Moving Forward On Upwork Innovation

May 12, 2015 by

From faster hiring and better collaboration to support for larger teams and professional growth for freelancers, Upwork has many new innovations to roll out over the coming weeks and months—including some that are already available. Learn more about what we have in the works from Upwork's head of product, Hayden Brown. Read Full Article

Upwork Roadmap Preview: Better Collaboration

May 5, 2015 by

To work closely and always stay in sync, remote teams need a simple way to collaborate. With that in mind, Upwork is building a platform that allows for freelancers and their clients to do much more than send messages. Upwork's Hayden Brown introduces some of the developments we've been working on. Read Full Article

New Job Categories Help Pinpoint Perfect Freelancers

March 25, 2015 by

Earlier this month, oDesk made new job categories available for freelancers to add to their profiles. Today, these new categories are available to clients to begin posting jobs. Clients can now request more types of work on oDesk, and find freelancers with the specific skills they’re looking for more easily. Read Full Article

Announcing Escrow Protection on oDesk

December 2, 2014 by

I am delighted to share that Escrow Protection, a service that many of you have requested, will become available on oDesk this January. Escrow Protection is designed to help you focus on working together, confident that your payments and earnings are secure. Read Full Article

Wondering About Benefits for U.S. Freelancers? Join this Webinar on November 19

November 17, 2014 by

Finding great benefits at an affordable price is a real challenge for U.S. freelancers, whether you’re looking for health and dental insurance for yourself or liability insurance for your business. That’s why Elance-oDesk is partnering with Freelancers Union to deliver the National Benefits Platform. Want to learn more? Freelancers Union is hosting a webinar this Wednesday, Nov. 19, to outline benefit options and answer your questions. Read Full Article

The Hack Is On! Join In World’s First Exclusively Virtual Hackathon

November 11, 2014 by

For the first time ever be part of an exclusively virtual big time hack — whether you’re in a high-tech hub or a beachside hot tub. Simply enter the Global Virtual Hackathon and impress the judges and the world with your coding talents, no matter where you hack from. You’ll compete online for $10,000 in cash prizes from organizer Koding Hackathon. Plus the top Elance-oDesk team will earn an additional $2,500 (with other sponsors offering more prizes, too). Not to mention the bragging rights you’ll earn from taking top honors in such a prestigious hackathon. Read Full Article

Elevating our Workplace with a New Minimum Rate

August 25, 2014 by

Beginning November 15, 2014, we will introduce a minimum rate of $3.00 per hour (including the oDesk fee) for all new hourly contracts. We will continue to honor the hourly rates of contracts formed prior to this date, and clients and freelancers who have previously worked together at less than $3.00 per hour can form new contracts with no minimum requirement. Read Full Article

Safeguarding for a Better Workplace

August 21, 2014 by

My name is Jeff Chen and I lead oDesk’s Trust and Safety Team. Our charter is to continuously improve and maintain a safe and trusted workplace. Over the coming months I will be reaching out to share updates that will help our community continue to grow and thrive. Read Full Article

For Your Continued Protection, oDesk Responds Quickly To Industry-Wide Warning.

April 9, 2014 by

We take security very seriously here at oDesk, and as of 11 am PDT on April 9th we have completed the necessary fixes to eliminate these vulnerabilities. This includes patching all web infrastructure possibly affected by Heartbleed. The team has scanned our infrastructure and found no other points of potential vulnerability, and we’ll continue to actively monitor the situation. Read Full Article