My freelancing experience with oDesk, an online job site

I joined oDesk in March 2009

I had been working from home for about a year, and my little web design, writing and photography business was taking a while to get off the ground. I had to do something else for a bit of extra income.

I found Get a Freelancer, Elance, and oDesk, all online job sites for freelancers.

I joined all of them, but generally ignored Get a Freelancer and Elance, to make some effort at getting my profile on oDesk up to scratch first. By the time I had done that, I was already used to browsing around oDesk, and have still not gone back to either Get a Freelancer or Elance.

I liked the fact that oDesk had competency tests that one could choose to complete, and if one did well, one could add the results to one's profile. This makes it easier for potential clients to see what you're best at.

The competency tests at oDesk are multiple choice and fun to do. There are plenty of tests related to writing, sales, and website design. I did quite a few of them (not passing all) and displayed the good results on my profile.

What else did I do with my profile?

I spent nearly two weeks on my profile before applying for my first job on oDesk. This was in-between doing work locally and marketing my little business locally.

I filled in everything I could for my profile, and uploaded quite a few portfolio items - screenshots of websites I had designed (along with Tony's help), logo design proposals, notes about writing work I had done, and anything else I could think of.

I also spent a lot of time looking at the types of jobs available, and familiarising myself with the site.

I could not seem to grasp the concept of the hourly work (and how to log in to that area to show a client screenshots of activity on my computer) and decided that I would do only fixed rate jobs. I have still not done any hourly rate jobs on oDesk.

Applying for jobs on oDesk

Having studied plenty of information on the site, I knew not to bid too high for the first few jobs I applied for. If I had nothing on my profile yet in the way of feedback and comments from buyers (clients or employers) I would struggle to get the better paying jobs, even if I had good competency test results and quite a few portfolio items.

I applied for more than one job, realising that I didn't want to wait to hear about one while other jobs that also suited me might get given to another oDesk provider. Within a few days I had my first job. It was to help somebody rewrite the content of his website, with better spelling and grammar, and also to expand on some of the content pages. There was a lot of revision requested, the pay was very little, and days would go by where I had nothing to do while waiting to hear back from the client. I applied for other jobs on oDesk in-between and got another job that I finished before I finished the first one.

Although the first two jobs paid next to nothing, I received excellent feedback and comments from those two buyers, and I moved on, slowly being able to put my price up more and more.

Sorting the good jobs from the bad jobs

Some of the job postings on oDesk are ridiculous.  Some people expect excellent work, and many hours of excellent work, for less money than it costs to be on the Internet. The sad thing is that there are people desperate enough to apply for these jobs and do the work, in the hope that they can then start putting their prices up a bit.

There are also buyers on oDesk who don't realise how much work goes into some of the projects, simply because it's not work they are familiar with.  If they tried to do it themselves they would realise how long it takes to produce good work.

I spent enough time looking for the jobs that paid more, and always checked the buyer's payment history too, for previous jobs he or she had posted.  If there didn't seem to be any problems with payments the buyer had made to previous oDesk providers, and the buyer had left good comments for the provider, I would apply for the job.

It was also useful to see what kind of comments previous providers had left for the buyer. 

What kind of work have I done on oDesk?

The wide variety of work I've done has been interesting, and through doing the work, I have learned a lot about the Internet that I didn't know before. Even though I am already 41 now, I have been using a computer for less than 4 years, and the Internet for even less than that.

Besides the work already mentioned above, where I helped a website owner (actually a web designer) rewrite the content of his website, I have:

  • Rewritten an e-book on Search Engine Optimization
  • Written 100 short "how to" articles on games and recreation
  • Written about forty 500-word articles on a wide variety of topics, including flower deliveries, the IRS, diamonds, and wedding dresses
  • Written 100 interesting facts about the Jonas Brothers
  • Written travel guide reviews and articles about Moodle and Interactive White Boards

Then, I finally manged to get a really good oDesk job that lasted a few months.

Variety of Freelance Jobs

There are a wide variety of freelance jobs available on oDesk all the time, jobs like blog and article writing, website content writing, translation jobs, market research, web research, website design, Search Engine OIptimization, graphic design, logo design, print design, bookkeeping, data entry and telemarketing.

