Does anyone here use oDesk to find work?

by Roell
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Trying to find out if anyone has found clients and done work through oDesk and what your experience has been like.

Is oDesk a legit way to find work and make money?

Is the work fairly consistent? Can someone get between 25-30 hrs a week doing work?
#find #odesk #work
  • Profile picture of the author jennycdb
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    • Profile picture of the author JOSourcing
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      Originally Posted by jennycdb View Post

      Odesk is more for programmers...this forum is for IM.
      oDesk and other similar sites (vWorker, elance, etc.) provide access to a wide variety of jobs including programming, writing, illustration, even data entry jobs.

      To the OP: Yes, it's possible to find clients and get work through these types of sites. I've been doing so for over 6 years now through vWorker. The trick to getting consistent, decent paying work is to provide high quality services for people who recognize, appreciate, and pay for high quality services. Well, there's that and working through a service that protects your interests. vWorker guarantees your payments. oDesk only guarantees some. And Elance charges fees for arbitration that's available for free over at vWorker.

      But you won't get consistent work at first. That will come later as your clients return to you again and again on a regular basis.
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      • Profile picture of the author Roell
        Originally Posted by JOSourcing View Post

        oDesk and other similar sites (vWorker, elance, etc.) provide access to a wide variety of jobs including programming, writing, illustration, even data entry jobs.

        To the OP: Yes, it's possible to find clients and get work through these types of sites. I've been doing so for over 6 years now through vWorker. The trick to getting consistent, decent paying work is to provide high quality services for people who recognize, appreciate, and pay for high quality services. Well, there's that and working through a service that protects your interests. vWorker guarantees your payments. oDesk only guarantees some. And Elance charges fees for arbitration that's available for free over at vWorker.

        But you won't get consistent work at first. That will come later as your clients return to you again and again on a regular basis.
        great info! thanks for taking the time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Victoralexon
    I have signed up but I haven't used it yet. Have you checked out www.elance.com, www.freelancer.com and www.vworker.com?
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    • Profile picture of the author Roell
      Originally Posted by Victoralexon View Post

      I have signed up but I haven't used it yet. Have you checked out www.elance.com, www.freelancer.com and www.vworker.com?
      No, I haven't looked into those yet. I'm just trying to pick up some freelance writing work.
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  • Profile picture of the author thomarv29
    Ive been using ODesk for years, i used it to build links to my SEO website and got ranked on 571 major keywords using backlinkers on there... It only cost me 18K lol
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    • Profile picture of the author Billll
      Originally Posted by thomarv29 View Post

      Ive been using ODesk for years, i used it to build links to my SEO website and got ranked on 571 major keywords using backlinkers on there... It only cost me 18K lol
      You you tell me more about this?

      billthelord@hotmail.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
    oDesk is legitimate and does a good job especially if you want to find an employee. Fiverr.com is another source for finding a worker to do a specific job for you such as create a banner, get backlinks etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author chriscyan
    The answer is Yes .I quit my job where i was $250 per month and when i enrolled my first job i was earning $270 per week and since then i can only look back with smile
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  • Profile picture of the author tristatemedia
    i use odesk all the time to hire people.
    points to remember if you want to get hired by these sites:
    read job posting carefully and do exactly what employer says. good hiring phrases to use. if the job posting says, i need job done asap. when you apply to job, say i will have it done in 24 hours or 48 hours. be specific with time. alwaya be specific and you will catch people's eye and get hired.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Davis
    Is oDesk a legit way to find work and make money?"
    Yes it is.
    However, Be Warned!
    As a provider, things are not in your favor on oDesk. (I was a top Designer on oDesk years ago)

    I've had bad experiences with a few bad clients, and oDesk does everything to be on the side of the clients, and not the workers.

    For example, a Client can give you a very bad rating for no reason whatsoever. (Happened to me already)

    I was ready to begin the job after the Client chose me for the project. The client never wrote back even one message to me, instead he closed off the job, leaving the lowest possible feedback. (0)

    I didn't even get the chance to do anything.
    (Feedback ratings affect very much how often you will get jobs there)

    I reported this to the oDesk staff, and they did absolutely nothing about it.

    They just said: "Clients can rate you whatever they choose, for any reason they want."


    Another bad encounter with a dishonest client, unfortunately got me kicked out of oDesk when I argued back at the Client.

    oDesk "Stole" the remaining funds in my account, from my last 8 Jobs with other Clients who already paid me. (Those clients had nothing against me, were very happy with my work)

    So, my advise would be to try somewhere else like Elance, Freelancer, even Fiverr.
    (But that's just my opinion, based on my experience on oDesk)


    What I like about Fiverr, is that they DO take action against abusive Clients.

    If a Client gives you a bad rating for no good reason, after you have done everything correctly in your Gig, then the Fiverr Staff will investigate and remove that bad rating.

    You won't get that "Love" on oDesk, sorry.



    Is the work fairly consistent? Can someone get between 25-30 hrs a week doing work?
    Not likely to be honest.

    About 3-4 years ago, yes, you could get consistent work there.

    But now, every project has 25-50 applicants.
    It's just gotten too saturated.

    Also, you have a weekly limit as to how many jobs you can apply to, so the odds are against you.


    Your best bet, would be to search for a Client who wants to build a long-term relationship with the provider.

    If you waste time applying to allot of 1-time jobs, when you do eventually get one and complete it, it can be days or weeks until you land another project.


    That's why I've moved away from those type of sites a long time ago, and I focus more on building my own business, now getting multiple Clients daily.

