3 Steps to Successful Work Relationships

December 13, 2010 by

Building trust with remote coworkers and contractors can be both challenging and rewarding. A successful working relationship means that you can rely on that person to deliver on time and on budget, and trust that your communication with them is clear enough for them to meet or exceed your expectations every time. Read Full Article

Managing Remote Workers: Clear Communication

November 8, 2010 by

how do you lay the groundwork for a successful working relationship? Start off by putting together a new hire care package - contact information, introductions to other important team members, your working hours, company background, etc. Then it's time to get specific, measurable and time-bound with your expectations. Read Full Article

oDesk to mentor 24 startups on November 17

November 5, 2010 by

oDesk is excited to announce it’s first Startup Office Hours event on Wednesday, November 17, at its brand new offices in Redwood City.  Come meet with an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and our CEO to share your ideas, pitch a concept, or just brainstorm.  This is an opportunity to network and get introduced to mentors and connectors.  Startups that haven’t used oDesk before will also get a $100 credit towards hourly work to get them started building a virtual team on oDesk. Greg Gretsch Managing Director at Sigma Partners   Gary Swart CEO of oDesk. Odysseas Tsatolos Co-founder of oDesk Location: Google Maps 901 Marshall Street Suite 200 Redwood City, CA 94063 Register here and reserve your 15 minute mentorship time slot between 10:00am and 12:00pm on Monday, November 27th on this wiki.  Please be on time.  No presentations necessary, but feel free to bring one if you like.  If all the time slots have been filled, we still encourage you to come on by for the free networking lunch that will follow, thanks to Sigma Partners, beginning at 12:00pm. Read Full Article

3 Steps to a Killer Job Posting

November 1, 2010 by

There are hundreds of thousands of contractors available to tackle whatever job you need to hire for. But, as the employer, you are competing for the attention of the top contractors, and you've got to write a killer job description to ensure that their applications head to your inbox. Read Full Article

The Importance of a Defined Workspace

October 27, 2010 by

Sooner or later every contract worker realizes it's difficult to maintain a long-term freelance career without a defined workspace. Sure there are exceptions to the rule, and there are times when every contractor benefits from a change of scenery -- a coffee shop, a library, etc. -- however, the most productive space for most will have the elements of an actual office. Read Full Article