Name: Upwork (Formerly Elance-oDesk)
Cost: $0 to Start, but Up Work Receives 10% of Your Earnings
Owner: PrivCo aka oDesk Corp.
Rating: [s3r star=3/5] 3/5 Stars
What is oDesk? In 2015, Elance-oDesk was rebranded as Upwork.
Upwork, formerly known as Elance-oDesk. Upwork is an online employment site that hires people to do web development, writing, translation, customer service, design, administrative jobs and much more. Is oDesk legitimate? Yes, it’s legitimate. Just be aware that scammers sometimes do slip through the tracks.
You can avoid these scammers by only working with high rated, dependable employers. A feedback system shows you which employers are high rated.
Types of oDesk Jobs
- Data Entry Operator.
- Web Developer.
- Web Designer.
- Game Developer.
- Web Programmer.
- Software Developer.
- Work Diary For every hourly contract, clients can check their freelancer’s Work Diary to see work-in-progress snapshots and pay only for work done.
- Team App — Freelancers logging hourly time using the oDesk Team App are guaranteed payment for hours worked.
- Live Chat
- oDesk Help Center
How Does oDesk Pay You?
Different countries have different steps to take to set up your payment method.
Learn how you can work for oDesk from different parts of the world:
If you need help signing up for your payment method with oDesk, please leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to give you a hand.
Cool Things About oDesk
- Feedback system.
- You can make your own schedule.
- You can choose the job you are interested in.
- oDesk offers health benefits-read more about it here.
- Your work is tracked by oDesk’s Work Diary System so you are guaranteed payment for work you completed.
- The oDesk Blog (Work tips and other helpful tips). You can check it out Here.
Not So Cool Things About oDesk
- You have to bid on jobs.
- Sometimes the hourly rate (this varies) is not worth working for.
- Scammers sometimes sneak into the system.
- Jobs can close without anyone getting hired.
- Pay can be low.
- Payment is not guaranteed for fixed price work.
(“Fixed Price” work).
Tips for Working with oDesk
- Only work with high rated employers.
- Know what your time and work is worth.
How to Start Working with oDesk
Create a Freelancer account. Click Here to create yours.
You will need to add:
- A cover letter.
- Past experience.
Things to be Aware of:
- oDesk Fee (oDesk receives 10% of what you earn).
- You must sign a User Agreement.
My Final Thoughts on oDesk
oDesk is a good company to be a freelancer for. There are many different types of jobs available and all experience levels are needed.
Please leave a comment below with any questions you have or experiences with oDesk that you’d like to share. I’m interested in hearing them!
Thanks for reading.