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Provider Spotlight

December 18, 2008 by

Each month we like to highlight 4 providers who’ve received exemplary feedback. Great job Ariadne, Donny, Kathryn, and Vadim — you’ve earned this!   Ariadne S Math, Master MOS, Dutch translation, Webex & more. Your 1 stop shop! Total oDesk Hours: 59 Overall Feedback: 4.99 (Based on 7 feedbacks) Comments: “Ariadne Sophia is wonderful. She has dedication and commitment to a job well done” Donny G Graphic designer & illustrator Total oDesk Hours: 0 Overall Feedback: 4.97 (Based on 16 feedbacks) Comments: “Donny did an excellent job with the assignment. He followed instructions perfectly and the turn around time was very quick.” Kathryn W Highly Creative, Skilled Writer, Educator, Artist Total oDesk Hours: 63 Overall Feedback: 5.00 (Based on 1 feedback) Comments: “Kathryn was professional and completed the project in schedule. Always available and willing to follow instructions. Good work!” Vadim D Web programmer PHP/Perl/Mysql and Linux/BSD Admin Provider Company: UACoders Total oDesk Hours: 81 Overall Feedback: 5.00 (Based on 7 feedbacks) Comments: “It was great to work with Vadim. Fast, responsive, good communications, good skills!” Spotlight Providers must have earned a 4.5+ feedback score with a glowing comment on an assignment in the past month, have a 4.0+ overall feedback score, an impressive profile, and an individual portrait (no avatars or group shots). Only oDesk Ready public profiles are eligible. Read Full Article

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Partner Spotlight: ClickTale

December 18, 2008 by

  Want to know how visitors are using your site? Try ClickTale. ClickTale is the world leader of In-Page Analytics providing e-Business decision makers with the ability to see real videos of their users browsing sessions as well as customer behavior aggregated reports. Clicktale has been proven very effective in improving site usability, reducing shopping cart abandonment and optimizing landing pages. ClickTale will refer its clients to ClickTale-certified developers on oDesk to implement their system, while oDesk will offer the certification test to programmers. Read Full Article

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Buzzworthy! (December 2008)

December 18, 2008 by

  The biggest Buzz this month is Danalyn West. An oDesk provider and buyer who has been managing a freelance career since 2000, the Texan coder and web designer recently launched Savvylancer.com, a site that offers advice to freelancers and the people who hire them, both on oDesk and off. She describes Savvylancer’s purpose like this: “This site was started after having answered many questions in the oDesk Community Forums by new freelancers. I wanted to have a place where I could post answers to common questions, and point people to these answers if the necessary… While I talk about oDesk a lot, most of the information and opinions presented here can be applied in any freelancing situation.” Thanks, Danalyn, for taking the time both in our community forums and through Savvylancer! We’d also like to welcome Livia, a new oDesk provider in Manila who has launched a blog, My Life as a Work-at-Home-Single-Person, describing her experiences and gathering tips. She’s getting her career as a personal assistant and data entry provider rolling, so drop by and trade some advice with her. We offer congratulations to the folks at Digital Max Solutions, a provider company in Katmandu that does web design and more, for recently surpassing 2,500 hours on oDesk. And remember, when you blog about oDesk, tell us and you might win a T-shirt.     Follow us on: … Read Full Article

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An Explosive 2008

December 18, 2008 by

Even though the economy has been bad news for pretty much everyone everywhere—unless maybe you’re a bankruptcy lawyer—we see encouraging signs for small and medium-sized businesses in our network. We also thought we’d highlight what that means for providers. Providers — We’ve seen dramatic growth in the oDesk provider community, with more than 26,000 new providers joining last month alone. The good news for a buyer is that there are now more than 150,000 providers offering their talents to you. For a provider, the opportunity is to continue to apply for jobs, write highly targeted cover letters, and refine your profile and portfolio, etc. Buyers and jobs — There are still more and more job opportunities each month on oDesk as the buyer community has also seen record growth with more than 11,000 new jobs posted each month. The average job size is about 370 hours, a sign of how much companies are seeing value in the oDesk approach. About 27,000 new buyers joined in 2008. Value of services — The value of services rendered via oDesk nearly tripled in 2008, and in November we passed the $50 million milestone. More than 2.4 million work hours have been logged this year. These hours show the health of the online workteam concept and our community. Categories — Web development and other technical categories continue to explode (hello, iPhone app developers!). We also saw the new writing and administrative support categories grow about 1,600 percent. Online workteams are going mainstream, and the mainstream is taking note — oDesk made it to the top of Google trends and made a global media splash, with the BBC, the Wall Street Journal and TV programs talking to oDesk buyers, providers and spreading our message. Larger companies/larger teams — … Read Full Article

