The Way We Work

If oDesk’s most-visited blog posts are any indication, small business owners in the oDesk community are a tech-savvy group with their sights set on growth, looking for inspiration from industry leaders. Here are the top small business posts from the oDesk blog last year.

1. Top 25 Project Management Blogs
Effective management of projects and teams is always a relevant issue; even though this post was written in 2009, the emergence of Work 3.0 has made it increasingly top-of-mind. The list even includes a handful of links for fans of agile techniques.

2. 3 Steps to a Killer Job Posting
2011 wrapped up with 1.5 million contractors on oDesk and more than a million jobs posted during the year. When you need someone for a project, this post offers specific steps to help you connect with ideal candidates and find the right person to support your work.

3. 25 Entrepreneurs and Businesses You Should Be Following on Twitter
There is a reason why industry leaders reach the top, and this 2009 directory points to many who continue to be a source of inspiration. People like Richard Branson and Guy Kawasaki you have probably heard of, but you may find some new resources on this list.

4 and 5. Hire a Better Online Team in Less Time – Part I and Part II
This two-part series covers everything from an efficient hiring process – so you can avoid wasting time – to detailed interview suggestions. If you plan to expand your team this year, this post is an excellent place to start.

BONUS: Presentations Everywhere: 6 Presentation Apps for Your Android, iPad or iPhone
Business tools keep getting smaller (and smarter), and targeted apps are everywhere. Whatever your hardware of choice, if your business relies on displays to make a good impression, this list of presentation-focused apps is worth reviewing.

What small business posts really impacted your work in 2011? Please share your favorites in the comments section below!

Amy Sept

Managing Editor

As the managing editor of the Upwork blog, Amy Sept works with regular and guest writers to share information that helps freelancers and businesses navigate the future of work. She owns Nimbyist Communications and helps non-profits, startups, and small business owners get their content marketing on track.