9 Easy Ways to Make Money on Elance

by AaronAnderson on September 23, 2012

Elance.com is an online hub where anyone can post projects for freelance contractors to bid on. It might sound like a free-for-all, but Elance is a very ordered environment. Jobs are sorted into searchable indexes based on requirements and type while contractors are likewise searchable based on experience and skill-sets.

So what can Elance do for you? Well, it’s been providing me with steady work for close to a year now and it’s given me a bunch of great resume spots. In this article we’ll take a brief look at nine careers I feel are best-suited to the Elance experience.

1. Transcription

Transcription of audio files may not be the most thrilling way to get by, but Elance sees quite a bit of work in this vein. A quick transcriptionist can take full advantage of competitive turnaround time to establish themselves quickly and definitively as competent, timely, and reliable.

2. Technical Support

Elance is one of the quickest ways to get clued in on opportunities for tech support jobs, which tend to come and go quite briskly. The site’s customizable alert system lets techies configure their pages so they’ll receive an e-mail whenever a job that meets their specifications becomes available.

3. Legal Advice

Not everyone can afford to keep a lawyer on retainer, but most anyone involved in business is going to need competent legal counsel at one point or another. Whether it’s structuring bylaws, getting advice on going public, or any of a dozen concerns that merit consultation but not full retainer, offering legal advice over Elance can be lucrative.

4. Video Editing

Elance hosts multimedia files for its contractors and clients, meaning editors have easy access to the materials they need. Video editing isn’t a backroom racket anymore; instead, individuals and teams are free to work without constraints like overhead, physical location, or even phone contact via the medium of the internet. With Elance even the mundane trial of getting files back and forth in the proper format is done away with, as the hosting service streamlines everything admirably.

5. Graphic Design

StudioPress Genesis, the foundation for many popular website themes, is just one of the skills a graphic designer should cultivate in order to stand out on Elance. Businesses, blogs, org sites and others are always looking for a way to secure an edge with their graphical environment, so there’s a lot of competition floating around in the freelance design world, but with hard work and talent a designer can distinguish themselves and make full use of the opportunities Elance provides.

6. Writing

Elance is like a playground for writers with enough variety in their skill-set. Someone with a deep resume is going to make waves with clients, and even a self-starter can find work and build up their online presence. The sheer volume of work available on Elance means that while the choicer projects might go to the pros, there’s plenty left over for rookies and part-timers.

7. Professional Voice-overs

Again Elance’s file-hosting service comes in handy. Elance lets voice actors upload sample audio and video of their vocal styles and performances, adding a personal dimension to their resumes that flat text just won’t allow for.

8. Editing & Proofreading

Proofing and editing are much in demand on Elance. Tech articles, novels, blog posts and copy are all regularly posted for editing, so being quick on the uptake and turnaround are both definite pluses for would-be editors.

9. Audio Production

Creating audio effects, editing recorded material, and scoring commercials are just a few of the opportunities for audio production professionals working on Elance. The site really does lend itself well to tech jobs, and clients are happy to have an easy avenue for their audio needs where before they’d have had to deal with expensive equipment, audio production companies, or sound studios.

About the Author:

James Martell is an Internet marketer who understands what it takes to succeed online and has been teaching others to do so since 2003. James works with other site such as www.shopwpthemes.com, to help the everyday Web pedestrian make the most of their blog or site’s graphical environment with the tools WordPress can provide.


Ormand Spunter September 24, 2012 at 3:42 AM

Thank you so much for sharing this post. I’m just looking for online part time jobs and I think Elance would be a great place to start. I was just interested in that writing and graphic design option.

Alex September 24, 2012 at 10:52 AM

No worries Ormand – definitely a good way to get your feet wet so to speak – certainly the easiest way to find out what you are good at and enjoy (unlike doing say 6 years of law only to decide you hate it – read: ME! LOL)

Felix Albutra September 24, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Hi Alex,

Thank you very much for sharing this information. I just want to add another way to make money with eLance like link building, social media management and etc…

- Felix

Alex September 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

True, although I can imagine that the competition for work in that area would be insane!

peter davies September 24, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Hi Alex

Hope all is well Mate. Elance is a good start one of many. I also see Fiverr being a good part of the mix especially when you have appropriate processes in place supported by some degree of automation to ensure the job can be done quickly.

Many of the more prominent fiverr providers offer upsells within the task so $4 can quickly become $8, $12 or $16 for a bit of work.

Alex September 25, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Good point about the fiverr upsell.
I know you speak the truth because I have been a victim(?) of the upsells on fiverr myself (I question victim because I am s till getting a bargain LOL)

Jena Isle September 25, 2012 at 9:43 AM

This could be very useful for me. Thank you for presenting it in a simple manner. I have always chosen writing, but I still have to be hired. Perhaps I would try transcription, as well.

Andrew@ Social Web Q and A September 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Nice ideas here! But I’d be a little wary of the legal advice one. Couldn’t that potentially get you into some liability trouble? I guess if you spell out the terms quite clearly beforehand.

Alex September 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM

hahaha mate there’s no pulling the wool over your eyes :)
I didn’t even pick up on that – but you make a VERY good point – I’m with you in that I’d just steer clear

James Sax@Link Wheel September 25, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Well, Elance sounds very exciting and useful especially for freelance writers as they can write good and strong content and put it up on Elance. Nowadays, blogging provides with a lot of extra income. Thanks for letting me know about Elance because I am surely going to try it in order to earn that bit.

Emy@voip routing September 27, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Oh so many facilities Elance is providing with entirely in one single site. This is good news for people looking out for working as freelancers and also the bloggers who are already in this game of blogging. This multi purpose site can aid almost everyone ranging from the one finding work to the one offering work.

Maiah @ HR Consultancy September 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM

I’ve heard so much about eLance but haven’t really tried it. I think this is a great hub for those who are seeking extra income aside from their current stable jobs.

Leslie@AZ World September 28, 2012 at 12:56 AM

I’ve experienced using Elance a few years ago and hired someone to do my website, and its seems their system is doing fine and you can easily manipulate and navigate their system. Now they’re pretty much good looking and their system quite improved compared before.

Prisely September 29, 2012 at 8:18 PM

First of all, congratulations on your accomplishment! I do believe it is possible to make a decent living working with Elance. My only question would be how you have been able to make over 100k when some projects pay only $50-100 and the volume of work is clearly worth much more. Thanks Again.

Blog Solve October 4, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I didn’t realise there were so many ways of making money on Elance. Proofing and editing is probably best categories to go into if you are from the English speaking world as non-native speakers usually just don’t cut it.

Jack October 10, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Thank you so much for sharing this post. I think Elance would be a great place to start who guys are looking for making money online. Editing & Proofing and Audio Productions seems very interesting.

Edwin October 25, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Well written article! I like your points very much and very interesting to read one also. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

Nadia Barbara@web design santa barbara January 30, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Thank you for sharing such an informative posts Alex on how to earn money in Elance. Indeed, it is a great platform to get writing gigs and earn a decent income.

Lei Broch@free iphone app maker April 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Elance is a great platform for people who are on the look for online opportunities. This is also a great playground for freelance writers who want to hone their skills while earning money online.

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