Five Great Places to Showcase Your oDesk Profile

November 22, 2011 by

You spend a lot of time building and perfecting your oDesk profile, so make sure to show it off! Your profile comes with its very own oDesk permalink, which you can showcase on various online networks for everyone ⎯ particularly employers ⎯ to see. Here are five other platforms on which to promote your oDesk profile. Read Full Article

Bring Your Tech Ideas to Life… Without a Tech Background

November 21, 2011 by

Do you have a brilliant tech idea but no tech knowledge to execute it? You are in good company ⎯ several tech firms, including Squidoo, Yammer and Meebo, were started by founders that didn't major in computer science or talk PHP code in their sleep. If you are one of those lucky few who has conceived the answer to a tech problem and is entrepreneurial enough to envision a business based on that idea, then this post is for you ⎯ here is how to take your tech idea from a daydream to a successfully executed startup. Read Full Article

Hiring Your Right Hand: How to Hire & Use Virtual Assistants

November 16, 2011 by

A good virtual assistant (VA) can be your right-hand man (or woman). From answering e-mails and managing social media accounts to setting appointments and providing programming support, the list of tasks a virtual assistant can help you with is long. And good VAs will not just shorten your to-do list; they can also increase your productivity — and therefore your profitability. Read Full Article

Infographics: How Visual Representations Can Boost Traffic

November 9, 2011 by

Infographics have become so popular for a reason — they can be very powerful, when well-designed. Using visuals, infographics can communicate abstract concepts with a clarity and impact that far surpasses what text alone can convey. What does this mean for you? Business websites and freelance blogs alike can benefit from the appeal of infographics. Not only do they provide new layers of communication value for your audience, they also have significant SEO value. Read Full Article

Siri for the Android: 4 Voice Command Apps

November 7, 2011 by

I love my Android phone, but watching Siri in action recently gave me a case of iPhone envy. Yeah, yeah, I know I have Google Voice Actions on my Droid, but that’s nowhere near as cool as Siri. So I set out to determine whether there’s an Android equivalent to Apple’s soft-spoken mobile assistant. Here are the results of that search. Read Full Article

5 More Ways to Give Yourself a Raise

November 2, 2011 by

Raising your freelance rates is a big step towards earning more income and growing your business. Although your chances of winning projects may slide a bit due to cheaper rates from other contractors, it shouldn't be a problem if you know deep down that your present skills and experience level are worth the raise. Read Full Article

A Day in the Life of a Freelancer

October 12, 2011 by

Freelancer |ˈfrēˌlansər| noun A person who pursues an occupation without a long-term commitment to any particular employer. Such a simple, straight-to-the-point answer ... but come on. We all know that being a freelancer isn't just about looking for short-term work. There's a whole lot of adventure down the freelancing road, a journey that only a true freelancer can endure and understand: battles against distraction, the hunt for unpaid invoices, saving the remote team from the wrath of procrastination, and achieving freelance success. But the question still stands: What's a day like in the life of a freelancer? Let's have a look and see: Read Full Article

How to Go from Part Time to Full Time

September 28, 2011 by

Many contractors use their freelance career to supplement a full-time income, or mix remote work with part-time office or retail jobs. Making the jump to full-time contracting — and making a good living at it — takes some special, but entirely attainable, skills. Read Full Article

oDesk and Big Commerce: Your Online Store Made Easy

September 27, 2011 by

BigCommerce is one of oDesk's biggest successes — for contractors and employers alike. The fast-growing SaaS e-commerce platform became an oDesk partner six months ago. In March, we rolled out our oDesk Group for BigCommerce developers — a place to find vetted experts in customizing the popular platform for small businesses eager to establish a powerful, professional virtual storefront. Read Full Article

Time Saving Tech Tools

September 26, 2011 by

While the wonders of technology have conspired to make us busier, there’s also some very nifty tech resources that can help us reclaim some of that lost time. Here’s my list of time-saving tech tools that will help you finally have enough time in your day. Read Full Article