Freelance work is becoming a massive outlet of success for many people. The reasons are obvious. One is the notorious and expansive growth of the Internet, making instantaneous networking across the globe all the more viable by the day. Another key aspect is the nearly unlimited mass of “categories” and areas of freelance, and as the web expands, the demand for creative work follows. Gigbucks is a quickly growing micro-job site, gaining some true longevity through excellent marketing and a top-tier service. oDesk is similar, but has been around longer, finding an established audience of credible workers. They are, in essence, freelance job websites where people buy and sell services relating to the web and other accompanying areas. Both are worth exploring for the creative and freelance oriented minds.
What’s the difference between Gigbucks and oDesk?
They both have pros and cons, but there is a relatively clear-cut winner. I have analyzed both sites, and have experienced both sites first hand (extensively), and I have come to a few conclusions in some key categories.
What any buyer and seller want to know up front is the quality of the work. What is the quality of the work I will receive as a buyer, and what is the quality of work I can hope to complete as a freelancer? Of course, the spectrum is massive, and both sites hit almost all areas of expertise and quality. Gigbucks tends to lean a bit closer to one-time deals, for example, a single project. oDesk offers a bit more versatility when it comes to long-term projects. But the long-term projects are upfront. Meaning a buyer is looking for a long-term “contract” work. This can be imposing for someone looking to just test the waters. With that said, many Gigbucks projects grow into something much greater over time, without that initial requirement on a freelancers end. In my experience, a one-off Gigbucks project easily turns into a long-term effort if you provide quality, and you are comfortable with the work and the pay.
The price range of Gigbucks is set at $5-$50. This, at first brush, seems disadvantageous. You do not want to be constrained by a specific pay rate. It is sort of like the standard and required tip percent. Sure, 15% required is acceptable, but what about those who tip 30%? Regardless, the system is almost certainly a pretty solid advantage. The main reason is due to the confined nature of payments, knowing you are doing the work and getting a steady price as any other worker. It also helps that those with work aren’t underbidding, and buyers aren’t underselling. Gigbucks also has a service in effect which allows easy reoccurring payments, and the confined price range makes it easier for Gigbucks to track where the money is going. When it is all said and done, it ultimately helps you. oDesk is far more varied, with projects ranging from $5 to $5,000. This variability allows many individuals to grossly underbid, and it allows freelancers to do the work for measly prices, and take projects away from you for ridiculously low rates. I have come across 1,000 articles with a $1 payment, which is ludicrous for any focused freelancer. Unfortunately, people do the work for those prices, driving all the rates down across the board at oDesk.
Competition is an inevitable result of freelancing, but oDesk’s established reputation makes the competition steeper and more imposing, as opposed to Gigbucks growing base of users.
One of the major key aspects of freelancing is the support on the sources end. Both websites offer pretty competent support. If you have a concern, it is usually answered and responded to within 24 hours. But Gigbucks seemingly has a team of users hitting refresh on messages in their inbox, as I have yet to not get a response, even to troubling issues, within 8 hours. oDesk may respond the next day, but there is no beating the immediacy of Gigbucks respect to their writers. I have obtained a response within an hour from Gigbucks. Both sites have extensive protective measures, but it is comforting to see the sites, Gigbucks in particular, follow through from that with their approachable support system.
oDesk does have a slant towards international workers. This could be effective in that it brings in more work across the globe, but it is also troubling. One reason is the time zone, often ranging by a whole day. This causes issues with deadlines and communication lapses that could make a seemingly smooth communication, jagged and inherently ineffective. It also allows for lapses in payment, miscommunication, and ranges in price for projects. It also increases the competition exponentially, and only in a way that brings prices for projects down. Gigbucks is not solely based in the States, but it is overwhelming so, and it makes the process more fluid, fair, and accessible.
Both oDesk and Gigbucks can exist and find users. They have various features which flesh out the freelancer’s options, and it would be unwise, as a writer, to wish one to go away entirely. As an experienced freelancer, you know the more options the better and both sites are competent enough to continue striving towards. Ultimately, Gigbucks is a more fluid service. Their support system is unrivaled. The price for the work is more stable, and the competition is lessened due to a growing audience as opposed to a purging audience. Gigbucks is an impeccable service, and one of the main reasons is their desire to compete against the many other freelance sites available. By being efficient and superior, they have earned their growing audience.