Any idea of Odesk?

@elsoft12 (1825)
India
February 19, 2009 8:08pm CST
Hi Friends, Since there seem to be a lot of online freelancers here,I would like to know if there are any members of this this site - Odesk.It is a site,I understand where the freelancers can go and bid for jobs and once they complete a job successfully they can be paid. And for members of this site,how long did it take you to get your first job here.Do you recommend it.Please share your thoughts on the site. Thank you.
5 responses
@iakulchen (615)
• Singapore
20 Feb 09
You'll have to bid for a job. They don't just "offer" you a job just like that. Although I'm afraid I can't help with the "how long I took to get my first job there" part. I seriously can't remember, since I do check out quite a number of similar sites e.g. Elance, Guru etc and it's been quite a while since I joined them, so I don't really remember when my first ODesk job came from where. It's a site with job listings for freelancers, there are quite a number of such sites out there which do just that, and I haven't seen anything particular in ODesk that stands out to me. So I wouldn't say that I recommend it above another similar site, but if you are asking if it's a reputatable site with reasonable safeguards in place to protect writers/publishers from being cheated, then I would say yes.
• United States
20 Feb 09
by reading your response, looks like you are much aware of this site and you might have taken so many tasks there. As far as i am concerned, I didn't bid anywhere in that site, I finished couple of tests there yesterday(not readiness test) when I check my mail today, there was a mail from odesk saying there is a message waiting for me in my odesk account and when I checked my odesk messages, it said, interview invitation for job opening xxxxxxx. Thats why I said, they offered a job. Even I am not sure yet whether it is a offer. today i finished the readiness test and accepted that invitation for interview. I am yet to download the odesk team software. Well could you please tell me what i should do further?
• Singapore
20 Feb 09
Generally speaking, in the world of freelance writing, the process goes something like this --- 1.Publisher posts request on site, in this case, ODesk 2.Writers respond 3.Publisher picks writer he/she thinks is the best for the job 4.If publisher likes results, the next time he/she needs an article written, they may just directly contact the writer for the job. Otherwise, back to Step 1. I really see no reason for a publisher to just contact a writer that they haven't worked with before. They're just limiting their options. Well, actually I do see a reason, just not a good one, said publisher might be just trying to contact you, then coming up with something like "Let's discuss this outside ODesk and cut out their commission, which would be a good thing for both you and me", and then running off without paying you after he/she has received your work. "Seeing that you're a new writer on ODesk, it would be resaonable for me to see what you can do before I take you on for the job. Here's a couple of titles that you can write about." (Those titles being the very job itself) Pretty much what I can tell you is to be very careful here. Check his/her rating, feedback, if he/she is a first time buyer. Avoid the job if it says "requires your personal banking information" or anything to that effect. And of course, say no if he/she says to "cut out ODesk as the middleman". For work samples, if you don't have an online portfolio yet, I would strongly suggest that you start one. To start off one, you can choose to publish your articles online at sites like Triond or Associated Content(with the added bonus of those articles generating passive income) or you can choose to start a blog and post samples of your work. You can just provide a link to these when asked for a sample of your work. Don't be afraid to speak up too if you think what the publisher proposes is not to your advantage. For example, if the publisher insists on you providing free samples of your work before you are hired, provided that you haven't just decided to walk away from the job, you can point out that you have no guarantee he/she won't just run off with the free samples.
@elsoft12 (1825)
• India
20 Feb 09
Thats a great piece of detail iakulchen.Thanks for sharing.
• Philippines
2 Apr 09
I have worked as an odesk freelancer before. The jobs and the pay are OK but you really have to be competitive in order for you to get a job there. Sometimes you have to have the lowest bid so you can surely get the job. It was really challenging for me to work at odesk because there was a lot of competition and sometimes the jobs are not that easy to do. But if you are really good with everything you can make a fortune there. Some are actually earning $5,000 to $10,000 there. There are a lot of jobs that are being offered there like data entry, virtual assistants, blog writer, web designer, logo designer, computer programmer and a lot more. There are some test that you have to take so that you will qualify to do the job offers. I can still remember competing with 80 bidders for a copy and paste job that pays $1. LOL! Some jobs have good pay others don't.
@elsoft12 (1825)
• India
2 Apr 09
Lol...competed with 80 bidders for $1.Thats really interesting...Congrats on earning one of your most hard earned dollar,I suppose.Its difficult to earn big sums unless one is well established and is in demand for his/her skills.
@chiyosan (30203)
• Philippines
2 Apr 09
i know people who have done jobs and have earned from odesk at work. they have been getting their "salaries" online. i just think though that this takes quite a lot of time and takes up too much effort as you will have to converse with your suppoosed job provider, they will return some jobs to you and your efforts going nowhere...
@elsoft12 (1825)
• India
2 Apr 09
Thats right.To get a first job is in itself a project there.
@JanMags (726)
• Philippines
20 Feb 09
i am not a member of odesk but a friend has been urging me to try it out. her daughter got a very good job because of odesk. i really think there are a lot of good jobs there because my friend and her family seem to be doing well financially these days
@elsoft12 (1825)
• India
20 Feb 09
Thats nice to know.Thanks for sharing JanMags
@Dasari100 (3803)
• Anantapur, India
6 Apr 09
O desk is also well known site in all the world because i am member but i didn't hit any projects their but we can take easily projects from their.