The Truth About Online Job Sites Like Guru (Dot Com) – Part I

Guru.com was established in 1998 as SOFTmoonlighter.com. “A number of spin-off sites were consolidated as A2Zmoonlighter.com in 2000.” The goal of the website was to provide a place for people who wanted to moonlight to supplement their regular income. In less than one year, the website attracted 50,000 users. Guru.com launched in 2004 and has been going strong as the largest marketplace for freelancers. They are only one of many online job sites on the internet.

Guru.com is a great site if you’re beginning a freelance writing career. The free membership offers a lot for beginners. You can upload a resume, samples of your work, list your skills, create a bio, upload your picture, and so much more.

As far as online job sites goes, Guru.com’s bidding process is easy. When you receive a project notification or invitation, you click on SUBMIT, enter your dollar amount, click a few boxes (answer questions), and create and submit your bid. It’s that easy. When you receive an assignment, you can either accept or reject it.

You can make money online from Guru.com. Even if you’re not an experienced writer, this is a great place to start. You’ll never know if you’ll receive any writing opportunities if you do not sign up with Guru.com. It does not take that long to create an account and it’s free. Take advantage of this opportunity today so tomorrow you can earn extra cash.

Unfortunately, there’s a down side. Freelancers pay a lot of fees just to get paid. By the time you deduct the fees, a $100 project could drop to $88! Then again, it’s how you look at it. If it only takes you 15 minutes to finish a project, $88 is not bad. It’s all a matter of perception.

It would be nice if Guru.com sent an email making you aware that the system is having technical difficulties. It’s frustrating when you’re trying to bid on a project and you keep getting kicked out of the system. A message will be posted in the MY ADMIN section on the right hand side. If you’re a freelancer looking for work, chances are you’ll go straight to your project notifications and ignore the message.

Online job sites are a great way to make extra cash or jump start your writing career. You could develop very valuable contacts. You’ll also learn a lot about being “your own boss.” It takes discipline and organization to be a freelance writer. Chances are you’ll have many writing assignments; you’ll need to keep track of them.