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Elance oDesk and Other Sites for Contractor Work

by JC, published: 2012-08-02 19:32 viewed: 700 times
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There are two ways to find contractors on oDesk. Post your job description publicly with little filtering criteria or private-offer it to select contractors for bidding. The best way is to do private-offer. Below are the steps.

1. Create Contract Job on oDesk

-You'll have to make the job description as well. Be as detailed as possible! Tell them exactly what you expect. For example, "I need a person with very good English skills to write five 600-word articles. The articles are about cooking cuisines and will be used for website content. SEO knowledge is required for optimizing the articles with the keywords. I will provide the keywords. I need this work done within 3 days"

-Name the job what you like, blog writer, banner creator, etc. Make it invite only and not public.

-Select approximate categories.

-Skills: select good English grammar

-Give a detailed description of what you want, the more detailed the better.

-Job type: hourly

2. Find A Good Contractor on oDesk

-Click "find contractors" -> "advanced search".

-Choose the following selections in the advanced search

Writing and translation: select all categories
Feedback: 4.5 to 5
Last activity: 0-15 days
English level: 3 stars
Min hours billed: 100
Tests: check u.s. English basic skills and English spelling, leave at 30%

Leave all the other filters as default. Then sort the results by lowest hourly rate first.

-Read the contractors' cover descriptions. Read their feed back. Look at their test scores, past jobs, portfolio, etc. Find a contractor that seems to meet your needs. Ignore those with clunky writing in their written description.

-Chosen one and click contact in order to request an interview via the oDesk inbox messaging.

-Submit the job to couple of contractors for review. Then pick one or two and message with them for interview.

-Tips: Never commit a big job to a new person. Always create a tiny job first so you can check out the person's work. Then, if they perform well, ask them for doing more work.
Comments (5)
1. Elisabeta Kratochwil 2011-06-27 19:38
I am looking for a job, to write articles about diferent subjects. I have experience in journalism and I've worked on Seo and youtube, articles and key words. I am interested for 10 hours/week.
2. oldcat 2011-06-28 06:51
I heard elance.com is pretty good, you might give it a try.
3. JC 2012-02-16 20:33
oDesk is also very good for hiring virtual assistants. One of the nice thing is that when you post a job, you would get a ton of responses.

The typical rate/pricing for VA (virtual assistant) is roughly like this:

admin type of virtual assistant
$3 - $15/hour, for international VA, for example, someone in Philippine
$8 - $30/hour, for virtual assistant in USA, depending on the quality.

For more advanced VAs, it is anywhere around $5 to $50/hour. The more technical the task is, the higher up the pay goes.
4. JC 2012-08-02 19:32
For market rate for freelance contractors, it is good to check out FreelanceSwitch.com's Freelance Hourly Rate Calculator, to see how much you should price for your proposal.
5. JC 2014-03-05 13:32
Recently saw a case where this business guy hired a designer from elance for a small project, about couple hundred dollars. The guy paid the designer on an hourly basis.

After some time, the designer simply disappeared during the middle of the project. So the guy left with just some unfinished useless design document and couldn't get his money back. Since it is hourly payment, elance couldn't do anything about it either.

The moral of the story is, better to do fixed price project, this way there is more protection from elance about refunds.
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