Elance is a great way to put yourself out there and start getting new clients. There is a lot of competition, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from signing up and landing your next big job.

It’s important that you set yourself apart from the competition and show (not just tell) the potential client how you’re different and why you’re the best choice.

So how exactly do you do that though? Do the same tactics you might use on clients in normal situations apply on Elance?

Danny Margulies has had tremendous success using Elance and give us 5 great tips that will ensure success.

“2. Don’t write traditional proposals

A real proposal should be the last thing you send to a client before they hire you, not the first. Yet freelancers see Elance’s “proposal box” and immediately go into pitch-mode, trying to close the deal before a message is even exchanged (huge turnoff).

Action step: Fill out the proposal box with the goal of starting a conversation. Trying to get a response from the client is much more realistic — and appropriate — than trying to win a contract right out of the gate.”

Read the other 4 tips at Freelancers Union.