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Bidding Fees and Premium Placement Fees

oDesk has no bidding fees. It also has no premium or sponsored placement fees because it doesn’t have a premium placement feature; all bids are treated equally.

In order to prevent unscrupulous providers from carpet-bombing the site with boilerplate bids, oDesk imposes a limit on the number of proposals that can be made by a user, which it calls the job application quota. The quota is designed to severely restrict new contractors from excessive bidding, while rewarding users as they establish their credentials on the site. However, there are no charges associated with this system, nor any way to pay extra to expand the quota. See the discussion of the bidding process for full information on how this works.

Transaction Fees

As mentioned earlier, oDesk applies a fee of 10% to all transactions on the site for both hourly and fixed rate work. This applies to the entire total billed to the employer, so it repre­sents 10% of that figure, or an 11.1% addition to the pay rate that is netted to the contractor.

oDesk takes a dim view of clients or contractors who try to meet each other on the site and then arrange for work or payment without using it. Given that the company charges no membership or bidding fees, that seems pretty reasonable to me.

Withdrawal Fees

oDesk offers a large number of fund withdrawal options, some of which have fees that are imposed either by oDesk or the service through which the funds are disbursed. Most of these fees are modest; see the payment methods discussion for details.

Other Fees

I’m not aware of any other fees associated with using oDesk.


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