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How much have I been earning on oDesk?

The first few jobs really didn't pay much at all.

The forty articles I wrote on various topics paid about $6 an article, and I was sometimes given bonuses.

The travel guide reviews paid about the same, and the Moodle and Interactive White Board articles (about 4 articles in total) paid about $10 each.

The good job I got that lasted a few months was for a personal injury lawyer and paid about $300 a week, with a few bonuses thrown in too. The work involved a lot of writing articles about brain injury and spinal cord injuries, as well as tons of Internet research and presentation of the findings in spreadsheets. 

What have I learned and done since joining oDesk?

Through the work I did for various oDesk buyers I have:

  • Learned a lot about topics I knew nothing about before
  • Learned what spinning an article was (and don't like it or use it for my own articles)
  • Discovered Ezine Articlesand joined
  • Learned how best to communicate with my employers via email
  • Learned how to record and present Internet research findings
  • Learned not to give up when job applications were rejected
  • Joined You Tube, and uploaded a few videos
  • Discovered and joined Digg, Delicious, Stumble Upon
  • Learned how to write Adword ads
  • Learned to spend a lot of time on oDesk job applications
  • I saw that many people joined oDesk and failed to make a success of it, and wrote an article that is published on Ezine Articles entitled How to get your first online freelance job more easily
  • I learned to check for new job postings regularly and to apply as quick as I could, rather than only when another 30 or more oDesk providers had already applied
  • I learned a lot about SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • I learned I can never stop learning, and that the more I learn, the more I am able to earn!

I learned that through determination, one can succeed.

Comments 69 comments

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vicki goodwin 6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

Thank you for this great information.


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks Vicki - I'm glad you found it useful.


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ZarkoZivkovic 6 years ago from Serbia

I am also a member of oDesk, although I got lucky and got my first, good paying, job in the first week. That is where I started my SEO career and that is where most of my clients came from. This is really the best freelancing site on the net, number one. I can recommend it to anyone that wants to make some money.


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks for the comment Zarko - I'm glad it took you less than a week to get your first job on oDesk and that it paid well - I didn't even risk applying for any until I was happy with my oDesk profile.


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ZarkoZivkovic 6 years ago from Serbia

yeah, i figured that out from your Hub :) It just goes to show that you like to focus on the details, which is good. I just thought why waste time, I will build my profile, but I can't lose anything in the meanwhile if I apply for a job, and i didn't :)


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Tony Flanigan 6 years ago from East London, South Africa

ah ya. And some of us just keep applying. :)


RACNicole 6 years ago

Hi, this is Nicole from vWorker.com (formerly known as Rentacoder.com).

I got my start in freelancing the exact way you described here, only it was at vWorker -- not oDesk. It looks like you're on your way to a lucrative online career. Do you have an account at vWorker? If not, check out what it can do for you here: http://bit.ly/c6UM0w

After a little research, I determined vWorker was for me and I haven't looked back since!

-Nicole


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Nicole - thanks for the tip. I believe people should try more than one freelance job site, and see which one works best for them, or do a bit of work at all of them, if they can.


Doreen 6 years ago

Teresa, you can ignore Nicoles comments they pay her to past the thing everywhere there are articles about oDesk. She thinks that changing the name from RAC to 'vWorker" that it's going to help their reputation. Probably not!


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi Doreen and thanks for the comment. I thought "Nicole" looked familiar - I think she may have left a similar comment on a post I made on Lisa Irby's Website Babble forum some time back. Now, the question - do I deny the comment or not? I think I'm going to leave it there, for the following reasons:

Although the comment may be similar to others she has left elsewhere, or may be considered spam, or may even be spun (which I don't approve of), she has made the effort to make it look like a decent comment, even if it is just copied and pasted. The grammar is not bad - and generally it would be considered a "good" comment.

Also, if she is being paid to do this kind of promoting, she's doing it far better than other people who do the same thing, leaving very obvious spam comments all over the place, with bad grammar, and not relevant to the topic.

Although she is giving the company a bad name by manner of people starting to recognize what it is that she's doing, it's sort of their problem more than hers. She's probably just trying to earn a living online like so many of us.

