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Can I hire a contractor for two different contracts at the same time?

I know that there has to be a way to do this... but I can't see to figure it out on my own. I want to do it because the provider has several different skill sets, but we pay less for one of the tasks than we do for the other. I have two different job openings for them. He is currently hired for one of the jobs, but I want to be able to have him hired for both at the same time, so he can just log time to the appropriate job without my having to end the first assignment and rehire with a higher rate.

Any thoughts? I thought that creating a different team room would facilitate this, but it doesn't.

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You can only hire the same

You can only hire the same provider once per teamroom. If create a new team room and post a new job, you can then hire the same provider. When the provider logs in to track time, they will have to select which teamroom (for which job) they want to log hours to.

To create a new team, go to Manage Work > Create a New Team (bottom, right column)

Once you have the new team created, you can post a new job and select the new team from the team dropdown menu, then proceed to invite the provider.

Currently, this is the only way to hire the same provider for 2 different projects.

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Provider for two different assignments

IMHO, this topic should be pinned.

This situation came up with a buyer just a few minutes ago (at the time of this writing). She wanted to hire me for a different job. Posting another job and hiring me for it doesn't work as she already hired me for a job. Good thing is that I read about this post couple of days days ago and I scrambled to look for this post so I could assist her. Creating a different team is the way to do it.

Very helpful information. Should be pinned for buyers (and maybe pinned for providers too so they could assist the buyers how to).

problem:two jobs, same provider - solution ->2 buyer team rooms.

i was in the very same situation just a few days ago.
i did not see this post.
i had to ask the buyer to cancel the first job and then place both jobs in one job post and invite me.
this will most likely happen with buyers who have blogs or websites and they need content for the site as well. there are providers who can set up blogs and do content at the same time.
i am suggesting to oDesk to prominently display this in the Provider and Buyer how to. I am sure this situation has been the case with many oDesk users. IMHO.

Same same....

The same thing happened to me just today....I am in total agreement with you on this and whoever brought up this topic....

Many Thanks!

I agree

I agree with qizwing

accpte work

Paul D. wrote:
IMHO, this topic should be pinned.

This situation came up with a buyer just a few minutes ago (at the time of this writing). She wanted to hire me for a different job. Posting another job and hiring me for it doesn't work as she already hired me for a job. Good thing is that I read about this post couple of days days ago and I scrambled to look for this post so I could assist her. Creating a different team is the way to do it.

Very helpful information. Should be pinned for buyers (and maybe pinned for providers too so they could assist the buyers how to).

The contract system is confusing

I love oDesk and it has become essential to the way I work, but I find the UI confusing and counter-intuitive.

I can see no reason at all why I shouldn't have multiple contracts with a given contractor. They should be completely independent. The kludge of creating multiple team rooms is just not good enough.

While I'm at it, there should be an option to invite one of my regular contractors to an invite-only contract. Right now you have to make sure you've saved them (this isn't automatic for regulars), then search, then go to saved contractors, then go into the contractor and click contact. Ridiculous!

Simon

agreed

We agree. This is an architectural constraint in our system that we are trying to lift.

On your last point, you can "rehire" from the "Ended" tab on the Contracts tab. This will take you to the "Make Offer" screen and you can send a dedicate private offer just for them.

Michael

yes i am interesting

contact me with info

best answer

i think this is the best answer.....

Can a client...

Hi, Can a client hire for one hourly job and the other fixed price job using this...

To create a new team, go to Manage Work > Create a New Team (bottom, right column)

ridiculous process

Danalyn W. wrote:
You can only hire the same provider once per teamroom. If create a new team room and post a new job, you can then hire the same provider. When the provider logs in to track time, they will have to select which teamroom (for which job) they want to log hours to.

To create a new team, go to Manage Work > Create a New Team (bottom, right column)

Once you have the new team created, you can post a new job and select the new team from the team dropdown menu, then proceed to invite the provider.

Currently, this is the only way to hire the same provider for 2 different projects.

Absolutely ridiculous and counterproductive process. At least give the client an error message when they attempt to create a second contract for the same contractor. The current process is neither user friendly nor intuitive and only fails in the very last step - when the contractors accepts the terms - which is a huge waste of time for both the client as well as the contractor.

Need to rating help.

Danalyn W. wrote:
You can only hire the same provider once per teamroom. If create a new team room and post a new job, you can then hire the same provider. When the provider logs in to track time, they will have to select which teamroom (for which job) they want to log hours to.

To create a new team, go to Manage Work > Create a New Team (bottom, right column)

Once you have the new team created, you can post a new job and select the new team from the team dropdown menu, then proceed to invite the provider.

Currently, this is the only way to hire the same provider for 2 different projects.

Thanks for Info

Lol, it happened with me 2-3 times, but buyer had to end 1 assignment and start another.
Thanks for the info.

More than one assignment

You can assign multiple tasks to one assignment. If a fixed rate, you just go over budget. If hourly, and the rates differ, then, then you can top up with bonus to get the books to balance. Ask the provider to use different descriptions on the timelog, so you can monitor. robric

please explain this

Hi everyone
i am new to Odesk
please can you explain this notification
"Cancelled - Filled by alternate source"

this i saw on a project i applied for

senior members please clarify it
thanks

It means they hired someone from somewhere else (not oDesk)

"Cancelled - Filled by alternate source" just means that the Employer cancelled their job posting and selected "Filled by alternate source" as the reason for cancelling.
They may have posted the job at other freelancing sites and hired someone from one of the other sites, or they may have found someone locally to do the job, or they may have decided to just do it themselves, etc.

how can i bid project?

