oDesk was the first job board site that I came across with when I was just entertaining the idea of working from home and sifting through the various earning opportunities available on the Internet. I wasn’t aggressively looking for an online job then but I signed up for oDesk to sort of check it out and test the waters. A few months after, I decided to take it more seriously. I jumped straight into the job marketplace, took a good look at the jobs currently being offered, what skills are required, what’s the going-on rate and gauged where I could place myself in this field. And I’ve never looked back since.
There are other online job board sites but I didn’t bother to hop around anymore because I have been satisfied with the kind of work that I get from oDesk. Plus the fact that I’ve already built my freelance reputation and performance feedback score on oDesk, which makes it easier for me to find jobs now than when I was still starting out. And there’s one specific thing that I like about oDesk, which I believe is not present, or is not as efficiently taken cared of in the other job board sites. I’m taking about the hourly work option.
Payment is guaranteed when you choose to work by the hour. You just need to install a small desktop application they call oDesk Team, which functions like an electronic timesheet and monitoring system. Once installed, you need to sign in the oDesk Team with your oDesk’s username and password so the application can log your working hours. There’s also a screensnap feature that will take snaps of your screen every few minutes or so, giving your client an idea on what you’re working on. All these data are saved in the oDesk server and are reflected in your work diary.
At the end of each workweek, these information (logged hours and screensnaps) will be sent to the client for approval. Once approved, oDesk will automatically bill the client’s credit card and transfer the payment into your account. If the client’s credit card becomes faulty, oDesk will notify you of the problem and caution you that payment will no longer be guaranteed until the issue with your client’s payment method is resolved. You can decide to risk it and continue working, or stop and seek the advice of your client first.
With this process, you can feel secure that all the hours you spent working will be compensated. This also lessens, if not completely eliminate, your chance of falling victim to scammers . And the process needs very minimal input on your part and everything is done in the background. If you have a long-term hourly work, you can enjoy both the security of having a regular job and the flexibility of working from home. The best of both worlds, as they say.
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Last July 25, I celebrated my 2nd year of being a member in oDesk. As per my profile record, I joined last June 25, 2008, although it wasn’t until November when I got my first job and became a full-time online freelancer. Nevertheless, belated happy 2nd oDesk year for me. Yay!