Guru – Freelancing site review and guide

Guru – Freelancing site review and guide

Guru is one the oldest freelancing site, well known for variety of job availability. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Guru provides businesses with the tools to find and hire talented freelancers all over the world. They also offer freelancers the opportunity to market sought-after skills to a global audience for a minimal cost. They do much more than facilitate job postings on Guru. They also offer a wide range of promotional and support services. This combination of services and a powerful, flexible platform helps you get the work you need done in a way that best suits you.

How it works?

Create a profile and define the freelance services you want to offer. Employers will find you by these services when they search for freelancers to hire. Search and apply for jobs that interest you, in any category. If the buyer hires you, complete the job and get paid for your work.

Quick Guide:

Step 1: Sign up for an account after clicking on join now and select “I want to work” fill up the form and join Guru.

Step 2: Create a profile.  With your profile, you can establish your brand and define unique services you want to offer. Express who you are and what you do.  A great branded profile delivers your message clearly, confirms your credibility, connects with employers’ needs, and motivates them to view your services as one of a kind.

Step 3: Now you have an account and a dashing profile. Then what you need to do is that find a job of your choice. You will get recommended jobs according to your profile. Select some job that you like most and apply for the same. Wait for some hours. Then you will get an invitation if the buyer selects you.

To submit a proposal,

  1. On the top navigation bar, click “Leads.”
  2. Click “Job Invitations” in the left-hand column.
  3. Click the job’s title.
  4. Click the “Apply” button.
  5. Follow on-page instructions.

To decline the invitation,

  1. On the top navigation bar, click “Leads.”
  2. Click “Job Invitations” in the left-hand column.
  3. Click the project’s title.
  4. Click “Decline”.
  5. Type your reason for declining the invitation.
  6. Click the “Decline Invitation” button.

Step 4: Collaborate

You’ve been hired – congratulations! What’s next? Accept or decline the project award. Be sure you’ve received and accepted an award for the project before starting the work. Without an official award via Guru.com, you do not have the necessary information to send your employer an invoice.

Step 5: Get paid

You and your employer have two transaction options in their mandatory billing & payment system— paying invoices alone and paying invoices via SafePay. SafePay provides more payment protection than invoicing alone. Working with an employer you already know? Invoicing allows you to accumulate customer and earnings statistics. It also protects your financial and tax ID information. It’s fast and easy — you receive funds immediately after employers make payment. However, Guru cannot assist you with unpaid invoices. Working with a new employer? SafePay has all the benefits of invoicing and offers the most payment protection! Up-front SafePay payments and dispute resolution services help you avoid unpaid invoices. You have a choice of transfer methods with which to receive your cash account funds: direct deposit, PayPal, Prepaid MasterCard, and wire transfer.

Elance | Hire freelancers and find freelance jobs instantly

Elance | Hire freelancers and find freelance jobs instantly : Elance is where people work differently.

It is an online work place where business goes to find, hire and collaborate with skilled online freelancers line yourself. Not a brag, but Elance has over 500,000 business posting and 100,000 jobs each month.

On Elance you’ll have the opportunity to work with businesses in more than 170 countries – from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and individual entrepreneurs.

How Elance works.

To work at Elance, all you need is an internet connection and talent. You use Elance to find jobs (they will help you, making it even

easier), then you complete jobs in a secure Workroom. They also

take care of all the paperwork, plus collect and pass-on your money-due (so you’re sure to get paid). As a freelancer, working on Elance doesn’t have

to cost you a penny. You have a choice of membership options, including a free plan. They will take a nominal 8.75% service fee above and beyond your price. For example, when you submit a $500 proposal, they add their fee to your quote and pass it on (your client would see a quote of $543.75). When the work is delivered, they will deduct their $43.75 and pass the remaining $500 on to you.