    In any case, best of luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author kdm5157
      I have been wondering the same thing. I'm a programmer/coder - a good one too! I have looked at these sites before (oDesk & others similar). I don't know what to think. There are many, many people on there offering services for OUTRAGEOUSLY low prices. $3 per hour?!

      Personally, I feel if I could find a way to foster some great relationships with others who have programming needs then I'd be golden. I mainly focus in web development. I've owned a local business for a few years as "supplement" income. I've been getting consistent work from 3 graphic designers but it's never "guaranteed" and varies all the time. I made around $19k last year.

      Anyone have ideas on where to find people who need some programming help?
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      • Profile picture of the author Centurian
        There are top-level consultants on elance.com. I've used them a number of times with good success.

        While they usually charge a little less due to competitive bidding, it's certainly no fiverr gig.
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    • Thank you very much Andrew Davis for your thorough, informative answer. It was extremely helpful! I'd been wondering about oDesk for awhile and you've provided the best synopsis I've heard, from the provider perspective.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hydraman
    Originally Posted by Roell View Post

    Trying to find out if anyone has found clients and done work through oDesk and what your experience has been like.

    Is oDesk a legit way to find work and make money?

    Is the work fairly consistent? Can someone get between 25-30 hrs a week doing work?
    I use Odesk to hire workers
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  • Profile picture of the author Nexstair
    Yes, i have been using odesk and Fiverr for my web tasks and its really helpful.I earner more then $1000 in couple of months.Check this out nexstair at Fiverr.com and https://www.odesk.com/contractors/nexstair
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  • Profile picture of the author metaarticles
    I use Odesk not to find work, but to outsource some of my work. I once used it to build a software tool for myself. The quality of work was not really good though.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobuzz
    I am afraid oDesk is not the best of places if you are looking for work. Because you will not paid worth your time. Also the clients there want to hire people at 'cheap' rate. So if you are knowledgeable and have skills search work in other platform like elance.
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    • Profile picture of the author jessiem
      Originally Posted by seobuzz View Post

      I am afraid oDesk is not the best of places if you are looking for work. Because you will not paid worth your time. Also the clients there want to hire people at 'cheap' rate. So if you are knowledgeable and have skills search work in other platform like elance.
      It may not be the best place to look for work but definitely Odesk has helped a lot of people around the globe. The only thing that I don't like with their system is the bidding process. Unlike with other site(s) like Staff.com or Fiverr, you just have to signup an account (free account) and post your resume. Once you're done, all you have to do is to wait for a call from them and be ready for the next step.
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  • Profile picture of the author mathewboly
    Of course there is no doubt about it. I had been working there for many years.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nail Yener
    At one time, I used freelancing sites to offer my services and oDesk was one of them. They are legit and very popular indeed. I did find work there but I was not serious about freelancing because it was not my eventual business model. I also hired freelancers from oDesk at one time. The competition is high there which makes prices go down considerably. Good for project givers, not so good for freelancers. In order to get consistent amount of work, you will need to be patient and spend a lot of time trying to get projects. But when you establish yourself with good reviews, getting projects will be relatively easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author mohsinmallik
    Of course oDesk is legit. Millions of people are working at oDesk and earning their living from there.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrswagset
    Hell no! Prices are too low for me. I personally charge $5,000 minimum for my services but Odesk people would want them for 500 haha NO DEAL
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  • Profile picture of the author MeganFreed
    I landed a 30-60 hr/week web research/data entry job on oDesk that lasted for a year, and I've also gotten a few writing jobs on there. There are a ton of crappy jobs on oDesk, but if you look really hard, you can find a few gems hidden in there.
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  • Profile picture of the author wesleywinter
    I have hired content writers on oDesk before. I never have been hired through their system though.
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  • Profile picture of the author jtr8178
    I've spent over $7,000 on there for data entry, research, graphic, and some programming. Lately I've been hiring 2 or 3 people for the same job because quality is all over the board. I'll hire couple people, have them each do a sample, and then pick a fia for the rest of the project. The people from the Phillapeans seems to work the best for data entry and web research.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Bagley
    Is it possible to support oneself exclusively from jobs on this kind of sites?
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    • Profile picture of the author MeganFreed
      Originally Posted by Sheryl Bagley View Post

      Is it possible to support oneself exclusively from jobs on this kind of sites?

      It is possible, but it also depends on what your hourly rate is, the longevity of the job, how many different jobs you can pick up, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author mariomvr
    I work there. It is great to get the ball rolling (to build a portfolio). But you're not going to make a living there. Most people that hire there a looking for cheap labour and they have people there that will provide it for them. So the bottom line is if you can live on a $10/hour fee you are going to be able to make a living there if you need more you better start working on your on attracting clients from your own website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ean Stark
    I use it to find people that will work for me.. its a good site to start with.

    Ean
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  • Profile picture of the author mathewboly
    Originally Posted by Roell View Post

    Trying to find out if anyone has found clients and done work through oDesk and what your experience has been like.

    Is oDesk a legit way to find work and make money?

    Is the work fairly consistent? Can someone get between 25-30 hrs a week doing work?
    Absolutely YES. one can get work here & earn a hand some money, if their skill is good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Super Affiliate
    eLance.com does have better quality workers but they are quite expensive compared to oDesk.com. I've hired quite a few workers there at oDesk.com so far but I gotta say some were good and some were bad. Some people even stopped working even though they signed the contract. But if you spend more time researching and interviewing a lot of people for your project, I'm pretty sure you can find some good workers at a reasonable price.
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