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Michelle G Member Since: Feb 15, 2015
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What about editing jobs where they ask you to do a small test first and then you never hear from them again? I have done three "tests" in the last day.  I should have figured it out after the first one but I gave them the benefit of the doubt.  This is three seperate companies in three different countries.   I am now actively looking for the text that I edited online with Plaigerism checker.  Is it best to just stay away from editing jobs in general or have you had some good experiences?  

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David G Member Since: Oct 6, 2011
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I basically only do editing jobs and the occasional writing job if it looks interesting. I guess I should selfishly say "Yes, stay away from editing jobs" but  I won't.


There are good jobs to be found but it can take awhile. I will do small samples at times but I never edit the whole document. I typically do two pages at most.


I like doing this because it also gives me an indication of the client's writing ability and how much work is involved in editing--particularly if it's a fixed-price job.


Unfortunately, there are also a lot of low-ball clients here and freelancers who are willing to work for those prices Of course this is probably because a number of freelancers feel they can edit simply because they can read. I'm not directing this at you, but it is a fact with some of the profiles I've seen.

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Patrick A. T Member Since: Nov 11, 2015
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priceless.  :-)

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Katrina C Member Since: Jun 13, 2009
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Up. This list will certainly help a lot of people especially those who are new in oDesk..
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Janeth N Member Since: Jun 27, 2008
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I agree Katrina. Two thumbs up Darren Smiley Happy
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Eric F Member Since: Dec 30, 2010
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Hi guys., I'm quite new here on odesk, infact that was the first time that i have withdrew my money using paypal. I withdrew it last nov 17 and it was stated that the money will appear with-in 2hours. but until now it does not, i have contacted odesk support and agent told me to confirm my odesk email with my paypal. but stil it didn't work. Can somebody help me..? what are the things that i need to do..? anyway my paypal is verified. thanks.. Eric
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Exp U Member Since: Oct 29, 2014
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1. Obvious, I know, but check all the settings and double-check that you've put the right email address etc. in 2. Contact support and take out a ticket:
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Xenia M Member Since: Aug 15, 2011
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From what I know, the amount withdrawn from Paypal hits your bank acct. in 2-4 business days, not 2 hrs.
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Ian T Member Since: Jun 7, 2009
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Thanks mate. Bookmark!
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Jamie F Member Since: Mar 7, 2010
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"Mention of half-finished job/previous contractor/s" Similarly, I am quite suspicious of any job posting that over stresses the minimum requirements. For example, any professional writer will know that plagiarism is in no way acceptable and would never even consider submitting plagiarised work. A job post that overly stresses they will not accept plagiarised work is talking in a tone that suggests they feel they are not dealing with professionals. That they probably have had bad experiences in the past, which in turns makes it highly likely they pay peanuts. If you want original work, just a single mention of the word original will suffice and no professional writer will need to be explained what this means. If you feel the need to address me as though I have done something wrong before we have even had any communication with each other, the job being offered and the salary that comes with it will probably not be for me.