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Odesk introduces a money back guarantee for hiring contractors

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I booted up oDesk on my laptop this morning. To my surprise this is what greeted me while browsing profiles of potential contractors…


An unexpected surprise for sure! I’d recommend as always though:

– Not paying anything up front
– Setting up milestone payments for your app, so you only pay out when you actually get work done
– Always getting a new hire to work on a small project first, never something expensive
– Fixed price only

But still this might make it a little easier for those starting off, who run into trouble with wayward app contractors. Good job oDesk!

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Elaine Heney is an online entrepreneur, triple #1 best selling author and international keynote speaker. Elaine is an Amazon FBA ecommerce advisor, investor, Hollywood movie producer, online business consultant and CEO of Chocolate Lab Cashflow. Elaine has also published over 300 mobile apps across Amazon, Apple & Google, and enjoyed over 20 million app downloads and over 50 #1 apps worldwide.

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  • Joe Falco November 16, 2013, 2:29 am

    I contracted with an app developer in a different state. He has been unresponsive and hasn’t produced anything but basic screen shots. I hate to admit it, but I think I got conned. Is there any recourse? Has anyone run into this problem? Outside of filing in small claims court or sending nasty letters demanding my money back ($800) is there anything anyone can recommend?

  • max November 23, 2013, 12:39 pm

    Hi Elaine
    I have seen the account of Trey Smith in odesk and He pay for hours…. You always pay fixed price?

  • Hi Elaine January 28, 2014, 5:57 pm

    Please can i get money back guarantee for hiring person in odesk….?

  • Oleg January 31, 2014, 1:06 pm

    >> – Fixed price only
    No one professional developer will work with you. Over-greedy kills good ideas and perspective projects – remember it. If you have no money but you’re full of ideas and have many projects – do it all by yourself!!!

  • iliyas May 5, 2014, 8:36 am

    It’s the worst program ever from oDesk for Freelancers.
    Clients have learned how to get work done without paying a penny (FREE).
    I am just cheated by $300 in oDesk due to this program. I gave him all the work on completion, he claimed refund and disappeared just 1 day before the last day of refund.
    Never take job if you see money back guarantee symbol.

  • Oleg Pepe May 27, 2014, 12:56 pm

    I was not very comfortable for this oDesk’s Money Back Guaranteed Program.
    As this program, I have worked hardly as free without pay even 1400$ over twice.
    Don’t work clients to go through this program.
    Just Cheat program.

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