An overview of hiring and freelancing on oDesk Work.Post a Project
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.