Elance vs. Guru - which is your choice?

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hi guys

I've tested both Elance and Guru - to hire content writers and more.

What's your experience with them two, and why would you go with one over the other?

Let's keep discussion to these two sites alone; I know there are a ton others, but I want we compare just the two, good?

I look forward to all your comments, suggestions and questions...
#choice #elance #guru #outsourcing
  • Profile picture of the author bmw040
    I use both of them for writers (and Odesk).

    Out of the two I have had better quality "Content" with Elance.

    I do end up paying a little more after everything is all said and done but it is worth it to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author parmarjeet
    Elance is better but to become successful as a freelancer, i recommend to join more than 5 freelancer websites. such as odesk, freelancer, elance, guru and many others.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexGeorge
    They are both good choice and you will find that most serious freelancers can be located on both sites and more. However, there is usually a wider range of jobs and freelancers available on elance and it's more popular so my vote goes to elance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Burton Lancaster
    I think you will actually end up paying less in the long run (on average) with Elance. The talent is a little more competent so you don't have to pay for as many mistakes down the road. I have had great luck finding talent on Odesk and then pulling it offline on a project to project basis.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brian John
      it's difficult to say because ur experience ultimately comes down to the particular contractor u hire, but for the bigger jobs i've typically had the best luck w elance
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberAlien
    Between those 2, I'd recommend Elance - but overall I'd go with oDesk.
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  • Profile picture of the author bmw040
    I agree with Odesk 100% as well. I just gave my opinion earlier answering the specific question.
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  • Profile picture of the author joan2009
    Elance is better but when it comes to content writing, you can find skilled writer at other sites like iwriter and textbroker
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyG11k
    definitely none of you have used Guru, at least not to an extend you could compare it with Elance

    Not sure why most of you guys recommended odesk, the comparison was between Elance and Guru, plain and simple
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    • Profile picture of the author dvduval
      Originally Posted by JohnnyG11k View Post

      definitely none of you have used Guru, at least not to an extend you could compare it with Elance

      Not sure why most of you guys recommended odesk, the comparison was between Elance and Guru, plain and simple
      I used it a while ago and found a retired sports writer for the newspaper that was amazing, but I think there probably a large pool of talent overall on Elance and Odesk. But that doesn't mean you can't find quality on Guru.
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  • Profile picture of the author ratracegrad
    My take is that you get lesser quality and lower priced work on odesk. If you post a job on odesk you will be swamped with bids for people/companies that clearly dont read you job posting but are bidding on everything. I have had more contractors go south and not complete work on odesk.

    With elance you will pay more but you will get higher quality work. I have had very few contractors fail to complete work on elance. If you want it done right without having to spend time rewriting or grammar check then go with elance.
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  • Profile picture of the author TonyNorton
    Hey,

    Why not use them both? Post the same project on both of those sites as well as any others you can think of. It only serves to get your project in front of more potential writers that way.

    The arguments of "there are better writers on ________" or "you get work for cheaper on ________" mean nothing to me. As long as you have a comprehensive method of evaluating and negotiating with the writers it really only comes down to getting as many of them bidding on your project as you possibly can.

    Then just pick the best one for your project.

    All the sites have good, bad, cheap and expensive writers. You just have to be willing to spend some time to separate the wheat from the chaff.

    Make sense?

    Tony
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  • Profile picture of the author blankinship
    I have enlisted some key parts of my group through elance, and it has been truly incredible. I would say that not just do you get what you pay for despite the fact that I have gotten some truly sensible ability that I might never have discovered so sensibly through different strategies, the same exceptional enlisting and administration practices that apply anyplace on elance and I assume guru.com). That is, the more point by point you might be about your necessities the better, the all the more unmistakably you can convey the better, staying in touch and keeping the undertaking making headway, and so on forth. There's an allurement to let things run on auto-pilot more, since its the internet, however I suppose its key to oppose that enticement.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketingdynasty
    I have an account on both Guru and Elance. But I mostly work on Elance because I consider it better than Guru. Also, I work on Odesk and Freelancer too.
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    • Profile picture of the author Abramm
      Originally Posted by instantclassic View Post

      I have account on both Guru and elance. But I mostly work on Elance because i consider better then Guru. But I work on Odesk and freelancer too.
      me also wanted to say that i have account on all the three main freelancing sites, Guru, elance and odesk. but i really love to work on odesk. my second like is elance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Assignmentwriter
    Both are good choice, choose best service provider it depends on your budget
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  • Profile picture of the author bluemagicaleyes
    My choice is Guru.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aneekalam
    Elance is recommended.

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketingBees
    Neither.

    Odesk for me. Although you do tend to get A LOT of the usual "Dear Hiring Manager" replies, you can and often will find some gems.
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  • Profile picture of the author Taraka
    I tried Guru, somehow shifted to Elance and Odesk.
    My freelancers also moved there
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  • Profile picture of the author Myheavens
    Elance is Much better than guru.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Millbrath
    It my experience is it all the same, sometimes I will have better luck on one or the other. It really just depends on who you select as both have very good freelancers and both have very bad freelancers.

    The question should not be which is better, it should be how do you know if the professional you are hiring is any good.
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  • Profile picture of the author AKramet
    From my own experience, Elance is better than Guru. Although from the very start both were practically the same to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Davidconstable
    There are many freelancing market place in the world, every one will not work every where. I have been using the Elance. If I caompare the popularity of the mentioned two sites. the Elance is up than the GURU.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketMaster13
    I'm going to have to say Elance. Used it a few times and I've been really happy with what was delivered.
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  • Profile picture of the author avowzone
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    I used both of them along with oDesk and found oDesk is best for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    for me it is odesk

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  • Profile picture of the author Ean Stark
    Elance all the way,been using it since 2 years now.

    Can't speak of the other one as I haven't used it.

    Ean
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