How to Set and Raise Your First Rate on Upwork

June 3, 2015 by

What are your skills, experience, and time worth? How much are clients willing to pay? These are possibly the toughest questions for new freelancers to answer, but they shouldn’t hold you back from setting your initial rate. While there is no one formula to figure out the perfect hourly rate, there are universal factors to consider that can help you get close to the mark. Check out this advice from the Upwork community. Read Full Article

How to Price Your Freelance Skills Like a Pro

April 9, 2015 by

The path toward becoming a freelancer isn’t always an easy one. It’s very similar to building a startup business, except instead of selling a product you’re selling your own skills, talents, and time. How can you start strong? Fred Schebesta, co-founder and director at, shares his advice. Read Full Article

Stand Out with an Introduction Video

March 13, 2015 by

An introduction video on your oDesk profile is an extremely powerful tool to help you stand out from the crowd and get the job. Top clients hire freelancers who are a joy to speak with, and a video is a great way to give them a preview of what it’ll be like to work with you. Follow these eight steps to create your own top-notch introduction video. Read Full Article

Best of Tip Tuesday: Motivation

December 16, 2014 by

When you're a freelancer or entrepreneur, buckling down and getting work done day after day can be difficult. Ever wondered how oDesk freelancers do it so well? We did too, so we asked the oDesk Facebook community how they motivated themselves on days when they felt low on energy. Here are our favorite answers. Read Full Article

How Composers Work Virtually To Hit the Right Notes

November 28, 2014 by

Composers are the artists who create the auditory landscape — the musical score specifically — of the app you’re developing, the promo you’re producing, or the game you’re designing. We recently talked to two of them about the process of working virtually, how they collaborate with clients, and what it takes to create beautiful sound. Read Full Article

5 Sales Tools Freelancers Should Be Using, Too

September 19, 2014 by

Do you dismiss out of hand some crucial business practices simply because you don’t think of yourself as a "sales person?" If you're a freelancer, you are your own sales team. Why not use the same tools that successful sales teams use to power their work? Christy Delehanty of PandaDoc shares five programs you should consider adding to your freelance routine. Read Full Article

5 Best Online Swift Courses for Developers

September 12, 2014 by

The newly launched Apple Watch isn't the only thing set to change app development. Swift is a new programming language from Apple — one that could quickly replace Objective-C as the OS X and iOS coding language of choice. How can you add this new language to your programming toolbox? Here are five great courses that are already up and running. Read Full Article

10 Time-Saving Apps for Freelancers

September 3, 2014 by

For freelancers, the expression "time is money" holds considerable significance: the more we procrastinate, the fewer jobs we get done, the less we get paid. Luckily, there's a wide selection of handy apps and online tools to help keep us focussed, save time and be more productive versions of our fabulous selves. Here's a look at 10 popular apps — many of them free — that can help pull your freelance work together. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: August 26th

August 26, 2014 by

oDesk's weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing and the future of work. In this week's column, we highlight the latest on how to keep your business going, even when you're not around; what it takes to successfully manage senior-level professionals; lessons on promoting gender equality in the workplace; and tips to help you achieve work-life balance Read Full Article

5 Bookkeeping Tips For DIY Freelancers

July 18, 2014 by

It's tough to get excited about the nitty gritty bits of admin that come with being an independent professional, but good bookkeeping is important for freelancers. Unless you're doing well enough to afford help, you have to learn to do it right by yourself. In this post, Nick Chowdrey offers five tips to help keep your bookkeeping on track. Here are five bookkeeping tips to help you free the boring and neglected number cruncher we all have living inside of us. Read Full Article

6 Ways To Boost Your Business During Your Getaway

July 1, 2014 by

For many people, July and August are a good time for a getaway, but going away can be hard when you run your own business. Before you grab your sunscreen and hit the road for a much-deserved break, consider giving your business a boost while you’re away kicking your feet up. How? Hire experienced freelancers to keep your business moving forward while you relax. Read Full Article

Dodging Social Media For Your SMB? You’re Not Alone

June 25, 2014 by

When I asked the owner of a new neighborhood coffee shop which social network I could find her on, she shook her head. She didn’t have time to deal with social media, she said; there are too many other pressing matters to take care of. It's tough for the owner of a small or midsize business (SMB) to keep up with social media demands. We talked to Melanie Feltham, oDesk's community manager, for her advice about taking a strategic approach to social media so you can make the most of your time. Read Full Article

How Working From Home Might Be Getting You Down

May 30, 2014 by

Even with the perks that come from working at home, there are issues that can stack up and lead to frustration, depression — even burnout. Psychologist Dr. Michael Britt of "The Psyche Files," a popular podcast, recently discussed some of those pressures with the oDesk blog and offered his recommendations to help keep them at bay. Read Full Article

8 Skills You Need to Stay Competitive

May 21, 2014 by

When it comes to landing new clients and projects, the competition can be fierce. What skills should you have to stay competitive? While your specific needs may vary depending on your industry, here are eight of the basics you should understand in order to get — and keep — your edge. Read Full Article