How can i post my project for your site. how do you fix the my project cost.
i don't have any idea for bid the project.please help me and give any suggestion for that.

Thank you.

Same contractor for two different assignments

Hi,

I employed a lady to do two different jobs....very frustrating she accepted one task, then completed the other!!!! Now i have paid for two jobs and only received one lot of work!!!! NOT HAPPY! I joined Odesk only last week to start on my outsourcing journey. Can anyone tell me how to sor this out?

marnjeff

First, talk with the

First, talk with the contractor directly to attempt to sort out this confusion. If you need further assistance you can contact Customer Support.

Same contractor for two different assignments

I closed the job and left a comment that she completed the wrong task to the job description and she sent me an 'option to change comment' email! So from this I dont think she is going to refund. What now?

marnjeff

Leaving a negative feedback

Leaving a negative feedback comment isn't the same thing as trying to talk to the contractor about the issue. My recommendations remain the same. Talk to the contractor. Then contact Customer Support if things can't be worked out. If this was hourly, you may also be eligible to file a dispute.

This is so frustrating. I

This is so frustrating. I didn't know that you had to create teams to hire the same person for more than one job at a time. Then I created the teams and it is still not working. I am pretty surprised that this is not resolved. I am super frustrated and my contractor is probably not very happy either.

Contact Support for Help

Laura, I am sorry you are so frustrated. Just bear in mind that the job you want to hire them to must be posted under that team. So, for the second job where you created a new team, you would go into your Job Postings page and assign that job post to the new team, then you can go ahead and hire.

If you need more assistance, contact Customer Support, and they can walk you through it.

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i think there's a way to do it sir/ma'am.

i think there's a way to do it sir/ma'am.

Self destructive contractors

Hi Cynthia,

It's sad that no marketplace is safe from people who would rather lie, cheat and steal their way with people who have honest intentions to hire quality work

I know that Odesk would not allow a person to create multiple IDs since they have to submit their identification.

And the comments, while they can be made private still reflects the overall rating and this gets strung along for the rest of their profile's history, and a comment made private only makes an employer suspicious of why it had to be kept hidden right?

I for one make an extremely concerted effort to keep my relatively new profile spotless- since I plan to keep this as a good income source.

People like that will only be self destructive and will have to keep starting all over again while I firmly believe that my hardwork will progress to future work that pays off well because of the work history that I am able to bandy around proudly.

Not able to remove this comment

Client want to remove this comments:

***i gave a feedback of 4.85 on the odesk contract. the other places, I can't remove the comments, i'm not admin on those site.

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yes

yes you can but you have to open an entire other project if your trying to split payments up for two different things within the one project set I dont think it will work so its not too hard to fix just open a new project and post it and have hte provider bid on it and your set. Hope this helps. I had similar problem thats why I know.

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Well you need to chat with

Well you need to chat with odesk care Smile

Odesk money

Can you work two jobs at the same time on odesk? I really need to know because I thought that was the way people gain money on here?

Yes, you can. But you can't

Yes, you can. But you can't be logged into two different hourly payed jobs at the same time. oDesk tool doesn't allow that. You can work a bit for this contract, then work on some other contract. With fixed price jobs there is no such limitation - you can work simultaneously if you are able to.

Same Problem

I also faced same problem. One of my client sent me 2 invitations for 2 job posting under same team. I accepted one & after accept I was hired. When I went to second contract & tried to accept it it is shown that you were already hire for this client.

Your client needs to create a

Your client needs to create a separate team to hire you for the other job. As it is, you can't have two contracts under the same team. You could also use the memos, and task codes to log time for different jobs under the same contract though. The memos will keep track of the time spent on each.

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TOS and Forum Violation

Yasir M. wrote:
Hi,
I hope that you are understood how to hire me for several contracts.If not then here is method:-
First of all you have to post a job and i will bid.Then you will hire me.Again you will post a new job and again i will bid then again you will hire me.So in this way you can hire me for multiple contracts.But remember that i can only complete Design(Graphic design,logo design,banner design,cards design) and multimedia(image editing,video editing)related projects. Thank you

You really need to read the TOS and forum rules here.

You are not allowed to apply for jobs using the forum.

And no, nobody thinks you're just giving the OP advice. You're blatantly begging for a job. Pretty pathetic if you can't get one the approved way that you have to go soliciting in a forum. Sad, really.

And yes, you've been reported.

:)

I would say Yasir should better search not for Design jobs but for something like active sales etc )) Joking of course,

help me please

hello

I m still waiting for my first job I have no job now I am hard worker I m apply for 20 job but nothing coming on
please help me I have 2year 6 month experience in data entry, email handling , email marketing , sales customer service , lead generator, and have knowledge of Microsoft office technical help for window 7 and window xp can you please help me

thanks
arvind

me too i had a 2nd fixed job

me too i had a 2nd fixed job but my client have another one open fixed job can i apply?i just want to know if its okay to apply to same client. newbie here just joined october 2013.

Hi Conie, Yes, you may

Hi Conie,

Yes, you may apply to the second job by the same client.

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I don't like this at all

I just negotiated a second job with a client so I could get him to pay me a higher rate for some of my work. (Both hourly jobs.)

Now, he has to go through hoops to hire me for the second job. Not the best way to build a relationship with a client, especially one who just agreed to pay you more money.