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Success Story: Alisa E

December 18, 2008 by

A few weeks ago, a single line in a blog post caught our eye. Discussing a busy week during the holiday season, the blogger wrote, “This week is pretty packed for me. Sunday, I bought my mom a brand new wheelchair. Thanks to oDesk, I was able to save enough to buy her wheels! Now it will be easier for her to go outside.” To learn more about her heartwarming story we dropped her a line. The writer is oDesk provider Alisa E, in the Philippines. She joined oDesk this summer, quickly picking up work in data entry, link building and more. Q:  This is your first experience with freelancing online. What made you decide to try oDesk? A:  My son was diagnosed with epilepsy and had frequent seizures, so I had to quit my job. My husband introduced me to oDesk. He knew someone who was working on oDesk and suggested that I give it a try so I could still work from home. Q:  Within days of joining in late August, you’d landed some jobs that are still ongoing. That must’ve been great. A:  I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve read in the forums that some providers take months before they get an assignment here on oDesk. I am grateful to the buyers who trusted me and gave me work. Q:  So what did you do right? How did you approach your first attempts at getting work through oDesk? A:  I followed the tips oDesk posted in the forum: I completed my profile, took some tests, and applied to assignments that I feel comfortable with. I try not to recycle my cover letters because every assignment is different, and when I finish my cover letter, I always ask: “Would I like to hire me after reading this?” … Read Full Article

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Holiday Wishes from the oDesk Team

December 18, 2008 by

We’d like to thank all our buyers and providers for an enormously successful 2008. We hope 2009 brings success to everyone in the oDesk community.And most of all, we’d love to hear how oDesk figures into your plans for a prosperous 2009! If your New Year’s Resolution includes oDesk, send an email to stories@odesk.com to tell us all about it. You could win an oDesk T-Shirt and be featured here on the oDesk blog. The oDesk Team … Read Full Article

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Improved Site-wide Navigation

December 18, 2008 by

You’ve probably noticed that our navigation bar has changed! What’s different? Fewer clicks — We’ve promoted the major tabs from underneath My oDesk to the top level. This, along with convenient dropdown menus, makes it easier to get where you’re going with fewer clicks. More intuitive — Our tab names and categorization is more obvious. For example, Timelogs is no longer under Hire/Get Hired, but under a new “Reports” tab. Less is more — We’ve gotten rid of the left navigation bar in most places, and standardized pages to 1024px for a more consistent look and feel Life is in the details — There are a host of minor usability improvements throughout the site which add up to a better overall experience. A glimpse forward — Our new “Assignments” page gives you a sense for where the UI is heading. We think you’ll get the idea after spending only a few moments clicking around. Please let us know what works (and what doesn’t) by visiting this thread in our forums. Read Full Article

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Stay Employed – Web Developer Skills in Most Demand (PHP, AJAX, MySQL …)

December 16, 2008 by

                       While these may not be a great revelation to many, included below are the web development skills that will get you employed now and by all evidences of their growth, for the foreseeable future. Knowing and being professional in at least some of the skills below to maximize your prospects for being employed.                      In looking at these graphs, keep in mind that oDesk is a growing site so even a flat trend is a potential sign of decreasing demand.    PHP PHP is by far the most in-demand web development programming language right now. As you can see from the graph, it has enjoyed a steady climb from November 2007 leveling off in July 2008 at a spectacular 1400 jobs posted. The demand for PHP development work has tripled over the period of a mere 9 months. AJAX The demand for developers with AJAX in their resume or portfolio is also in high demand as the average web page has evolved well beyond animated icons, the presentation and need for a smooth user experience in the front end is more and more essential. The skill enjoyed very similar growth to PHP above from November 2007 to July 2008 where it leveled off holding at around 450 job postings.  Javascript   As with the 2 skills above, Javascript enjoys high demand and has a similar shape in demand over the past year. As of November 2008, Javascript demand is steady at 400 after a slight decline since July 2008 but overall demand has doubled over the year.  XML XML is very dominant in web job postings and would seem like a relatively short … Read Full Article

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oConomy Featured Country Pages

