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About Us - The Marketplace for Online Workteams

Whether you are looking for new talent or already have a remote team, oDesk offers a complete solution for working online.

oDesk is the marketplace for online workteams, with the best business model for both employers and contractors. Our unique approach guarantees to employers that an hour billed is an hour worked, while guaranteeing to contractors that an hour worked is an hour paid.

This win-win approach attracts more work to oDesk than to any other online work marketplace. Each month, thousands of companies of all sizes post jobs on oDesk, representing more than $65,000,000. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of top-notch professionals, including web developers, software programmers, graphic designers, writers, customer service representatives and virtual assistants, offer their services through oDesk.

With an average job size of $5,000, oDesk is the best place to find meaningful work and top-flight talent. More than doubling in size each year since 2004, oDesk is where companies are building their entire organizations online and is the primary source of income for thousands of contractors. oDesk is truly changing how the world works.

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The Challenge

In today's fast-paced global economy, businesses of all sizes face several challenges:

  • How to get more done with less
  • How to find the talent they need — with the right skills and able to flexibly scale up or down as needed
  • How to effectively manage that talent
  • How to pay a remote team without added paperwork headaches

Talented professionals also face challenges:

  • How to find meaningful work opportunities
  • How to work effectively with a remote client
  • How to ensure payment is received on time
  • How to minimize the effort to find work, so they can maximize the time spent doing work

The Solution — A Marketplace and a Workplace

oDesk solves the core challenges faced by online workteams.

Using oDesk is as simple as HIRE MANAGE PAY ™.

Employers Contractors
Hire Search, interview and hire from around the globe Post a profile, apply to jobs and interview for free
Manage Literal transparency between employer and contractor — just like managing by walking around your office. Track time worked — automatically
Pay Pay only for time worked Get guaranteed payment without the hassle of invoicing or collections

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The Best Business Model — The oDesk Manifesto for Online Work

The best business model creates success for both employers and contractors. oDesk has declared its belief in the rights of employers and contractors working online. We urge you to know your rights and not to settle for anything less.

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