All Things Upwork
March 1, 2012 by Erica Benton

We recently heard that Solvate, the company that brought a high-touch, hands-on approach to online work, has discontinued its service this week. While some might welcome this news about a competitor, the atmosphere here at oDesk is one of reflection.

Time and again throughout history, we see examples of innovation fueled by competition. Accomplishments like putting a man on the moon, a Blu-ray player in your home, and a cold Coca-Cola in your hand all have the competition to thank (along with some well-placed marketing efforts.)

It is a loss to us all in the online work space, but especially hard for Solvate clients and contractors, who have been left without a workplace to call their own. We’d like to invite those users to try oDesk, and will help them get a good start with a hands-on, high-touch welcome.

With that in mind, we are offering free courtesy one-on-one appointments to help both contractors and clients transition to oDesk. Whether bringing your existing team or taking on new projects, our experts will walk you through the necessary steps to get your business back on track.

To take advantage of this offer:

  1. Sign up for a free account at
  2. Logged in to your new account, visit our one-on-one appointment schedule to select the day and time that works best for you

While we’re sorry to see Solvate go, hopefully our one-on-one team can ease the transition for users and set them on the path to success on oDesk!

Erica Benton

Social Media Guru

Erica Benton joined oDesk in 2009, bringing with her nearly a decade of small business and freelance experience, and a love of all things social. Her passion for startups, technology and marketing was born during her tenure with Kulesa Faul Public Relations, while she learned the art of entrepreneurship firsthand through Equine Alternatives, a business she founded while earning her Bachelor of Science degree from… read more