I have found that usually people are not there to get you since most care about their reputation aka reviews/ratings. You want to be however careful that you do get a person who meets following requirements:
1. Has reasonably good ratings
2. Has previously worked on similar projects such as yours. (you will find that people who have no skills in your required area do apply at times).
3. Provide you with reasonable samples from past work.
Finally - as other person mentioned earlier, assign a trial project and have them do it. Also even if create a fixed fee contract, break it into smaller milestones and pay by milestone.
Hope this helps.
On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM, Michael Mellinger <[address removed]>
I'm going to try oDesk for a small enhancement to my iOS app. It's going to be a fixed price bid. How can I protect myself?
It looks like there's some money paid upfront. Can I do a code review before I accept? Ideally, I'd like them to work out of my github projects that I set up so I can build and test. Also, since it's fixed price, I'd like not to be left with any major bugs but have the dev insist that they're done because he'd rather move on to his next thing.
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