E-lancing, sometimes referred to as e-labour, 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. 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. 
Some sources  claim that elancing is to become the dominant type of work organisation. However, other sources claim that this switch will take longer than expected to happen, as was the case with e-commerce.
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