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Q: Finding Experts Via the Internet - For Short-Term Job Project ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Finding Experts Via the Internet - For Short-Term Job Project
Category: Business and Money > Consulting
Asked by: nronronronro-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 03 Nov 2002 12:55 PST
Expires: 03 Dec 2002 12:55 PST
Question ID: 97491
Just discovered  I intend to use one of their
copywriters to write a 1-page sales letter for me.  Will cost 
me between $75-$125.  But it's worth it because I have neither
the time nor expertise to write the letter myself.

What are the other services on the web that provide experts
like  The best site for me would have experts
in a variety of different fields.

A great answer would include 4-5 web links.  Explanatory
information would ne nice, but not necessary---the links alone
would make me happy.

All comments greatly appreciated !
Subject: Re: Finding Experts Via the Internet - For Short-Term Job Project
Answered By: rbnn-ga on 03 Nov 2002 13:55 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you for your question. It's interesting to me in particular,
since I am usually on the other side of the equation - trying to *be*
a so-called "freelancer" and convince people to pay me for sitting at
home surfing the web, ah, working.

In no case is inclusion in this list intended as an endorsement for
the quality of product, however.


Unlike google answers, at kasamba "experts" are divided into different
specialties, and you can submit a bid to an expert, or the expert can
submit bids to you. For example, someone on kasamba recently asked
"how much would I charge for a particular programming task"; I said
"$300", but he was able to find another expert there willing to do it
for only $50.00, so I ddn't get that job.


Another site for contract jobs is smarterwork at I will quote the description from another
google answer:

For projects beyond the simple question, SMARTERWORK offers you the
ability to post your project, select your expert, and pay for your
5 simple steps to getting the job done – 
* Client posts Project and receives quotes  
* Client selects Service Provider based on price, reputation and
* Client and Service Provider develop project in "My Office", a
private online workspace.
* Client gives final approval of project.  
Payment is released from escrow holding account and Client and Service
Provider provide mutual feedback.

Obviously you know about elance at, .

 ( )

Freelance service providers bid on your poject

There is a list at: .

Here are some other choices:

123LANCE . You post a project, review bids, choose a

FREEAGENT . Post a project, review bids.

GURU.COM "We connect great companies with quality talent".


Let me conclude by mentioning that it is possible to use google
answers could be used for some jobs, as long as:

  1. You can break the job up into roughly $200 chunks
  2. You don't mind the questions and answers being public .

Search Strategy
I began by listing Kasamba, since I have personal experience there.

I remembered a similar question being posted, although targeted more
towards question-answering sites, on google answers here: .

 So I also listed the "project-based" sites included in the answer to
that question.

Finally, I searched on "elance contractedwork" in order to try and get
directories of such sites. I found a site: 

that listed resources for "freelancers". I went through the list, and
selected sites that

  1. I'd heard of, and
  2. were designed also for companies looking to buy (and not just
sell) freelance services .


Once again, inclusion on this list is not an endorsement of quality.
This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of such sites.

As always, if you have any questions or would like further
clarification or information, please use the "request clarification"
button in your browser to solicit it; I am happy to provide more
nronronronro-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Fantastic answer, rbnn!
Hope I can outsource some work to you in the future.
Thanks again!

Subject: Re: Finding Experts Via the Internet - For Short-Term Job Project
From: easterangel-ga on 03 Nov 2002 14:23 PST
Hi again nronronronro-ga and that was really a great answer by my
fellow researcher rbnn-ga. I have here from one of my earliest answers
about freelancers. I hope you could use some of them.

Thanks again for your questions.
Subject: Re: Finding Experts Via the Internet - For Short-Term Job Project
From: pinkfreud-ga on 03 Nov 2002 15:16 PST
This is a good place to find a copywriter for a contract job:

One of the wonderful things about the Internet is that we are no
longer limited to employment opportunities within our immediate area.
It is possible to negotiate, complete, and recieve pay for an
assignment without ever leaving one's desk.
Subject: Re: Finding Experts Via the Internet - For Short-Term Job Project
From: nronronronro-ga on 03 Nov 2002 18:01 PST
Thanks, easterangel and pinkfreud.   I like you !!

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