Freelancing has gone through a whole host of changes since the advent of the internet era. Want Ads gave way to Craigslist, Monster.com spawned a host of copycat resume-hosting sites, and Elance popped up as the central e-hub for freelance contracting. I’ve done a good share of my online freelancing work through Elance, and I’ve always been impressed by the efficiency with which the site sorts its resources. There are definite trends on Elance, and in this article we’ll look at the eight career paths I think it’s best suited to helping along.
Elance works by matching contractor interests with client requirements to provide both parties with ready access to each other. Once a contractor sees a project they want, they can bid on it via proposals. This is obviously convenient for clients, and businesses of all sizes have been jumping at the chance to register with Elance since its inception, but it’s really great for contractors, who benefit from consistent work and more job opportunities.
1. Audio Production & Editing
Elance lets its users upload, download, and work on audio files in collaborative spaces. This technology means that audio production and editing are much, much more convenient for all parties involved in e-space than they would be in a recording studio. No overhead, no headaches with moving files around. Elance is a great platform on which to work in audio production.
2. Editing & Proofreading
Editing is pretty universal, and consequently there’s a lot of editing projects available for bidding on Elance. Any editor with a decent portfolio and some experience will find themselves spoiled for choice, and as Elance grows (as it continues to do on a quarterly basis) the pickings are only going to get better.
3. Legal Advice
Keeping legal counsel on retainer is fine for Wall Street tycoons, but not for most of the business world. Still, people need legal aid and advice, and they’re willing to pay for qualified help. Legal counsel via Elance is a great way to divide up your time as effectively as possible, circumventing the need for cumbersome scheduling and office appointments.
4. Video Editing
Another beneficiary of Elance’s file hosting services, the video editing market sector is a small but profitable one. With less competition, video editing technicians can establish themselves comfortably, and Elance allows the posting of sample videos to display editing finesse and experience. This kind of resume building can be extremely helpful to editing professionals looking to showcase their talent.
Almost a fifth of the jobs available on Elance involve writing as a core project component. I’ve had considerable success and consistent writing work during my time with Elance, and with the breadth of projects available there’s something for everyone no matter their interests or inclinations.
6. Professional Voiceovers
Elance lets its contractors post voice samples, vocal style demonstrations, and other audio/visual aids on their user profiles. This is a big deal for voiceover artists who often have a hard time selling themselves on paper. Elance’s step toward increasing expression is natural, and it’s one voice actors should take advantage of.
7. Graphic Design
WordPress Genesis frameworks and related technology form the basis of the themes that dominate today’s online graphical environment. Knowing how to work with WordPress’s definitive engine, as well as other similar platforms, can really set a graphic designer apart, and there’s always work in the field for qualified, committed individuals.
8. Technical Support
This one almost goes without saying. The internet grows daily by an absurd amount while more and more business interests rush to digitize themselves or to fine-tune their websites to draw visitors in, and with each new piece of technology come bugs, errors, lack of user knowledge and a hundred other headaches. Elance puts IT professionals in touch with the clients who need them.
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