Quick Guide

Step 1. Sign up:

  1.  Click the blue Register Now (it’s free) button near the center of the Elance Home Page.
  2.  Select I want to Work and click Continue OR sign up with your LinkedIn or Facebook details.
  3.  Complete the registration fields by manually entering your information OR by choosing to use your LinkedIn or Facebook details. Click Register.
  4.  Fill in your skills or areas of expertise. If you get stuck, click the Browse All Skills link to see a full list of available skills. When done, click I’m Finished. You may choose to Skip entering skills at this point; however, if you choose to Skip the Skills field must be blank.
  5.  Before proceeding, check your registered email address and click on the link sent by Elance.
  6.  After clicking the link from your email, it is now time to choose your Membership Plan. Remember your email must be verified before selecting a Membership.

Step 2. Create a profile:

  1.  Go to the Find Work button in the top navigation bar of Elance and click on Freelancer Profile.
  2.  Click the green Get Started button to begin on your profile.
  3.  On the next page you will upload your thumbnail photo, create a tagline, enter in a minimum hourly   rate, create a Freelancer overview and enter in your skills.

Step 3. Finding jobs:

  1.  Go to Find Work on the top navigation bar and choose Search Jobs.
  2.  You can browse jobs by a number of criteria: (like category, job type,  payment verified etc.)
  3.  Click the Down Arrow link or click on the job title to view the job description.
  4.  For additional information about a Client, mouseover the Client’s username.

Step 4. Submit a proposal:
1. Click on the job name.

  1. You will see a job details section on the top left of the page that quickly covers basics about the job, like when it was posted, how much time is left, where the client is located, start date, budget, job type (fixed or hourly) and more.  This gives you a quick overview of the job.
  2. Below the job details section is the job description.  Here you will also see some quick stats about the Client with the Client activity icon.  The green circles are a quick representation of how much the Client has spent on Elance as well as payment readiness status. After evaluating the job and skills required you can submit a proposal. 

  3. Enter your detailed proposal description into the box on the right hand side, including any attachments. You can expand the form to make it easier to write, view and submit your proposal. In the Proposal Description area, you can enter up to 4000 characters, and there are several rich text formatting options for you to use to make your proposal stand out even more.  In your proposal description, describe your relevant experience, qualifications, and what value you will bring to the job.
  4. Below the Description you can set the proposed Terms & Milestones for the job.  If the client awards the job to you they will have the option to accept these Terms or to propose changes to the Terms.  Once awarded you will have to confirm the Terms & Milestones to finalize the job and enter Working status.
  1. On the bottom half of the proposal submission area is the Cost & Timing section.  In this section you will indicate your cost and the estimated delivery date.  There is a calculator here that will help you determine your best proposal value for both Hourly and Fixed Price jobs.
  2. If you need clarification on the job details before completing your proposal, you may submit a bid without a price by selecting the Will Submit Amount Later.  When selecting this option you will have to update your proposal with an amount at a later time in order to have the job awarded to you.
  1. If you would like a Sponsored Placement for your proposal, check the box labeled Place mine at the top of the list for… . Your proposal will be highlighted and appear at the top of the Client’s proposal list. Only 3 sponsored placements are available per job (on a first-come, first-served basis), and Sponsored Placement requires 4 Connects.
  2. Click Preview to proceed.
  1. Review your proposal, then click Submit Proposal.

Once you submit your proposal, you can view the job on your My Jobs page, by filtering on the status ‘Hiring Open’ on the Job Status bar.  This link will shows all the jobs for which you have submitted proposals, where the bidding period is still open.

 

Step 5. Working with the client:

If the Client selects your proposal and hires you for the job, the following will occur:

  • You will receive an email notification informing you that you have been selected.
  • The job can be found on your My Jobs page, by clicking on ‘Finalizing Terms’ link in the Job Status bar.  This view will display all jobs that have been awarded to you, indicating you and the Client are negotiating the Terms.Your contact information on your profile becomes available to the Client.
  • The job’s status will change to Finalizing Terms.

