Posted by: MarlaHB | January 18, 2013

Why Elance Is a Tool for Personal Growth

I have discovered that Elance can be a great personal development tool for contractors. That’s because it offers a unique opportunity to ‘check in’ with your authentic self on a daily basis. If you’re open to it, Elance can be used as a tool for authenticity and growth.

The authenticity process looks like this:

• When considering a bid, first of all check in with yourself to see if you’re actually interested in it – does the thought of spending your life energy on that topic excite you? Are there ethical red flags? Or, are you willing to do anything for a buck?

• Is the client someone you want to support? What kind of reviews have they had? Google them to find out more if possible. I believe that we share our gifts through our work – I choose to help a certain type of client on certain types of projects (usually connected to personal meaning for me)

• Once you decide to bid, how much do you feel your time and ‘gifts’ are worth? I have decided not to compete with the lowest bidder – there are always impossibly low bids. Instead, I believe that the right client will value what I have to offer and pay me fairly.

Rejection happens daily. Don’t take it personally. At the same time, check out the selected bidder and see if there is anything you can do to improve your profile so that, next time, what you have to offer is more clear to the potential client. Sometimes it comes down to the lowest bid. Sometimes it’s more than that.

• Face self-doubt each step of the way. It takes guts to put yourself out there by bidding at all, knowing that you face global competition. Deciding what to say, how much to bid, how long it will take you to complete, and whether you have a chance of ‘winning’ the gig is all part of the challenge to be authentic in your work. You must believe in yourself and follow through on what you say.

As a freelance writer and contractor on Elance, I face these challenges and questions every day. Some days are more successful than others. Perhaps the biggest hurdle is believing in abundance – that I’m not being so ‘picky’ that I’m erasing any chance of making a living at this.

I don’t see it as being picky. I see it as being authentic. Being an entrepreneur is not about trying to be all things to all people. It’s about finding your niche. And I believe that working this way will attract the right clients – at the right time – with the right projects – at the right price. It’s that simple. Not easy. Simple.

Whether you’re a contractor on Elance or you’re a freelancer and entrepreneur of another sort, consider adapting your usual process with authenticity and growth in mind. Be bold and trust in the process. Know that there are others like you on the path.

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