All Things oDesk
August 26, 2010 by Stephanie Gonzaga

Just as how the feedback system of eBay allows you to decide who to buy from, the feedback system of oDesk is designed to give employers the chance to review, evaluate, and decide who they would like to interview, hire, and work with based on the contractor’s profile and feedback ratings.

For contractors, good feedback provides an edge over others when looking for work. Here are our tips for earning that important 5-star rating on every contract:

1. Follow instructions. You read the job description, applied to the job, got hired, and are expected to do what you were hired to do.  Follow instructions and don’t hesitate to ask questions if there is confusion or misunderstanding with regards to the work.

progress report2. Send work progress reports. Employers appreciate being informed of the status of their projects.  It only takes a couple of minutes to compose a short email about the work you’ve done over the last week, so make it a habit to inform your employers of anything and everything to do with the work assigned to you.

3. Ask for feedback. I would suggest asking for feedback after the first few days so that you can get a good idea of what the employer thinks about the work you’ve done so far.  After receiving feedback, you can then adjust your work and proceed from there.

4. Give suggestions.  One of the greatest things about being a freelancer is that you have more freedom to use your creativity.  If you have an idea or a concept that you believe could make the final product even better than what the employer is expecting, don’t hesitate to give suggestions.  He may or may not accept your ideas, but it’s worth a try and it shows that you value the outcome of your employer’s assignment.

5. Be honest and reliable. If you don’t want to be scammed out of payment or have your time disputed, maintain complete honesty and reliability throughout your term as a contractor.  Always be honest with yourself and with whatever you do, even if the employer turns out to be less reliable than you had hoped.

6. Meet the deadlines you’ve set. Never take your deadlines for granted, especially if you were the one who set them in the first place.  If you feel that you might not make the deadline, inform the employer as soon as possible and do your best make up for the delays.


7. Always maintain excellence in your work. Keep your work at its highest quality and you’re sure to win that 5-star feedback rating from your happy employer.  This also means applying to jobs that you know you can be excellent in and being consistent until you’ve completed all of your tasks.

If you’re new or if you haven’t received a lot of five-star ratings lately, it’s okay.  There are always plenty of opportunities to earn glowing feedback and lots of ways to impress your present and future employers. Just follow these tips and motivate yourself to become an awesome contractor and you’ll soon enjoy the incoming job offers and invites to interview.

Got other tips to winning 5-star feedback ratings?  Share them in the comments below!

Stephanie Gonzaga is a freelancer on oDesk who specializes in writing topnotch web content, such as product copy, articles, and blog posts for clients all over the globe. During her free time, she writes on her blog The Freelance Pinoy, a site dedicated to providing Filipino freelancers with tips, advice, and strategies to help them reach freelancing success.

Stephanie Gonzaga

Freelancer, Blogger, and Creative Writer

Stephanie Gonzaga is a freelancer on oDesk and blogger of The Freelance Pinoy, a freelancing blog for the Pinoy solo professional.

  • Arjay Nepomuceno

    Hi. can someone help me!.

    I just about to log in my account but the site says that USER NOT FOUND.

    why is this happening?

    Thank you
    Arjay Nepomuceno

  • Wilbur N.Grageda

    Hi! i am a newbie on this site……the recent tips I’ve got has greatly helped me build my personal and organizational capability in my area of concern as a recruiter. Likewise, the “One Day Checklist” has given me the primary FAQs that will guide me in the future. Thanks, I am

    Wilbur Grageda

  • Honey Luck


    I’m a newbie in oDesk, and to be honest I’m not really good in English and grammar but I’m trying to study and really wanted to learn.

    Being first time working in this field is very nervous but i know it’s a stepping stone for me to get more closer to all people around the world for having a good relationship in Business.

    Thanks for the encouragement and tips that I’ve done to read in the top of this commentary.
    It surely help me to motivates myself and have more confidence on how to serve people politely and reliability.

    And I am very happy to be here.
    God Bless.

