Monday, November 11, 2013

O-DESK PART 3 FINAL

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Odesk Final Tips


                                 Now you know how to write an article, you have created Odesk profile and ready to start work. Here are some tips to make it easier, faster and better.
Contractor Profile:
In earlier chapter we have already discuss the different components of contractor profile. The main purpose of writing these words again is to motivate you to complete 100% profile. I have notice that many people just create account and start waiting to get paid. You can not get any work with low profile score. Provide as much details as you can, it is 100% safe. Do not avoid uploading you portrait. As newbie you may wonder how can I upload my portfolio, and then you must remember that I already told you to submit your practice article in articlesbase.com and other website. You can upload your practice work on Odesk. You can share your profile batch on social media like Facebook, twitter etc.
Understanding Odesk payment guarantee
There is a very popular slogan in Odesk “an hour billed is an hour worked and an hour worked is an hour paid”. Odesk is a first company that guarantees payments, but still there are some terms and conditions that you must keep in mind before starting work.
Q: How can you get guarantee payment from Odesk?
A: To avail guarantee payments from Odesk you need to keep following points in mind.
Always choose jobs offered on Hourly BasisCheck that the payment method of employer must be verifiedTrack your work using Odesk application called TEAMMaintain your work diary properlyYour work diary memos should describe complete activity performed In hourly jobs, total working hours are already specified by vendors; do not exceed the defined time limit. Other wise exceed time will be on risk.
Payment is not guaranteed in fixed price form of payment by Odesk.  But as far as my advice is concern I recommend applying both hourly and fixed price jobs, as most of the people offering jobs are serious employers and there is less chance of dispute in article writing jobs. But finally you have the only “guarantee” provided by odesk.
Readiness Test:
Passing readiness is not only important to get jobs but also ensure that you know the basic of odesk.com. You can appear in Odesk readiness test as it is not your first and last chance. Before appearing in this test you may ask simple questions to your self i.e. 
What do you think about feedback score?Do you know how Odesk provide payment guarantee?What is Odesk dispute policy?What is Odesk work diary?Have you read Odesk user agreement?What is your understanding about odesk team application?Do you know how Odesk charge fees?
The above topic gives you a basic idea how odesk works.
Odesk Jobs Application Quota: 
Odesk jobs application quota means that how many jobs on odesk you can apply per week.
Importance of Jobs Application Quota:
It is very crucial. As you may understand that there are already a lot of experience writer offering services on odesk.com, it is important to get your first job as early as possible. It can be possible only if you apply as many jobs as possible. If you have job quota of 20 jobs per week, you may get your 1st job earlier.
Below chart explain different job quota:












How can I increase job quota?
It is simple if you are new to Odesk you have to pass and public test as much as you can and verify your identity to increase job quota. If you already got your job than try to increase your feedback score as it cause low jobs quota.
 Odesk Ready OverallFeedback Score # of  TestsPassed and public Standard Quota Odesk Id verifiedQuota   No Any Any 2 2   Yes None 0 5 10   Yes None 1 10 25   Yes None 2-3 15 20   Yes None 4+ 20 25   Yes 1-2 Any 5 10   Yes 2-3 Any 10 25   Yes 3-4 Any 15 20   Yes 4-5 Any 20 25  

