If you have $500 dollars or more to invest on oDesk ..

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What would you do with ?
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  • Profile picture of the author mosthost
    Originally Posted by thelazyone View Post

    What would you do with ?
    I would keep the money and do the work myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Corey Geer
    Why on oDesk?

    Just from my experience: The only thing I've found on oDesk are headaches.

    The majority percentage of the workers are foreign and have some of the most jumbled up English.
    A lot of people who speak poor English have companies or "Agents" that e-mail applications for them so you're speaking with someone who has perfect grammar during the interview.
    Most of the workers I hired would disappear for days on end without a word.
    Apparently in some foreign countries there's something called "load shedding"? Their power/internet infrastructure has to be cycled because of how crap it is and how overcrowded they are.
    The quality of the work was.. well.. questionable.

    I probably spent $2,000 on oDesk (Might be a little less) and had to re-write most of the content that was given to me to even be worth $1.00 per 100 words. This was a year ago granted, but that place is a horrible horrible place!

    $500 is far more profitable investing into PPC or investing into some niche blogs.
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    • Profile picture of the author thelazyone
      Originally Posted by GhostWriting View Post

      Why on oDesk?

      Just from my experience: The only thing I've found on oDesk are headaches.

      The majority percentage of the workers are foreign and have some of the most jumbled up English.
      A lot of people who speak poor English have companies or "Agents" that e-mail applications for them so you're speaking with someone who has perfect grammar during the interview.
      Most of the workers I hired would disappear for days on end without a word.
      Apparently in some foreign countries there's something called "load shedding"? Their power/internet infrastructure has to be cycled because of how crap it is and how overcrowded they are.
      The quality of the work was.. well.. questionable.

      I probably spent $2,000 on oDesk (Might be a little less) and had to re-write most of the content that was given to me to even be worth $1.00 per 100 words. This was a year ago granted, but that place is a horrible horrible place!

      $500 is far more profitable investing into PPC or investing into some niche blogs.
      I'm not all OK with that.

      I invested $1000 in oDesk in article writing, blog commenting etc. All was ok.
      The workers were from north africa (not indian) and I always verify the profile of the freelancers before hiring him so i'm sure to get a nice work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gozang
    I promised myself never to use oDesk again. There are nothing bunch of crappy outsources who work as middle men never complete the work. I wasted my 1+ g on my site.

    Maybe it was just my bad experience. Mine was set for hourly rate which was a blunder from my site. I wish there was a way that you pay only when the work is completely done and you are 100% satisfied.
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    • Profile picture of the author Corey Geer
      Originally Posted by Gozang View Post

      I promised myself never to use oDesk again. There are nothing bunch of crappy outsources who work as middle men never complete the work. I wasted my 1+ g on my site.

      Maybe it was just my bad experience. Mine was set for hourly rate which was a blunder from my site. I wish there was a way that you pay only when the work is completely done and you are 100% satisfied.
      You can do Fixed Payments
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    • Profile picture of the author darrenchow
      Originally Posted by Gozang View Post

      I promised myself never to use oDesk again. There are nothing bunch of crappy outsources who work as middle men never complete the work. I wasted my 1+ g on my site.

      Maybe it was just my bad experience. Mine was set for hourly rate which was a blunder from my site. I wish there was a way that you pay only when the work is completely done and you are 100% satisfied.
      I think you can do that. If I'm not mistaken, you can pay at flat rate and also set a milestone. After the service provider finish his/her work, then you can release the milestone to them.

      "Hourly projects are secure and flexible. You can put a cap on total weekly hours worked, access our Work Diary, and enjoy the oDesk Guarantee. Fixed-price projects let you negotiate a flat rate and set up a payment plan with your contractor, who will probably request a portion of their fee upfront. Note: fixed-price projects are not covered by the oDesk Guarantee."
      -https://www.odesk.com/info/howitworks/client/
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    • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
      Originally Posted by Gozang View Post

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      Maybe it was just my bad experience. Mine was set for hourly rate which was a blunder from my site..
      You dont have to pay an hourly rate. You can set something up with a one time payment.

      I have mixed results. If you are looking for writters don't waste your time on $1 for a 100 words. You can find better writers even from the US if you are willing to pay more.

      However I tried hiring one person to do a Joomla site and the project was never completed. Also using people to make cold calls was a total waste of time.

      Your best bet is to interview who you are hiring. If it is writing spend a few $$"S extra.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    I would suggest you decide what you want done first -- then decide where to outsource the projects.

    Rose
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Get a massage, a hair cut, some new shoes, some jewelry, food for breakfast lunch and dinner, pay bills... then use the remaining $50-$100 to invest into PPC testing.
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    • Profile picture of the author denysapu
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Get a massage, a hair cut, some new shoes, some jewelry, food for breakfast lunch and dinner, pay bills... then use the remaining $50-$100 to invest into PPC testing.

      lol
      The rest is no more than $ 50
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      Don't worry be happy!

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  • Profile picture of the author Searchlabmedia
    Depends on what your goals are? What type of business do you want to create? Software? Outsourcing? Blogging? It really depends, but I have had pretty good luck with Odesk.

    Dave
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  • Profile picture of the author GforceSage
    I insist on cam to cam so I can keep an eye on my temporary employees. I would then oversee my topless logo design team online while they work their magic. I never knew logos could be so expensive.
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    • I'm a HUGE fan of oDesk! I've used RentACoder, eLance, Fiverr, and others, but I still always go back to oDesk. I've been using virtual assistants, programmers, graphic artists, etc. since 2007!

      Sure you will often get what you pay for, but if you know how to leverage the system and find the right people, it's amazing what you can do! I've had INCREDIBLE virtual assistants over the years in India and the Philippines at an average rate of about $3.00 per hour (if you want to see examples of what I have them do, visit my site).

      If I had $500, what would I spend it on? Well, I already do and am!

      Mostly I'm having my VA's work on email support, data entry, research, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    This is a nothing topic, really.

    What do you need done that you need to invest on odesk?

    That's the real question. Wherever you outsource, do so very wisely. There are many things worth outsourcing, even on odesk, as time is money.

    I've had mixed success with that site, and you get a lot of people not qualified applying for your jobs, but you can usually find one or two who will do the job well. I've found good outsourcers there, before. Just make sure it's not anything too complicated.
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  • Profile picture of the author thetomjones
    If you don't know what you want, there's nothing we can help you with.

    Out of the blue - you might buy a premium designed wp template, and then resell it on ThemeForest as your own, and generate passive income . That's just a random thought, and needs more development
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