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901 Marshall Street, Suite 200
Redwood City, CA 94063


ODesk is a global online portal connecting freelance contractors with employers seeking outsourced services. Freelancers can register and post profiles including portfolio material. They can then bid on available jobs posted by employers. Job categories include web and software development, writing, translation, design and multimedia, administrative support, customer service, information and network systems, and business services such as accounting and bookkeeping. Both employers and contractors can submit ratings, which are essential to cultivating success on oDesk. To further strengthen their credentials, contractors can take a variety of free competency tests and make their favorable scores available to prospective employers.

To register with oDesk, users must be at least 18 years old. Freelance contractors set their own fees and hours. They are expected to post a profile and optimize its presentation and content for maximum success. Registration is open to contractors in most locations globally except where specific laws, restrictions or embargoes prohibit participation.

Registration with oDesk is free for both employers and freelance contractors. Contracting fees vary depending on the job and are determined by the employer and freelancer. ODesk makes money by adding a surcharge equal to 10 percent of each employer payment. For jobs with an hourly rate, contractors can use an oDesk application that records screen shots and the frequency of mouse and keyboard clicks. Based on this record, contractors are guaranteed payment for all hours worked. Payment methods vary depending on country and include direct deposit for U.S. residents. ODesk offers contractors access to group health insurance and other benefits.

How to apply:
Go to https://www.odesk.com/signup/create-account to begin the sign-up process.

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