What are Connects?

Connects are virtual tokens used by Freelancers to submit proposals on open job posts. Elance uses the Connects system in part to ensure Clients receive relevant proposals from Freelancers who take the time and effort to deliver a thoughtfully prepared proposal. By limiting the number of proposals that a Freelancer can make, the system can limit “spammy” proposals.

The number of Connects required per proposal varies according to the type of job posting and the budget of the job. See the table below in the section, How many Connects are required to bid?

Each Elance Membership comes with a monthly allocation of Connects ranging from 40 per month for free Memberships to 100 per month for a Large Company plan.  Your quota of Connects is replenished at the beginning of your billing cycle.  To view your billing cycle date, click on your username at the top of Elance home page and click Membership.  Under Connect Activity, you will see your billing cycle dates.

Other important notes about Connects:

  • Effective January 15th, 2014 Freelancers on a Basic Membership plan will be required to complete a series of tasks towards building a comprehensive profile before accessing their Connects. More information on these requirements can be found here.

  • Connects will roll over as part of our Individual, Small Company, and Large Company Memberships. The maximum number of Connects that you can carry over to the next month is limited to the number of Connects that are given to you in your monthly Membership.

  • Repeat jobs do not require Connects.

  • If a Freelancer is invited to a private job posting, it will not require Connects to submit a proposal.

  • Connects are returned to the Freelancer for jobs delisted by Elance or canceled by the Client.

  • You can increase your level of activity by adding Connects or upgrading your Membership at any time.

  • Additional Connects can be purchased if needed, at a cost of $1 per Connect. The maximum number of Connects that can be added to your monthly Membership plan will be determined by your Elance Level.  Specifically, the maximum number of Connects will be the result of your base Membership Connect allocation (i.e. 60 for Individual, 80 for Small Business, and 100 for Large Business) multiplied by your Level.  If your Membership contains more than one Category, Elance will use your highest Level as the multiplier for the account.    

For Example:

Freelancer ABC has a Level of 5.  They have a Small Company Membership with 80 base Connects.  The maximum number of Add-On Connects they can purchase each month is 400 (or 5 x 80).

Freelancer XYZ has a Level of 10.  They have a Large Company Membership with 100 base Connects.  The maximum number of Add-On Connects they can purchase each month is 1,000 (or 10 x 100).

The number of Connects required per proposal varies according to the type of job posting. Below is a summary of the new plan for using Connects: 

   Connects

 Job Type

0

 Invited Jobs

1

 All Hourly Jobs OR Fixed Price Jobs less than or equal to $500

2

 Fixed Price Jobs greater than $500, including unspecified job values

3

 Featured Jobs

+4

 Sponsored Proposals

Here are some examples of how this works and how many Connects are required for submitting a proposal.

  • What if I apply to an Hourly job? 1 Connect.

  • What if I apply to a $250 Fixed Price job? 1 Connect.

  • What if I apply to a $1000 Fixed Price job? 2 Connects.

  • What if I apply to an Hourly job that’s Featured? 3 Connects.

  • What if I am Invited to a Fixed Price job? 0 Connects. All invited jobs require 0 Connects.

  • What if I am Invited to a Featured Fixed Price job? 0 Connects. All invited jobs require 0 Connects.

  • What is required for a Featured Fixed Price job where I want Sponsored Placement? 7 Connects. 3 Connects for Featured Fixed Price job plus 4 for Sponsored Placement.

  • What if I am Invited to an Hourly Job and want Sponsored Placement? 4 Connects. 0 for the Invited Hourly Job plus 4 for Sponsored Placement.

  • What if I am invited on Featured Fixed Price job where I want Sponsored Placement?  4 Connects.  0 for the Invited Featured job plus 4 for Sponsored Placement.

Each Membership plan comes with a monthly quota of Connects. Our Individual, Small Company, and Large Company Memberships include Connects rollover which allows unused Connects to rollover to the next month. The maximum number of Connects that you can carry over to the next month is limited to the number of Connects that are given to you in your monthly Membership (not including any extra Connects you have elected to add on to your base Membership plan) .

For example, let's say you have an Individual Membership which includes 60 Connects per month. If you use 10 Connects during the billing cycle, the amount of Connects you will have the following month would be 110:

  • 50 (unused Connects from the month prior) + 60 (Connects included with your plan for the current month) = 110 total Connects

Now let's say the next month you again use only 10 Connects, the amount of Connects you will have the following month would be 120:

  • 60 (unused Connects reduced to the number of Connects included with your plan) + 60 (Connects included with your plan for the current month) = 120 total Connects.

If you have a paid Membership plan, you can add Connects to your Membership plan at any time. Add-on Connects can be purchased at a cost of $1 per Connect. As with Connects included in your plan, unused Connects (whether purchased as add-on Connects or not) will rollover to the next month. However the amount of rollover is limited to the number of Connects that are given to you in your monthly Membership.

To add more Connects, log in to your Elance account and follow the steps below:

  1. Click on your username at the top of the Elance website and choose Membership from the drop-down menu.

  2. Click the Add Connects link on the left navigation menu.

  3. Use the pull down menu to indicate how many Connects you wish to add.

  4. Review the changes and click the Continue button.

  5. Check the checkbox authorizing the payment and click the Submit button to confirm the changes.

The maximum number of Connects that can be added to your monthly Membership plan will be determined by your Elance Level. Specifically, the maximum number of Connects will be the result of your base Membership Connect allocation (i.e. 60 for Individual, 80 for Small Company, and 100 for Large Company) multiplied by your Level.

For Example:

  • Freelancer ABC has a Level of 5. They have a Small Company Membership with 80 base Connects. The maximum number of Add-On Connects they can purchase each month is 400 (or 5 x 80).

  • Freelancer XYZ has a Level of 10. They have a Large Company Membership with 100 base Connects. The maximum number of Add-On Connects they can purchase each month is 1,000 (or 10 x 100).

Note: If you wish to add Connects for the current month only, uncheck the box "Add these Connects to my monthly Membership plan" after selecting the number of Connects you wish to add.

 

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