What do you want to do?


441 Logue Avenue, Suite 150
Mountain View, CA 94043


Elance.com is an increasingly popular website that connects employers with qualified freelance professionals who are available for outsourced jobs. Web design, mobile applications, writing, business services, multimedia, marketing, finance, legal, engineering, and administrative support are among the many skill categories with available work.

By creating a profile that showcases experience, credentials and portfolio samples, freelance contractors can attract interested clients and make successful bids for posted jobs. Elance allows you to market your services to the world.

Getting Started

All Elance members must pass a brief proficiency test to get access to contractor jobs. Membership is restricted to those 18 years of age or older. Elance membership is available internationally as well as to U.S.-based freelancers.

Creating an awesome profile is the first step to getting hired on Elance. You can build one by following the company’s step-by-step instructions on their website.

Show what you’re capable of by publishing your best work using the company’s elegant portfolio creator. Highlight your top skills and verify your credentials. Businesses searching for your skills can get an immediate sense of your talent and are able to hire you directly from your profile. Be sure you make it shine!

With your profile complete, you’re well on your way to building a great list of clients (and earning tons of cash)!

You are always able to update and improve your profile as you wish. Prove you’re truly an expert by testing your skills on various software applications. You can choose to make these results public on your Elance profile. Clients are more likely to hire a contractor with tested skills that are relevant to the job they’re offering.

Earning Money

Once your profile goes live, you can begin to apply to jobs that interest you. There are thousands of jobs listed on Elance. While job categories vary, some of the most common include: web design, writing, business services, marketing, finance, legal, engineering, and administrative support.

Once you find a cool job, send your best proposal to the client. Be sure to highlight why you’re the right person for the job. If the client selects your proposal, you will be interviewed, and if hired, will start working right away.

After you’re hired, it’s time to get to work! Follow the employer’s instructions carefully and do the best  job you can.

You can log in to “the workroom” on the Elance website. This is where you keep track of everything related to your new job. Here, you can conduct online meetings, share files, log your hours and track the progress of your work.  Once you’ve finished the job, the employer will give you a rating based on your performance. This is why it’s important to maintain open communication and do a good job. Ratings will affect your chances of landing future jobs.

Compensation for each job is negotiated between you, the freelance contractor, and the client. Hourly and fixed-price jobs are both available.

Read company snapshot

Not sure if this is the right fit for you? Don’t worry, there are plenty of other ways to make money from home. Just download our FREE Ultimate Money Guide now.

You can also read about other companies that offer work at home opportunities or visit the most popular work at home industries on our website.



Sign up for our weekly email and get money making ideas sent right to you.

FREE Book Offer

Get instant access to the Ultimate Money Guide book, packed with 81 unique ideas to make EXTRA MONEY.

The information provided in The Ultimate Money Guide is a compilation of our research, presented here for your convenience and information, and not necessarily intended as an endorsement of the companies listed herein. Such information was gathered from third-party sources, and we cannot attest to the accuracy of the information contained herein. Ultimate Money Guide does not make any earnings claims with respect to the potential income from any industry, company, or advertiser listed on our website. It is up to the reader to do their own due diligence when reviewing all business opportunities. You agree that you utilize and/or act upon the information in The Ultimate Money Guide at your own risk. The Ultimate Money Guide is not responsible for the content of any third-party website or advertiser referenced herein and undertakes no obligation to update the information herein. The Ultimate Money Guide may have business relationships with some or all of the companies listed herein, and may receive compensation for the listings or advertisements that you see within The Ultimate Money Guide website, book, or email communications from us. By accessing our website, you agree to all terms and conditions in our Terms of Service.