Captcha work on oDesk - beware
Joanne A. 14 posts - Philippines - Joined Mar 22 2012
I have been reading some topics posted here and most are really helpful. I wasn't even planning on posting anything myself, until I landed on a post by a contractor being 'ripped off' thrice by some clients. He's a freelancer and submitted sample works, around 500 words, then client would just like poof - disappear.
My heart goes to him since I know it's not easy writing up articles, specially if one of the requirements is the article should be 100% original.
Let me also share something.
When I started applying, I was elated when a client answered my application promptly. The client sent me a message here on oDesk consisting of what I should do, how much the pay would be, a website, a username and a password.
I went to the website.
What was there was an amount of $0.65, captcha images and a field for you to type the words.
I started doing it though, but at the back of my mind, my own brain's nagging me.
What I was doing was so far from the job description.
So I messaged the client back, asking if he's given me the right website and task. I never got a reply.
I then asked a friend who used to work at oDesk and at the same time contacted a live chat support agent.
My friend told me the client sounds fishy.
The agent told me a better thing:
CAPTCHA WORK IS PROHIBITED IN ODESK.
I was advised to flag the job post. I did and it was closed by Customer Support.
Now I was hired by another client. And I saw the difference.
Make sure that some - if not all - of the following would be received by you once a legitimate client hires you:
- An email will be sent to you regarding your contract.
- A notification would also be received by you letting you know that the contract for the job you applied for has already started.
- If you look under the "Find work" tab, then look at the "Archived" part of it, you will see your Candidacy / application has been moved there with a reason showing as: "HIRED - view contract". (Where in the words view contract is click-able.)
- Fastest and easiest way to check is by viewing the "My Jobs" tab.
Also, try to research about the client you're wanting to apply to. It won't hurt taking note if they're Payment Method is verified (for hourly clients) and for feedback they received from former contractors.
I'm no pro here, but I hope this post would help out newbies like me.
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