How It Works

An overview of hiring and freelancing on oDesk Work.

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Easily find quality freelancers

On oDesk Work you’ll find a range of top talent, from programmers to designers, writers, customer support reps, and more.

  • Start by posting a job. Tell us about your project and the specific skills required. Learn how.
  • oDesk Work analyzes your needs. Our search functionality uses data science to highlight freelancers based on their skills, helping you find talent that’s a good match.
  • We send you a shortlist of likely candidates. You can also search our site for talent, and freelancers can view your job and submit proposals too.

We have several measures in place to ensure oDesk Work is a fair and reliable marketplace. We use multiple means to verify that freelancers are who they say they are. Information is also displayed that gives you a sense of each person’s skill level. In part, this includes:

  • Authenticating email addresses
  • Displaying each freelancer’s Job Success score and feedback on past projects
  • Providing results of online skills tests

Ultimately, it’s your responsibility to screen prospective freelancers to make sure their skills and experience meet the needs of your project. Custom screening questions can be included in your job post, and oDesk Work Messages provides chat and video conference tools for interviewing finalists.

Yes, with our oDesk Work Pro service we handpick pre-vetted talent to meet your specific needs.

Hire the best

Invite favorite candidates to submit bids, then review and hire your favorite.

  • Browse profiles. Tell us about your project and the specific skills required.
  • Review proposals. Evaluate bids, taking into account each freelancer’s qualifications, thought process, timeline, and overall cost. Learn how.
  • Schedule a chat. Ask specific questions, determine who’s the best fit, and contract..

You can evaluate freelancers by reviewing their oDesk Work profile. Each freelancer in our marketplace has an oDesk Work profile. It can include work experience and samples, client feedback, skills test scores, and much more. You may also want to look for freelancers in our Top Rated and Rising Talent programs. Then, have a quick interview with your top candidates to answer questions related to your project.

After you sign up, find a freelancer and click the “Hire” button to get started. Watch our how-to video series to learn more.

Work efficiently,

Each project includes an online workspace shared by your team and your freelancer, allowing you to:

  • Send and receive files. Deliver digital assets in a secure environment.
  • Share feedback in real time. Use oDesk Work Messages to communicate via text, chat, or video.Learn how.
  • Use our mobile app. Many features can be accessed on your mobile phone when on the go.

Built into oDesk Work are several methods of verifying work. On hourly contracts, you can review the Work Diary. It tracks billable time and records completed work. While the freelancer is billing you it also counts keystrokes and takes screenshots of the freelancer’s screen (six times per hour), so you can verify billable hours. On fixed-price jobs, you and your freelancer agree on milestones for each project. When your freelancer reaches a milestone, you review the work and release funds when the work is approved.
We also include oDesk Work Messages so you can chat and share files with your freelancer.

Pay easily, with peace of mind

Pay your freelancer by the hour, or a fixed price for the entire project. On fixed-price jobs, use our licensed escrow service to release funds as pre-set milestones are met.

  • Simplified global payments. We deliver payments to freelancers in over 170 countries.
  • Includes oDesk Work Payment Protection. Only pay for work you authorize.
  • Invoicing and reporting. Access your invoices and transaction history on oDesk Work.

oDesk Work makes paying freelancers simple and secure. Choose to pay using MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, or PayPal. Most payments are subject to a 2.75% processing fee.

Yes, all payments to freelancers have invoices that can be downloaded or printed.
Naturally, we’re not experts on tax matters for your specific business, so you should consult a tax professional if you have questions or concerns about this or any other tax-related issues. If you’re not based in the INDIA or have additional questions, please consult your local tax representative for more information on filing tax forms in your country.

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