April 29, 2017

Need to Outsource? Why not use Odesk.com

With the recession that the world faces today,  even multinational companies have tighten their budget and thinking of ways on a cost effective alternative to keep their businesses still running and gaining profits.

Outsourcing is the best option that they have found. Hiring employees from different countries enables businesses to save a lot of dollars and at the same time, creating more jobs especially those who prefer working from home.

One of the best platforms that offers legitimate outsourcing opportunities is Odesk.com. Founded in 2003 by two Greek entrepreneurs. Odesk, is very successful in offering jobs for job seekers and companies looking for freelance employees that will effectively do the task for them without going into their office.

Odesk is one of the most popular and legitimate outsourcing websites in the internet today. It is where freelancers can find work that rightfully fit their skills and experience and vice versa. It gives a great opportunity to freelancers with professional experience or with less experience alike to bargain their skills by completing the personal information and other fields provided in their Odesk account.

Odesk has nine categories of featured work such as:

1.             Web Development

2.             Software Development

3.             Networking & Information Systems

4.             Writing & Translation

5.             Administrative Support

6.             Design & Multimedia

7.             Customer Service

8.             Sales & Marketing

9.             Business Services


Each of the above categories is sub-divided into sub categories for specification. For instance, In Writing and Translation category , you will find in the sub-categories, blogging, content writing and any related work.

More so, here are the other Pros of Using Odesk:

For Freelancers or Contractors:

  1. Signing up is 100% FREE of charge for freelancers. Odesk will only charge the freelancers after they completed task of 10% withdrawal fee. Now, The contractor can also pay this fee its up to the two parties involved.
  2. You can view any job you want to apply. Notifications are updated especially if an employer wishes to interview you for a job.
  3. You can start up your hourly rate by $1 so you can get more jobs at the same time. You just have to balance your working hours so that projects will be delivered on time. You can then increase your hourly rate once you have established and have proven your expertise.
  4. Test Skills are available to test your writing and grammar skills.  This is applicable for every Odesk member. There are about 326 kind of tests that are available  for  free which includes Windows XP, U.S. English Basic Skills, HTML 4.01, Technical Writing Skills Certification, and Help Desk Certification to spice up or increase your profile and to let he employer see your proficiency in your chosen test.
  5.  Once you’ve got a perfect score or have made it in the top 10% or 20% of the result, you will be given a special badge that will also be displayed in your profile.
  6. Lets you include in your portfolio previous works and projects completed that are relevant to the jobs you wish to apply to.
  7. You can choose to decline or accept interview invitations depending on your preference.

For Employers or Buyers:

  1. Signing up is Free. Employers will be charged only after delivery of work.
  2. Allows you to pick skilled contractors like content writers, programmers, accountants, sales agents or telemarketers and even virtual assistant from around the globe.
  3. They have the option to pay Hourly or Fixed Rate.
  4. With built-in time clock monitoring system that enables employers to view freelancers work.  Offers screenshots of the activities of the contractor using the Odesk Monitoring software that is downloadable to verify work once the contractor clicked the start button, he or she is indeed working on the project and not just merely browsing stuff not related to the work.
  5.  Allows you to interview your applicants that fit your qualifications and decline those that don’t make it. With this, they will be notified that they have an interview invitation or they have been declined for the job.
  6. Enables you to verify the time logs or billed hours using their virtual time sheets.
  7. Has more payment options available.
  8. Since the kind of job you will be offering is a contractual basis, you are free to give employee benefits, pay employee taxes and other mandated benefits that an office employee must get.

With these stunning benefits that Odesk offers, it is perfect. Here are some cons that others found in using Odesk.

  1. Others find it too much to charge contractors 10% of their earnings for each completed job.
  2. Odesk is not liable if an employer didn’t pay their contractors in a fixed rate contract.
  3. Work screenshots sent to the employer to some is an invasion of their privacy.

To sum up, Odesk has proven its reputation through the years and still counting. With its millions of users around the globe and excellent payment system, it is one of the best online outsourcing company of today.


  1. Rie Avis says:

    Have you checked out http://www.Staff.com ? This is another site for work from home jobs. It is similar to oDesk but for full time work only.Employers who are seeking to outsource their jobs can choose from the pool of talented staff, while jobseekers can look for opportunities here.

  2. Thanks for the heads up about Odesk. I haven’t used this service, but I’ve used similar websites with good success for translation and audio transcription. My orders were completed in a timely fashion and I saved a ton of money versus going a more traditional route for the projects. Of course, with sites like this, it all depends on the quality of the individual contractor. I suggest placing one or two small orders first before submitting anything sizable.

  3. I don’t understand about how the third cons listed in your post about the work screenshots that are sent to the employer is an invasion of their privacy. What kind of privacy invasion is that?

  4. I wish to make extra money online. I hope you can do post like this again in future. Is it safe to deal on this website? So far I only register to Fiverr. I don’t dare to try on any microjobs website like this yet.

  5. Thanks, I just signed up. It looks like Fiverr but more professional. I will try my best to be a better freelancer.

  6. I thought I will be getting 100% of the price I’ve asked for. I thought the employer will pay for the fees. Thank you for this information. I didn’t know that they will charge 10% from withdrawal. I should revise my price.

  7. I did sign up on odesk before as contractor, however, I am not quite sure how to use it. I have to rate my time hourly. I wonder why because I am offering jobs per contract. I do hope to learn about it more on this website. Thank you for posting.

    • shane garrison says:

      Hi emily,

      There are video tutorials for contractors to learn how to use the system and to get best results. I know that the more work you have done with positive feedback the more you’ll stay busy.

  8. I actually registered as a freelancer at Odesk last week, after doing a freelance job for an employer who had contracted me via another site.

    The employer suggested that I registered there, as they often contract people via Odesk and he would find it much easier if he found me there, for future projects he wants go give me. And thought, I have nothing to lose, have I? And so I signed up!

    I must say I have not had time yet to complete any tests, as have been a bit busy with other work. But will try to get round to doing it in the next few days, as this will complete my profile and increase my chances of being contracted.

    I really like their interface and, to be honest, I do not mind the clock monitoring (despite privacy issues) as I have nothing to hide. If I was working in an office, I would have people looking behind my back…

    At the end of the day, the fact that they may be monitoring is no big deal, I still get to work in my pyjamas and Odesk or the employer won’t have a clue about that :-)

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