December 11, 2008 by

We have featured our top provider countries (by hours worked) in the oConomy:  Each page contains: An interactive map, showcasing statistics from the country’s top provider cities Charts comparing the country’s hourly rates and average feedback versus the oDesk average Charts showing the country’s growth on oDesk and breakdown of the types of work being done in that country A listing of the most active providers (by hours in the last 30 days) Other useful statistics and facts relevant to doing work with the country Click here to visit the oConomy or one of the new country pages: Canada India Pakistan Philippines Russia Ukraine United States We hope that the pages will be a valuable resource to both buyers (in making oDesk hiring decisions), and providers (in comparing their statistics to their country averages).  We encourage a healthy discussion around these statistics, and feedback on what other stats may be interesting & useful down the road. Read Full Article

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Android Getting Slaughtered by iPhone

December 11, 2008 by

A good gauge of the strength of a platform is the trend in demand for development on that platform. Since cell phones are becoming fully featured handheld personal computers, the availability of cool and useful applications they offer will be the battleground by which these platforms will claim their ownership of the cell phone market. oDesk’s programming skill trends show the demand for application development across almost 80 different skills.  You can get an interesting look at the iPhone’s strong initial and continuously increasing demand.  See the full rankings and trends for iPhone Developers                   As you can see in the graph above, we had 40 jobs posted per month in the 3 months from March until June. This shows a very strong belief in Apple and its future as well as a validation of the power of its public relations department in generating strong buzz. This is followed by a dramatic increase in demand for iPhone developers over the next 6 months to 160 jobs per month posted for iPhone application development. Apple “Talked the talk” and then “Walked the walk” by delivering, as it did with the iPod, a product that people wanted to use.  Google is less aggressive in its release of new products and features. In many cases we are lucky to get a Google blog post on a new product or feature.  Android is not strictly “Google’s” as it is open source and is merely backed by Google. It is not a Google “product” but we can’t help put them together. The first Android-powered phone snuck out with nowhere near … Read Full Article

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The oDesk Manifesto – Don’t settle for less than you deserve

November 25, 2008 by

As anyone who has been tracking oDesk already knows, our community is growing rapidly. In fact, we just passed $50 million in services rendered on oDesk. Kudos to our providers and buyers; we couldn’t have done that without you! Today we released the oDesk Manifesto for Online Work, the first and only such bill of rights for buyers and providers. Our goal is to show the world that online work is just as viable as traditional work. And since we think oDesk has the best business model for both buyers and providers, we’re publishing this Manifesto to prove it. oDesk is the only company to offer guaranteed payment to providers and guaranteed work to buyers. The Manifesto is a declaration to professionals who sell their services through the Internet marketplace and the companies that hire them: Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Check our press release for more information. Read Full Article

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9 Ways Social Media Can Expand Your Online Marketing

November 24, 2008 by

When every news report warns of global doom and gloom, the business owner’s first instinct is to cut all extraneous costs. You run your production team lean, run your sales force lean, and everything else goes into the deep freeze. Too many people see marketing as something irrelevant, as vague feel-good fluff that neither makes the product nor closes the sale. That’s crazy talk.When the sales pipeline is running dry, or at least no longer gushing, it’s marketing that fills that pipeline, and even in lean times, targeted efforts can keep your name out in the marketplace and create a conversation (and hey, maybe even hype). This shows you’re a thriving player, not one of many recessionary casualties, and prepares potential customers for the closing move your sales team will execute.We’ve come up with ideas for marketing yourself through the latest social media and the old-fashioned general Internet: Social Media Optimization: Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter and other social media sites? If not (or if so, and you’re overwhelmed with all of it), you may want a Social Media Optimization (SMO) expert to put your message into the newest and fastest-growing Internet arena.  Have her create a Facebook or LinkedIn group for your company and invite your users; every one of their friends will see that they are related to your company and there is just nothing better than that for word-of-mouth. Keep that SMO expert onboard to troll conversation on Twitter about your company and your industry, so she can send responses and begin threads. Use Google Alerts to be notified when terms relevant to your business are mentioned. Other social media your expert can monitor: Forum and blog commenting, LinkedIn and Yahoo Answers, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and GetSatisfaction. Launch video tutorials for your … Read Full Article

