Nov 22, 2013 12:15:23 PMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:04:54 PMbyKrisztina U
[quote=Sam K.]I feel sorry for the stupid decision oDesk is making to screw the whole system. At $3, we can keep most of the work in-house!
They are just greedy. I had to inform the 4 new potential hires to set themselves up on Elance or other platforms.
So sorry they had a good thing going on...[/quote]
That is disintermediation, plus eLance has a minimum of $3/hr so good luck with that move.
Yes, eLance has $3 per hour minimum bid, but on top of that, you have to pay $10 per month for every job category you think you're fit to bid on. So IMO, oDesk is still a better marketplace at least for me as a freelancer.
Nov 24, 2013 08:40:44 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:05:01 PMbySam K
It is only a matter of time odesk will start that too.
The 3 big monopolies in freelancing: odesk, elance and Freelancer
They are squeezing the juice out of us.
Will I hire at the new lowest prices? Not for my work anymore.. I prefer to keep it in my own country now and save the 10% also.
They are not suffering at all. They have a silly website and make 10% off of EVERYONE for doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Even their helpdesk takes 2 days to respond.
So is it just to profit for themselves? You bet ya!
Nov 24, 2013 12:11:22 PMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:05:02 PMbyKrisztina U
oDesk offers more than nothing: 1. you can see screenshots of all work done, 2. you have a payment/work guarantee, 3. you benefit from an automated payment service which saves you time (= money).
I'm all for getting rid of the "new lowest price" clients that use (and slow down) the infrastructure for pennies per hour, while expecting premium support. These things cost.
The question of who is trying to squeeze the juice out of whom should be reflected upon.
Nov 25, 2013 01:49:00 PMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:05:08 PMbyNatacha R
[quote=Jaime Jose Rizalino M.]Yes, eLance has $3 per hour minimum bid, but on top of that, you have to pay $10 per month for every job category you think you're fit to bid on. So IMO, oDesk is still a better marketplace at least for me as a freelancer.[/quote]
For one category you don't pay anything.
Nov 25, 2013 07:14:00 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:05:05 PMbyWaqas S
PLEASE SOLVE THIS UNIVERSAL WAGES ISSUE !!!!!
Now its become the biggest problem for me. I'm the best fit for some jobs but employee aren't replying back to me just because of high rates .. I can bid below 4.44$ while others can bid below than me. Its not fair, My other clients are also thinking to shift to another platform instead of oDesk
Nov 25, 2013 07:15:00 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:05:07 PMbyPeter S
Why does odesk lower the minimum amount to be paid? This is bad for freelancers from countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan that work for me for lower rates for really simple tasks. I will now leave and either find another Platform or hire them directly using paypal.
Odesk Management: you're shooting yourself into your foot with these kind of decitions without asking your partners. I've spent over 30k with all my odesk accounts working with over 100 freelancers.
Nov 26, 2013 04:41:36 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:05:12 PMbyPeter S
and, what's the issue if they monitor my accounts? I've used their services since years with my several accounts without any problems and I had great people working for me. Now, I will have to hire them on a weekly basis for the same rates and just won't be able to monitor them, what really sucks. But anyway, if I find another platform that does not set these minimum wages, which btw change from country to country, I'll leave odesk.