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How To Get Started on oDesk   5 comments

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What is oDesk?

For me, oDesk is a God-send. I’ve always wanted to find legitimate work from home jobs.¬† No doubt about it, oDesk is the best online job marketplace. Learn more about oDesk from their About page.

How can I earn money from oDesk? How can I get started as an oDesk provider?

STEP 1. Register at oDesk for free. Absolutely NO registration or joining fee.

STEP 2. Create your own provider profile. Sample: Check out my profile.

STEP 3. Download the latest oDesk Team Application. Familiarize yourself with the oDesk Team tool.

STEP 4. Freelancers are called contractors (used to be called providers) on oDesk. Read the oDesk help files specifically intended for contractors.

STEP 5. Take the oDesk Readiness Test. Don’t cheat by reading and copying from cheat sheets online. Reading the oDesk help files will be beneficial to you in the long run.

STEP 6. Take other oDesk skills tests for free. Take those that are related to your area(s) of expertise. Also check out other testing websites like Brainbench (free tests).

STEP 7. Start applying for oDesk projects related to your line of work.

  • DO NOT advertise your freelance services here. This is where clients or buyers post their projects or jobs which contractors from different countries apply for.
  • For guaranteed pay, apply only for hourly (not fixed rate) projects preferably from buyers with prior oDesk experience, i.e. good feedback.
  • Most, if not all, buyers prefer that you write a unique cover letter so don’t copypaste your cover letters!
  • Interviews can be done through the oDesk Message Center, IMs (Yahoo Messenger, Skype), emails, or phone. Not all buyers require an interview.
  • Be prepared to get lots of rejection letters. That’s normal. Don’t take it personally. Focus on your wins, not your losses. “You need to look forward not backward.”

STEP 8. Be sure to ace your first job. Your goal is to get a 5.0 rating and great feedback on your first job so that you can get other better-paying jobs in the future, regularly.

Check out oDesk Blog: Factors to Freelancing Success for more tips. I am one of the Panel of Experts.

Please feel free to comment if you have questions.