Elance recently launched a variety of community resources at their website, including a company blog and forums.
Elance is the online marketplace where small businesses can hire Web designers, writers, admins and other freelancers to staff projects. Or, if you are a freelancer yourself, it is a place you can look to pick up projects and independent contracting jobs.
The blog and forums are housed under the tab on the website entitled “Water Cooler.”
I notice that Elance CEO Fabio Rosati has joined the ranks of CEO bloggers on the site. He recently wrote about the trend toward independent contractors:
Today, the free agent movement is global and uses the Internet as its workplace.
A good number of independent workers are members of our community. They market their services, work, make money and grow their reputation on the web. Their diversity and resourcefulness, and their relationship with the Internet, have been the subject of several interesting pieces of organizational research (“The Future of Work“, written by MIT’s professor Tom Malone, includes a section on Elance and its community).
The combination of a rapidly changing Internet foundation and work creates tremendous opportunity. More advanced online tools and applications are becoming available for remote workers and small businesses. The ability to work from anywhere in the world, without having to own and manage expensive infrastructure, is rapidly becoming a reality ….
It also looks like the new Elance community will offer resources to learn how to get more business if you are a freelancer. Check out Elance University.