Win free healthcare for your startup

Chris Caceres · October 16, 2009 · Short URL:

Elance hosting a competition for a year worth of health insurance for your startup or $10,000 cash

 The notion of working in an office cube from nine-to-five seems like such a thing of the past, especially if you're a startup.  Why pay for office space when all the communications tools you need are right in front of you on your laptop?  Having a face-to-face discussion with a colleague is a mouse click away with video chatting.  Save money, work from home.

Elance, a site where companies can hire, manage and pay contractors online, is hosting a pretty killer competition for those of us embracing this new way to work.  "The New Way to Work" competition has a grand prize of either a year worth of health insurance premiums for your company or $10,000 in cash. 

What it entails is quite simple. Startup companies, entrepreneurs or independent professionals are being called to share an inspirational story about the way they work.  

Anyone with an interesting story, and a company profile on Vator, can submit their company profile to the  Elance $10,000 competition page on Vator. But they have to include in their profiles a story about their work environment. The stories can be in the form of video, PDF, or PowerPoint. VatorNews will highlight some of the more interesting stories.

The competition already started just less than a week ago and ends on November 30th. Throughout this time period, Elance said it would be highlighting the most creative, innovative and inspiring entrants on its blog.  It will then narrow the contestants to a set of 10 finalists, which will be judged by Tim Ferris, John Jantsch, Tory Johnson and Elance itself.  

Whether your working from a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco like myself, or a beach in Brazil, gather your thoughts and share your story. 

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Elance, where companies find, hire, manage and pay contractors online, is transforming the way businesses get work done.

On Elance, companies gain instant access to more than 99,000 rated and tested professionals who offer technical, marketing and business expertise. With more than $215m in Elance earnings to date, independent professionals use Elance to meet clients and get paid for delivering great results.

Elance is experiencing record growth. In the past year, over 270,000 new jobs have been posted on Elance representing well over $100,000,000 of work. Over the same period, over $60m has been earned by elancers for work delivered and over $200m in all.


The record growth on Elance is fueled by more businesses hiring "on-demand" to maintain flexibility and cost-effectiveness. Getting work done online by independent professionals is a major trend as companies have discovered the benefits of using the expertise available through online experts, and as an alternative to adding headcount.