Step 6. Getting paid:


At key Milestones or when you have completed the job, you will need to invoice the Client through Elance’s Billing and Payment system to receive payment for non-Escrow jobs. Once the Client receives your invoice, they will send payment via Elance’s Billing and Payment system. Learn how you can qualify for Work View Payment Protection using Tracker with Work View.
To invoice the Client:
1. Go to the Manage tab in the top navigation and click Billing in the drop-down menu.
2. Click Send Invoice from the menu on the left.
2. Select the job for which you want to send an invoice and click Next to proceed.
3. Click Request Release to request the release of funds for your completed Milestone.

Upwork – Hire Freelancers & Get Freelance Jobs Online

Upwork – Hire Freelancers & Get Freelance Jobs Online : Upwork is a global online work platform founded in 2003. It offers opportunities for web developers, logo or banner designers, article writers, translators etc. After signing up for an account, you have to create a profile that highlights your skills and experience. Next, you can browse for jobs and apply which one suits you.  Submit a cover letter that describes your qualifications and links to your profile. Using this information, the buyer selects the best candidate for the job. He may take an interview via email, phone or Skype. If hired, you’re required to provide regular work status update to the buyer and send along deliverables as they’re completed.

Join Upwork in three steps:

  1.  Sign up and select a membership plan: If you haven’t signed up already, now’s the time. Pick the Membership Plan that best matches your needs. Remember, you can change your membership plan in the future.
  2.  Create your profile: Fill out as many fields as possible to create a profile that highlights your skills, elaborates on your experience and indicates your desired hourly payment rate.
  3.  Set up your payment option: Get ready to get paid and tell us how you want to receive your earnings. We recommend setting up two fund transfer methods so that you can be paid easily.

Building a Great Profile

Successful profiles are complete, accurate, and paint a compelling picture of your skills, services and accomplishments. Your profile is your opportunity to advertise your freelance business to potential clients, and you can complete it however you think best. Here are some thoughts on how you can make a great first impression.

 

  Finding the right work

Searching for projects, and setting up your Job Feed is easy, and an important part of getting the most out of your Upwork membership. Again, while you are welcome to do what you deem appropriate, your search will help ensure that you never miss out on those project for which you are a great fit.

  1. Pick a core skill: Enter a core skill or two into the search bar to find projects that match your talents.
  2. Set Filters:  Use filters on the left-hand side of the search result page to find a more targeted list.
  3. Add to job feed: After setting your search preferences, add it to your Job Feed so you can have an ongoing, updated list of new projects that match your preferences.

Fixed-Price or Hourly Contracts

HOURLY On hourly contracts, you’re paid by the hour, making this a preferred option for many freelancers when a project requires flexibility.

Examples of projects that can work well in an hourly format include Technical Support and Accounting Advisors.

Hourly contract payments are eligible for Upwork Hourly Protection

Here’s how:

  1.  Agree to the number of authorized hours with your client via the Offer Details page.
  2.  Install and track your project time using the Upwork Team App.
  3.  Add descriptions and notes of your work to your Time Log.
  4.  Quickly address with your client, and request approval for, any changes needed to your authorized hours

FIXED-PRICE On fixed-price contracts, you’re paid a final cost for a project deliverable, or set of deliverables. This option can be ideal when the deliverable or deliverables are more clearly defined. Examples of projects well-suited for fixed-price format include Web Design and Mobile App Development. Fixed-price contract payments are protected with Upwork Fixed-Price Protection

Here’s how:

  1.  Agree to project milestones with your client, clearly outlining what you’ll deliver, when you’ll deliver it, and for how much of the total project cost.
  2.  Wait until milestones are funded before starting any work on the project.
  3.  Submit your work deliverables through the Upwork platform.
  4.  Make sure you’ve been paid for a milestone, and that the next one is funded, before continuing work.

Tips for a successful contract

  1.  Agree to final payment terms (hours, deliverables and costs) on the contract offers page.
  2.  Confirm that your client has a verified payment method on file.
  3.   Deliver work product through the Upwork platform.
  4.  Only receive payments through your Upwork account.