In the past eight or nine months, Van Patten Media has grown from a one or two (and occasionally three) person operation to a group of around ten freelancers working hard to build awesome websites and web products. I attribute that largely to Elance, the online resource for anyone looking to hire freelancers and contractors.

Elance logo. Elance is a marketplace for global talent. Build your online/virtual team with Elance.
Elance, a marketplace for global talent. Build your online/virtual team with Elance.

Through Elance, I’ve found the editor of this programme (Wrapp Up), my personal assistant, writers, my bookkeeper, and more. Elance is a tremendous service for any entrepreneur looking to get serious about building a team, which is an essential step in the growth of a business. I’m a big believer in the power of teams, and Elance is a great way to get started.

I’ve already shared my tips for hiring a virtual assistant. In a future post, I’ll talk more about the essentials of building a team and how you can start easily with services like Elance. I’m also planning a series of posts guiding you through Elance, so you can get started right away.

Below are the rough transcription, provided by and an audio player so you can listen to this week’s episode.


Grow your virtual/online team with Elance — Audio player


Grow your virtual/online team with Elance — Transcription

Hello everyone and this is as always Wrapp Up where we talk about great apps and web services that can help you in your business, in your life and just generally. Today I want to talk about an app that I have been aware of for a long time, but I haven’t used it until recently, just until around March or so of this year. It has transformed my business and it has transformed my life. I depend on this service every day. That service is Elance. Elance is essentially a marketplace for freelancers and people who want to hire freelancers. For myself running Van Patten Media, which is my web site design business, I’m frequently in the need for writers and designers and developers for various projects and Elance is a great place to find those people.

You basically post a job description and they can provide a sample or a template for you to use or you can create your own. You put that template up, you put that description up. People will find it and reply to it with a cover letter and recommendations and their resume and examples of their work and that sort of thing and the rate for the project.

With Elance I recommend avoiding their templates at all costs, basically because if you put those templates in a lot of the freelancers on the service, not across the board but there are some out there who will, search for specific keywords in the Elance provided job description templates and then they’ll sort of go based on those and post their own sort of robotic, automated reply. Those freelancers, and not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with them, but I think it’s better to put the time into crafting something unique because your much more likely to get unique responses from freelancers and get really a sense of how they operate and talk and that sort of thing.

I’ve used it for hiring developers. I found my personal assistant through there. I found the great audio editor who edits this show and not a real job Steve and I’m happy to put you in touch if you think these are well edited, which they are. Elance sort of does all the work for you, keeping track of time it’s got that built in, paying you plug in your Paypal account and you really don’t have to think about it again. They can automatically pull out payment and things like that. They keep track of the hours with a great tool, which is optional. It’s called workview. So you can basically go in and check and see is the time that I’m being billed actually being used because they’ll grab screenshots every so often while the freelancer has their timer active. It’s just a really safe, a great platform for building your virtual community of workers and that sort of thing.

I highly recommend Elance. Check it out. I’ve got a link in the show notes here to Elance, but it is or if you’re feeling generous my referral code is and that will hook you up right there and you can get started right away. That’s Elance. I’ll probably be doing a deeper dive into some top Elance tips that I have after using it for so long here on the blog, but this should give you some time to check it out, see what you think and check out as always for more great Wrapp Up episodes and tips and tricks. So, all right. As always I am Chris Van Patten. Again, you can find me at and I will talk to you next week. Bye, bye.

Published by Chris Van Patten

I'm an entrepreneur and product lead, and owner of Tomodomo, through which I help companies build their digital publishing platform.

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