6 Ways to Market Yourself Online

November 24, 2008 by

    Yeah, times are getting tough, on a global level. When the market changes, you have to respond. In an increasingly competitive environment, you have to compete harder, and better. In recent months we’ve talked about ways to improve your profile and your responses to job postings. The oConomy continues to grow, so we’re assuming someone’s getting it right. Another step toward increased competitiveness and increased success is to tie your oDesk presence more closely to your other marketing activities. We’ve come up with five ways you can lead more potential buyers to your profile:   Link your MySpace/Facebook/LinkedIn profiles to your oDesk profile.  If you’re on a social networking site talking about anything more professional than your Klingon haiku project, then you should have a link to your oDesk profile. It’s a comprehensive display of your skills, your portfolio, and your oDesk test scores and feedback ratings.   Link your professional website to your oDesk profile.  In addition to the advantages listed above, the more clients you drive to oDesk, the more you’ll benefit from the quick, easy and guaranteed payment system, and the better your reputation will get (remember, the best buyers hire those with the most jobs on oDesk and the best feedback).   Blog where buyers blog.  Think about the blogs, forums and specialized news sites your potential buyers visit, and cruise them yourself. When you can add an intelligent comment to the discussion, don’t forget to sign with a link to your personal site or oDesk profile.   Twitter. Seriously.  We’re hearing from an increasing number of professionals who say they put out calls for help, for quick answers to questions, via the short-burst messaging system. It’s becoming the next generation of professional networking. In fact, follow … Read Full Article

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Buzzworthy! (November 2008)

November 24, 2008 by

And now for our monthly look at the online Buzz from users like you. Our favorite blog posts about the marketplace for online workteams: Robert Stanley compares us to the competition in a post that any provider should find useful. I have been using Odesk for a few weeks now and I can honestly say I like the service, the features, and the providers. Tina provides some tips on her blog for work-at-home moms, and she talks about how Sarah Lewis’ ebook, Make Money in Your Pajamas, helps providers make the most of oDesk.  We highly recommend John Cow’s second installment on the oDesk community to both buyers and providers. As a new user, he discusses the frustrations of screening providers. It’s a must read for any provider looking to get a leg up your the more slacker-y competition.  In case you missed it, Cheryl Ludwig, the oDesk user featured on Good Morning America, gives us the backstory right here on the oDesk blog. Are you blogging about oDesk? If so, there could be a really stylin’ T-shirt in it for you. Submit your link to buzz@odesk.com, and you may see yourself in this newsletter, on the oBlog, and in a free oDesk T-shirt! … Read Full Article

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Job Karma

November 24, 2008 by

After being out of work for six months, I had the pleasure and good fortune to meet Tory Johnson, a remarkable woman in person and as wonderful as you would expect and hope her to be. Tory shared her job karma with me and inspired me to share it with others. Tory Johnson is the Workplace Contributor for ABC’s Good Morning America. She is also the founder and CEO of Women For Hire, the only producer of recruiting events for women. She is a bestselling author, with her most recent book being Will Work From Home: Earn the Cash – Without the Commute, co-authored with Robyn Freedman Spizman. Our meeting transpired from a series of events that occurred, or rather didn’t occur, after I was laid off from my job. I thought it would be no problem to get another job, regardless of the economy as I am the eternal optimist. However, month after month passed by without getting gainful employment. I was frustrated and scared. One morning, I took a break from job searching and sat down to watch Good Morning America. There was Tory Johnson, speaking about an expo coming my way called Women For Hire. I was unable to attend, so I got on my computer and wrote Tory a letter. Tory responded, asking if I had ever tried working from home. My response was that the online jobs I had checked into were bogus so, no, I wasn’t a fan of the idea. She told me she knew of some legitimate companies and asked if I would check them out and see what developed. The rest is history. I contacted oDesk and two other companies, did the footwork, took relevant tests and ended up with my first online job. I’ve … Read Full Article

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oDesk on Good Morning America’s Great American Job Fair

November 14, 2008 by

We were thrilled to be a part of Good Morning America’s Great American Job Fair in Atlanta yesterday (we’ve included some pictures in this post from when we had a few open moments), and if you were watching GMA, you may have even caught a glimpse of our booth during Tory Johnson’s segment about Cheryl Ludwig and her use of oDesk. In fact, Cheryl’s oDesk success story seems to have inspired a lot of people because a massive number of new accounts were created on oDesk yesterday, and we even took the top spot on Google Trends. Therefore, we’d like to take this opportunity to welcome all of our new users! Feel free to examine our Features and FAQs to get a better idea of how oDesk works. It’s always exciting to spread the word about oDesk, and the interest and enthusiasm that was shown by the people that we talked to helped to make the event a great success for us. Of course, it didn’t hurt to have Cheryl at the table right next to us because she told everyone who stopped by how much oDesk has changed her life. 

