Hiring and Paying a Contractor on Odesk. Help please.

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Hey guys

I was wondering, i was thinking of hiring a Contractor from odesk.

**Not hiring an Employee. Want to hire Contractors on odesk for small jobs.

Q1. Well, regarding hiring Contractors are we supposed to ask the person we are paying for their details like their EIN, TIN number, social sec num Before we hire them on odesk?

>Like send a w9 or something. What do you guys do when hiring on odesk?
Need some help from someone who has used odesk or is using them for hiring contractors for simple jobs.

Q2. How are you handling all this when hiring a Contractor on odesk for a job so you can report your taxes and so the Contractor can Also have the proper paperwork so they can do their taxes at tax time?

>Q3. Do we just ask for their EIN, TIN, Social sec number *Before* we hire the Contractor on odesk and then at tax time download all the Receipts from odesk and give those to the accountant at tax time? How should we go about all this?

Q4. I thought odesk handled all this for us and all we needed to do was download all our Receipts from odesk and give them to an accountant. What's your experience with this?

>>If we Only plan on hiring *Contractors* on odesk do we have to supply our own Social sec number to odesk so that odesk can send out the 1099 or whatever tax paperwork is necessary for the country the contractor is located in?


Can someone please help me understand how this works on odesk please?


Thanks to all who help

SEO-IM7
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  • Profile picture of the author Agante
    Hi Seo

    The best, I found in these circumstances, is to join as a contractor yourself.

    You will see what's the requirements from the other side (if you've already signed up as an "employee")
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Why hire from Odesk when you can probably find the person you want in here? Makes it much easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author seotools
    Simply post the job hourly or fixed price and contractors will bid and you can choose whoever you like and press the hire button. if hourly job contractor will start time tracking software while working and you can see in screenshots how your contractor is working. if job is fixed price you have to option to pay after the job completion, there will be no escrow.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shane12
    You pay Odesk; Odesk pays them. So your involvement as far as payment would only be with Odesk. They handle the tax forms, if applicable, which I can't imagine they are in too many cases since they are now under the same classification as Paypal (third party processor).
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  • Profile picture of the author Gambino
    I've hired quite a few contractors from oDesk and I've never requested their information. Likewise, they've never requested any information from me for their taxes. My guess is that majority of the work done there isn't reported, but who knows? If it is, oDesk must handle giving contractors the proper forms.

    Just post a job and hire the applicant you wish.
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  • Profile picture of the author opalfx
    yeah odesk handles all of that im sure. i imagine you print out reports to show for your own taxes and any contractor you pay over $600 i would have them sign IC paywork just to be on the safe side.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    I hate Odesk because I found there many terrible service providers and Odesk didn't protect me. They work like a bank.

    If you are not satisfied with the work of a certain service provider, this is your problem. They only want to collect their commissions and nothing else.

    So, if you will find a terrible service provider you will have to pay him, without solving your problems.

    Look for the help of Warriors at the Warriors for Hire section, or use the search engines to find a responsible service provider who won't mislead you.

    Sometimes it is better to pay more for a good service than to try to save money and lose everything in the end.
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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    If they are from U.S. I assume Odesk is already asking for these details (Odesk will be required to send for them tax details). You are not paying the contractor, Odesk is the one paying them.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO-IM7
    Thanks guys The reason i want to hire on odesk is just purely for the paperwork that i did not want to do. I thought maybe odesk would handle it for me. That way i could have people i wanted to work with go through odesk and work with them through that platform. Thanks again guys Anyone else have any ideas to add to this discussion? All help is greatly appreciated

    Thanks again to everyone who replied Have a good day

    SEO-IM7
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  • Profile picture of the author jcoutu
    Q1. Well, regarding hiring Contractors are we supposed to ask the person we are paying for their details like their EIN, TIN number, social sec num Before we hire them on odesk?

    Nope, no need - You pay oDesk and oDesk pays them.