    • Shaikh Humaun Kabir

      Hi dear,
      I am very much glad to give me opportunity to do the job. I hope can finish this perfectly & in time. Please wish me everybody. so that I can do this job any way.

      Shaikh Humaun Kabir

  • Nimal

    Thanks for oDesk,
    giving me the first job opportunity to work in the globe.
    I would like to share my happiness with you all.

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  • Sikh kara

    Thanks for nice information it really help me in building my odesk carrier

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  • Musavvir

    Great article Stephanie!

    I do have somewhat of a good rating so I know what it takes. You’re article is spot on!

    It’s really tough being new in this field as employers just won’t hire you if you cannot show odesk work hours let alone feedback. So yeah, getting the first break is essential. And when you do, you should make sure that you’re doing your best to get good ratings and feedback.

  • husnain khan

    Hello Stephanie .
    Thank you so Much for your replay …
    you really boost my confidence up … Actually I have Elance Account but unfortunately My bids have finished and i don’t know what to do so that’s why i,m afraid in ODesk for Applying to a job …. who many chance Odesk gives us to Apply for a job ???
    Thank you

  • Stephanie Gonzaga

    Hi Husnain,

    Every newbie oDesk-er has gone through this phase of having no feedback, work, and no clients who are willing to give you a first chance. But this should be a challenge that you’re willing to take on.

    Keep applying, craft good cover letters, and always explain to the client how you’re way better than all the other applicants who applied for his/her job post even though you’re new on oDesk. Portfolio samples and test scores usually boost your chances of backing up your claim.

    Just don’t give up. I’m sure your efforts will pay off soon. :)

  • husnain khan

    Hi ..
    I agree what did u say ..
    but i want to know some thing i,m new on oDesk and i want to get success through it, I don’t have 5stars or Feedback comments so how can i approach as a new worker because Every client wants Experienced Worker and i don’t have Experience but i,m perfect in My work ..
    so give me some tips too win a bid please …
    thank you so much

  • Abigail

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I’m a newbie and I didn’t give any importance for having 5 start feedback.

    Now that you’ve given me information about it, I might ask for some star feedback but whatever star they give, I have to accept it if that’s the score of my performance.

    This information is really helpful and hope other newbies like me will be able to read this.

  • Stephanie

    Hi everyone! Thanks for all of the great comments. I’m sure this article will give newbie and regular oDesk-ers a nice push to aim for those shiny 5 stars.

    @Seifeddine: Asking for 5-star feedback ratings (or at least really good ones) respectfully and professionally isn’t a bad idea at all. I’m glad you brought it up. :) Just remember to always back it up with proof that you deserve the perfect 5.

    @Socorro: Thanks for sharing this to your team! :)

  • Socorro Menchavez

    I totally agree with your ideas here Steph. I even thankful that I can share this blog with my team to help them get better feedback too.
    With regards to Seifeddine’s comment, I have not tried that. I will surely get to be assertive with asking them on giving me a 5 star if I am sure that I myself is doing the best and 100% of my capabilities.
    Thanks to the ideas!

  • Khalid Bajwa

    I agree cent percent with Seifeddine Sgayer . All the mentioned traits are essential to get to a stellar feedback. But some buyers just don’t understand the feedback system, or don’t realize it’s importance. I have been on the receiving end of this dynamic, and almost every single time, politely asking the buyer and reminding him of the importance of a good feedback in the oDesk eco-system, does the trick. Ofcourse, you need to have done a stellar job to get a stellar feedback, but asking never hurts !

  • Rose Bernzen Lacida

    5 for 4 lovin it.!!!

  • Seifeddine Sgayer

    Hi ,

    Thx for all those tips .
    I’m not a good english writer but i would like to highlight on something .

    These tips doesn’t always work .

    I have done this before on other freelance websites but I don’t get 5 stars they usually give me 4.6 or .4.7

    and Now I’m getting 5 stars easily on oDesk .

    All what I do is :
    1) Do all what you wrote above .
    2)If n

    • Abdullah AL Zahid

      Thanks for the help……..