I myself have not yet had the opportunity to "pick up a job" like she has, involving making comments on the blogs (or hubs) of various people, but if the opportunity did pop up, and paid enough, I wonder if I would actually refuse to do it? I don't know.

Another reason to leave her comment here (and yours, thanks for it) is to make people aware that this sort of thing is commonplace, and to help them recognize spam (however "good" that spam may be.)

ps, I like your WordPress blog - you are using the same WordPress theme I use on all my WordPress blogs.


RACNicole 6 years ago

@Teresa, I'm very sorry that you might have interpreted my reply as spam and I thank you for including my comment. If you take a look at my profile on vWorker (it's DocuMaker: http://bit.ly/cebB4b), you'll see that I've freelanced there since 2005, so I felt I had something personal to contribute to the conversation. If you look up the title "Outsourcing Through Rentacoder," you'll see I even wrote a book about the company before the name change and before the company hired this ol' Rentacoder die-hard fan as its internet rep.

So even though I may work for the company, I believe in its ethics and have believed in them long before working for them. But @doreen is incorrect (I've had a previous disagreement with @doreen before which may explain her stance towards me) -- vWorker does not pay me to post 'things' about oDesk everywhere. vWorker pays me to represent the company online and educate the public (i.e. correct misinformation) not only about vWorker, but about other similar services as well. There are things about these services the average person may not know because they're focused on outsourcing or freelancing. Directly working within the industry and actually having the time to analyze what's presented to the public, I have access to how things really work vs how they should work.

It is my sincerest intent to help individuals choose a service that protects them, and different sites vary widely in what they provide. My job as vWorker's rep and as a fellow freelancer is to share that intent.

-Nicole


RACNicole 6 years ago

I just wanted to make another clarification if I may. Rentacoder did not change its name to help its reputation as @doreen suggested. Rentacoder changed its name to reflect the diversity of the many talented workers on the site. The service used to focus on programming, but it now provides access to all sorts of remote working opportunities.


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@Nicole

I'm still very happy at oDesk and don't yet have enough free time to check out other freelance job sites - I don't mind allowing your comments here for those who may be interested in having a look at rentacoder/vworker, or for those who have the time to. I myself may come across a blog post or hub discussing another freelance job site (not oDesk) and may offer my insight about oDesk in the comments there, to help viewers realise that there is more than just one freelance job site out there, and perhaps they should try a few before deciding to stick to just one. The aim of my hub here is not to promote oDesk - even if it is - my aim was more to merely tell of my experience with it, and to stress that through determination and hard work, making money online as a freelancer is possible - no matter where online one does that. Thanks for your contribution towards this, Nicole.


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Tony Flanigan 6 years ago from East London, South Africa

interesting responses. some time ago I checked RaC/vWorker out, and was quite disgusted about two things. 1) I had seen a forum post on another site wherein the authour recommended that potential online buyers use RaC, in order to get the providers to bid against each other. This would ensure that the buyer paid the absolute minimum for the work required. 2) My visit to the site supported this. I vowed to never use RaC, and aired my opinion on Sitepoint forum. RaC approached me, and put forward their argument for themselves. Transcripts of the exchange are available.

I have had a re-think about RaC/vWorker, and at this point the buyers there seem less exploitative than those on oDesk.


RACNicole 6 years ago

Hi Tony.

vWorker doesn't show what workers bid until after an employer selects a bid winner. In doing so, the site prevents the very thing that you're describing (purposeful underbidding). If you'd like to share your transcripts with me, I'd like to see them. You can send them to rod.smith.rac@gmail.com.

-NIcole


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bdfrelancer 6 years ago

Thanks for usefull post.Are you loking money for odesk?

I am freelancer from odesk ,so i published some odesk test ans.for ans visit here http://hubpages.com/@bdfrelancer


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Nicole - sorry so long to reply - the transcripts Tony speaks of are emails between RAC/vWorker and himself, and were to and from the email address you supply here.


Colin Dovey 6 years ago

Good one Teresa!


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks, Colin :)


Lunniey 6 years ago

Nice article.. I came here while googling about other online job site other than Odesk. I actually have been work at Odesk for a year and a half now, but now there are too much under paid project at Odesk. Although I manage to get a decent job and a decent pay, but I still need other job now. Because my employers haven't had a job for me right now..


