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.
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.
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.