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E-lancing, sometimes referred to as e-labour,[1] refers to the recent trend of commending and taking freelancing work through so-called e-lancing websites. E-lancing websites are hubs where employers place tasks, which freelancers from around the world bid for. Additionally, some e-lancing websites act as intermediaries with regard to payments: they pay the freelancer directly after work is completed, and so sparing him or her the risk of non-payment.[1] Some platforms as DesignContest try to do guaranteed contests require prepayments from customers that would protect freelancers. But it does not remove the risk totally. [2]

Some sources [3] claim that elancing is to become the dominant type of work organisation. However, other sources[1] claim that this switch will take longer than expected to happen, as was the case with e-commerce.

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  1. ^ a b c The Economist Newspaper Ltd, 2010. "Work in the digital age: a clouded future". The Economist, Volume 395 Number 8682, May 15th-21st 2010. Roto Smeets, Weert (Netherlands).
  2. ^ "Knowledgebase: Guaranteed Contests". DesignContest.com. 2013. 
  3. ^ Conlin, M., 2000. "And Now, the Just-in-Time Employee". Business Week, 28 August: 94-95.

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