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

Email Etiquette for Distributed Teams

September 21, 2011 by

Communication for distributed or remote teams can be quite email heavy -- I mean, it's not like you can yell your question to the next cubicle over, right? And some of us do avoid Skyping when a quick email can suffice. So how do you make those emails count? Read Full Article

How to Reset Your Job Post-Vacation

September 20, 2011 by

The beauty of returning from vacation is that it’s a chance for a fresh start. Instead of dreading your post-vacation in box and to-do lists, here are some tips to help you seize this opportunity to reset your job and take your productivity to a new level. Read Full Article

How to Create Blog Posts & Podcasts That Work (and Real-World Examples to Imitate)

September 7, 2011 by

Have you tried to start a blog to promote your business and no one seems to read it? Or have you jumped into the world of video and/or audio podcasting and gotten frustrated because your audience has slowly tapered off? Well, don’t give up on your efforts quite yet. Maybe it’s time to take a second look at your blog or podcast's content and style. While both podcasts and blogs are powerful tools, simply throwing random "blah blah" into one of these media tools is no guarantee of success. You’ve got to have a plan to provide compelling and interesting content that keep your audience coming back for more. Take a look at the following examples to find ways to improve your blog and podcast content: Read Full Article