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eLancers: Stop being so defensive!

Category : outsourcing

I’ve gotten a number of harassing email messages and comments on this blog responding to my “eLance Sucks” post. My experiences are my experiences. I don’t have a bone to pick with eLance, but in my case, I simply am dissatisfied with the eLance experience and the way that eLance has treated me, a potential buyer.

Rude, obnoxious, and not appropriate comments on this blog are not appreciated if they can’t positively contribute to the discourse of trying to help folks make their 4HWW goals come true. If you are an eLancer and think my tiny little blog is impacting your business, then do the right thing and contact the eLance support department and have them reverse their ludicrous policies towards buyers.

eLance, if you are listening: if you want me back as a customer, turn on my account. I posted 5 jobs on your site. I got 2 responses. Both were incredibly under qualified. I found those job reqs on another site. But, now I can’t even return to your site because those 5 original job posts count against me. This is an insane policy.

Now, think before you respond. I am a real customer. These are real experiences. These are experiences shared by others. If you think I’m just a whiny person, then guess what, there are hundreds, maybe thousands more, like me. Think we are picky? Try looking for a job these days — the economy is tight. These aren’t the boom years anymore. Try listening to your customers and just maybe you’ll weather the storm.

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Comments (1)

Although I haven’t had the same issues you have (I’ve posted two; one was completed in a stellar fashion, the other we ended up significantly reducing the scope mid-stream…which wasn’t great but didn’t kill me), I can certainly see where the issues could lie.

Out of curiosity – what other places were you able to find qualified programmers?

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