis. Though I am not hiring for writing purposes.
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      • Profile picture of the author Hu Dhaval
        Both base concept is same
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  • Profile picture of the author SMworkcafe
    Try Upwork.com. I prefer it over the other two.
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  • Profile picture of the author kazim
    Both of them are almost same. There are few difference in rules and regulation. You can also for Odesk. I suggest you to take a look on Freelancer's feedback and rating before you hire.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlwaysTheBest
    They are both similar types of sites. Odesk as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author TypingPandas
    There is not much difference between the two of them, although we believe Elance is a bit more professional. However, we prefer working with oDesk. It's more user friendly and has a great database of talented freelancers. But in the end, it all resumes to which of the platforms you're more accustomed to.

    We hope this helps a bit.
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  • Profile picture of the author Slade556
    All freelance websites are the same! And I mean all of them! You register, you look for people who are willing to help you out, you hire them.

    Everyone you ask about it will tell you a different story, some like one freelance website more than all the others because of their own personal experience, but bottom line is, it all depends on who you find. You just need to test your luck and start somewhere. Maybe you'll find someone great to work with on your first try, maybe you'll have to keep looking because the first few freelancers you hired disappointed you. So, the quality of service depends on which freelancers work on which website. It's very much random.

    In therms of fees, each freelancer has their own requests. Some will work for pennies, others won't even look at you for less than $30 /hour. To each their own!
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  • Profile picture of the author ultrasound
    oDesk is a marketplace easier to get into: with a simpler pricing structure and no monthly subscription, its easier to land your first project. It's also suitable for experienced users wishing to build teams of companies and separate financial accounts. oDesk offers payment guarantees on hourly projects, and sending proposals is easier, as compared to Elance. It offers great features for searching for jobs, and alerts for new projects that match your specific keywords.
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  • Profile picture of the author stevensrichard
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    • Profile picture of the author jjmags1219
      Quality of the service will not depend on the platforms but rather with the freelancers you will hire for the projects. Thus, it is really very important to be very careful when selecting the candidate. It will help if you review the comments and ratings of the candidates.
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  • Profile picture of the author valmillercorl
    Why don't you try Craigslist for your needs?

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  • Profile picture of the author Write Now
    Personally, I prefer Elance. They have a strict verification process.
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  • Profile picture of the author billalbdtest
    Originally Posted by kgibest2 View Post

    I wanted to outsource for a service but was confused between elance and freelance. What is the difference between them if there is any and what is the best website for outsourcing in terms of cost and quality of service.
    Thanks in anticipation for your kind response
    Well. The Elance & Freelance both are the freelancing market place. Where any freelancer/ worker can get job & any client/ buyer can find the worker. Typically there is no difference between of them. You can use any site. But you have to see the freelancer previous work history & feedback before hiring any one. According to me, it is not important which site you are using, but it is really too much important, which freelancer you are going to hire. Is he expert/ skilled? Best of luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author arvind031989
    freelancer.com is best
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