oDesk.com Review

Odesk.com: My Personal Review

As promised, I am bringing you my oDesk.com review so you can gauge for yourself if this is the right platform that you want to use to launch your work from home career.

I started working on oDesk.com in early 2011. I had to try it out first before I fully resign from my day job to make sure I do not seriously compromise our finances when I shift careers.

Being a part time endeavour at first, I only took fixed projects so I have the leisure of working on them anytime. While you can still do that in hourly jobs, a fixed project is usually a lot more flexible. Of course, that would really depend on your employer and the details of the job.

So on to my rating for oDesk.com.

What Makes oDesk.com Work

Just to be clear, this review will be based on my personal experience with this particular outsourcing site. I will base my review on 4 categories: job opportunities, work convenience, payment processing efficiency and contractor guarantee. I will rate each category with 5 stars – 5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest.

Job Opportunities
In terms of job opportunities, I have mentioned before that I never ran out of jobs on oDesk. Even as one employer ended a contract, I always find myself employed by another almost immediately. Of course, that may be because apart from IT jobs, a writing job is really in demand on the Internet.

oDesk.com ReviewApart from writing, there are a lot of vacancies in web development. Feel free to browse through the job categories. I am sure you can find a job that you are qualified for.

Based on this experience and the opportunities that they have, I give this category a rating of 4.5 stars.

Work Convenience
I must admit that working for either a fixed project or an hourly job had both its pros and cons.

As mentioned earlier, fixed projects allowed me maximum flexibility in terms of working hours. I can work for 30 minutes, stop and continue after an hour or so. It allowed me to maximize my free time when I still had my day job. As long as I met my deadlines, the employer didn’t really care what time I worked and how many hours I spent working on a project. The downside to this job type is it is very difficult to ask for more money when the project proves to take a lot more time to accomplish than you intended.

Hourly jobs are still flexible if your employer is not strict about what time you log in. The Team Room and Work Diary tools of oDesk.com are simply amazing. It gives contractors proof of the hours they worked on a project and each hour you spend working on a project will be paid – unless the screenshot is not work related. That can be grounds for a dispute by the employer against the contractor. Overall, the guarantee that the Work Diary gives to hardworking contractors make this job type preferable that fixed projects.

In terms of work convenience, I rate oDesk with 4.5 stars.

Payment Processing Efficiency
The only thing that I have against the payment processing is it takes a very long time for your work to be paid. It takes 2 weeks before you can actually withdraw the work you did. For instance, the job I did for the week of April 23-29 will only be paid on May 9. That time frame is only to credit the payment in your oDesk “wallet” or financial account. That does not include the processing period when you actually withdraw the account. That will take another 3-5 banking days – longer if there are holidays both in the US and in your country.

I find that really slow. I wish they can speed things up a bit so contractors can receive payment a lot faster.

Because of all these points, I give this particular category a rating of 2.5 stars. Still passing but there is much room for improvement.

Contractor Guarantee
With the presence of the Work Diary, payment guarantee in oDesk is quite high. In fact, this is what they call the oDesk Guarantee.

If you work with an hourly job type, you are guaranteed payment from oDesk. As long as the employer does not dispute a screenshot entry in the Work Diary, you get paid for every minute you worked on the project.

Fixed projects are more of a risk because there is no guaranteed payment. You really have to rely on the honesty of the employer you work with.

Based on the other three categories, the outsourcing site did the best they could to protect both employer and contractor. As far as I can remember, I never encountered an employer that did not pay me – even those in the fixed project job type.

I believe that can be credited with my own employer qualifications. I am extremely picky about the jobs that I apply to. So based on my own personal experience, I want to give this category a rating of 4.8 stars.

Overall, my review of oDesk.com as an outsourcing platform is 4 stars.

Various Reviews About oDesk.com

Though this account is based on my personal experience working with oDesk, trust that I tried to make it as objective as possible. I came across some bad comments about this outsourcing site and I find it unfortunate that some contractors have problems with some of the employer hiring through this site.

How that happened is something that I have yet to explore so I can give you a more objective point of view. I should probably list a couple of comments about oDesk so you can gauge if it is the right platform for you.

Nevertheless, let me know what you think about my oDesk.com review. Your comments are very much welcome!

