Finding Contract Work Online

Finding Contract Work Online
February 2005
By Paul and Sarah Edwards
Entrepreneur Magazine

Follow these five tips to make freelance bidding sites work for you.

Q: What are the pros and cons of bidding for contract work on the web? I signed up on and bid on 10 jobs with no acceptances. Is there any hope?

A: Yes, there is hope of getting work on freelance bidding sites like or Elance Online. Here are five ways to improve your chances of becoming a successful bidder:

1. Make sure the biographical profile you submit to a site like Elance Online or reads well and has no typos or grammatical errors. It should show your background in the field; your education, training and credentials; the services you offer; and the range of your rates. If you need help writing your profile, consider posting it as a job on one of the freelance boards for a writer to help you. You'll experience firsthand what it feels like to receive bids, and you'll see what impresses you about the bidders.

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Authors and career coaches Paul and Sarah Edwards' new book is The Best Home Businesses for People 50+. Send them questions at or in care of Entrepreneur.
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