I’ve noticed that there is an increasing number of people are asking what oDesk is all about. I decided to write a new post to talk about this freelance site where I offer my freelance services.
What is oDesk?
oDesk is a freelance site where your services can get paid by the hour or by fixed-price bids. A client gets to post their job so that they can get a freelancer (termed as provider) to do that particular job. These are contracted work where the client can handpick his freelancers or he can wait for active freelancers to apply to his job. oDesk posts a wide range of jobs such as data entry, writing, programming, graphics and web design jobs. So basically, oDesk is a third-party website that makes it easier for clients to find freelancers, and vice versa.
Create a Profile
To begin with, one has to create a profile. That profile is similar to a resume. A portfolio is also very helpful in proving one’s capability to finish a job. It took me a day to update my profile but once that it is done; my profile was appealing enough that I got some interviews.
Measuring One’s Skills
Don’t forget the tests too! oDesk offers free tests that measure the skills capabilities. Programmers can get tests related to the programming skills; writers can also take tests that are related to writing. These tests are important, especially to those who do not have any oDesk work history and feedback to back up their profile. The oDesk Readiness Test (ORT) is a new test about the oDesk policies and procedures to make sure that freelancers are ready to apply and accept jobs in the marketplace (I have not encountered this test in the first place).
How Job Progress is Monitored
Hourly jobs are monitored using special software called oDesk team that needs to be downloaded and installed in the freelancer’s computer. That software logs in the time consumed, and captures a snapshot of the entire freelancer’s screen at regular intervals.
Fixed rate jobs don’t need that special software. However, I do not recommend getting fixed rate jobs because, unlike other similar freelance sites, oDesk lacks escrow system that secures these kinds of jobs.
This YouTube video explains further how oDesk works:
For the Philippine-based freelancers, the most favorable option (because fees are low) to withdraw funds from oDesk is using local funds transfer or LFT where money is transferred directly from the oDesk site to the Philippine bank of your choice. The older ways to withdraw from oDesk is Payoneer and Paypal which still works well up to now.
Unlike other freelance sites, oDesk allows you to create a FREE account. This permits anyone who just have empty pockets but have the skills to start finding and working for projects. The only catch here is, oDesk takes away 10% of what you have earned from every project that you do with them.