May 9, 2009

Working From Home With oDesk!

I'm not sure if I mentioned it here or not, but I had put my Avon business on hold due to low sales (they are impossibly down district-wide). I had to do something to get a little cashflow going, but there really aren't any jobs in my area at the moment...this is a bad area for jobs even when there's not a recession.

I was checking out the Work From Home Mother blog - fortuitous since I'd hardly been on any blogs for a while - and found a post about oDesk. It sounded great, so I signed up and I'm so glad I did! Thank you so much, Work From Home Mother!!

oDesk is basically a virtual staffing agency that has a rating system, sort of like eBay does, where you can set up a profile as your resume (you become a "Provider") and apply for jobs. Thousands of jobs are available in web design, programming, various writing, sales & marketing, customer service, etc! You can even take tests on various skills to make yourself more marketable to potential employers, known as "Buyers". In fact, I'd like to take a few more. You set your available hours and pay rate.

After a few days and about 6 applications, which are sent as a customized cover letter, I got an interview with a gentleman with a marketing firm in Canada looking for someone familiar with work from home businesses to write some sales copy. How fortuitous that it matched me so well - my profile has me as a marketing student and WAHM who writes...perfect! I'm almost finished with my first weekly bit...just have to edit my work and send it in!

I'm still figuring out how the odesk Team system works, because I need to delete about 20 minutes where I was logged in, but had to jump up to take care of the baby.

If ANY of you reading this are interested in working from home, definitely give oDesk a try! It's legit, payment for hourly gigs are guaranteed (as long as the Buyer's payment method has been verified) and there are jobs there! I'm not the most skilled person by ANY means, but I found an assignment even competing against some heavy hitters...what can I say, I write a snazzy cover letter!

Best of all, it's FREE! Here's the link, what are you waiting for?

The On Demand Global Workforce - oDesk


  1. Hi Ambrosia!
    thanks for sharing this. I have always wanted to work from home, and I'm lucky that my translations and tutoring actually let me do just that! Are they only US-based? I'll have to check them out!
    Hope you're getting lots of attention and being pampered today :)
    Happy Mother's Day,


  2. Ambrosia,
    Hi, Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk here. Thanks for the post and congratulations on landing a gig quickly on oDesk. I would agree that a 'snazzy' cover letter does wonders AND clearly your great writing skills helped :). We wish you much success on oDesk and please let me know what we can do to help make that possible. Happy Monther's Day!


  3. Duni, you're welcome and I'm glad you enjoyed the post! I'll put up another post about oDesk, but they span the globe...and translator skills seem to be in high demand from what I've seen on there. If you're interested, definitely check them's worth it!

    Gary (can I be so informal?), I'm pleased to get such positive feedback on my post...and from the CEO himself...impressed doesn't cover it! Thank you for commenting and the good luck!

  4. Goodday i applied to o desk but have not been able to pass the test i applied under data entry mail handling can you help me out please BELLO FROM NIGERIA thank you