Post a detailed project description. Take all the time you need when creating your project on freelancing sites. Make sure that you give all the details that service providers need to know before they place their bid. Tell them how many articles you need, your required word count and keyword density, the required amount of research, your preferred writing format and tone, etc. Be very detailed so you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for.
A: I like creating on-going business relationships in general, not just through Elance. So yes, I often go to Elance to find a provider for an initial project, but with the intention of on-going work with them. In fact, I often state this in my Join my project.
Ask for recommendations. It’s very difficult to work with somebody that you don’t trust. So, I suggest that you get recommendations from your friends or colleagues who are using the services of ghostwriters. By doing so, you’ll have an idea about the person that your about to deal with.
I check out their portfolios, read feedback (especially looking for any 1, 2, or 3 stars). And I open up a dialogue with the provider via the private message board before I commit to hiring them.
The list of what VA’s can do it limitless. I had one client who is starting an ecommerce website have his VA research where he could find a drop shipper for the products he was looking to sell. I personally have used a VA to design documents, proof read documents, design logos, research products that I am in the market for. Currently, I am having a VA research the best lawn mower for my needs and provide a recommendation, as well as finding me the best deal.
However, though this seems so limpidly clear, there are many people who are cheated through these online freelancer jobsites. In most cases, it is because they did something wrong while placing their bid.
Stay in touch with your freelancer, but don’t bug them to the point of distraction. If possible, ask them to send you the product chapter-by-chapter so that you can edit it as you go. At the very least, ask for the first chapter along with the title page and table of contents before they get too far along.
Lastly, if you’ve followed these tips and still aren’t finding yourself getting freelance projects you make consider upgrading your account above the free or individual levels. This suggests a more professional operation and may make clients more comfortable with you. Also consider completing the eLance skills tests, which show your competency in certain areas.