I watched a live Elance seminar (webinar) on how to make more money as a freelancer. The person giving it was very articulate, and explained why we needed to do the things he explained. I feel it was worth my time, even though I had figured it out, mostly.
Some of the topics covered:
- Profile – do it, most if not all of it
- ID verification – more jobs, people who hire you want to know you are, who you say you are
- Tests – take them, you’re worth more if you can show you really do know about technical writing or PowerPoint
- Portfolio – an example or three will help to show you are experienced in doing the work
There was more to the seminar; he provided the rationale behind each step. In general, I would think this applies to oDesk, which Elance has or is buying. It likely applies to other freelance sites.
I took a bunch of tests in oDesk; mostly for writing. I thought I knew the various MS Office products, but, not to the degree that the tests assess people. I’ll need to brush up and learn beyond the basics that I do know, as well as bring up myself up to the latest versions.