Feb 3, 2013

My oDesk Experience

When I first learned about oDesk, I was hesitant to join and a bit skeptical about its veracity. Then, I realized I had nothing to lose if I sign up to the site. So I did on July 26, 2010. But my skepticism never faded until a year later when I started applying and working on a very simple job in September 2011. What started as a tryout has turned into a fulltime freelance job. I even resigned from my day job to focus my time on oDesk.

I have been working on and off via oDesk.com for over a year now. I have had 26 jobs already, with over 2,500 hours of oDesk experience. I couldn't say this has been my productive career, since most of my jobs are at low rates and done at home. However, the oDesk experience has definitely helped me financially and professionally, and it contributed a lot in terms of my personal and family needs.  It even widened my views in life. It's been a bittersweet experience for me.

I may be working alone at home, but I am communicating and interacting with a bunch of employers/clients from the western part of the world. I have had clients from Canada, Australia, and other parts of America. I have also worked on projects which I never thought I could have done before, not even here in the Philippines. I have also had a variety of projects and performed various tasks doing things that are, somehow, different from my field of expertise. Yet, with and through the help and guidance of my employers, I was and, still, am able to work on them smoothly and effectively. My clients' feedback on my oDesk profile can attest to that.

I have also had clients who have been ungrateful to my service. Not because I am incompetent and irresponsible of the tasks given to me, it was simply because of the loads of projects that I have had. This is what really happens when you want to earn more and you thought you can still do more. It actually happened in April last year. The thing was, I had 5 jobs in progress on oDesk and a full-time job in the Philippines during that time. The problem occurred when I kept on accepting jobs thinking that I could do them all at the same time. As a result, I got loads of projects and tasks to do which I couldn't handle myself. Even with the help of my colleague and brother, I still wasn't able to give the desired results. Thus, I got an unfavorable feedback with a low star rating on my profile. Well, lesson learned for me.

I am still working on a few projects with other employers right now. I would now settle to 3 jobs in progress at most. The experience is not as exciting as it was, though, the first time I worked with different clients on oDesk. Yet, with this experience, I can say that I have learned more than I ever thought of. I have learned to value time and every opportunity that comes to me. Most of all, I have learned to value my family and my time with them.

1 comment:

  1. Do not join Imagine consultation team at odesk!!!!

    I am writing about the inconvenience I had with Imagine Consultation.

    When I joined oDesk, more than a year ago, I immediately got a invintation from the owner of Imagine Consultation agency Alethea Smylie. She offered me to join her team on oDesk.

    She promised me that she will find the best jobs from oDesk, and I need her in return to pay a percentage of each of the work I done. Since I was new and inexperienced at oDesk, I accepted her proposal.
    But nobody told me that I had to pay her a percentage for jobs that I've found without her help and recommendations.
    Also, if you agree to get into it, you lose control and privacy of your profile, all private messages that you send and negotiations about any jobs Aletha can see.
    Also, many employers are looking for independent contractors and if you are in a team (Imagine Consultation or other) you will not be able to apply for a job.
    These are very important things that nobody told me before I get into Imagine C.

    I really got a list of suggested jobs from time to time, but no one was in my skills.
    After more than a year, I have not concluded any jobs by Imagine Consultation and I asked the Administrator Alethea Smylie, to exclude me from the team.
    At first I did not get a response, but after a few times I got it.
    This is a conversation I've had with the administrator Aletha:


    I would like to leave Imagine consultation because I have not concluded any job by you.

    Is that okay?


    Alethea Smylie
    Feb 18

    You are in the middle of the interview process so you cannot leave at this time. After you have finished the jobs, if you still want to then you can leave at that time.


    Feb 18
    I sent you a request even before four days.

    I have no interview invitations, on what exactly you mean?

    Alethea Smylie
    Feb 20
    You are currently interviewing for this job: https://www.odesk.com/applications/233434037

    Feb 20
    Yes, I did test for this client but after that, he did not report me, so I guess that the test was not successful.

    Also, I started negotiations with this client a day after I sent you the request to leave, but you did not reply me immediately, than only after my second request and four days later. That way you can take your time endlessly.

    Please accept my request immediately, otherwise I will be forced to take other methods.

    Expecting a quick response!

    Alethea Smylie
    10:03 pm
    Trying to threaten me to responding to you quicker was ridiculous.

    Anyways, for me to be able to remove you from the agency you have to close all contracts and any open job applications/archived applications per oDesk's rules.

    Also, discontinue using the improved cover letter & profile overview (remove any language you received from the handbooks). Send me your new cover letter (copy & paste it in the body of your message) without our language and tell me when you have update your profile overview that does not have out language and I will remove you from the agency.


    After that I asked for help from Odesk administrators and only a month later I was allowed to leave Imagine Consultation. But after that has continued harassment by Alethea Smylie....

    I advise everyone to think carefully before agreeing to enter a team, especially Imagine Consultation.


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