oDesk is one of the most popular freelance marketplace. Lot of jobs waiting for you. If you are a software engineer working locally you can find big projects here. If you are new to freelancing then you can start your career as a data entry worker which includes copy paste jobs. oDesk is a multidimensional marketplace for you because it has many functionality to ease your jobs and 100% guarantee of being paid. All criteria of jobs are available here which is related with a day to day life of human being. So do not be feared, just start with confidence.
Make your oDesk profile
First step of starting with oDesk is to registered and get your public profile ready. Public profile are first virtual existence to represent yourself to potential clients. First you have to show your talents in choosing username. It will be short and related with your expertise. This is the first advertisement towards buyers.
Be careful on uploading images and photos to your profile. It should match your expertise and look professional. Next step is choosing your skills. Make a loud focus of your expertise. Next you have to setup your hourly rate on your profile. It is better to start with a lower rate as a new comer. Lastly you can enrich your profile by taking different tests. if you score well it will be showed on your profile.
Appling a for job
There are two types of jobs you can apply for on oDesk. Fixed price and hourly rate. On the fixed price jobs buyer may not pay you for a fixed priced job. Hourly rate jobs ensure to be paid. Because oDesk introduced a software to communicate between you and buyer. Every hour your activity is captured through desktop snap shot and it is sent to buyer to check what you have been doing. You have a full control on this software, you can choose what snapshot you want to send or not. Check buyer feedback before applying a job too.
When you are applying for job, it is recommended to send a cover latter with your bid. This will make second impression about you as you are not meeting face to face with buyer. Start your cover latter by giving a small introducing information. Explain why you are perfect for the job. Cover latter will prove your personality, quality and confidence to this job. Finally put a thanks you paragraph thanking the buyer for viewing your bid.
Some tips should be kept in mind
- Spelling error and grammar mistakes in cove latter will lose your personality to buyer. Must be careful about it.
- Be clear about the requirement before starting your job. If you are unsure about any thing then ask simply again before it is too late.
- Do not try to take any jobs outside oDesk.
- Ask his time zone because you have to contact him when it is appropriate ( mid-day or afternoon ).
These are just some oDesk tips and instruction to help you start yourself with confident. Good Luck!