Unsatisfactory Experience With Odesk

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  1. Shawie

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    Has anyone tried to use Odesk to make money online? I see many people on there with many projects under their names and I can tell they are quite successful with that website. I've tried it but my very first gig ended up being a scam. I had reached out to odesk and it took them several days to get back to me and ultimately they explained that they are not able to track every project to make sure their legitimate and this was one of those cases. I thought it was strange that I was not able to contact that person in regards to details about the project and what the payment schedule was going to be exactly which prompted me to reach out to oDesk. I didn't like the delay in support so I shied away from that website.

    Have you ever tried using oDesk.com?
     
  2. Diane Lane

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    I've never used Odesk, but I believe it recently changed names, so perhaps that is part of the reason for the delay in response? I believe it's not called Upwork, so you could try doing some searches for reviews on that name, to see what you find. I tend to abandon sites that are slow to respond as well, because that makes me think they are scams.
     
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    I think Odesk is similar to iWrite. Perhaps there is just a confusion because I have never read about Odesk reneging in its promise to pay. But if I were you, I would also test it with one submission and evaluate the site's performance vis-a-vis the writers and the submission. It's really a heart breaker to submit and be ignored.
     
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    My personal approach is to find clients for freelancing by approaching them directly. The aggregating sites seem to attract clients who just want to pay the least amount of money and people who are willing to work for those rates. They also prevent your from forming a direct relationship with the client to get ongoing work. Odesk is not the worst of them but they all have these limitations. If you have any kind of special skills or areas of experiences it is work researching markets and querying them directly.
     
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    i recently have been using odesk, now upwork. i had two women writing articles for me that took forever to get articles done, ive had to cancel jobs a couple times. ive had a guy working on a wordpress theme for me forever who cant listen at all and keeps doing the opposite of what i tell him. i canceled the job, hes still working on it i mite not pay him hes such a jagoff

    but i got a guy working on one of my blogs doing on and off seo optimization, hes really professional and sends me detailed reports of what hes or going to do next. he makes backlinks for me, and is scheduled to work until july 2nd, he said hed be working on my stuff 3 to 4 hours a day

    for $28, i posted a job on how i needed traffic to my blog and said i only had $28 and he said hed do it
     
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    I haven't used Odesk, although they are called Upwork these days. I've heard both positive and negative things about them, I guess mileage varies from person-to-person. However, they are known to pay their freelancers which makes the site legit in my eyes. Definitely, you'll find those who don't want to pay freelancers for their work. One must read the ToS rules very carefully and understand who is in the right, and who is in the wrong regarding these matters.
     
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    When it comes to earnings this has been my experience: Every job that I have applied for (+20): everything from data entry to virtual assistance - has always gone to someone who will do it for $3.00 or less per hour. There is usually an average of 85 applicants each for this type of job.

    I refuse to work for that little - you might as well be volunteering (which I already do!)

    I do wish you better luck. Maybe oDesk is better geared for people working in a different field.
     
  8. klaythomson

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    I think, you need to make sure if the contractor is safe and trusted. Yes I agree, their support takes long to respond even if its urgent or not. Maybe there are hundreds of workers and contractors complaining that's why it takes few hours or days. I suggest you to try alternative to odesk such as freelancer.
     
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    Previously, clients who posted "Fixed Price" jobs could get away with not paying freelancers. Some of the clients just were scammers while others wouldn't pay for shoddy work. But with Odesk Escrow, it's going to be harder for such clients/employers to pull such stunts.

    For those who don't want to deal with unscrupulous "employers" on Odesk then apply only for jobs that pay hourly. They are harder to get I know but they not only pay better than Fixed price jobs but the advantage is the client will pay have to pay for all hours worked.

    Odesk isn't such a bad place to get jobs. You just need to be careful when applying for jobs. Look at the profiles of the clients. Have those who've worked for them left a lot of negative feedback? Run in the opposite direction.
     
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    I've never really been involved in freelancing stuff but I guess it's not really a way to earn money online for all kind of people but instead just for professional writers or programmers for example as you are asked to require a good amount of skill in the field you chose.
     
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    Wow, I'm shocked to hear that actually. I have heard that it is a great site to earn money one. I'll make sure that I don't go back to it now. I noticed when I was using it that it was hard to even get a gig because so many other people are applying and half the time they are more qualified. You would think that since they seem like a trusted site they would check all the jobs before they put them up. I'm very disappointed to hear that.
     
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    I've thought about joining Odesk before now but it has always seemed to me that it is more suited towards those with specialist skills. Other posters are spot on when they say that the standard data entry type jobs go to people who really will do the work for peanuts. There is always someone in this world who is more desparate for the cash than you are.

    However, I know coders and SEO specialists who are able to make a nice, easy profit from the site. I guess what works for some people is completely unsuitable for everyone else.
     
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    I think this freelancing gig on Odesk is not really my cup of tea if I want to earn some money. I am not into bidding just to book a job. If I have the skills and can deliver good results then I do not see the need to bid
     
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    I am currently getting some projects on oDesk now upwork. Never had a bad experience with them. What happened to your job? I would like to know since I might get scammed too.
     
  15. SpikeTheLobster

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    Ah, scams. The bidding sites are full of them because the three major players own most of the market (Elance/oDesk, Freelancer/vWorker and Guru). There are simply too many jobs posted every day for the site staff to track and check them all, and there are thousands of people joining all the time who have no clue how to spot bad clients, or even that scammers exist.

    My experience of oDesk has been pretty average: the work is lower-end pay (compared to Elance), and it's flooded with cheap writers so getting jobs is always hard. I picked up one of my regular clients there, though, so there's definitely some decent folks around. Like any job market, you just have to be careful and always get the money in escrow before you do anything.

    Haven't used the bidding sites for a while, though.
     
  16. dyanmarie25

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    I have not tried taking a job from Odesk yet so I really don't know how their system works, but since it is an online work marketplace, surely there would be illegitimate clients. That is why you really have to make sure your client is a reliable one and you really must have a good communication with him/her to avoid falling prey to these kinds of frauds.
     

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