New Way to Work Contest Celebrates Self-Employed Professionals and Companies Embracing New Trend of Online Work

ASPEN, COLO. – December 18, 2009 – Elance, the leading site for online work, announced that Qittle tied for third place in the “New Way to Work” Contest. The contest spotlights the growing number of businesses and individuals who are choosing to work online compared to the conventional office environment. Qittle’s video entry on how this mobile marketing firm functions and uses Elance,  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD01nLCEeKE) tied for third place.

“Online workers represent one of the biggest trends in the 21st century labor market,” said Ellen Pack, vice president of marketing at Elance.  “Professionals are shunning cubicles and commutes for more flexible, self-directed opportunities and companies see a great opportunity to increase innovation and output without increasing overhead.”

“More than 60,000 companies are currently hiring and working
with online professionals and teams on Elance and the demand
shows no sign of slowing down, even as traditional job growth
has stagnated or declined in many sectors.” Qittle has found
and successfully used graphic designers, marketing professionals
and web developers on Elance. Qittle has used professionals and
businesses on Elance to develop the Qittle logo, business cards,
brochures, email blasts, the website and more.

“The Elance contest was a lot of fun for the whole team at Qittle.
It's been amazing how much web traffic, video views and new clients
have resulted from taking action on Elance. We are very
appreciative of Elance and the PR firm Borders Grate House,”
said Casey McConnell, CEO of Qittle.

Contest participants were encouraged to show the world what the “new way to work” means to one’s company through any medium, including video, text, song, photography, and even tweets. There was no restriction on the format, but all submissions had to be publishable to the web.

Qittle used a YouTube video to demonstrate how the world of online work is transforming the way small businesses are growing their companies and leveraging the on-demand work model to build talented teams that will propel Qittle forward in 2010.

Winners were selected by an elite panel of judges that included Tory Johnson, career expert, founder and CEO of Women For Hire and New York Times bestselling author, whose latest book is Fired to Hired; Tim Ferris, bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, technology investor, and productivity expert; John Jantsch, award winning social media publisher and author of Duct Tape Marketing; and Fabio Rosati, CEO of Elance. The winners and all 10 finalists are featured on the Elance blog at http://www.elance.com/blog

About Elance

Elance, the leading site for online work, is a highly efficient solution for companies who hire contractors and service providers online to get work done.

Elance instantly matches employers with a ready and qualified workforce of more than 100,000 rated and tested professionals with technical, marketing and business skills, and provides the tools to manage online and pay for results. With more than $230 million in earnings to date, contractors and service providers around the world use Elance to meet employers and get paid for delivering great results.

The company is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information, visit Elance at http://www.elance.com.


About Casey McConnell

Casey McConnell, the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, founded Qittle in September 2008. Before founding Qittle, Mr. McConnell was the Marketing Director for The Aspen Club & Spa. Raised in Greeley, Colorado, Casey attended The Colorado School of Mines on an athletic scholarship for football. After college, Casey worked for his family's construction business before beginning his first Internet endeavor--Zoe Juice. Casey moved to Aspen, Colorado where he worked in the hospitality industry before starting at The Aspen Club & Spa in 2006. He worked to develop a vitamin line for the club before he was promoted to Marketing Manager in 2007. In his work with email marketing, Casey sees the potential text messaging will bring to the global marketplace-- much like how email exploded in the early part of the century. Casey is a member of Roaring Fork Leadership as well as the Aspen Young Professionals Association. He spends his free time in the mountains hiking in the summer and hitting the slopes in the winter. In the future, Casey hopes to take Qittle global and envisions the brand Qittle to be the number one company for text messaging solutions for businesses of all kind. Qittle, whose name Casey derived from different words meaning "talk" or "chatter," became a vision of how to quantify marketing efforts while incorporating the newest promising way to relay messages- mobile text messaging.
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