Are there better alternatives to oDesk?
What are some good alternatives to oDesk if you're looking to outsource some work to freelancers?
HI Anada, I agree also to a certain extent. However there are better options that can be used and Australia based - like a Virtual Assistant. As you build a relationship with a VA, they will get to know your business very well and perform tasks quite easily and efficiently.
It really depends on what you're looking for. If you're after an ongoing employee to work at least 20 hours/week, then there are better options such as Virtual Coworker. If you're just after getting a small project done, then Odesk isn't a bad bet.
As Kevin said, it really depends on who you are looking for.
What are you looking to do with your freelancer?
I use http://www.freelancer.com/ and have been for over 4 years and 7 projects. I think the main thing to look for when finding a freelancer is getting someone who will do the job. For example in Freelancer the freelancer has jobs Applied for, jobs they have Received and jobs Done. To help in the rating and looking good they sometimes apply for jobs they are not much interested in doing. When they get the job they keep you online as long as possible so the Jobs Received look good.
We are an outsourcing company and we started it with a view to provide better alternative than Odesk and other contractor sites. Instead of talking with someone in other part of the world our clients meet with us and we are able to discuss their requirements face to face if they are local ot Sydney area. Otherwise we contact them through phone ect. Another advantage is that we provide Invoice in AUD$ with GST and so clients save cost or paying in USD ect.
So yes there is a better alternative to ODesk.
Yes, You can try elance and www.govsource.com.au. These are the best freelance platform for new freelancers.
As mentioned above it really does depend on the project(s) you are looking to outsource. But you will find plenty of Australian VA directory sites that can accept RFP. Try Virtually Yours Virtual Assistants, Australian Virtual Business Network or Australian VA Association.
Remember Virtual Assistants are really Virtual Professionals, they have a huge variety of skills and experience.
I'm doing freelancing from last 3-4 years. For me, oDesk is ridiculous and insulting. The only freelance job boards worth considering are SEOClerks.com and If you need help getting started on these boards, let me know and I'll give you a hand.
If you're looking to find skilled workers, then oDesk/Elance are not ideal as you probably know. Granted, there are some excellent contractors there, but you'll likely have to wade through quite a bit of less than ideal candidates to get to them. Take a look at Hubstaff - they have time tracking like oDesk but it's not an open job site for finding work. They only recommend contractors that they have retained in the past so you know you're getting quality