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks for the comment Lunniey - just keep applying for work on oDesk, and do your best - then you get nice comments and ratings and more people want to hire you, that pay well. Yes, there are many jobs on oDesk that do not pay enough, but if you look hard enough, there are good jobs too. Good luck!


Professional Web Scraper 6 years ago

I have worked on almost all freelancing sites. But this year I started on oDesk. In a word, oDesk is the best place for freelancing. If you can do some projects properly and get good feedbacks from buyers, you won't need to search for jobs anymore - buyers will find you.


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katrinasui 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing your experience with Odesk. I am also using Odesk and it is a good website for freelancers.


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks for your comment katrinasui - I'm still very happy at oDesk but am not applying for any new jobs there right now, or accepting any invites, as, through oDesk, I'm currently busy with a three month fulltime (35 hours a week) work assignment for one oDesk client. Yeah, working right through Christmas, but it's worth it.


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Madama 5 years ago from Harrisburg PA

Thanks for the great Tips! Joined Odesk few days back and still working on my profile like you did. Thanks again.


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Madama - thanks for the comment, and good for you, joining oDesk. It's good to hear you're working on your profile first. So many people I've spoken to about oDesk have joined, and then done nothing. It's a slow process, and you may earn next to nothing at first, but just hang in there, do your best, get good comments and ratings on work you do, then you can slowly start increasing your prices. Always read through everything on the site thoroughly, and before long you'll stop having to check whats-what, as you get used to working through oDesk. Good luck!


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Tim Blackstone 5 years ago

Hi Teresa, Great to hear about your experiences on oDesk. Do you see this as a long term thing or do you plan to work on your own projects more in future?


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Tim - good question - thanks. I'd love to have more time to work on my own projects, the only problem working on my own projects does not bring in money right away like working for an oDesk client does. I do fit in working on my own projects here and there, and hopefully one day I will be able to make all my income from just my own projects.


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks, Mark. I'm not at all organized; I wish I was! I just plod along, trying to get through one step at a time, but I often end up distracted and having to backtrack a little. Or I think more than I do! oDesk does not just have writing jobs, but other jobs too, like Internet Research, and help with SEO. I prefer writing for myself too, but until such time as writing for myself starts paying me more, I just got over writing for others, as you've suggested you yourself do too.


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

over 2000 new jobs were added to oDesk in the last 24 hours


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Mala Srivastava 4 years ago from India

It is good to know that you have learned so much while writing articles. Interested hub. Voted up.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks, Mala - yes,have learned so much. I don't think many beginner writers realise how much they might end up learning about all sorts of different topics, just because of their interest in writing. It's great!


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Naima Bilal 4 years ago from Petaro, Pakistan

I am also a odesk contractor. I found your article while I was searching about some other topic. It made me happy to find another odesk contractor as well as a hubber. I felt though I found a relative.

I love odesk,,,,,,,,


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi Naima - thanks for your comment. I don't use oDesk all that much anymore - I have one main oDesk client I've been working for, on and off, for about 2 and a half years now, but I'm glad I discovered oDesk, otherwise I'd never have gotten this client.


Ali 4 years ago

I have joined ODesk, but still couldn't be able to get the jobs...


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi Ali - I'm not sure how long you've been a member at oDesk, or if you're writing nice unique application letters each time you apply for a job, or if you've done some of the oDesk tests and gotten good scores to display on your profile, or how much effort you've put into making your oDesk profile nice and interesting, or if you're often checking the new jobs posted so that you can be one of the first to apply to a job that has work you know you can do - but if you've done all those things, and have done them well, then just keep trying.


