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oDesk released data showing freelance writers enjoyed 500 percent demand growth in the past year for their skills. Freelance writing jobs include: technical writing, business writing, blog and article writing, editing and translation services. oDesk data is drawn from thousands of small to medium-sized businesses that use its platform to hire, manage and pay service professionals around the world.
Over the last year, the number of freelance writing jobs on oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, grew more than 500 percent, from 200 to more than 1,000 jobs posted per month. There are currently 390 open writing jobs, and average job sizes on the oDesk network are greater than $4,000. Competing for these contract writing opportunities are about 20,000 providers. Each week, more than 5,500 hours of work is done on writing jobs, and this number is growing. See full story, with commentary, here:
Highest paid are Canadian writers, who earn an average of $13.68/hour. U.S. writers, who make up more than 50 percent of writers on oDesk, charge an average of $11.31/hour. All of these freelance writers work at home and set their own rates and hours.
“Freelance writing is growing rapidly because of the importance of online marketing,” said oDesk CEO, Gary Swart. “Every business needs compelling content for its website, blog, sales collateral, help content and even their Twitter account. oDesk helps these companies find the resources they need to get the job done.”
oDesk (www.oDesk.com) is the leading marketplace for online workteams with the best model for both buyers and providers:
For buyers: guaranteed work – every hour billed is an hour worked. Screen captures of each provider’s desktop taken at random intervals enable buyers to audit the hours and work completed so they have confidence every hour billed by a remote team member is an hour worked. This capability also enables the buyer to collaborate more closely and re-direct the provider if necessary, much like you do when you manage by walking around.
For providers: guaranteed payment – every hour worked is an hour paid, without the hassle of invoicing or slow-paying clients, making oDesk the preferred marketplace for 170,000+ professional contractors including software engineers, web developers, graphic designers, writers, researchers, admins, and customer service agents.
oDesk Contact: Elizabeth Gordon