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Tips for posting a job

A well-written and thoughtfully crafted job description is a great way to attract the best candidates who have right skills and expertise for your job. Watch our video tutorial by clicking here or read below for more information:

Write a good job description

Describing your job in a clear and concise manner is a great way to increase the number and quality of Proposals you receive.  It helps Freelancers craft targeted Proposals with accurate pricing. Some things to include may be your goals for the job, detailed scope requirements, and time frame expectations.  Using examples as references is a great way to make your ideas more concrete.

Determine your approximate budget

When posting a job on Elance, the budget you set in the beginning does not lock you into a price range.  Freelancers can propose higher or lower amounts based on what they estimate the job will cost to complete and how much they want to win your business. Communicating an estimated range helps Freelancers target their Proposals to your needs. If your budget range is unrealistic for the amount of work to be done, Freelancers may not think it is a serious job, and the likely result will be fewer and lower-quality Proposals.

Choose the Category that best matches the skills you need

Choosing the right Category (Design & Multimedia, IT & Programming, etc.) is important as it defines the group of professionals that will be able to submit Proposals for your job.  Categories represent the skills needed rather than the industry or business type.  For example, if you are a lawyer and you need a website, you should post your job in the IT & Programming Category and not the Legal Category.  Choosing a relevant Subcategory helps Freelancers search for your job, but does not limit which Freelancers can submit a Proposal within that Category.

Select the appropriate skills

When posting your job, you have the option to select the top 5 skills you are looking for in the Freelancer you hire.  The skills selected will be used to tag your job so Freelancers easily find it by searching job postings.

Choose the right posting type - Featured or Basic

Featured Posts get extra attention that help them stand out to high-quality Freelancers. Featuring your job post is a great way to attract high quality Proposals from the most experienced Freelancers on Elance.

Expect multiple responses within days

You should start to get multiple Proposals from qualified Freelancers within the first few days.  Every situation is different, but the quality of the Proposals is more important than the number of Proposals received.  Check out our tips on choosing the right Freelancer, and if you don't feel like you are getting the right quality Proposals for your job, we highly encourage you to give us a call or send an email to give us the opportunity to help you out.

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