Joined: 14 Jun 06
14 Jul 06 2:05 pm
You absolutely want 100% exclusive rights to the articles that the Elancer writes. Otherwise he/she can make a site to compete with you or sell them to hundreds of other people or even membership sites.
You should also make sure that the Elancer knows that you want original, non-machine generated material that does not infringe on anyone's copyright and you will check for copyright infringement at copyscape.com.
I'd also request that they send you 5 of the articles at a time upon completion for your review to make sure they are up to your quality standards. This is better than getting 25 articles all at once to find out they are very poor quality.
Don't be afraid to make these requests, remember YOU are the boss, they are the employee.
As you can probably tell, I've been burned once or twice and have learned some valuable lessons.