Remote Creatives: The Virtual Ad Agency

May 21, 2013 by

Greg Henderson was disillusioned. As a senior level creative at a global ad agency, his accomplishments were far more than he’d ever dreamed. Yet the “perfect” job was losing its charm. Realizing that he was forcing himself to go to the office each day, he finally began to acknowledge that he was frustrated with Madison Avenue's version of business as usual. Henderson began to wonder if there might be a better way; soon after, his virtual ad agency Red Rocket Connect came into its own. Read Full Article

oDesk Announces New Study on Millennials and the Future of Work

May 14, 2013 by

Here at oDesk, we are extremely lucky to have some of the world’s most innovative, leading-edge entrepreneurs at our fingertips—our freelancers. As “solopreneurs,” they represent the next generation of professionals; those who realize that the 9-to-5 is a relic of the past and that work should be on your own terms. We recently surveyed the professionals on oDesk about their views on entrepreneurship, their career paths and the future of work, and today we are excited to announce the results. The study, “Millennials and the Future of Work,” was released in partnership with Gen-Y consulting firm Millennial Branding. Read Full Article

Terri Maxwell: Old Jobs Are Now Gone — The Work Revolution Is Here

May 8, 2013 by

Terri Maxwell's career-seeking clients were frustrated: Their old jobs had disappeared, and even the recovering economy wasn't bringing them back. As Maxwell began to dig deeper, she discovered two startling facts: First, the positions her clients had once held were indeed gone. Second, the reason they were disappearing was a change so seismic, it was akin to the Industrial Revolution. oDesk recently caught up with Maxwell, co-author of "The New World of Work," to discuss how jobs have changed and how both the workplace and the economy are being transformed by “the work revolution.” Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: The Book Edition

April 23, 2013 by

There was a time when physically being in the office was a logistical requirement. There was also a time when making an impact necessitated the strength of an institution — not just your own good ideas. Today, the world of work has shifted. This selection of recently and soon-to-be-published books explore not just what has changed, but how individuals and organizations can adapt and thrive in this new reality. Read Full Article

The Rise of the Extended Workforce and its Impact on HR

April 15, 2013 by

“In the future, organizations’ competitive success will hinge on a highly unlikely suspect: workers who aren’t employees at all.” A new report from Accenture takes a critical look at the trends that are making organizations more adaptive and nimble, and considers best practices that HR professionals should put in place to take advantage of this shift. Read Full Article

When is Enough, Enough? “Balance” in Portfolio Life

April 10, 2013 by

More and more people are changing the way they work from full time, one company at a time, career-ladder climbing to a more open approach of freelance, interim or contract work — what we refer to as “Portfolio Life.” With this approach to career-building, the additional flexibility, independence and autonomy can allow non-paid work options to come alive. In this guest post, Expert Alumni founder Jon Glesinger discusses what makes for a fulfilling "Portfolio Life." Read Full Article

Insights on Women, Work and ‘Having it All’

April 2, 2013 by

From Sheryl Sandberg's new book Lean In to Marissa Mayer's controversial maternity leave (or lack thereof), discussions about women in leadership and working mothers have dominated the headlines in recent months. Here at oDesk, we are fortunate to have a resident expert on the topic — our talented VP of Marketing Jaleh Bisharat. Jaleh has spent time on both sides of the argument; she served as VP of Marketing at when her children were young, and then made the difficult decision to leave the company so she could spend more time with her family. In the past couple weeks she has weighed in on several different aspects of her career and personal decisions; check out some of her thoughts here. Read Full Article

Navigating Through Unpredictable Income: Tools & Best Practices for Financial Planning

March 19, 2013 by

For all the benefits of working as an independent professional, there is one common challenge: an unpredictable income stream. According to MBO Partners’ latest State of Independence in America report, the top source of concern for freelancers is a lack of predictable income. Getting by without a predictable paycheck requires organization, preparation, and budgeting. Fortunately, in response to this need, a plethora of online services and software have become available to help the growing number of freelancers and contractors manage their incomes and stay prepared in the face of financial uncertainty. Read Full Article