Freelancer, Odesk Or Elance?

by Dele
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Hi Warriors,

If you are looking to hire a freelancer to do a programming job, which of the following sites are you likely to get the best deal from in terms of reliability perhaps due to the efficiency of the site's system. i.e. where you can literally go to sleep assured that the job will get done.

Any other reliable site can be indicated please.

Thanks for your view.
#elance #freelancer #odesk
  • Profile picture of the author Colin Y
    I have found several reliable freelancers on oDesk. I would recommend you look for someone with positive feedback for jobs that are similar to the one you are looking to post.

    Remember, cheap is not always better. By paying a little extra you will get some more peace of mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ali Thunder
    I like Elance The best outsourcing site, else you can look at warriors too but Elance is also recommended!

    Cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author Dele
      Originally Posted by Ali Thunder View Post

      I like Elance The best outsourcing site, else you can look at warriors too but Elance is also recommended!

      Cheers
      Thanks Ali for your view.

      The only snag with "Warriors for Hire" is that there is no form of backup/guarantee (no matter how minor) as provided by these other sites. You are "on your own". That is my understanding.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dele
        Originally Posted by Dele View Post

        Thanks Ali for your view.

        The only snag with "Warriors for Hire" is that there is no form of backup/guarantee (no matter how minor) as provided by these other sites. You are "on your own". That is my understanding.
        Any view on this please? What is the quality like too?
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  • Profile picture of the author Griffin Smith
    Have you looked into vworker?

    If I remember correctly they had a good reputation for freelance programmers.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dele
      Originally Posted by Griffin Smith View Post

      Have you looked into vworker?

      If I remember correctly they had a good reputation for freelance programmers.
      Thank you Griffin. Never heard of that. Will look it up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mac Wheeler
    I had an absolute nightmare with oDesk this week, and cannot recommend them to anyone who takes freelancing seriously.

    I explain the problem here:

    The oDesk Fiasco

    I just can't trust them after this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    I think its not about the website. I think its all about your ability to select individuals who are fitted to do what you require. Careful analyzing and checking their portfolio, feedback score, and completed assignment will help you regardless of what website they are affiliated. Among the listed sites, I think I lean on elance.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dele
      Originally Posted by Adie View Post

      I think its not about the website. I think its all about your ability to select individuals who are fitted to do what you require. Careful analyzing and checking their portfolio, feedback score, and completed assignment will help you regardless of what website they are affiliated. Among the listed sites, I think I lean on elance.
      Thanks Adie.

      While the point you made is quite important, it takes care only of the pre-project implementation phase. The site/system can materially have an impact on the project implementation and post-project implementation phases.
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    • Profile picture of the author johnpaulgrant
      Odesk is more reliable. I agree that it's still how you interview and pick the best people for the job that makes it successful.

      Another site to find good contractors is onlinejobs.ph
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  • Just do it yourself and save the money and frustration.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dele
      Originally Posted by WebmasterWorkforce View Post

      Just do it yourself and save the money and frustration.
      I wish i can but unfortunately, i can't
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  • Profile picture of the author chiwawa
    I have had good experience with Odesk contractors. On there you will be able to find reliable and professional programmers who would do the job efficiently.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketwarrior06
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    for coding and programming jobs i prefer vworker.com. it was previously know as rent a coder.com.
    The best ever. Its little bit expensive but you can get quality workers.
    thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Mac Wheeler
      Originally Posted by marketwarrior06 View Post

      for coding and programming jobs i prefer vworker.com. it was previously know as rent a coder.com.
      The best ever. Its little bit expensive but you can get quality workers.
      thanks
      I did quite well as a provider when I first started out using vWorker, back when it was still named RentACoder. I have not visited it in years, I must check it our again. Thanks for the reminder.

      I remember it being a little more expensive than most sites, but I liked the review and rating system.
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  • Profile picture of the author geekology
    Odesk is good, provided you set your requirements properly. Go for folks with a least 4 star ratings.
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  • Profile picture of the author alpinewood
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    Freelancer i've had too experiences with, they are reliable (check for feedback) and quality of work is great
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  • Profile picture of the author syda
    From my experience, elance members usually have higher rates but they are also more professional than those who bid $1 per hour on odesk. On freelancer, it's very hard to sort out all the people that bid "just in case" without having any skills to actually complete the job.
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  • Profile picture of the author Youronlinestuff
    I prefer odesk. freelancer is ok but the search function is not as sophisticated.
    I had dispute issues with elance and they offer no protection against poor quality contractors, you have to pay like $300 to get something resolved, just google "elance dispute scam". the best workers have accounts on all three so it makes no difference who you choose but i'd never use elance again.
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  • Profile picture of the author john-7665
    I am now talking as a freelancer, and I have to say that odesk and elance, are way better than freelancer. On freelancer, not only that they approve many unprepared workers, but many of the offered jobs are scams and fake jobs. Elance may be a little more expensive , but is more secure.
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  • I am using odesk! Pretty good place!
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  • Profile picture of the author RobStelton
    You will find good people on each. The process you use is more important than the site you choose. Check their feedback, previous work and have a chat with them (email/skype).
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  • Profile picture of the author snippnet
    With my experience, freelancer is the best for programming - you can get some good deals too. But, it's really about the people/person - so make sure to have a good screening process, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author gpwilson
    I would like to go both freelancer and oDesk. Because the contractors of those sites are much more reliable then elance or other sites. You can find very good worker in reasonable rate in those sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author buffyslayer
    Odesk. The interface is good and there are less chances of being scammed. I heard the scam rate was high on freelancer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Silentkiller1
    Freelancer is also good website...
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  • There are a lot of good Filipino programmers at onlinejobs.ph and bestjobs.ph. They're not as cheap as those mentioned above but you can be sure of their experience and skill
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    • Profile picture of the author bedazzled
      Odesk is great, but you have to remember that it is not only the website but also the contractors that matter
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  • Profile picture of the author Topwriters
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    look at the individual's credibility and capability to do your project, and not the website.
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  • Profile picture of the author avowzone
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    oDesk is the best place to hire freelancer with cheap rate.
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