posted this on February 03, 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 fee is already baked into a freelancer's rate, equalling 10% of the total amount charged to the client.
When freelancers apply to oDesk jobs, they enter their rate in the Paid to You field. The system calculates their rate, plus the oDesk Fee, and shows them the amount charged to the client.
When you see rates or terms on the oDesk site, be sure you understand whether you are seeing the amount that will be charged to the client or the amount that will be paid to the freelancer. The difference between these is the oDesk Fee. Unless specified otherwise, amounts shown will always be the "charged to client" amount including the oDesk Fee.
Here's a real example of what the freelancer sees when applying to a job:
Calculated from the client's perspective: $2/hour is 10% of the $20/hour charged to the client.
Calculated from the freelancer's perspective: $2/hour is 11.11% on top of the $18/hour paid to the freelancer.
Please contact Customer Support with any questions or concerns regarding the oDesk Fee.