With the hundreds of Elance clones out there, surely someone here has made one before, and has a good codebase they want to continue working on?
I'm open to buying one off-the-shelf but haven't yet decided.
Building one from the ground up, for now, isn't the best use of resources as it's not really an original idea. How I plan to use it and market it might be original, but the basic idea is not - so it makes the most sense to hire someone with experience with code to jump off from, or buy one off the shelf and modify.
Later when it's a big success there will be more money to build a better app if needed.
Have you built one or modified one? If yes, please bid on just getting a bare-bones-only one working with a link to any existing code (with login, if needed to demo the code), plus skinning it / theming it to look more or less like SwiftWebDesigner dot com (I'll provide all the graphics sliced + CSS if it helps).