Elance was one of the first places I turned to when I started working from home as a freelancer. I landed a few gigs and even had a few long-term clients for about a year. However, just because something is good, doesn’t mean it will last forever.
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Elance has some great things going for it, but here are 5 things I cannot stand about Elance.
#1. Waiting for money
I’m not going to lie. I did a few social media updates and a blog post for a client and I’m still waiting on that money. This can be so very frustrating because I worked for that money and I want it now. Perhaps J.G. Wentworth can help me out. Just kidding. I’ll let you know when I’m 85 and Elance finally releases my money.
#2. Clients expect the world
No client on Elance (that I know of) wants to pay you what you’re worth. The quality of jobs have become very similar to oDesk. It’s amazing if you win a bid for a job and actually get paid what you’re worth. I’ve had to lower my overall price several times just to land a gig. That’s not cool!
#3. Foreign Jobs
There is SO much competition from foreign countries that landing a decent job on Elance can be really tough. This is one of my turn offs for oDesk as well. We literally cannot make $2 an hour in the United States in order to survive.
#4. The fees
I pay an extra $10 a month just so I can have extra “connects” to charge for jobs. In some instances, Elance charges me 4 “connect” just to apply for one job. If you see a job you’re qualified for, but are out of connects, then you’re out of luck. There is also a substantial fee to get paid through Elance.
#5. Feedback is bull
I have bent over backwards for several clients on Elance and only got 4/5 stars. Why is this so bad? Clients want to see that you have a five star rating. I mean, think about it. You would want to hire a freelancer with a 5 star rating over one who has 4 stars. The rating system on Elance is confusing, which results in clients perhaps giving you a lesser amount of stars than you deserve.
There I’ve said it. I’ve said five things I h-a-t-e about Elance. Of course, there are things I love too, which is why I continue to use it.