E-Lancer

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E-Lancer

An independent contractor who performs his/her duties predominantly or exclusively online. For example, an e-lancer may edit books or design websites at home, communicating with clients and colleagues via phone and e-mail. E-lancers have fewer expenses than other independent contractors; for example, an e-lancer generally does not have to pay for an office.
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Passive job Web sites designed for e-lancers, such as ants.com, guru.com, monster.com, and dice.com, provide a venue for e-lancers to post their resume or fill out a profile.
Such a person can also advise e-lancers on the best projects to accept to maximize their career.
E-lancers can easily share their company financial information with their accountants or business partners.
For a $10 membership, e-lancers and free agents gain access to health insurance and group discounts on supplies, computer software, and airline tickets.
People who work for themselves tend to have more control over their daily schedules, and this fact is another attractive benefit for e-lancers. Depending on the type of work, e-lancers and free agents can adjust their work hours to times when they are most productive.
Money is not the primary motivation for e-lancers. The story of one of Pink's subjects demonstrates this fact.
Another indication of where money scores on the list of priorities for e-lancers comes from an informal, unscientific survey that Pink conducted on his Web site (Pink 2001, p.
Malone believes that the e-lance economy inherently creates the need for e-lancers to constantly reinvent themselves (Wolken 1999, p.
For example, a contract Web site such as ants.com publishes projects posted by companies and organizations, and e-lancers registered with ants.com can bid on the projects.
To search for talent, recruiters must search many different databases because potential candidates or e-lancers are spread out among many separate sites.
It would be easier if the industry could come up with a common format for work history and skill sets, and perhaps create a central clearinghouse where e-lancers and job seekers could post their information once and have it disseminated to all job sites that accept that format.
system, designed to primarily dispense health insurance through large employers, ignores e-lancers and free agents.