 Thanks to Tory and Cheryl for all of their support! Our Booth Tory Johnson Cheryl Ludwig Cheryl on Good Morning America 
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Budget Salvation! 10 Ways That Less Does More

October 24, 2008 by

You may have noticed that the economy is on shaky ground pretty much everywhere. It’s been in all the papers. While everyone’s on edge, the small-business owner is probably most nervous — you’ve got all the concerns everyone has, plus the future of your business and employees to worry about. A real challenge is how to make money go further — you can’t slash expenses, because you’re already running lean, and you don’t want to stifle your business out of economic fear. Move customer service to a remote team.   Move your system admin, network professional or support team from a retainer to hourly pay (for just those tasks that you need).   Hire writers or graphic designers from rural areas rather than more expensive urban areas.   Focus on search engine optimization instead of paid search efforts: Showing up at the top of a Google search beats buying an ad slot, anyway.   Expand the role of your existing team members, online and offline, so everyone participates in stretching your dollar further.   Free up executive time to focus on higher-value activities: Hiring someone for data entry and other time-consuming, lower-level tasks lets you and your top people concentrate on taking the business forward.   Buy used equipment from failed companies that need to sell computers, furniture or office supplies. You may even be able to score an amazing deal on that cool espresso machine you always wanted.   Use what’s free: Trade land lines for Skype, ooVoo or TokBox; use oDesk Share instead of paid web conference tools.   Use open source instead of paid software: PostgreSQL instead of Oracle, Gmail and Google Apps instead of an expensive in-house email and collaboration server.   … Read Full Article

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Success Story: 6th Sense Analytics

October 24, 2008 by

Todd Olson is the cofounder and president of 6th Sense Analytics. The company, formed in 2004, makes analytic tools that give software developers very precise metrics for managing the progress of a project. The Morrisville, N.C., company has eight in-house employees and one contractor. While many buyers discover oDesk through business connections, Todd really had a trusted source — our CEO, Gary Swart. He came to oDesk because he had a unique problem: a client in Long Beach, Ca., requested integration with a legacy system, and the system — a VAX mainframe — had become so rare that there are very few programmers left who can write code for it. Olson needed someone who both knew VAX and had the newer networking and application development skills the project required. Even with nearly 120,000 providers on oDesk, it took awhile to find the right person. But find him they did, in Florida. So, remotely, a Florida provider worked for a North Carolina company serving a California client, and everyone was happy. (You can read the whole story here.) Q:  Since that initial project, have you continued to hire oDesk providers — and for what? A:  We’ve begun to start. We’re looking to outsource odd jobs, tasks that we don’t have skill sets for internally. First, we ask whether we have the skill sets in house for this. If not, we look at oDesk. Second, is this a one-time change? If it is, we look at oDesk. Q:  At this point, are you regularly relying on the same providers, or do you find yourself hiring from scratch as each project arises? A:  Honestly, hiring from scratch. We go after specialists, not generalists, so we need to find new folks often. Q:  Your product includes the ability to monitor the … Read Full Article

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The oDesk Perspective: 10 Ways to Give Yourself a Raise

October 24, 2008 by

The global economic downturn has everyone nervous. Being an oDesk provider means that you’ve already extended your reach beyond your local market, and the amount of business passing through oDesk’s marketplace is growing exponentially. More businesses are discovering the value of remote workers, and you’re already here on oDesk, building your reputation. There’s no better time than now to hone your competitive edge, both to increase your volume of business, and to make yourself worth more money to your next buyer. Here are 10 ways to boost your marketability — and your hourly rate — even in this economy: Round up your rate so the buyer sees a flat number (consider the buyer’s markup: If your rate is $20, the buyer is charged $22.22. Raise your rate to $20.70, and the buyer sees $23). Request feedback comments and recommendations from past buyers—sometimes happy buyers rush through the feedback process. Ask the buyers you’ve done the best work with for a quick update. Study profiles of individuals who have similar skills to yours but charge higher rates: What do they have that you don’t, and how can you get it? Expand your skills based on those with the highest demand — consult the oDesk Trends pages. Take our free skill tests and get top industry certifications through our collaborators on the partners page. Add your rarest skills to your profile. We’ve got more than 10,000 jobs posted at any time — you never know when someone is going to want your expertise at VAX Mainframe programming, or your Arabic-English translation skills. Increase your visibility and reputation: Establish solid profiles not only on oDesk, but on LinkedIn and your professional website. Link your expanded portfolio to your oDesk profile, and link your oDesk profile back … Read Full Article

