Ananda Raj Pandey
Ananda Raj Pandey Developer at SavvySME


Are there better alternatives to oDesk?

What are some good alternatives to oDesk if you're looking to outsource some work to freelancers?

Top voted answer
Sandra Wright

Sandra Wright, Director & Virtual Admin Assistant at

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.

Kevin Mallen

Kevin Mallen, Business Development Manager at

Hi Ananda, 

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.



Kevin Mallen

Fleur Leong

Fleur Leong, Director at

Hi Ananda, I notice that as a Developer on Freelancer, the purpose of your question is to find out which is the better platform to source new opportunities? In addition to the responses provided by others, you would also consider the following: - Who would be looking for your skills and experience? eg. Website companies, or Marketing Agencies, or business owners, or IT Project Managers - Where would they find go to find developers like you? eg. Large organisations would not source their candidates from Freelancer, but Website companies who only want front-end developers might. - Do you have a good online profile and presence? ie. where else can you be found? eg. LinkedIn, Australian Computer Society, Networking groups, etc. - Have you provided sufficient information to be found easily and gain people's trust to engage your services? - The traditional ways of recruiting using resumes and interviews are outdated. You have to be proactive and resourceful in promoting yourself. - Connect and network with people who already work in some of the organisations that you want to work in. - Join User Groups and meet new people. - Attend events and training courses to stay up-todate and find out the latest trends. This is not an exhaustive list. I hope it helps. Regards, Fleur

William Chen

William Chen, Founder at

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Hey Ananda,

As Kevin said, it really depends on who you are looking for.

What are you looking to do with your freelancer?


Peter Jones

Peter Jones, Founder at LinkSmart


I use 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.


Apurv Bhalla CPA

Apurv Bhalla CPA, Accountant at Success Tax Professionals

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.

Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting, Webmaster at

Yes, You can try elance and These are the best freelance platform for new freelancers.

Sam Spence

Sam Spence, Owner & Virtual Assistant at

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.

Alice Albert

Alice Albert, at Part Time Internet Marketer

I'm doing freelancing from last 3-4 years. For me, oDesk is ridiculous and insulting. The only freelance job boards worth considering are and If you need help getting started on these boards, let me know and I'll give you a hand.

David Mays

David Mays

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