Freelance Job Platforms - oDesk

Freelance Job Platforms - oDesk


Odesk is one of the best freelance job platforms that connects freelancers with employers worldwide. The company has been around for many years and is a trusted medium for both parties.

They offer quality, speedy support and superb functionality.

How oDesk works

Joining oDesk is easy. All you have to do is:

  1. Go to and click on join.
  2. Complete your basic information and follow the prompts to verify your account.
  3. Set up your profile.
  4. Complete the oDesk Readiness test.

Before you can become an active oDesk contractor (freelancer) you have to pass a very basic readiness test in open-book format.

Once approved, you have access to hundreds, if not thousands of job listings in a range of categories, consisting mainly of writing, research, development and engineering.

Based on client (employer) preference, the job will be fixed price or hourly and they will have a proposed budget. When you apply for hourly jobs, you can propose an  hourly rate that suits your level of experience and skill. Clients can then offer you a contract and you can accept or decline it.

oDesk Payment

The system automatically handles all the financial activities, until  Mondays when it timelog review.

All monies (in US$) owed to the freelancer are released about 4-5 days later and the freelancer can then choose from a range of withdrawal options, including Paypal, Payoneer and bank transfer.

Click here to find out about payment options for South African residents.

Important Notes About oDesk:

  • You may choose to download the oDesk activity tracker software if you choose.
  • If you provide contact details to employers to contact you and transact outside of oDesk, your account will be deleted.
  • oDesk offers a rating and feedback system, which can be used by clients to publicly rate you. This is a valuable tool to showcase your level of competence and customer care.
  • Clients may contact you via your profile to offer you jobs for which you have not applied.
  • You can be hired for once off, short term or ongoing projects.
  • You can build an online project portfolio on oDesk.








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