Freelance job that works


If there is anything I have learned in the last year of my life it is you have a master plan for how life is going to be only to find out that it is not going to work out. Not only is the master plan going to work but plan “B” won’t either. I found out a year ago in June I was pregnant with my first child. I had been working in a new city at a new job for about two years and things were progressing well. My husband and I were living happily, traveling whenever/wherever we wanted and eating at nice restaurants weekly. We had planned our next big vacation in Tibet, a long time aspiration of mine. Plans for children were years away to say the least. But there I was in our one bedroom apartment in oh so expensive San Francisco with two pink lines on a pregnancy test, not just one test five tests…all the same result. I was not thrilled to say the least but we were in good shape to start a family; happily married with good incomes.

Fast forward to February 16, 2008, my son was born and my outlook on life changed. I decided there was no way I could return to a 9-5 and cart my 6 week old child to daycare no matter how nice or close to my office. I did not return from maternity leave. Then the project my husband was working on was canceled and we would need to find a new one, most likely not in the city we had come to love so much. This meant a drastic change in our finances between losing my income and the stipend to accommodate us while working on the project. I would need to bring in some income somehow and we would have to move.

This is where I began looking for creative solutions for my dilemma. I needed an option with super flexible hours and the ability to work from a home office. I searched the internet high and low and found numerous work-from-home scams. They all promised impossible earnings all they would need is an investment to get you started. Think of it as investing in a new business, some would say. Others wanted you to fill out surveys online for a small payout. These simply flooded my phone lines and clogged my personal e-mail. Also, the time it took to fill them out had me working for around minimum wage. My head was screaming “you are a college graduate!” During this search I stumbled across I researched the site extensively before signing up. Elance has been a wonderful solution for me and my family; it is the ultimate way to control how many hours you work, when you work, and how much your time is worth. I can work as much or as little as I like and typically there are quite a variety of projects to bid on so the scope of my work is constantly changing. I have been working on approximately six months and have found a couple of projects to work on that ranged from research to a community outreach program.

The positives of Elance, for me, far outweigh the negatives. But it is not a perfect system. I initially started with the free membership but ended up upgrading in order to bid on more projects than the free membership provided. I also opted to take skills testing to verify my skills in my profile. I then chose to have my degree verified to prove I held an undergraduate degree. All of these options are provided for a fee, though it is a reasonable one. Additionally, I am constantly bidding for work against people willing to do 50 hours of work for $50. Certainly this is not worth my time. But it seems after some time and a few completed projects I will find my niche at Elance. One major drawback for me is the lack of consistent work. For this reason I will most likely continue to look for something else to do in my home in addition to completing projects on Elance.

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