Friday, July 06, 2012


What is oDesk?
oDesk is an online marketplace where small businesses and managers can find contract workers to perform work for an hourly fee or fixed price. Although they say there are over 75 job categories, the most popular categories include: Web Development, Software Development, Networking & Information Systems, Writing & Translation, Administrative Support, Design & Multimedia, Customer Service, Sales & Marketing, and Business Services. Here's how to get started with oDesk:
1. Start by creating an online profile that displays your skills, experience, portfolio, and education. This is the the most important step in signing on with oDesk as it serves as a resume for why employers should choose you to do work for them.
2. Search and apply for jobs that suit your skill sets.
3. Once you are awarded a job, complete the task. oDesk automatically tracks your time and pays weekly.
4. The more quality work you produce, the better the feedback from employers you will receive. The better your feedback, the better your chances are at receiving work from the same, or another employer.

How Do I Make Money?
The way oDesk works is, when you apply for and are awarded a job, oDesk charges a 10% fee to your client. So, for example, if your rate is $18 per hour, oDesk charges an extra $2 so that your client pays a total of $20 per hour. Once you've created a profile and have applied for jobs, you wait for one to be awarded to you. You complete the task and submit your work for approval and payment. There are all kinds of jobs on oDesk, from virtual assistants, transcription, web and software development, translation, copywriting, web content generation, data entry, and so so much more. You can choose to be paid through 5 different options:

1. Payoneer Debit Card ($2 fee per withdrawal + additional activation and maintenance fee)
2. Skrill (formerly Moneybookers; $1 fee per withdrawal)
3. Paypal ($1 fee per withdrawal)
4. Direct deposit (Free payments to U.S. banks)
5. Wire transfer ($30 fee)

Earning Potential
The answer to this question depends on many factors - your skill set(s), how much time you are willing to devote to creating a really outstanding profile, and how much time you are willing to devote to working. Some people make a full-time living as oDesk contractors, so really, the sky is the limit on this one. Click the link below to get started :)

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