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The forums seem to be filling up with scam stories and complaints. Quite daunting reading for a semi newbie to oDesk like myself. Does anyone have any success stories to share? Awesome clients, really cool projects, fun oDesk experiences?
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Hi Daniel, Welcome. Yes, there are unfortunately a lot of negative stories, but this site is what you make it. There are some nice clients on here who are friendly, professional and pay the freelancer as agreed. You just have to go with your gut sometimes and pay attention to the feedback from other freelancers before deciding whether to work with a client. All the best.
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There are in fact many great clients out there. You just have to search for them (like they are searching fantastic freelancers). I have come across quite a lot of reasonable, friendly and well-paying clients and cannot complain. I had 72 jobs in just 5 months and nobody even tried to fool me - not even once. Not sure how you find those clients who are just trying to trick you. Pay attention to the statistics (hiring rate, average rates, given feedbacks to other clients, etc.) and you should have almost no risk (at least from what I have experienced myself). Maybe it's also a branch-thingy? Not sure, really. My best job certainly was the translation of hypnosis materials from English to German (roughly 18,000 words) for 690$. Actually, the client hired me for just one aritcle (3k words), but decided to keep me for all the stuff he had at this point in time. Lately, I found a proofreading and translation job (English to German again) for 20$/h and 4h/d. Clearly, you need to have a nice portfolio, quite a couple of finished jobs and you will, sooner or later, come acroos better clients. I also started working for 0.01$/word, translating porn titles and other rather weird things. But who cares? Get it started and build it up one step after another. Greetings, André
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I also have a lot of great clients, willing to pay my asking rate. Many have been clients for over 2 years but I did not find them overnight or even in my first year here. It take a while to find good ones and when you do, keep them. I do web programming so there is a lot of ongoing maintenance and enhancements in that field, so it may be different than what you do. I only take interesting projects. I only ever had one crazy client in the 70 jobs I have had and got rid of him very quickly. My best clients come to me via invitation but I am full up with work so I have my profile private so I don't get any invitations. I have a hard time saying no if it sounds interesting.
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I guess the time thing must be a big factor, if we do a good job for a nice client they might stick about - which is the ideal! As I am still wet behind the ears I have not gained that privilege yet . Most of the ones I have met so far are really nice and from all walks of life and locations. It is definitely interesting networking! Just one bad so far. Also, full up with work is a wonderful sign!
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I agree that most of my own clients are really great people, and such a mixed bag. What I really love about the job is the wide and bizarre variety of people I interact with from all around the world, all with different lives, priorities, interests and cultures. I've read and learnt about such an incredible variety of clients and their projects: off the top of my head The Dutch entrepreneur constantly coming up with new products; The New Zealand airline pilot putting together a pilot's training manual; The African historian transcribing a genuine 17th century slave ship's log; Any number of self-help books, from Australia to South Africa; The Lithuanian fantasy novelist; The Costa Rican green IT company; The English financial guru with his ebook on all aspects of forex trading; The French-Canadian firm with their all-in guide to different forms of betting; The Australian explorer and ecologist with his travelogue of a trip into the wilderness and not to forget any number of master's and PhD students from around the world with their deep and arcane labours of love. Now where else would I get that kind of interaction and world experience while still being able to watch my own telly? And all of them really great, interesting people. Oh, and I get paid as well ;o)