To go a bit further on this, if you are doing an hourly job, you will physically get paid 10 days after the last day of the week in which you did work. This means, since a week ends on Sunday (at midnight GMT), you will be paid the Wednesday of the week after. The money comes in to Elance, and you can withdraw it manually (if you have a bank account set up, or Paypal, or another accepted means), or you can set it up to pay you automatically if you have earned at least $100. It's terrific once you get into a good rhythm of work; you get paid automatically and you just monitor your hours with the easy to use reports. It actually lets you do some short-term budgeting! What a relief for the contractors of the world!