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How to Sell your Skills online

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We talk quite a lot on this blog about how to set up a website so that it makes you money. That money might come in the form of online sales; it might come in the form of leads on your website, as people express an interest in your service. And it might come in the form of advertising, as you can place google Adsense on your website.

Of course, there are other ways to make money online. One of the fastest growing are websites where you can offer your skills and elbow grease on a project by project basis.

People who need things doing can post their project online; if you want to complete it, then you can bid to do so. You make money, the project owner gets the work done.

One of these skills based sites is called PeoplePerHour.com. You can bid online for projects and work by the hour. You need to explain why you can do the job, and how much you want to get paid for it. You have to pay a small slice of the fee to the site; the rest is yours to keep.

Here are some others:

iStockphoto.com: Earn money from selling your photography online
Mturk.com: Amazon’s very own ‘Mechanical Turk’ lets ‘employers’ post individual (and usually repetitive!) tasks. As a user you can have a look at who wants what doing, and sign up.
Elance.com: Like Mechanical Turk, but the jobs are much more complex and ‘professional’.
Guru.com: Similar to Elance, Guru.com is good for Writing, Graphic Design and Web Development tasks.

Are you interested in selling your skills online? Have you any experience of getting work from these websites? Leave us a comment below.

  • http://www.rentacoder.com RACNicole

    Hi, this is Nicole from Rent a Coder. Rentacoder provides access to programming, writing, illustration, even podcasting jobs. (You can get a sense of the broad scope of work available here: http://www.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/SoftwareCoders/BrowseWork.asp).

    I’d like to point out a few issues with using services like Elance and Guru since those issues could influence your satisfaction and earnings.


    Workers on Elance cannot place more than 10 bids a month unless they pay a subscription fee ($10/month for 20, $20/month for 40 or $40/month for 60). It also charges workers a monthly subscription fee of $10/month – $40/month just to show test results on their profiles.

    Guru charges 10% in fees (5% if you pay for upgraded membership). In addition, Guru also charges $29.95/quarter – $129.95/quarter in fees. Plus workers on Guru are charged a 2% fee for arbitration. They are also charged 2.5% if the buyer uses Pay Pal, or charged up to 4% if the buyer uses a credit card.

    Rent a Coder does not have any subscription fees or any other types of hidden fees. Our project fees are as low as 6% and we guarantee all types of unlimited work.

    Escrow/Guarantee of Payment:

    With pay-for-time type projects, neither Elance nor Guru allows you to verify your time on pay-for-time projects by punching in and out of a real-time system, and conclusively prove to the buyer that you were working. As a result they do not guarantee payment, and if the buyer does not wish to pay you, you may end up with no money.

    Rent a Coder allows you to verify your time spent on a project by punching in and out of a real-time card application which records your desktop and webcam. The end result is indisputable proof that you’ve worked and deserve payment.

    In addition, Elance does not offer escrowing on pay-for-time projects so payment is not guaranteed on these types of jobs. But Rent a Coder protects your money with escrowing on all job types.


    Elance charges $66.66 or $133.33 for each arbitration, which may make it too expensive to be a legitimate option on your project. In addition, a buyer intent on abusing the system can stall the start of arbitration on Elance for 21 business days and during this period your money is not available to you. You also won’t find any detailed rules on how Elance arbitrators make their decisions.

    Guru’s mandatory pre-arbitration processes allow an abusive buyer to stall the start of arbitration (and prevent you from accessing your money) for weeks. For example, Guru allows buyers up to 20 days in mandatory mediation before the site will force them into arbitration. You also won’t find any detailed rules on how Guru arbitrators make their decisions.

    At Rentacoder, we offer arbitration on all projects free of charge and we test your deliverables to make sure they meet requirements so that you can get paid. We also prevent abusive buyers from stalling the start of arbitration. As a result, 45% of our arbitrations are completed under a day. 75% under a week. We additionally publicize the detailed rules of how our arbitrators make their decisions.

    There are other differences as well. I invite everyone to compare the 7 major services through this link to learn even more: http://www.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/DotNet/misc/CompetitorInformation/WhyRentACoder_ForSellers.aspx

    If you have any questions, please let me know. You can also call in to talk to a facilitator 7 days a week, or email us (see http://www.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/misc/Feedback.asp).


  • admin

    Thanks for the info Nicole!


  • http://www.rentacoder.com RACNicole

    You’re very welcome, Ken.


  • http://www.tuwaze.com/Articles/Getting_started_on_Odesk.php Mawazo


    I have worked on several contract on odesk.com for more than a year now and its an easy way to make money as as freelancer from the comfort of your home.

    They have thousands and thousands of job in all categories you could think of. You can work on an hourly or fixed contract basis depeneding on the employer’s requirements.

    You are gauranteed to be paid for any work done.