- Business and Employment
Using Elance as an Online Human Resource for Jobs
Elance is an online HR website where employers can post writing related jobs only. There are over 500,000 businesses using it and an equal amount and more of job seekers seeking to earn money from home. It is not a scam because their basic package is free for employers and seekers. But, like anything, the free package minimizes your chances of securing work compared to paying for packages. Makes sense, how else would Elance be able to make money? Well, they also can provide for back office services like payroll, global payments, referrals,etc.for a fee.
The problem with such a website is the size of the job seeker pool for employers to choose from. In the USA, with unemployment high, the number of applicants per job is around six people. The job seeker pool is worldwide, so a job posted anywhere could have so many applicants.Each has their background, past jobs, experiences, skills available to the employer. However, seekers must place a bid and each person has 40 free bids, after that, you have to buy more. Bidding is secret and you only have a general idea of what others are bidding. The employer also posts what they are willing to pay. Employers can allow bidding to go on for eternity. Once you bid, you cannot re-bid.
Many of the jobs offered seldom will pay more than $20 hr. The common rate employers seem to pay is not more than $10 hr. So, if you have ten applicants placing bids, each one trying lowers the job rate because the employer will obviously take the lowest bidder, which could be $5 hr. Now, the competition is fierce from third world countries because everything is done via the Internet. While $5 hr. may be excellent money to a writer in Indian, Pakistan, Russia etc. It is unacceptable to most Americans where the minimum wage is $8.
There have been employer scams also. They list the job, hire some top gun, and never pay. The writer as no recourse since the business may be in the UK or out of state. Since all writers are rated as they get more jobs, anyone who just signs up will find it harder to get the job even though qualified. But of course, most employers using Elance are seeking the cheapest labor cost and with such a large pool of English speakers worldwide, making serious money should not be expected. A more realistic vision is an occasional job, at best, that pays little.