new technology Solutions 4 years ago

Thanks for your nice article. I am looking at posting my first job on oDesk. I have posted 40+ jobs on vWorker with good success. However, vWorker appears to have limited marketing and SEO expertise. It has been great with Graphic Design and Development. It's nice to see the perspective from the freelancer. Also, I did have one thought. If you have primarily worked with oDesk or vWorker then by all means mention the other site when you submit a bid or question. In the past I have used the reviews and test scores as my main deciding factors. The portfolios are also good but I have found that not all freelancers are honest about their work.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ new technology solutions - and it's nice to see the perspective of somebody hiring freelancers! Thanks for your comment. Yes, if I was hiring somebody on oDesk, I think their job reviews and ratings, and competency test scores would be my main deciding factors too. I think I would also look at what they say in their profile, and if their English was good. I wouldn't worry too much about portfolios as many freelancers cannot claim that they have done certain types of work, if they sold their work to their employer copyright and all, so that their employer could use it as if he or she was the one who created it. So a portfolio may not have all that much in it, or of course freelancers may also be too busy to frequently update their portfolios. Job ratings and reviews, and test scores would definitely be my main criteria if I was looking for a freelancer - and then, beyond that, a good job application letter.


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Sunnyglitter 4 years ago from Cyberspace

I've been scammed several times on oDesk, so I don't use it often - but when I do, I find some pretty good gigs.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Sunnyglitter - scammed as a freelancer, or scammed as somebody hiring freelancers? I'm currently using oDesk as a freelancer, and have been busy with work for just one client for over two years now. Should the work I do for him ever run out or end, I may consider going back to what I first did - apply for various jobs that interest me, and will certainly watch out for any scams.


Jorge 4 years ago

Thanks for this post. I'm trying to work in my profile and studying how odesk works. Very usefull information and I'm also surprissed with your kindness in answering every coment, which I admit, also moved me to leave my own!


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Jorge

Here I am to answer your comment too :) I'm pleased you found the information useful, and appreciate you commenting and for noticing and acknowledging that I bother to reply to all comments. Good luck on oDesk - take it slow at first, and don't give up.


Jorge 4 years ago

I knew you will do it! Hugs :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a very useful hub Teresa. I keep hearing about ODesk but have been worried about being underpaid for the amount of work. From your experiences I see that while jobs may start that way it may become better money over time. Thank-you. I vote up and will share too.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

This is very timely for me, as someone just mentioned oDesk to me. I've been applying for jobs on Elance and so far have got only one. It's hard to get started without many jobs under my belt. Is oDesk any easier? Perhaps fewer people use it? I've been frustrated trying to get jobs at Elance, but I keep trying.

Your hub is great--well laid out, explaining every step of the way. It gives me hope. I'm struggling to get the freelance writing career going. I will definitely check out oDesk. Thanks so much for writing this! Many votes, including up. Sharing, too!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I'm also impressed that you have been using the computer and internet for only a few years are are now proficient in it, even doing web design. That's amazing!


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

I have heard of oDesk here for the first time. I will check on it and thanks for sharing.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ ChristyWrites - thanks; the first few jobs you get on oDesk may pay very little, yes, but if you stick it out, and do even the low paying jobs to the best of your ability, you get good feedback from your oDesk clients, and this helps you get more work, in the future, that pays more.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks, Victoria Lynn :) I don't think oDesk will be any easier to get your first job, but once you get past your first few jobs it does become a little easier. Some clients may even re-hire you over and over again, because they like your work. Getting that first job, and doing well at it, is what puts many people off though, especially when a first job may pay so little. Because one does not have previous oDesk experience, one can always post some items into one's oDesk profile portfolio, to help potential clients make their decisions, and there are plenty of enjoyable competency tests on oDesk that one can do, and display the results on your profile. Then, apply, apply, apply for jobs!

Thanks for the compliments about my becoming computer literate and learning to design websites etc. I'm quite proud of the fact :) Sticking to something you're trying hard to do pays off eventually, and I do hope I am an inspiration to others.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ dwachira - it seems like not so long ago that I came across oDesk for the first time, too. I'm currently working for only one client on oDesk, but have been for nearly 3 years now, on and off, whenever he has work for me.


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ComfortB 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

Your hub just encouraged me to go and complete my profile with odesk that I abandoned a while ago. Took some tests too and passed.

Thanks for sharing your experience. Voted Up and Useful.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ ComfortB - good for you! Good luck with nicely completing your profile on oDesk, and on applying for and getting some jobs! I'm pleased my hub encouraged you to go back to it.


haixia 4 years ago

Hi, Teresa

I am new freelancer on oDesk. I am an IOS developer.

