Guest Post by: Jess Weaver
Hello there Real Ways to Earn Money Online Fans. My name is Jess and I will be your travel guide today. The purpose of our tour today is to explore oDesk. This tour will reveal 7.5 things to help make you successful on oDesk. There may be a lot of rumors out there about old faithful, but I am going to teach you the ropes, so you can start raking in the dough.
1. Sign up.
I hear a lot of people say that they don’t want to sign up for oDesk because it’s not a good place. This is one of those things that you really never know until you try it. I feel like if you sign up and it’s not a good place for you, then you have the right to give others advice.
2. Put up a professional picture.
oDesk is the largest freelance job board, so there are a lot of different businesses coming and going. Anyone can click on your profile and see what is going on, so I would recommend making your profile picture as professional as possible.
3. Complete your work history.
Some people are not inclined to list their complete work history, but why not? Just because you are working online it doesn’t mean people do not want to know your complete work history. I feel as though some people do not take online jobs seriously. I will say that your potential clients will only take you as seriously as you take yourself.
4. Update your profile often.
Something I realized is that I had not updated my oDesk profile in a while. I went back through and added my new skills to my profile. Also, make sure you edit your wording because you don’t want to look unprofessional by one simple spelling mistake.
5. Read the wording carefully.
If there is one thing I have noticed on oDesk, it is that clients like to word things funny. Sometimes I just skim, but other times I have to open each job description to see what is being said. Just be really careful in what you read because it may not all be true. With that being said, sometimes it’s best to just apply for a position. There have been several lucrative positions I’ve gained because I just applied. The client may not be good at communicating what they want or need. That’s where our jobs come in.
6. Don’t ignore the job invitations.
Sometimes I just ignore the job invitations because they annoy me. Well, I almost lost a good client because of this mistake. One of my friends got hired on and the more I thought about it, there was an invitation sitting there. Low and behold, I applied and landed a well paying gig that was given to me by invitation.
7. Don’t do anything you’re not comfortable with.
Sometimes, us work at home moms get a little desperate for cash, and we agree to something we don’t really agree with. Be wise with the work you choose to do. If you accept a really low paying gig (like $1 per hour), then you are missing out on well paying opportunities out there.
7.5 Check back often.
I find myself checking oDesk at least once a day. If you ever look at those job descriptions, then you know there are hundreds of jobs posted each day and each hour. If hundreds of people are applying, then you’re going to miss out if you do not check back frequently.
There you have it, my tips for success on oDesk. If someone like me can land multiple jobs on oDesk, then so can you. Who knows…maybe we’ll end up bidding on the same job?
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