Top Outsourcing Sites - How to Choose

Top Outsourcing Sites – How to Choose

I assume that you are researching on top outsourcing sites because you want to explore the possibility of earning from home. It really is something that you can venture into.

Well I have good news for you! There are several sites out there that can help you. Some of them cater to a particular profession, like writing or web development, while there are bigger sites that cater to any kind of career that can be remotely done.

When you begin working online, there is one thing that you should be most concerned about: security. It is not even the job opportunity.

Online, the demand for quality talent is endless – believe me. Even when my employer suddenly decides to end our contract, I realized that I can find a replacement immediately. Some of you may think that I have good luck on my side, but I say it is proof that there really is a need for good and talented people online.

So setting aside the demand problem, you are faced with security issues. This issue refers to the assurance that you will be paid for your work.

This is where top outsourcing sites come in.

There may be a lot of sites that will help you get a job but the problem is, are the employers honest enough to pay you once you turn over the finished output?

Choosing the Right Outsourcing SitesTop Outsourcing Sites - How to Choose

I have come across several forums and comments wherein contractors (and even employers) are complaining about not getting what is rightfully due to them. Even the top outsourcing sites have their own share of complaints.

As great as my experience is online, it would be dishonest of me to paint you a picture of green meadows here. There are scammers out there and outsourcing sites are not immune to them. There are contractors being scammed out of their hard work without getting paid. The same is true for employers paying contractors in advance without getting the quality output they are expecting.

The key is to search for the top outsourcing sites that will give you security and a great work platform online. I believe, the best candidate for that are the top 3 outsourcing sites namely: Elance, oDesk and Freelancer.

These three, based on reviews are considered to be the best platform for remote work to happen. This is where both contractors and employers can transact safely.

I will give you a detailed review of oDesk.com as I have been working with this outsourcing website for almost a year now. For the other two, I want to work with them first so I can give you a review of how they operate and how beneficial they are for contractors. At the very least, I will research on reviews about them and I will post it on this site. Nevertheless, I’ve done enough research to assure you that these two (together with oDesk) are really worth checking out.

Of course, you need to trust your judgement when you are transacting through these top outsourcing sites. Some scammers can still penetrate these sites, but they have the best verification systems in place that will assure you that you are protected. These verification systems will be discussed extensively with each outsourcing site review.

That gives me an idea actually. I should probably write about how I stayed away from scammers all this time.

Keep posted!

Outsourced Bringing Glory to the Country

Outsourced: Bringing Glory to the Country

I came into a realization of just how much outsourcing can affect a country.

A few weeks ago, I was working on a manual that my employer plans to distribute to his members. After toiling on it for days, I submitted it and my employer worked on editing it. To make the long story short, he was so impressed about my work that he advertised how Filipinos are great workers. He proceeded to promote outsourcing and adding to that how Filipinos are a great choice for Virtual Assistants or Writer.

I was amazed because this piece of information will be shared to his members. My employer is an Internet guru who people go to for advice. If they hear him endorsing Filipinos as a source of great outsourced talent, they will most likely follow his advice.

Talk about promoting the whole Filipino work force! And I did that by merely doing my best at the task given to me. And the best part was, I made this contribution in the comforts of my own home!

Outsourcing Benefits

That is one thing that I admire the most about outsourcing. Whether you are from the Philippines, India, China, Russia, Kenya or Mexico, as soon as you get in touch with a foreign employer, you are already acting in behalf of your country.

Outsourced Bringing Glory to the Country

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In the beginning, India was in the forefront of anything about outsourcing. They were the major source of call center talents. But with the Philippines emerging in the BPO industry, the world is made aware of a new pool of talents that are not only great English speakers, but are also hard working and very efficient at their job. Now, the country is the number one source for call center talents. That means more jobs and a better chance at keeping the country’s economy stable.

The bottom line of this article is to encourage my fellow Filipinos (and even other nationalities) to the importance of outsourcing. You may think you are not doing much contribution because you are confined in your home. On the contrary, you may be more exposed because you are dealing with people from across the oceans. Whatever they experience from your work ethics will be reflected on the Filipino workforce as a whole.

When the time comes that they need another project done, they will naturally search for Filipinos. And that is because you decided to do a good job. Somewhere in the near future, another fellow countryman will benefit from your hard work by getting the chance to earn a living.

It is a spiral of good things that resulted from a simple effort from you. Think about it. Keeping in mind the bigger picture makes every task worth doing.

