The Way We Work

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work.

Week of 1/17/2014:

Freelancers Union | The Freelancers Pyramid of Self-Actualization
Where do you stand in the freelancing hierarchy? Securing steady work relationships with clients comes easily to some, while others bounce sporadically from one project to the next. In a series of feature profiles, Sara Horowitz explains how to progress from being a freelance novice to finding fulfillment, community and happiness—all while working on your own terms.

Shareable | 7 Things I Learned From Studying Coworking
Coworking spaces are on the rise, giving independent, pioneering thinkers a place to congregate, share advice and build entrepreneurial communities. Having spent the past five months studying Port Workspace in Oakland, Calif., Ryan Hunt explains his insights into the budding dynamics of coworking.

Mashable | How to Know When You’ve Outgrown Your Home Office
Working from home is a popular flexible work option for good reason: it provides amenities and privacy while cutting the expenses of office rent and commute time. But if your office starts taking over your personal space, your work-life balance may be at risk. Nellie Akalp shares seven signs that indicate when you might want to move your workspace out of the house.

Forbes | Telecommuting Is The Future of Work
More companies than ever before are employing virtual teams, bridging the distance with collaboration and innovation. Drawing from her own experience as both a consultant who works remotely with clients and an entrepreneur who collaborates with a distributed team, Meghan Biro highlights why self-awareness and a defined company culture are key to successfully leading a remote workforce.

Did we miss anything? Are there any insights you find particularly interesting? Let us know in the comments section below!

Ryan Fan

Marketing Intern

Ryan Fan is a Marketing Intern at oDesk. He currently attends Georgetown University in Washington D.C., where he is pursuing a B.S.B.A in Marketing and Management.