As a small business owner you may have to outsource some work from time to time. Whether it be designing a new website or sales brochure, Elance is one place where you can find freelancers who can undertake your work. These freelancers are called Elance Providers. When you want to outsource a project, you simply create a new job at Elance. Once your job has been posted on Elance the providers will place their bids on the job. Usually you will receive an overwhelming number of bids for your job. The challenge here is to find the best provider.
In this post, I give you some tips on how to choose an Elance provider.
Make sure to first look at the provider’s portfolio to judge the quality of their work. Ensure that the work in the portfolio meets your expectations and taste.
The location of the provider is very important. Firstly, if you and the provider are in different time zones it might be hard to coordinate the projects. Secondly, if the provider comes from a non-English speaking background you need to make sure that the provider has reasonably good knowledge of English.
Check out the feedback on the provider left by his/her previous customers. It is normal that not all feedback will be positive. But, if there are too many negative feedbacks then you should avoid that provider.
4. Repeat Clients
The percentage of repeat clients is a good factor to determine the level of service provided by the provider. If clients are happy with the work of the provider they are more likely to do business with the provider again.
Make sure the price meets your budget. But, do not be tempted to go with the cheapest price. If the price offered by the provider is way too cheap then you might be compromising the quality of your project. Elance also gives you statistics such as the average price of all bids you have received for your job. You can use this information to negotiate with providers who quoted you with a higher price.
6. Quality of Bid
When you receive the proposal from the provider look at the bid to see whether the provider has really read your job request. Some providers take the time to go through your job request and send you a personalized response. A very generic standardized response from the provider indicates that the provider did not pay attention to your job request.
7. Money Earned
The amount of money earned by the provider at Elance indicates the popularity of the provider. But, providers who make the most money can also be very busy. While earnings are important, they do not necessarily translate to a better service or product.
Do you have any other tips to choose an Elance provider? Please share them below.
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