If you want to find great work on Elance, there are several things you can do to make that happen. For starters, make sure your profile is filled out completely and that you’ve included your best samples in the portfolio. Potential clients looking for a certain kind of freelancer will most likely browse your portfolio before they make the decision to invite you to submit a proposal on a project or before they hire you. You want that portfolio to be quite impressive, so taking the time to set it all up is an investment in your success.
The next thing you need to do to be successful at Elance is to submit numerous proposals. Many individuals only bid sporadically, but by scheduling a certain amount of time each day and bidding often, you can increase your chances of getting the great jobs. I personally spend an hour a day looking for projects and submitting proposals. Simply log in, check out the recently added projects, and create specific proposals for the projects you’re interested in. Make sure your proposals aren’t the generic kind and that you actually address the problem the buyer is having and explain how you may be able to fix that problem for him or her.
Keep your price competitive so that the project poster is more likely to hire you. Even if you want to submit a proposal that is slightly higher than the other providers, keep the price within a close distance of the prices they submitting. Sometimes, you’re unable to see what the other providers have listed, but you can always use the average proposal and the high/low proposals to guide you. This will help ensure that you’re staying competitive.
Lastly, it’s important to turn in your best work. This will help ensure that you receive good feedback from the individuals that you’re working with, and in turn, will help you get gigs in the future.