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Online Job Sites: Guru.com versus Elance.com

Have you been wondering about online job sites Guru.com and Elance.com? They are two of the largest internet sites for finding outsourced (freelance) jobs from nearly every industry. If you have a skill and need work, chances are good you’ll find plenty of opportunities on one or both of these sites. Likewise if you need some work done, you can find someone qualified to do it at one or both of these sites.

But you may have questions, such as: Are these online job sites the same? Do they have any differences? Is one better than the other? We did the homework for you by reviewing both of these sites. The following is a comparison between Guru.com and Elance.com.

Guru.com [1] and Elance.com [2] are both very popular with freelance writers, as there are plenty of writing jobs available on both. You’ll definitely find opportunities to make extra cash and expand your clientele.

Here are some similarities between Guru.com and Elance.com.

The “ranking” is an important feature – when you do good work, you should get good reviews and thus a good ranking. This helps you to get more work because many potential employers take the reviews and ranking into account when deciding to whom they should award a job.

Here are some differences between Guru.com and Elance.com.

My Opinion
Guru.com is all right. It’s easy to use and you can easily update your profile just like on Elance. However, Elance is very different; after all, they make you take a test. My profiles are updated on both sites. I had one writing opportunity through Guru.com — I’m not always on it. I have yet to apply for writing opportunities with Elance, but I will. When I do, I’ll let you know how it goes.

It looks like Elance.com has more to offer than Guru.com. This doesn’t mean that you can’t sign up with both of these online job sites. You may find that you have better success with Guru.com versus Elance.com or vice versa. It really is an individual experience. Good luck!


Do you use Guru.com and Elance.com? Which one do you like better?