Hey guys, I know this depends heavily on the category that I'm working in, but I'm just wondering if it's possible in general. I'm American, so I have my doubts. I signed up for the site 2 years ago but never did anything with it. Recently I logged into the account, updated my portfolio and bid on a few jobs. I got really lucky and snagged one. Got really good feedback and the guy paid, so now I'm curious. What's the most important thing? Writing a great looking proposal? Taking the skills tests? Both? Should I go with the average bid, or just bid what I think I'm worth? I notice that the average gets pulled down quite a bit, but I know that clients don't always go with those mid-range bids. Anyway, any info you can give will be very helpful. My category is Illustration, if that's helpful. Edit: I went ahead and reinvested part of that first job's profits in Elance, signing up for their most expensive plan ($45). I have 70 connects, but I think I'm burning through them too quickly. I guess this means that I'm "shotgunning" too much? The fact that we don't get connects back when we withdraw a bid or are turned down is ludicrous. Obvious greedy Elance is obvious.