Joined: 01 Jun 09
28 Sep 10 1:14 am
Wherever you will be outsourcing, whether it be elance or odesk, the fact that the good providers will always be in demand will remain true. And that would be why it is harder to get the good ones to respond to your interview invitations on odesk: they either are too busy or are preferring to respond to more advantageous offers.
Yes, it would be a very good idea to put up smaller projects and hire new odesk providers who seem to show promise. The new ones are generally more eager to impress and do need contracts to get started (well, everyone has to start somewhere).
That East Asian workers can be less expensive is no longer strictly true. The cost now mostly depends on the skills, talents and experience of each provider.
Prices indeed are lower on odesk and that is because odesk providers do not have to pay anything upfront to odesk to become providers. oDesk just takes a commission from the providers' actual earnings. In contrast, if you want to become a provider in more than one category on elance, you have to pay certain monthly membership fees, regardless of whether you get jobs or not.
I hope that helps.