The amount of people freelancing part or full time has skyrocketed since the 2009 recession and according to Elance.com, the freelancing business has become profitable, too.
“Elance is a Startup’s Secret Weapon," said City Manager, Susan M. Arete, SoCal, Elance at the Regus Santa Monica tonight (Aug. 29, 2013), where a free workshop was being held on how to get work or hire a freelancer.
“We provide instance access, 24/7 to freelance talent. It’s great for startups, which can’t afford to be a team, but still need talent and assistance in a startup off the ground, so working with freelancers solves the problem,” she said.
Arete also said the Elance is a leading worldwide site for online work offering so many benefits to the business owner, including payment protection, where freelancers only get paid if the work satisfies the agreement.
You can sign up for free as a freelance individual or company representative and get about 40 job postings per month, or if you pay the monthly $10 upgrade it’s more than double that amount.
“Elance members take tests and they have a reputation for high quality work and include web developers, writers, graphic designers and internet marketers to name a few,” explained Arete.
The most surprising note about this company, is an Elance press release Aug. 21, 2013 reported the company's gross billings of $130 million just for the first half of 2013. It further shows the need and the niche for freelancers are here to stay. A new report (the annual Global Business Survey) by Staffing Industry Analysts further supports a picture of positive growth trends.
Another trending business phenomenon is Silicon Beach Young Professionals (SBYP), which has seen its monthly meeting attendance skyrocket from just 200+ to 1,000 RSVP's since it started its mixers of lawyers, investors, startups and other young professionals last January. The elbow-to-elbow events are free and this month’s SBYP mixer (Aug. 22, 2013) at Q's-Billiard Club and Restaurant, Santa Monica, was jammed packed on both floors of the trendy Bar & Grill.
Google, Go Daddy, MSN and Elance are sponsors. Elance Representative, Joe Skatell said, “It’s a great place for advertising your small business and Santa Monica has a lot of new startups coming the Santa Monica area, so it’s a great match,” he said.
Skatell was passing out flyers for the free workshop showing entrepreneurs how to use freelancers as a “Startup’s Secret Weapon.”
“We have more than two million freelancers around the world,” said Susan M. Arete, SoCal Elance. “We’ve been around since 2008 and currently there are 250,000 businesses that have registered and are hiring, including Google, Bank of America and other large and small companies,” she said.
Elance reported some 99,886 Jobs were posted in the last 30 days and $845,285,122 was earned through Elance to date. So far globally, Elance has registered 190,000 programmers, 22,300 mobile developers, 138,600 designers, 208,000 writers and 46,200 marketers.
Any job that can be done digitally fits the business model and Elance even has lawyers and translators for hire among other industry freelancers Arete noted.
“It’s free to join and there are extra perks for a premium account such as more insights on companies and workers, payment protection plans and 24/7 resources, she said. “This was our first time sponsoring the SBYP event, which was very successful and we’ll probably continue to sponsor their activities again in the future,” Arete said.