Elance hire a group of researcher and asked them to check profiles of the top 10 freelance in 4 categories from 10 nationalities, and compare scores, costs, repetition (customers returning to hire the same freelancers) and recommendation rates.
The result may surprise you, but more importantly, it can improve the quality of work you get, and lower the price you have to pay.
It is important to say we recommend you judge each freelancer on his or her own merits, and refrain from being racist, or attribute some stereotypes on one nation or another. Nevertheless, it may be that cultural differences account for higher scores and recommendation that freelancers get, and nationality is a clear differentiator in the results of this research.
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This feature originally appeared in Host Advice.