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Dear Clients...

You want serious contractors to take you seriously... then:

1. Why are you inviting contractors to work for you when you clearly stated that you want to work with someone from a specific location with specific skills?

2. Why are you asking for sample of works when you could have checked a contractor's portfolio instead?

3. Why haven't you done your homework -- and spell things correctly, like the contractor's name?

4. Why are you sending out generic, automated messages? We hate talking to bots.

5. Why would you stalk a contractor in every social channel online?

6. Why would you change the job scope upon hiring a contractor?

7. Why are you trying to make us work like an all-around freelancing machine that's up & running 24x7?

8. Why would you hire a contractor and say that you don't have work available yet?

9. Why are you asking us to work for free or work outside this site?

10. Why are you so hard to reach?

and why... after all this time, haven't you learned your lesson yet and you come here to rant about getting ripped off by someone who's not as serious as we are about work.

Just another rant.. and I have 90 more to add to this list, might as well write a blog about it Smile

Vote Result

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Score: 8.6, Votes: 16
What can one (or oDesk) expect?

Linda A. wrote:
Let me answer your questions:

...

When the client asks about the delay you tell him one of the following:
- "my grandma died"
- "my sisters house was on fire"
- "lightning struck my pig"
- "bla bla bla"
and MORE EXCUSES!

LOL

Charges going down can lead to non-delivery or trade off the screen, otherwise "work" like below can't be serious. Difficult to find the correct balance between price and value Smile

JT's PA
Job in progress
Contractor: XXXXXXXX
Nov 2012 - Present
35 hrs @ $0.01/hr
Billed: $15.35

Never mind

Edited because I recognised something.

ETA - oh I think I know. Never mind.

LOLOL

It would be of no use, whatever your response.

LOL

Number 5 is slightly

Number 5 is slightly concerning?

Creepy...

It happened a couple of times.. perhaps, that person googled me and stuff, sent out messages to my social accounts and old site forms - that the person has a job offer for me in Odesk and wanted me to work on the project. Wow, the effort.. and there was this time when Odesk has sent me a reminder that client x has an offer for me.

Then, there are those who just want to get to know you... tellin' you they might probably visit here, maybe I can show them around ( yea, maybe get a couple of drinks and get under the sheet.. to complete the sentence ). Then, there are those who tell you they're doing a Skype live interview (video call) only that when you turn your cam on, they won't.. they just wanna see you.

One time, it was an urgent call.. I looked like a mess, really.. but had to do a video call on Skype and I excused myself for having a bad hair day.. and the response I got, "Oh, don't worry we're not going to do that type of chat.."

Hmmm... maybe, I'm just paranoid lol.. but then again, 90% of my clients here are mostly male.

ah, conspiracy theory..

Funny!

Marissa S. wrote:

One time, it was an urgent call.. I looked like a mess, really.. but had to do a video call on Skype and I excused myself for having a bad hair day.. and the response I got, "Oh, don't worry we're not going to do that type of chat.."

Funny! Good thing the client didn't report you to oDesk for implying you wanted "that type of chat." LOL

In my years of working here, I only ever agreed once to a video chat. When I talk with clients, it's always just voice.

haha :)

Aleah T. wrote:
Marissa S. wrote:

One time, it was an urgent call.. I looked like a mess, really.. but had to do a video call on Skype and I excused myself for having a bad hair day.. and the response I got, "Oh, don't worry we're not going to do that type of chat.."

Funny! Good thing the client didn't report you to oDesk for implying you wanted "that type of chat." LOL

lol Big smile

In the UK "love" is a fairly normal term, actually

Linda, I had both customers and clients call me "love" "duck" and "hun" both in freelancing and brick and mortar jobs - even "darling" is not unheard of, even in fairly high level negotiations... In some countries it is not meant as "flirty" - it is just the way people talk. Confused the hell out of me to start with (being German.)

You soon figure out who is being genuinely disrespectful and for whom it's just a phrase.

As far as video chat is concerned, I have only done this with two clients, both of which were longer term or repeat clients and there was already a good working relationship established. I would not consider it for an interview. One was treated to a fetching view of my cat's backside when he decided to wander onto the keyboard..... The cat that is, not the client, obviously!

The Moral of This Story Is

Don't video chat with Petra - she'll have her cat moon you.

Laughing out loud

I don't do video chat because I have no cam. I think my computer would blow up if I did. I skype chat a lot with clients, though.