Perspectives on the Future of Work: April 28th

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week we discuss the cultural shift behind the sharing economy, remote team management and leadership, "flattened" organizational structures, and compensation across several startup hubs. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: April 22nd

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week we discuss why businesses should skip employee "engagement" and aim for a fully-committed relationship, Results Only Work Environments, the future of the office space, and websites that highlight great gigs for people at all levels of experience. Read Full Article

How to Run a Virtual Meeting Like a Rockstar

Getting the most from a distributed team — where the people you work with can span a country, if not the world — can require a slight reimagining of existing business practices. In this column for the Huffington Post, oDesk's Jaleh Bisharat shares some of the lessons she's learned in "8 Tips for Running a Virtual Meeting Like a Rockstar." Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: April 4th

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing and the future of work. This week we discuss research on remote work personalities, the economic effects of solo entrepreneurship, and NPR's Chris Groskopf's experience with working from home. Read Full Article

Is Your Business Ready for a Virtual Assistant?

Try as you might, you can't do everything yourself if you want to grow your business. It's one thing to accept that; it's another to actually welcome someone new, like a virtual assistant, to share your work. When you've relied on a team of one, how can you feel confident that someone else will understand your priorities, motivations, or rationale? Three professionals explain their experience and advice for those preparing to take the next step. Read Full Article

When Should I Stop Doing Everything Myself?

As a solopreneur, your natural inclination is to do everything yourself. However, have you ever considered when it might make sense to stop doing it all on your own? Matt Keener has faced that problem himself, and explains the top three signs that indicate when it may be time for you to "staff up." Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: March 21st

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week we discuss shifts in the American mentality towards work, telecommuting from the perspective of federal employees, and finding the right balance between remote and in-office teams. Read Full Article