odesk is a site that brings together freelancers that are searching for writing work with publishers that are searching for writers.
there are some jobs that are offered on the odesk that pay per hour, instead of the typical per job. for the per hour work, you must work on odesk website software that can track your work. a software is downloaded to your desktop
in addition, they offer proficiency skill tests that you can take to display to prospective employers what your skills are on the site.
when you are hired through a freealancer job sites typically you have to pay the site a fee for bringing the job together. i am not certain what that amount is on odesk.
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