posted this on February 3, 2013, 10:29 PM
It is absolutely free to join, post a job, find a job, apply, and interview on oDesk! Once work begins, a small service fee is baked into a freelancer's rate, equalling 10% of the total amount paid by the client.
The oDesk Service Fee is paid by the freelancer and therefore only seen by the freelancer.
When applying to jobs or editing your profile, you can enter your desired rate before or after fees and oDesk will calculate the rest. But clients are shown only the full charge rate (inclusive of this fee). Always negotiate with clients based on the full charge rate rather than your net take-home pay (after fees).
Here's a real example of what the freelancer sees when applying to a job:
$20 per hour is charged to the client. 10% of that is $2 per hour. Your rate is the total paid by the client. The fee is paid by the freelancer. The net earnings after fees is what becomes available to the freelancer.
Please contact Customer Support with any questions or concerns regarding the oDesk Service Fee.