    Q2. How are you handling all this when hiring a Contractor on odesk for a job so you can report your taxes and so the Contractor can Also have the proper paperwork so they can do their taxes at tax time?

    oDesk handles this.

    >Q3. Do we just ask for their EIN, TIN, Social sec number *Before* we hire the Contractor on odesk and then at tax time download all the Receipts from odesk and give those to the accountant at tax time? How should we go about all this?

    No need.

    Q4. I thought odesk handled all this for us and all we needed to do was download all our Receipts from odesk and give them to an accountant. What's your experience with this?

    oDesk handles this. You just need to track your payment to oDesk as an expense.

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    In regards to those who state that oDesk is a scam, you just need to protect yourself as you would if you were hiring someone off the street. If you are hiring for small projects, it is best to use a fixed price project because you do not have to pay unless it meets your expectations. This gives you the maximum leverage, if you don't like it, you don't pay.
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      I have found better quality at elance

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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    I have found better quality at elance

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    Elance is exactly like Odesk. They work like a bank, and they care only about collecting their commissions.

    You don't need sites like Odesk and Elance since they don't protect the buyers in any way.

    You can find the best service providers by using the search engines.





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    • Profile picture of the author writeaway
      Originally Posted by clever7 View Post



      Elance is exactly like Odesk. They work like a bank, and they care only about collecting their commissions.

      You don't need sites like Odesk and Elance since they don't protect the buyers in any way.

      You can find the best service providers by using the search engines.





      How many service providers have you tried? At how many different platforms? Were they all bad?
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  • Profile picture of the author Shane12
    Most of the workers I hired on Odesk were terrible. However, I had one guy who did awesome work for me who more than made up for it. The unfortunate reality is it's very much hit or miss. Realizing this, I either pay a) hourly with a severe restriction on hours and an agreement it is on a trial basis and will be increased based on performance or b) fixed rate with milestones based on results, which weeded out most people even bothering to apply because most of them want money up front.
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  • Profile picture of the author domainscience
    What ever you do, don't use paypal.com as a form of payment.
    If the work does not get done, paypal.com does not care.
    They say they have a resolution section, but not for non-products type of purchases.
    All the person has to do is take say that they disagree with the buyer and paypal.com rejects your request for money.

    It happened to me twice and I lost a lot of money.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    How many service providers have you tried? At how many different platforms? Were they all bad?
    When I was an ignorant newbie (in 2007) I tried to find service providers at Elance first of all because it was recommended by my first internet marketing mentor. I found 4 good service providers there, and more than 10 terrible service providers.

    Then I tried Guru, which was so confusing that I gave up.

    Then I tried Odesk, which was the worst one. ALL service providers I found there were terrible.

    Then I understood that these sites are ridiculous and I never used them again.

    We have the impression that we are somehow protected if we won't be satisfied with the service of a certain service provider, but this is not true. These sites are not responsible companies. They simply work like banks. They give you the impression that they will do something for you, but they state in their guidelines that they are not responsible for whatever happens between you and the seller.

    If you don't have the time to read their numerous guidelines you will believe that you will be protected, but you won't.

    They make you pay bad service providers even when you are dissatisfied with their work. They help their sellers in all ways because they want to receive their commissions without caring about your satisfaction.

    So, why should a buyer trust them?




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    • Profile picture of the author jcoutu
      They make you pay bad service providers even when you are dissatisfied with their work. They help their sellers in all ways because they want to receive their commissions without caring about your satisfaction.

      Elance, oDesk, and Guru all make their money from the clients, not the freelancers. If no one is paying for jobs, then they don't make money.

      The job sites are all geared more to the clients for fixed price projects - if you don't like the freelancer's work, you don't pay. This type of project is geared solely to the client, not the freelancer.

      For hourly projects, clients do need to take steps to protect themselves, especially if they are working with freelancers that they have not worked with previously. Limit hours, monitoring the webcam, and testing the work all need to be done to make sure that your work is being completed.
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