From start on odesk, it gone 3 months, but I have no job.

Why????

I hope you help me.

best regards.

haixia


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ haixia - If you're trying really hard, 3 months is certainly a little long to still be trying to get your first job on oDesk. I don't know what your profile looks like, or how many of the competency tests you have done, and done well at, or what your hourly rate is, or if you are not regularly applying for many jobs, or if you are writing lovely unique application letters when you apply for jobs, but if any of those things are lacking, all I can advise is that you give them some more attention and keep trying. Good luck.


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

Sounds like a worthwhile source of extra income. Thanks for the headsup. I'll check it out. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Teresa Schultz 3 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ alocsin - thanks for the comment - yes, with the right approach and a bit of patience, oDesk can be a great source of extra income, thanks for the vote up.


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Naima Bilal 3 years ago from Petaro, Pakistan

I second the fact, yes odesk does helps you build up your career and because every job you do there is different, thus you r experience and horizon keeps widdening!!! Happy odesking


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

Gee you've been busy. Lots of interesting tips here. Thanks for sharing your experiences. :)


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Teresa Schultz 3 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks, LongTimeMother - using oDesk has been a great advantage to me, with learning more about how to make money online, and with improving my efforts at it. I hope others can learn from my experiences.


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey

I have never heard of this venue before. It sounds like there be a lot of upfront work to establish one's self. But I guess that could be the case with any site you choose to write on. Thanks for the information. Very useful.


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Jenn-Anne 3 years ago

Thank you for your interesting hub! Never heard of Odesk before. Will add it to my list of places to check out.


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Teresa Schultz 3 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi StephanieBCrosby, and thanks for the comment. I hadn't heard of oDesk either, until I became interested in looking for sites where I could apply for online freelance work jobs.

oDesk is not a writing site; it's a site where you either:

a)

post jobs you need done (which may include writing articles), interview the applicants (via oDesk messages) and then hire and pay the person who you decide on OR you can look at the profiles of oDesk workers, and message them telling them that their profile seems to fit what you're looking for, and that you'd like to interview them, with a potential view to hiring them to do the job,

or, b)

apply for freelance jobs, or accept interviews when potential clients contact you via oDesk to interview you

Yes, it can be very difficult to get started, but a bit of working hard at one's profile, and applying for many jobs, and writing great job application letters, can work well in the end.


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Teresa Schultz 3 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi Jenn-Anne - thanks for the comment. I'm glad you've heard of oDesk now, and if wanting to do some freelance work for others, then I hope you try it out.


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KawikaChann 3 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

Nicely done Teresa - I agree with you, sometimes employers don't realize how much goes into an article. I've spent a lot of time on different writing cites - some way better than others. I've enjoyed your work, keep punching along. Peace. Kawi.


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Teresa Schultz 3 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ KawikaChann - thanks for stopping by - Yes, I don't think some employers realise how much work goes into writing good articles, but then again, if I needed a service I couldn't do myself, or didn't have the time to do, there's a good chance I too wouldn't fully understand all the work that needs to go into the job. It works both ways, I guess - so it's up to the person doing the work to explain everything they do, so that the person paying for the work not only understands the amount of work that goes into something, but also appreciates it more.

I will certainly keep punching along; thanks :)


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Sirius Centauri 3 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

Very inspiring to know. I joined oDesk a few months ago and build a decent profile. My first client turned out to be a very unhappy person (that's the kindest way to describe her too but she did inspire me to start my own blog) and the second one wanted me to design his entire project as opposed to writing and researching the material. Needless to say that scared me off but I'm encouraged by your story. I shall look into it again. Thanks for sharing.


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Teresa Schultz 3 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Sirius - glad you found it inspiring; I do hope you continue to try get more work at oDesk, and I wish you luck!


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deq1010 2 years ago from Burton Michigan

Very useful information, as someone just starting out in freelance work I was having trouble finding where to look for work. It seems everyone wants to sell this information. With this one post there are a bunch of pages to look at. I appreciate all the info!!


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rohanfelix 2 years ago from Chennai, India

Very encouraging review of oDesk... I am trying to make it big there myself, nut I'm yet to get my first job...

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