Perspectives on the Future of Work: December 6th

December 6, 2013 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 boosting productivity with a change of scenery, an entrepreneur testing the limits of remote work, and why working out of your manager's sight may be a good idea. Read Full Article

The Way You Work: oDesk Client Govind Davis on Motivating Remote Teams

December 4, 2013 by

The co-founder and CEO of MCF Technology Solutions—a specialized systems integrator that designs, develops, and implements cloud-based platform solutions—Govind Davis has built an almost entirely virtual company. Aside from three local employees, his staff of approximately 60 people works remotely from around the world. Here, he shares five of his best pieces of advice on how to continuously cultivate and motivate remote teams. Read Full Article

Your “Dream Team”: How Givers Can Be The Most Loyal Supporters

November 19, 2013 by

A highly functioning workplace team is made up of many different, but complementary, personality types. Software Advice decided to find out what makes some of their workplace’s top performers tick—so they enlisted a workforce psychologist to help understand what makes these employees great, what they struggle with and how they perform in certain roles. By better understanding your current and future team members, you too can assemble a “dream team” of top performers, placed in the roles they perform best. In her previous post, Software Advice Managing Editor Holly Regan described the Savant; here, she discusses another important member of your lineup—the Giver. Read Full Article

Leadership In A Virtual World: An Interview With Bernard Wilson

November 15, 2013 by

Located in Australia’s sparsely populated Northwest Territory, Darwin is better known for underground mines and tourist traps than for a bustling tech scene. But that hasn’t stopped Bernard Wilson. He’s capitalized on the power of remote work and cloud computing to forge his dream company, Primetime Entertainment. In the process, Wilson has learned valuable lessons on leadership and the importance of remote team relationships. Read Full Article

Why Savants Are Key To Your “Dream Team”—And How to Manage Them Effectively

November 8, 2013 by

A highly functioning workplace team is made up of many different, but complementary, personality types. Software Advice decided to find out what makes some of their workplace’s top performers tick—so they enlisted a workforce psychologist to help understand what makes these employees great, what they struggle with and how they perform in certain roles. By better understanding your current and future team members, you too can assemble a “dream team” of top performers, placed in the roles they perform best. Here, Software Advice Managing Editor Holly Regan discusses one important member of your lineup: the Savant. Read Full Article

The Four Things Managers Must Give Their Teams

November 7, 2013 by

As a manager, you are only as good as your team. Attracting all-star talent is just the first challenge (though it's certainly a formidable one)—from there you have to make sure these A-players you've brought on board are engaged and given the environment they need to thrive. Otherwise, you will lose them as quickly as you hired them. Admittedly, that's easier said than done. So how do you create a work environment where your team members can thrive? It comes down to 4 key things. Read Full Article

The 10 Most Ridiculous Pictures of “Working From Home”

November 6, 2013 by

As anyone who works from home knows all too well, misconceptions abound regarding telecommuting and remote work. Why do these misperceptions about remote work stick around so stubbornly? I searched "work from home" in Google Images and found my answer. And since if you can't beat them you should at least laugh at them, here were 10 of our absolute favorite "working from home" pictures, each representing a thousand more of that type. Enjoy! Read Full Article

Leading From a Distance: The Art of Remote Management

November 5, 2013 by

The traditional management playbook would argue that supervisors need to be based in-office. But two established organizations think otherwise. Both Teach for America and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are empowering their managers to work out of the office. They’re giving them the tools, training and flexibility to lead their teams remotely—and reaping benefits both corporately and through individual employee job satisfaction. Read Full Article

Why Your Developers May Be More Productive Working Remotely

November 4, 2013 by

“There’s an uninterrupted brain state you have to go into when you’re coding, and it requires an uninterrupted train of thought. Interruptions are very disruptive to developers when they’re in that brain state. So one of the major advantages of working remotely is that you’re not being subjected to constant interruptions; any of our developers will tell us that. It’s a clear advantage to not be in the office.” It can be argued, therefore, that developers working remotely are more productive than those in the office. Not convinced? This might change your mind. Read Full Article

My First Job: It All Started with Selling Sneakers

October 31, 2013 by

Whether your first job was stocking grocery shelves, scooping ice cream or mowing lawns, it's likely that the value of what you learned about the professional world was far greater than the money you earned. For oDesk CEO Gary Swart, his first job—selling sneakers and sporting goods at the University Shop—brought many lessons in learning fast, working smart and being a catalyst of change. In this post for the LinkedIn Influencer program, Gary remembers his first job and explains how he still carries with him many of those lessons. Read Full Article

The Way You Work: Joshua Warren’s Journey From oDesk Freelancer to Thriving Client

October 23, 2013 by

With experience both as an oDesk freelancer and client, Joshua Warren has a unique perspective on online work. While working as a web development freelancer on oDesk, he gradually increased his rate from $15/hour to $95/hour. Yet he was still getting an overwhelming number of web development project requests, so he started hiring oDesk freelancers to help. Now Joshua is at the helm of a booming web development business, Creatuity, that currently employs 23 people, 13 of which are remote and deliver all work online. While growing his company, he honed his own best practices for hiring and managing online talent. Below are five of our favorite oDesk success strategies from Joshua. Read Full Article

How to Quit Gracefully: 4 Tips for the Consummate Professional

October 22, 2013 by

The first step toward your next career opportunity is leaving your last one. That, however, takes a delicate skill: knowing how to navigate your exit in a way that bolsters rather than busts your reputation. A professional departure matters more than ever, as the frequency of job changes is on the rise. Meanwhile, it's easier than ever for employers to assess you—one quick LinkedIn search can reveal common contacts whose opinions may make or break your next opportunity. So how do you leave your job gracefully? Here are four less-discussed tips on how to exit like a pro. Read Full Article

Why Coworking Is on the Rise

October 17, 2013 by

Work is no longer a place. Telecommuting, freelancing and online work have been growing for years, and the lines between our professional and personal lives are increasingly blurry. We make dinner reservations from the office, and take our conference calls from the dinner table. As work becomes less routine and more results-focused, people are coming back together to foster collaboration based around results. A movement is taking shape—the rise of coworking. Read Full Article

Pitching Remote Work: Making Your Case For Telecommuting

October 9, 2013 by

Digital marketing pro Ryan Gibson had just been offered the perfect job with travel app Asia Rooms. But there was a catch, and it was a big one: he’d have to either relocate from his home in Leeds, England to the island nation of Singapore or commute 90 miles (round-trip) to Manchester. Instead of turning the offer down, however, Gibson pitched a different idea: remote work. Read Full Article

Self-Employed & Loving It: Pros of All Ages Choose Independence

October 3, 2013 by

There are 17.7 million independent workers in the U.S. at the moment, according to the newly released State of Independence in America report from MBO Partners, and they are overwhelmingly satisfied with the path they've taken. “Most independents choose and plan to continue this path because they want control over their lives, including the ability to determine when, where and what type of work they do,” the report’s authors explain, citing a survey of more than 4,000 independent workers in the U.S. That sense of being in charge is what has even more professionals poised to join their ranks—regardless of age. Read Full Article

The “New Professionalism”

October 2, 2013 by

Being a linchpin for that company didn't prevent me from getting a pink slip. That was the day I stopped believing the promises of the Old Professionalism. Rather than go hunting for a job similar to the one I'd had—a type of job that was quickly disappearing—I started my own business. Four and a half years of self-employment have taught me that there's more financial security (and fun) in creating my own livelihood than in relying on someone else to pay my salary. Running a business forced me to develop certain habits, and those habits now provide more long-term stability for my family than busying myself making someone else rich. Read Full Article