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More Detailed Candidates Queue

October 22, 2008 by

We are introducing a new, more detailed version of the buyer candidates queue. We’ve made it easier for buyers to manage the candidates in each active opening. Specifically, the more interactive view will allow buyers to: Scan candidates’ key qualifications and cover letters Filter out candidates that do not meet the preferred qualifications for the opening Quickly grant interviews to quality candidates without navigating away from the queue Quickly reject (or mark as spam) obvious misfit candidates without navigating away from the queue Note that this view is still in beta and we would very much like to solicit your feedback on the new functionalities as well as suggestions for improvements. Please post your comments here. (For now, you can click on the “standard view” to access the original candidacy queue UI.) … Read Full Article

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New Payment Method: Pay by Check

October 22, 2008 by

oDesk has been receiving requests from larger businesses to be invoiced and to pay by check. Today we are pleased to announce that check payment is now an option! Who is this feature targeted at? Larger US businesses whose financial systems forbid putting oDesk charges on a personal or corporate credit cards. How does check payment work? You talk with a oDesk representative, who will determine your eligibility for this payment method. If you are approved, we will work with you to determine what security deposit would be appropriate given the amount you spend on oDesk and the period of time it takes your finance department to pay invoices. You send oDesk a check for the amount of your security deposit. When your security deposit check clears your payment method is marked “verified” and you can hire providers on oDesk. You receive an invoice each week, and pay as per your terms. Click here to read the full help article. Sounds great! How do I sign up? You go to the Payment Methods page and click on the link in the “Check” payment method. This will initiated a request and an oDesk representative will contact you. What are the restrictions? You must: (a) have a US bank account (b) participate in an account screening interview and be approved (c) pay a minimum security deposit of $2000 Will the security deposit be refunded? Yes, when you choose to no longer pay by check, your security deposit will be applied to your remaining liabilities and you will be able to withdraw any remaining funds. I’m an international business and I would like to participate in this. We are currently only allowing US buyers to participate in this program. We anticipate expanding this program to international buyers using … Read Full Article

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Buzzworthy! (October 2008)

October 21, 2008 by

Our favorite blog this month was John Cow’s description of his first ventures onto oDesk. For a neophyte buyer, he sure has an intuitive understanding of the process. His first post (stay tuned for more) describes posting jobs, interviewing and using small test gigs to find the best programmer for a longer-term project. Wisely, he knows better than to merely seek the cheapest provider: I will then cross check the cost per hour, quality and time to come up with my best candidate… The winner may not be the cheapest or fastest, but instead will be the person that has the best balance of all three. Welcome aboard, John! Over at undress4success.com, Kate Lister posts about having done a radio interview in which she defended the viability of remote work to a hyperkinetic on-air host. She talked about how oDesk can assuage an employer’s fears over accountability, and notes in the blog post that those fears are every bit as much at play regarding in-house staff. She makes a great case that it’s not in-house work versus remote work—it’s just work, and technology shapes it regardless of venue. Tiara Mejos is an oDesk provider who blogs happily about the arrival of her oDesk Payoneer card. She gives a quick discussion of the merits of Payoneer and PayPal, especially in dealing with exchange rates in her native Philippines. Most of her oDesk work is as a writer, and we’ll tell you one thing—she knows how to write a catchy headline. Michael Fauscette, a vice president at tech-economy analyst house IDC, took time on his personal blog to turn a “startup spotlight” on oDesk. Writing for an audience that likes to take a business model apart and really understand how it works, he gave oDesk a … Read Full Article

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Message Center Preferences

October 14, 2008 by

Now you can opt to have most notifications sent exclusively to your oDesk Message Center! For example, if you’re checking your candidates queue regularly and would rather not receive an email every time someone applies to one of your jobs, you can opt out of emailed Job Application Notifications. All messages will still go to your Message Center, so you won’t miss anything. You asked, and we’re listening — watch for even more new Message Center features in the coming months. Customize your Message Center Preferences now! … Read Full Article