Perspectives on the Future of Work: June 23rd

June 23, 2014 by

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week's roundup focuses on Millennials, highlighting research that shows Millennial women in particular aren't saving enough, the different expectations Gen Y brings to the workforce, and the difficulties many Millennials have finding full-time work in their area of expertise. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: June 16th

June 16, 2014 by

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing and the future of work. This week's roundup highlights advice for people working remotely — whether from home or on the road — and advice for executives and managers who are considering remote work for their organizations but haven't found the best approach. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: June 9th

June 9, 2014 by

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing and the future of work. This week's roundup highlights innovation within larger organizations, learning about remote teams from FIFA, and startup advice for entrepreneurs, small business and Millennials. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: June 2nd

June 2, 2014 by

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week highlights advice for people who manage distributed teams, why recruiting for remote workers is different, how new work trends are influencing corporate culture, and why freelancing can be a great stepping stone for entrepreneurial graduates. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: May 27th

May 27, 2014 by

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week includes different perspectives on how we work; on one hand, a management expert suggests that we move less frequently "for work," while a new study finds that flexible work may be causing people to work more. Other articles included look at the skills and best practices we may need to succeed. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: May 19th

May 19, 2014 by

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week we discuss how some people may not be cut out for remote work, that a "grass is greener" view of entrepreneurialism can bring dissatisfaction — especially to Millennials — and share how one UK organization is calling on organizations to take a long view when it comes to staffing and recruitment. Finally, we share advice for digital designers, which could easily apply to other professionals. Read Full Article

The Top 7 Freelancing Pets

May 14, 2014 by

Freelancing with a pet? One of the perks of working from home is the ability to spend more time with your family – especially the furry or feathered kind. We asked our Facebook community to share photos of their tiny – and not-so-tiny – companions. Here's our selection of the best! Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: May 12th

May 12, 2014 by

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week we discuss how talent shortages are leading to higher wages and broader recruiting for organizations not used to online work. We also review financial considerations for freelancers and highlight a new survey that outlines the top challenges for chief information officers. Read Full Article

Remote Workers Aren’t Who You Think They Are

May 7, 2014 by

Hoping to better understand the realities of modern work, Flex+Strategy Group / Work+Life Fit conducted a national survey about the true nature of employees’ work flexibility. What they found echoes earlier studies about those who have remote or flexible work arrangements: they’re not who you think they are. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: May 5th

May 5, 2014 by

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week we discuss how a new labor movement is taking shape, changing company culture in established organizations, the death of the office, and the spread of entrepreneurialism. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: April 28th

April 28, 2014 by

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

April 22, 2014 by

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

April 15, 2014 by

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

April 4, 2014 by

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?

April 2, 2014 by

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?

March 26, 2014 by

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

March 21, 2014 by

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

Perspectives on the Future of Work: March 14th

March 14, 2014 by

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 blurry definition of telecommuters, 10 questions about the logistics of a distributed team, keeping your career on track regardless of where your office is, and the limitations of collaborating when you're not face-to-face. Read Full Article