Follow the table: https://www.odesk.com/help/help/my_jobs/candidacies/quotaYou may already understand that job quota is based on test and feedback scores. The odesk Readiness test (most important amount all test) are not count to increase your job quota. You may also remember that once you have earned a feedback score, it will be your main source of calculating quota.
Easy steps of applying a job:
Applying an Hourly Job:
Search a job or browse by jobs category.Check the jobs you can do. Check duration, payment methods, price, work description etc in detail.Write an impressive and unique cover letter for each and every job. I will tell you later how to write impressive cover letter.Click Apply Button you can see on top left of job.Enter the rate (bid) you want to charge. Keep this fact in your mind you can not win by bidding very low, bid decently. But also bid within a given budget by employer. Paste the cover letter I advised you to write at point 3Enter the estimated duration in which you can complete your work.Click the apply button on bottom of the job.
That’s all.
Applying a Fixed-Price Job:
Search a job or browse by jobs categoryCheck the jobs you can do. Check duration, payment methods, price, work description etc in detailWrite an impressive and unique cover letter for each and every job. I will tell you later how to write impressive cover letterClick Apply Button you can see on top left of job.Enter the rate (bid) you want to charge. Keep this fact in mind you can not win by bidding very low, bid decently. But also bid within a given budget by employer. An additional feature you will notice is an option of asking upfront. Upfront mean that you are starting job of worth $100 and you can ask to pay $25 or whatever first. I personally do not recommend asking upfront or at least asking big upfront.Paste the cover letter I advised you to write at point 3Enter the estimated duration in which you can complete you work.In fixed price jobs you can see a cautionary notice that payment is not guaranteed, at employer’s judgment and not subject to escrow, mediation or arbitration. Click on yes check box.Click the apply button on bottom of the job.
I recommend you not to afraid of risk in fix price jobs but prefer hourly jobs.
Cover letter made Easy:
When an employer posts a job, he usually receives many jobs applications. Mostly the cover letter I one of the most important factor of hiring decision.  Being an employer on odesk, I have notice that few freelance just missed the chance of getting job by paste same cover letter to all job. I strongly recommend you to write a cover letter which is unique and highly relevant to job description. Below are the most important points you have to keep in mind while writing cover letter.




Important points to remember while writing cover letter:
DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION. Never ever include your contact information email address, chat ID etc. When you are invited for interview, you are free to share whatever information you like.Most of the application starts cover letter as they are applying jobs from news paper i.e. “To Whom It May Concern” etc. Use neutral way of writing like Hello John, Dear Hiring Manager etcAgain I will say be relevant, do not copy and past cover letter. Use the same language of job description. It is most important part of you hiring process. Read job description carefully, provide some specific point about that jobLink related work if you have in you portfolio
Q: How would I withdraw my payments?
A: It is really very important to understand how you would withdraw your payment. Beauty of odesk.com is the variety of payment options.
Following are the ways you can get your payment easily from odesk.com
Wire Transfer (Local Currency):
It is most easiest way for people of south Asia specially Pakistan. It is considered as cheapest way for contractor outside the USA.  Wire transfer is available in the following country
Wire Transfer in Local Currency is available to Odesk contractors in the Armenia, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Uruguay. Wire transfer in Pakistan is available but with few restrictions.

Wire Transfer in Pakistan: 
Wire transfer is most recommended way of payment withdrawal in Pakistan. But still there is some limitation, at the time I am writing these words. You can use this facility on in the following bank account.
Habib Bank Ltd.   (HBL)National Bank of Pakistan (NBP)United Bank Ltd. (UBL)Muslim Commercial Bank Ltd. (MCB)Allied Bank Ltd. (ABL)Bank Al-Falah Ltd. Habib Metropolitan Bank Ltd. Bank of Punjab Ltd. KASB Bank Ltd. JS bank Ltd. Dubai Islamic Bank Ltd.
Automatic Clearing House:
Automatic clearing house or Direct Deposit is the simple network of electronic financial transaction, which allows the contractors based in US quick payment in their account.
Local Funds Transfer: The Local Funds Transfer is the most direct and least expensive withdrawal method for contractors; you can directly deposit your earnings into your local bank account. This facility is available in following countries.Australia, Canada, Europe (Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA)), India, Philippines, United kingdom, 
Money Bookers:
Money bookers are also a very famous method for online transactions.  Money booker is connected with your bank account you can transfer your money in your money booker online account and then withdraw in your local currency bank account.
Payoneer:
Payoneer debit master cards are also a very widely accepted form of payment. You can withdraw your payment in your Payoneer cards and use it on ATMs, outlets accepts master cards.
Paypal:
You can withdraw your earning in Paypal account. Paypal is most famous in online shoppers. You can withdraw your money from Paypal to your bank account withdraw or use directly from Paypal for shopping.


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