Working through the 80/20 Foundation has afforded me the unique opportunity to use a number of outsourcing platforms such as Task Rabbit, oDesk, and most recently elance. With my insight as a baseline I look to offer a quick guide to each of these three platforms so that others can weigh the options while looking for personnel. The following table are things to consider from an employee perspective, though many of these markers should be considered from the employer perspective.
Cost to Employee: This is the amount that is charged to the employer and deducted from the employee’s compensation. For an illustration of how this works each website (Task Rabbit, oDesk, and elance) offer their own description. From my experience, elance allows employees to keep more money from their work than does oDesk or Task Rabbit. This is important from an employer perspective when considering how much you pay versus what the employee gets to keep – if an employer pays $20/hr through Task Rabbit the employee will only be taking $16/hr home whereas an employee through elance will take home $18.75/hr. As the old saying goes, “You get what you pay for,” would you rather have $16 work or $19 work?