How to Apply for a Job Online

How to Apply for a Job Online

How to apply for a job online is a good question. If you want to start a career from home, you will be encountering a lot of how to questions in your life. And this is one of the first questions that you will ask.

But before you can ask yourself that question, you need to know what outsourcing website you will entrust your online career to. Odesk.com is one site that I can recommend more than the rest. That is because I have been successful in finding employers through this site. All you need to do is to create an account in Odesk and you can start applying for a job.

But wait. We still haven’t answered the question of how to apply for a job online.

Tips in Applying for a Job Online

Here are a few tips when you are applying for an online job.

How to Apply for a Job Online

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1. Build a great profile. Before an employer gets in touch with you, they will be looking at your profile first. Provide details like your skills, work ethics and your availability. The last one is very important because a lot of employers online are not necessarily in the same time zone as you are. Indicate if you are willing to work night shifts just to coincide with their schedule. If not, state that in your profile as well. Your profile must also include your photo. It helps ensure employers you are who you say you are.

2. Create a strong portfolio. When a friend of mine was teaching me how to apply for a job online, she strongly recommended that I create a portfolio. Looking back, I realized that my employers probably didn’t care about my corporate work experience. When I started in oDesk, I had no real online experience. I was shifting from the retail industry to freelance writing. That was two very different niches. However, I took the time to create a portfolio where I placed samples of my written articles. I believe that was what employers looked at to gauge if I had the right skills for the job.

3. Choose your employers. This probably goes against the principle of someone who is just starting to learn how to apply for a job online. Hear me out. It’s not really about being choosy – you are just being cautious. I have read about several contractors who have been scammed out of their hard work. After they submit the output, the employer suddenly disappears and they are left with no payment for the job they did.

In Odesk, they have a verification method that tells contractors if an employer pays for a job. It is what they call guaranteed payment. I usually go for this type of payment method so Odesk itself will make sure I get paid. Outsourcing websites have their own verification. Take the time to read about them so you know what you should look for in an employer.

4. Read through feedbacks. I always read through feedbacks from past contractors before I apply for a job. It gives me an idea about how employers treat their contractors. If read one or two negative comments about the employer, I skip the application and move on to the next job opening. I always trust my gut feel about an employer. If something about the feedback does not feel right, I back away.

It’s not really difficult to find out how to apply for a job online. But reading through the experiences of actual contractors has helped me a lot. Feel free look for community forums about online employees and contractors. You will really learn a lot. You can browse through the Odesk Community Forum for contractors to find out more tips.

About Outsourcing

About Outsourcing

If you want to start earning from home, there are some things that you need to understand about outsourcing. After all, this will make your work from home happen in the first place.

In truth, the history of outsourcing started ages ago. When there is something that we cannot do, we ask someone else to do it for us in exchange for something else. It can be a trade of services or money. As soon as we recognized that people have their own expertise and we can capitalize on our own skills, outsourcing was born.

In the modern sense, outsourcing became such a hit because of the connectivity that the Internet can bring. Remote work is now possible because we can connect to each despite the miles and the difference in time zones. The Internet allows limitless working capabilities – something that makes work from home very ideal.

What’s Great About Outsourcing?

You may ask, what is so great about outsourcing? Well if you really want to pursue a career that allows you to work from home, then you need to pray that outsourcing will stay and only grow stronger. In fact, the forecast is quite good. Technology is coming up with ways to make this type of working arrangement more convenient for both contractors and employers.

So what does it mean for those of us wanting to work from home? It means endless possibilities.

Instead of being limited to the jobs here in the Philippines for instance, I am now able to explore work opportunities with employers from the US, Australia and even in Europe. And that doesn’t even require me to leave the country! Despite the cultural differences, I find them to be very accommodating and generous too!

About Outsourcing

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Not only that, you can really learn a lot about through your long distance employers. I literally knew nothing except writing and researching. But now, I am able to manage my own website and help others find ways to earn from their own home. Being exposed to the different ways and ethics of people I’ve worked for (and currently working with) gave me so much growth!

So the bottom line about outsourcing is having a bigger opportunity to connect with resources from all over the world. Employer get access to cheaper workforce who are very talented and contractors from developing countries are given the chance to earn a living.

That is a fair exchange that is beneficial for all involved – trust me I know.