I don't know if the numbers and financials work out to do so.... but one obvious way to add value to the Premium membership would be to have Customer Service via Chat available to Premium Members, whereas regular messaging/ticket/email chat is available to regular contractors.
The one problem I can see with that is Premium Members thinking that the privilege gives them carte blanche to use chat customer service... and flooding the system...
"How do I answer this interview question about if I have relevant work experience?"
"How do I change my profile picture?"
"Why is my Internet so slow today?"
"If I'm making French fries, how long do I leave them in the oven for?"
There may need to be some kind of limit set...
Would you be willing to work for oDesk Customer Support? You'd be great!
William can cook fries so he is better off working at Macca's where they pay more per hour!
This is interesting. Despite all my antipathy to the client happiness score, I'm pretty optimistic about the Connects feature.
Time will tell.
Also saw on another thread, membership benefits for keeping client happiness above 90%.
We'll see how this turns out.
I'm totally upset with that connects.
-1 to oDesk karma.
You asking freelancers to pass tests, fight agains each other, place lower bids. Why?
I shall pay taxes 10% to you, 10% to goverment and now additional 10$ to place bids?
What about customers? Why you dont filter them?
90% of projects are stupid **bleep** like this "Do this for me for 10$ please NOW urgent"
Why no make tests for customers and ask them to pay you 10$.
Hi Vladimir and Kirk,
I would like to note that you do not have to pay to bid for jobs on oDesk. With the Freelancer Basic plan, you still get 60 connects per month.
Also, taking time off of oDesk should not affect your Job Success score as long as you change your availability setting to Not Available. That way invitations you do not respond to will not count against your responsiveness score.