My company's business developer find many business clients through Odesk, Elance etc. I never have any work related or
results related problem with those guys. Although many times they become our regular clients because of the trust we do for each other.
I believe oDesk/Upwork is a good site to hire freelance accountants. I know a lot of freelancers working as bookkeepers for this site. Just make sure that the person you're going to hire somehow meet your requirements. You need to have good communication with them as well.
While I've nothing against a site like this, I prefer to use Facebook to face accountants to keep the business accounts in check.
Not only do I have security concerns about sending information like that to a person you don't know, I feel that face to face you will get a better service and level of performance as you won't just be another name on a screen.
Elance merged with oDesk and now oDesk is Upwork. I have used upwork bus as a freelancer to find writing jobs. I have also hired couple of writers and designers for my projects and I was satisfied with the work. I have never thought about bookkeeping via odeks.
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