oDesk Launches First Manifesto for Online Work

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Manifesto Codifies Principles that Enable Successful Online Work Relationships

oDesk, the marketplace for online workteams, today released their Manifesto for Online Work. The company, which makes remote work relationships as reliable and open as working in the same physical office, is the first to offer a manifesto for online work. The goal of the Manifesto is to demonstrate that online work is just as viable as traditional work – and in fact, that oDesk has developed the best business model for both buyers and providers. oDesk is the only company to offer guaranteed payment to providers and guaranteed work to buyers. The Manifesto is a declaration to professionals who sell their services through the Internet marketplace and the companies that hire them: Don't settle for less than you deserve.

"Our rapid growth shows that the best approach to online work is one that creates success for both buyer and provider," said oDesk CEO Gary Swart. "Given that importance, we believe the provider of the work deserves a guarantee of payment, and the buyer of that work deserves a guarantee of accountability. We have always guaranteed that an hour worked is an hour paid, and an hour paid is an hour worked, and anyone buying or providing online services should not settle for less."

oDesk's transparent contracting model has always provided assurances to workers and employers forging relationships, sometimes from opposite sides of the world. The oDesk Team platform improves communication, allowing members of a dispersed workteam to see who is online, and allowing managers to see real-time snapshots of work in progress, to keep complicated work on track and companies on budget. That guarantee of visibility and accessibility to the manager is matched with a guarantee of payment to the worker. Hours worked using oDesk Team are paid, weekly, without the hassle of invoicing or collections.

"Talent and meaningful job opportunities exist all over the world, and oDesk has always been committed to enabling successful relationships regardless of where the professional and the hiring company may be located," said Mr. Swart. "The Manifesto for Online Work summarizes what we believe buyers and providers should demand when working online."

The oDesk Manifesto for Online Work

As a provider, you have the right to:

  • Get guaranteed payment for the time you work
  • Avoid the hassle of creating invoices and time sheets
  • Live where you want, work when you want, on the jobs you want
  • Set your own hourly rate based on your skills, experience and reputation
  • Access jobs around the world
  • Prove and market your skills via free online testing
  • Post a profile, apply, and interview for jobs without paying a membership fee
  • Build your own business online

As a buyer, you have the right to:

  • Audit the people and hours worked
  • Access talent from around the world
  • Know the identity, skills and experience of every team member
  • Pay your global online team without the hassle of payroll and taxes
  • Pay competitive rates worldwide
  • Offer work online without paying a membership fee or a posting fee
  • Build your own online workteam

oDesk attributes its success and that of oDesk buyers and providers to a commitment to the Manifesto principles. The company just announced the achievement of $50 million in services delivered, reaching the milestone in less time and demonstrating faster growth than any other online labor marketplace. With an average job size of $5,000 – a figure which is a multiple of the average values on project marketplace sites – oDesk gives buyers and providers the flexibility of creating successful long- and short-term work relationships.


oDesk (www.oDesk.com) is the marketplace for online workteams, with the best business model for both buyers and providers. oDesk guarantees buyers that every hour billed is an hour worked and guarantees providers that every hour worked is an hour paid. oDesk's Team platform lets businesses hire, manage and pay remote teams. Hiring managers can search the oDesk network and choose from among thousands of tested, top-rated professionals from more than 100 countries. Using the oDesk web-based collaboration tools, project managers can visually track and verify all work performed, both historically and in real-time. Every day, oDesk helps people all over the world work together as if they were seated in the same office. Founded in 2004, oDesk is located in Menlo Park, California.

Contact: Elizabeth Gordon