As more crafters are becoming more active online, marketplaces that connect them with remote freelance workers are taking off and outsourcing to oDesk saves time, is cost efficient and often fun.

31-odeskWhat Is Odesk?

oDesk is similar to Elance and Guru in helping you find freelancers online. The difference of oDesk to Elance and Guru is that oDesk does not charge you to sign up with them — there are no fees to post jobs or create profiles. oDesk makes its money by taking a 10% cut of all payments.

How To Get Started?

Go to oDesk and register for free. You can then start posting a job and work with your freelancer.

  1. Post a job – Connect with qualified freelancers by category. Post your job description to thousands of potential hires. You’ll get applications from skilled candidates—often within minutes.
  2. Make a hire – Hire the right person for the project by reviewing work histories, past client feedback, test scores, and portfolios to narrow the field. Then set up a virtual interview to chat with and choose the best candidate.
  3. Track Progress – Watch the work as it happens by monitoring activity, send messages, and review work-in-progress snapshots with their smart management tools. oDesk guarantees you will only pay for hours actually worked. Their Work Diary tracks time and takes work-in-progress snapshots, giving you visibility into project progress and accurately tracking time spent.
  4. Pay with ease – oDesk handles all financial transactions, sending secure payments to freelancers across the globe. They suggest that you use their Work Diary to review hours, and they’ll take care of the rest!

It is always free to sign up, post jobs, interview candidates and hire on oDesk. The freelancer rate you see already includes a 10% oDesk fee, so you pay nothing extra!

There are so many things you can get help with for your craft business from remote outsourcers.

  1. Photoshop editing for your images
  2. Updating your website
  3. Uploading products into your shopping cart
  4. Keeping your Facebook page updated
  5. Writing content for your blog
  6. Book keeping

….the list goes on and on.

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Gary Capps

I live in the one of the most beautiful places in the world on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my wife and our 2 dogs, Poppy and Mia. Since 2009 I have helped over 15,000 handmade business owners to grow their business with our software and free tools designed for todays entrepreneurial artisan.

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