I've hired 15 freelancers off odesk over the last year, out of those 15, maybe 1 met the deadline that I clearly laid out in the ad. This could range anywhere from articles written, to wordpress themes edited to software creation.
I never hire anyone without less than 4.5 feedback. I invite the best and select the best out of the many that accept the invite.
So my question is, is it simply unrealistic for me to expect a freelancer to meet a deadline, at least most of the time? Or is it just a Odesk thing? If any of you have used Elance, please let me know how they are on their. I dont want to sign up to Elance, only for it to be the same deal.
It can be highly irritating, when you clearly say you need this delivered within 48 hours, you know personally the job is not like some extreme custom software where they can run into unforseen problems. So, it seems they just accept the job offer, simply to get the job, with no intention to actually do it in the time frame you'd like.
If this is just the nature of the business, cool, I can understand, and will keep that in mind going forward. But if anyone has any advice, or another site to use that's more reliable, I'm all ears.
Thanks will go to all helpful responses!