Busting Freelance Writing Myths - Part Three

Myth 3: Internet writers need a website to make money.

The truth is that having a website is nice, but not necessary to the online writer.
Most auction bidding sites let you build a profile on their website, which means
that your page ends up in search engines much faster than if you were submitting
your own site. If you spend some time on your profile on sites like Elance and
Guru and describe yourself well then you should get plenty of jobs.

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1 comments:

RACNicole said...

Hi, this is Nicole from Rent a Coder. Rentacoder provides access to programming, writing, illustration, even podcasting jobs. (You can get a sense of the broad scope of work available here: http://www.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/SoftwareCoders/BrowseWork.asp).

I'd like to point out a few issues with using services like Elance and Guru since those issues could influence your satisfaction and earnings.

Fees:

Workers on Elance cannot place more than 3 bids a month unless they pay a subscription fee ($9.95/month for 20, $19.94/month for 40 or $39.95/month for 60). The majority of sites do not charge subscription fees.

Guru charges 10% in fees (5% if you pay for upgraded membership). In addition, Guru also charges $29.95/quarter - $129.95/quarter in fees. Plus workers on Guru are charged a 2% fee for arbitration. They are also charged 2.5% if the buyer uses Pay Pal, or charged up to 4% if the buyer uses a credit card.

Rent a Coder does not have any subscription fees or any other types of hidden fees. Our project fees are as low as 6% and we guarantee all types of unlimited work.

Escrow/Guarantee of Payment:

With pay-for-time type projects, Guru doesn't allow you to verify your time on pay-for-time projects by punching in and out of a real-time system, and conclusively prove to the buyer that you were working. As a result they do not guarantee payment, and if the buyer does not wish to pay you, you may end up with no money.

Rent a Coder allows you to verify your time spent on a project by punching in and out of a real-time card application which records your desktop and webcam. The end result is indisputable proof that you've worked and deserve payment.

Arbitration:

Elance charges $66.66 or $133.33 for each arbitration, which may make it too expensive to be a legitimate option on your project. In addition, a buyer intent on abusing the system can stall the start of arbitration on Elance for 21 business days and during this period your money is not available to you. You also won't find any detailed rules on how Elance arbitrators make their decisions.

Guru's mandatory pre-arbitration processes allow an abusive buyer to stall the start of arbitration (and prevent you from accessing your money) for weeks. For example, Guru allows buyers up to 20 days in mandatory mediation before the site will force them into arbitration. You also won't find any detailed rules on how Guru arbitrators make their decisions.

At Rentacoder, we offer arbitration on all projects free of charge and we test your deliverables to make sure they meet requirements so that you can get paid. We also prevent abusive buyers from stalling the start of arbitration. As a result, 45% of our arbitrations are completed under a day. 75% under a week. We additionally publicize the detailed rules of how our arbitrators make their decisions.

There are other differences as well. I invite everyone to compare the 7 major services through this link to learn even more: http://www.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/DotNet/misc/CompetitorInformation/WhyRentACoder_ForSellers.aspx

If you have any questions, please let me know. You can also call in to talk to a facilitator 7 days a week, or email us (see http://www.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/misc/Feedback.asp).

Nicole
www.rentacoder.com

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