So you want to use Elance and make some serious money, but you don’t know where to start? As it turns out, closing clients on Elance is not as complicated as it might seem. On the contrary, the process is quite simple, it just requires due diligence, persistence and a solid strategy.
While there are a myriad of things that you can do to obtain more clients, in this article we wanted to focus on the four things you should look into right now. These are the 4 things that bring the most bang-for-the-buck, yet remain unused by most Elancers. (and here is some info on how to find freelance clients outside of elance)
1) Take all the skill tests you can
You must have already stumbled upon Elance’s free skill tests. There is a good reason that the Elance team tends to remind you about these tests every now and then, even though answering a bunch of questions might seem like a waste of time at this point. In most cases, freelancers are not doing enough tests to see the difference.
There are a plethora of beginners who break into the business every single day. And yet, clients are generally more willing to hire someone with work experience over someone who has nothing to show for their time on the site. How do these beginners do it, how do they break into the business without the work experience?
It’s simple: they do it by taking the free tests. This shows the prospective employer that you are a serious and dedicated employee, long before you have a backlog of successful projects to your name.
The secret to quick market entry
Freelancers who make a quick impact upon joining Elance are the ones who take dozens of tests every week, until it works in their favor. In fact, every freelancer is three times more likely to get hired if they do skill tests. The truth of the matter is, employers don’t really care that you have Basic English skills or enough know-how to use proprietary software. All they want to see is that you are the type of person takes work on Elance seriously.
That’s the point of taking these skill tests. They weed out the less serious, and often younger freelancers, from the people who can truly get the job done. This might ring an “ageist” tone to your ears, but it is simply how the current system operates.