To date I have used eLance with great success. I have a number of contractors working long term with me and all is good.
I now want to try odesk. I have a project that does not require a high skill level and I get the sense that odesk is generally a market of cheaper contractors.
OK, now my frustration. I prefer to set a budget and pay a fixed price (known cost).
On elance this is easy. I might for example set 'under $500'. And I will receive bids from $50 to $500.
On odesk this does not work. I have to set a specific budget. What if I don't know the market rates for the work? What if I set a fixed budget of $50 and there are people willing to do it for $25? I have over paid. Get my point.
I have tried odesk without sucess. Everyone just bids my fixed price, not the fee they want to get..........
Seems pointless. Or am I missing something?
It's a bit like going to a car show room and announcing, I 'd like to buy a car for $20,000 please. Guess what, you will get one........for $20,000, that might have been sold to you for $18,000 if you had asked the salesman how much it cost!