oDesk has decided to make MY life easier as a freelancer by offering me benefits that only an employer would offer--decisions I'd rather make for myself now completely done for me! Finally, no more troublesome thinking! That gives me more mental bandwidth for thinking about things like gadgets and power tools and sports! The whole reason I became a freelancer was so that I could have decisions made for me. I like being lorded over. I used to work for them, and now I am thinking about going back!
That's actually why I was drawn to oDesk in the first place. They put a little unobtrusive program on your computer that snaps pictures of what you're doing at that moment. That way, I was getting paid a fair rate for what I was doing. If I happened to step away from my computer for a moment, I wouldn't get paid for that time! After all, an employer would be foolish to pay an employee for something so frivolous as a bathroom break. That is why I kept a small port-a-john near me at all times while using oDesk. Not that I needed it, though. I am an automaton, and my soulless robot innards do not require excrement management.
The coolest thing is that I produced articles for an employer for $5 a pop! True, I would have been paid $15 an article if I'd typed slower like my other virtual coworkers as that was our hourly rate, and my pages had more hits, but still! The point is that this system works really well, and freelancers ought to be happy with it.
That's why when oDesk announced that it was doing health insurance as well, I thought to myself what a great idea that is! After all, content mills already do health insurance, and people who write for them are the happiest writers on the planet. And that is why I fully support this system!
Right now, you have to work for 30 hours a week minimum for oDesk or you lose health insurance and must qualify for COBRA instead! They're fair, though! You can average 30 hours per week, so that means if you're sick one week (and as an automaton I do not get sick, so this is purely theoretical) that you'd have to work double hard the next week! Not a big deal, really. Who hasn't worked 60 hours a week? I started freelancing just so I could stop enjoying my free time. I had too much of it anyway!
Also it turns out that I would not have qualified at my old rate of payment for health insurance because I had to earn more than my state's minimum wage and $5 an hour apparently would not cut it! But with lucrative gigs on oDesk offering up to $9 an hour, I should be fine! That is a lot of money to make. I could almost afford a sandwich in the Big Apple!
So please join me in congratulating oDesk on its incredible decision to offer health care to its freelancers. Be sure to email them and tell them what you think! I know I sure am gonna! 🙂