Dec 5, 2013 02:25:35 PMEditedOct 30, 2014 02:15:15 PMbyRay C
I recently reported a job that was asking for free work in the form of a "test job". The job would have been worth about $40-$50.
It turns out the prospective client claims the "test project" was at the suggestion of an oDesk representative! I feel this is a direct violation of oDesk policy and is very telling, to me, where oDesk puts it emphasis.
I will have to reconsider my 4-year stint freelancing through oDesk if this is the thanks I get. Shame on you, oDesk.
Dec 8, 2013 06:39:13 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:25:24 PMbyRay C
Unfortunately this was no misunderstanding. I complained and actually spoke with the odesk employee by email. I have formally complained to odesk and received two phone calls. There is a serious problem with odesk inerpretation of "free wok" if this practice incouragement by a representative of odesk. I am waiting to hear an official response and apology from odesk. Being required to do a half hour of free wok, just to be considered for a job, will spell the death of oDesk.
Dec 9, 2013 02:37:59 PMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:25:31 PMbyMarcia M
Yes, they really told me that. I had expected oDesk to simply remove the post, no questions asked. The client clearly stated in the job post - it was for a fixed price job - that the freelancer would not receive the budgeted amount until the business earned enough money. Support told me that was equivalent to a commission- based job, and those were allowed.
Dec 9, 2013 01:59:07 PMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:25:28 PMbyRay C
I have received wording from oDesk, say:
"…it has now been clearly established that free work trials and free sample request may not be posted in a job post on Odesk."
oDesk must be held to this. There is still a need to educate their own associates about this issue.
Dec 10, 2013 11:11:04 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:25:34 PMbyAyesha S
Just to clarify, we do not allow job posts asking for free work or free work samples. See Sect. #2 in Client Policies here.
If you see a job post asking for free work, we encourage you to flag it for oDesk to review.
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Dec 11, 2013 01:25:01 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:25:36 PMbyMarcia M
Ayesha, why are commission only jobs allowed, or jobs that don't guarantee payment unless the client makes sufficient profit allowed? The client can say they never made any money and never pay the freelancer. The client can close the job after work is done and never pay anything. Is oDesk going to have staff monitor the client's financial accounts after the job is done? I don't think so.
I have worked with sales people in the brick and mortar world, and in reputable commission-based jobs, commission is paid on top of a base salary.