Paying it Forward
Elance is the first site that I’ve enrolled with and I’ve bid a couple of jobs to start the ball rolling and get my feet wet. I’ve done some research on the kinds of jobs that I think I can do, and what is popular on Elance.
On my second application to freelance some technical writing, I get a very quick reply from the person that is hiring. She said she wanted a female. Wow! Reverse discrimination? Nope, she was looking for someone to write an article about breast feeding. No doubt a female can relate more to breast feeding than most guys, so, I was okay.
My wife is a NICU nurse, and therefore more familiar with breast feeding than a first time mom; so, I suggested to the person hiring that she might be a good fit. My wife is not a specialist in this area, but, she knows more than average, and has helped new moms in this area, at least for preemies.
Here’s the part that I found strange in this process, is that she gets an offer to write, while I did all the work registering for Elance, putting in all of the background information, applying for a freelance writing job, etc. I guess I’m paying it forward somehow?