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Can I hire a contractor for two different contracts at the same time?

interactive
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I know that there has to be a way to do this... but I can't see to figure it out on my own. I want to do it because the provider has several different skill sets, but we pay less for one of the tasks than we do for the other. I have two different job openings for them. He is currently hired for one of the jobs, but I want to be able to have him hired for both at the same time, so he can just log time to the appropriate job without my having to end the first assignment and rehire with a higher rate. Any thoughts? I thought that creating a different team room would facilitate this, but it doesn't.
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danalyn
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You can only hire the same provider once per teamroom. If create a new team room and post a new job, you can then hire the same provider. When the provider logs in to track time, they will have to select which teamroom (for which job) they want to log hours to. To create a new team, go to Manage Work > Create a New Team (bottom, right column) Once you have the new team created, you can post a new job and select the new team from the team dropdown menu, then proceed to invite the provider. Currently, this is the only way to hire the same provider for 2 different projects.

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paul_d
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IMHO, this topic should be pinned. This situation came up with a buyer just a few minutes ago (at the time of this writing). She wanted to hire me for a different job. Posting another job and hiring me for it doesn't work as she already hired me for a job. Good thing is that I read about this post couple of days days ago and I scrambled to look for this post so I could assist her. Creating a different team is the way to do it. Very helpful information. Should be pinned for buyers (and maybe pinned for providers too so they could assist the buyers how to).
i was in the very same situation just a few days ago. i did not see this post. i had to ask the buyer to cancel the first job and then place both jobs in one job post and invite me. this will most likely happen with buyers who have blogs or websites and they need content for the site as well. there are providers who can set up blogs and do content at the same time. i am suggesting to oDesk to prominently display this in the Provider and Buyer how to. I am sure this situation has been the case with many oDesk users. IMHO.
gizwing
New Forum Member
The same thing happened to me just today....I am in total agreement with you on this and whoever brought up this topic.... Many Thanks!
I agree with qizwing
[quote=paul_d]IMHO, this topic should be pinned. This situation came up with a buyer just a few minutes ago (at the time of this writing). She wanted to hire me for a different job. Posting another job and hiring me for it doesn't work as she already hired me for a job. Good thing is that I read about this post couple of days days ago and I scrambled to look for this post so I could assist her. Creating a different team is the way to do it. Very helpful information. Should be pinned for buyers (and maybe pinned for providers too so they could assist the buyers how to).[/quote]
I love oDesk and it has become essential to the way I work, but I find the UI confusing and counter-intuitive. I can see no reason at all why I shouldn't have multiple contracts with a given contractor. They should be completely independent. The kludge of creating multiple team rooms is just not good enough. While I'm at it, there should be an option to invite one of my regular contractors to an invite-only contract. Right now you have to make sure you've saved them (this isn't automatic for regulars), then search, then go to saved contractors, then go into the contractor and click contact. Ridiculous! Simon
We agree. This is an architectural constraint in our system that we are trying to lift. On your last point, you can "rehire" from the "Ended" tab on the Contracts tab. This will take you to the "Make Offer" screen and you can send a dedicate private offer just for them. Michael
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i think this is the best answer.....
Hi, Can a client hire for one hourly job and the other fixed price job using this... To create a new team, go to Manage Work > Create a New Team (bottom, right column)
[quote=Danalyn W.]You can only hire the same provider once per teamroom. If create a new team room and post a new job, you can then hire the same provider. When the provider logs in to track time, they will have to select which teamroom (for which job) they want to log hours to. To create a new team, go to Manage Work > Create a New Team (bottom, right column) Once you have the new team created, you can post a new job and select the new team from the team dropdown menu, then proceed to invite the provider. Currently, this is the only way to hire the same provider for 2 different projects.[/quote] Absolutely ridiculous and counterproductive process. At least give the client an error message when they attempt to create a second contract for the same contractor. The current process is neither user friendly nor intuitive and only fails in the very last step - when the contractors accepts the terms - which is a huge waste of time for both the client as well as the contractor.
[quote=Danalyn W.]You can only hire the same provider once per teamroom. If create a new team room and post a new job, you can then hire the same provider. When the provider logs in to track time, they will have to select which teamroom (for which job) they want to log hours to. To create a new team, go to Manage Work > Create a New Team (bottom, right column) Once you have the new team created, you can post a new job and select the new team from the team dropdown menu, then proceed to invite the provider. Currently, this is the only way to hire the same provider for 2 different projects.[/quote]
f7bb019d
New Forum Member
I can't seem to find anything about creating teams on the oDesk website. Is this option no longer available?
Hi Shavarsh, You need to contact Customer Support in order to enable the feature of creating multiple Teams. Here is more information about creating Teams and adding Activities. I hope it helps,
~ Valeria
Upwork

I have spent too much time unsucessfully looking for manage work / create a new tea reoom. Can you be more specific? bottom right column of what page please?

Hi Jeff,

 

Are you trying to create a different room because you want to hire the same freelancer for two different contracts? If so, you can do it without creating additional teams now. Let me know if you want to create teams anyways.

~ Valeria
Upwork
ankit_sam
Active
Lol, it happened with me 2-3 times, but buyer had to end 1 assignment and start another. Thanks for the info.
robric
Ace Contributor
You can assign multiple tasks to one assignment. If a fixed rate, you just go over budget. If hourly, and the rates differ, then, then you can top up with bonus to get the books to balance. Ask the provider to use different descriptions on the timelog, so you can monitor. robric
dotnetexpertt
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Hi everyone i am new to Odesk please can you explain this notification "Cancelled - Filled by alternate source" this i saw on a project i applied for senior members please clarify it thanks
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