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Old 01-22-2014
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I've gotten a couple of very small jobs through Elance. The good clients are there - it just takes A LOT of effort to find them. I still think it's worthwhile to gain some contacts. This is an interesting article regarding finding the good, high-paying clients and the effort it takes to reach them: http://under30ceo.com/hacking-elance...00-in-4-weeks/.

If you are going to make a go of it, make sure to complete your profile thoroughly and put as much effort into it as you expect to get out of it. You can't expect to spend 5 minutes creating a bare-bones profile, placing a quick bid for a job and getting it. It just doesn't work like that.

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I have read so much about Elance, I decided to try it. I guess I probably fall into that, "5 minute profile" thing but it is complete at any rate. But it still seems like a LOT of work when many of the jobs offered clearly state "less than $10 per hour" I won't work for that sort of money.

Also I tried bidding on one job. It stated that they needed a VA for email and typing. So I wrote out what I thought was a good proposal and it got turned down because "I didn't supply samples" of my work. How the heck do you supply samples of typing and answering emails? I can't give them my URL for my real website where I have testimonials that link back to my clients (therefore they could contact them).

I don't know the entire thing seems confusing and very time consuming to me. Right now I'm not getting it?!
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I've bid on a bunch of jobs at Elance, and so far my bids have been rejected for being priced too high and I bid at the absolute lowest I would accept as pay. One client on there did contact me separately because I have advertising sales experience, and offered me a position for sales. I declined it, I hated sales and have absolutely no desire to try to talk people into buying someone else's product or service. And I refuse to accept too low of an amount for my VA pay.

I'll keep bidding as I see stuff, but I don't plan on it being my bread and butter.

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Thanks for posting this. I've tried these sites in the past with no luck but was thinking of giving it another shot. I hadn't really thought about sending out welcome packet, etc to these clients but I agree with frane413. Now if I could just find something on these sites that pays more than $5 hr LOL!
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I have bid for jobs on Elance, however many of those clients are looking for cheap labor. I would rather use my time to find clients who are willing to pay a fair price.
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I think I'm going to give them a miss and concentrate on other avenues for clients.

I'd rather build my portfolio by working for a local charity than allow some vulture to benefit from cheap labour. It's a shame these people are able to exploit the less fortunate.
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Old 01-24-2014
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I do understand how frustrating it must be when you can not get land clients on such platforms as Elance and oDesk. I personally do not use oDesk anymore because of the rates being ridiculously low however I started on Elance in January of last year and then built a team of VA's on that platform in order to provide more services to our client.

I think you have to create a proposal that stands out a little bit more. Take some of the skills test, create a short introduction video of yourself so clients can see who you are. I made my proposal very clean and precise. Not too much and nothing less. I wanted them to see the benefits of hiring my team.

Do what works for you but never give up. Hope this provides you with some encouragement!
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With Elance your proposal is key. I recently finished a research project for an international client. You will have to search a little in order to find a client that is willing to pay a respectable amount in terms of a fee. Good luck
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