oDesk Claim: oDesk connects businesses and entrepreneurs with freelance contractors, including over 90,000 small businesses and 400,000 online freelance providers. oDesk is the only service to guarantee that an hour billed is an hour worked and that an hour worked is an hour paid. Each month, thousands of companies post online jobs that represent more than $65,000,000 in payroll. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of top-notch professionals offer their services through oDesk, including web developers, software programmers, graphic designers, writers, customer service representatives, marketers, virtual assistants, and just about any work that can be done remotely. This is a win-win for both outsourcing work and those looking for a legit work from home solution online. Whether hourly or fixed price, oDesk jobs average around $5,000 upon completion. oDesk freelancers enjoy working from anywhere, affordable group healthcare plans, retirement 401(k), hands off invoicing and tax collection, setting an hourly rate based on skills and experience, tracking of time worked, identifying your available hours, building reputation for higher paying jobs, online skills testing, and payments guaranteed. Hiring entrepreneurs and businesses can take advantage of a remote workforce, IM chat interviews, in-depth resume like profiles, freelance feedback scores and work history, competitive rates, hands free payroll, work diaries and screenshots, NDA handling, project management features, and no fee job postings. oDesk’s free marketplace for businesses, and workplace for freelancers is changing the way the world works.
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"Unlike many of the freelance websites on the Internet, Odesk does not charge monthly membership fees to providers (or Freelancers). Instead, they charge providers 10% of the project amount paid to them...The entire team agreed that the 142 free qualification tests offered by Odesk.com are a huge perk. They provide the freelancer a means of proving his/her abilities and let employers know that the pros can really do the tasks they claim. Tests are offered on other sites but often there is a charge to take them. Odesk offers them (again) for free."
"ODesk is great if you live in China, India or the Philippines. As a US resident, I am not able to compete with the rates advertised in these countries...(It may be great for hiring managers, but) it's impossible to compete with people who are willing to work for $.02 an hour!"
"The applicants can take online skills tests which you can view the test results. This can include English literacy tests (great from when outsorucing overseas), technical tests (for programming assignments), even SEO tests for those looking for link builders and social media buzz generators."
oDesk receives an A+ from the Better Business Bureau which only processed a total of 11 complaints about the Corporation in the last 36 months, BBB's standard reporting period. Of the total of 11 complaints closed in 36 months, 8 were closed in the last year.
"There are a couple big differences between Elance and oDesk. In Elance, while a potential employer can get a free account, freelancers have to pay a monthly fee to be in the listing. At oDesk, both types of accounts are completely free to have and hold onto. For the freelancers, aka providers, oDesk offers a better deal since it won’t cost them anything if it doesn’t work out."
"oDesk is hands down one of the best freelance web sites around. I have used them for jobs since nearly their beginnings and have had more success than with any other freelancing web site out there. Kudos on their support system and their fantastic team!"
"When you apply for a job, believe that you are the best among others. There’s always new opportunities and lot more work than actual providers, so be on it."
"Mark, who has ZERO understanding of SEO with the exception of basic terminology, passed the SEO test with flying colors… which means according to oDesk he is qualified for many of the SEO Jobs – at least that’s my understanding. This is just one of many examples of the flaws engineered into their system. Finding a true trade expert goes well beyond someone who passed a very basic skewed SEO test. It involves research and time"
Matt St. Amand
"From a freelancer/provider perspective, there is an elaborate, but useful sign-up process involved on oDesk.com. There is the opportunity to post samples of one's work; almost unlimited space for this. Checking out oDesk may be the savviest move you make until the economy finally rights itself and some semblance of normality returns. And who knows, maybe those few among us who attain that Holy Grail of telecommuting may not relinquish it once the financial climate improves."
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