If you're wondering where to find legitimate work at home jobs, then Elance is a good place to start.
Elance is a freelance marketplace where people post the jobs they have available so that service providers can bid on them.
Here's how it works.
Elance has different levels of membership.
The level you choose will determine how many bids you can make each month in particular categories.
While the free membership is a good place to start, if you want to bid repeatedly, you may find it better to upgrade to the paid level.
The most important thing to do when you start on Elance is to fill out your profile. This includes information about the companies you have worked for and the types of work you have done.
Elance provides tips on getting started with legitimate work at home jobs through Elance University.
Elance University not only tells you what employers want to meet their business needs, but it has video tutorials on how to find work, manage the work and getting paid for it.
I have been using Elance myself for many years and it is an excellent service, but as a new provider it is important that you take advantage of Elance University.
Elance University provides a lot of support for people starting to freelance their skills by using the Elance website services. However, by taking the required Elance University course before being allowed to bid for jobs also teaches you basic skills on many topics that are essential to being a successful freelancer where ever you are or whatever your skills.
Elance University provides you with resources to succeed whether you are an experienced freelancer or just starting out. It shows you how to market and deliver your services.
It also encourages you to compare yourself with others who have succeeded and provides detailed case studies as well as the always present opportunity of checking out what your competition is doing to make themselves successful.
Once you have filled out your profile and completed the admissions test - there are tens of thousands of providers on Elance, so it's not that hard - it's time to search for jobs. These are segmented by different sections and sub-sections and there are easy on-screen controls to refine your search and find the type of freelance work you want.
It's a good idea to check out Skills Central on Elance to find underdeveloped niches where you can make a real difference, and find legitimate work at home jobs.
Jobs are paid by Elance Escrow - that means the funds are already there to pay you once the job is complete and the person you are completing the work for is happy to release the amount held in escrow.
Always remember that the employer rates your performance and the winning of future contracts will depend on your record.
The next step is to place a bid for the work.
When bidding for work consider the scope of the work and the time it will take you. Use the built in messaging system to ask for clarification if you are not sure about something. You wouldn't want to under-bid for a freelance job that ends up taking longer than you think.
Once you win a bid check with the client about project milestones and how the client will evaluate your work, then deliver what you have promised.
Finally, you can invoice and get paid.
Although it can take a while to build up a presence on Elance, most service providers find it an effective way to find legitimate work at home jobs.
Elance encourages its members to network with other providers through a chat room called The Water Cooler, the Elance Blog and social media. There is also the FAQ list and Provider Guide.
I have used Elance providers for a number of years and I know that it isn't only the price that makes a service provider successful it is the quality of the service and communication with Elance and the providers.