1 - State Your Needs Clearly
If you don't tell a contractor what you need, then don't expect to get what you want. The smart Clients do this extremely well already, and I applaud them for their professionalism. However, it is an unfortunate fact that there are still plenty of Clients who do not.
For those who do not, I only have the following statement to make: Despite the feel and appearances of the matter, the Elance website is not a fast food drive-thru window where you use one sentence to casually mouth out a simple order that is processed hundreds of times daily the exact same way for everyone.
If you think so, what you are really doing is treating your own project like a plain, unimpressive, cookie-cutter style venture. If you don't show due respect for your own project and your own needs, then simply don't expect anyone else to do so either.
On the other hand, you could take the more advisable route and think before you post. Even if you think it is a painfully simple project/task, you will still be better off taking the time to at least briefly brainstorm, summarize, or/ overview the goals and scope of your particular project. That way when posting you can give a detailed communication of all your wants, needs, and expectations.
That's all for now my friend. Come back soon to find out what the second and equally important tip will be! Subscribe to this blog in order to have post updates sent to your email automatically.