Digital Nomads

Sue: Made a Plan, Then Took the Digital Nomad Leap

March 5, 2014 by

To realize her vision for her life, Sue Brummeler made one big decision: to quit her job, launch her first business (Online Cottage Rental), and in doing so become a Digital Nomad. Three years later, Sue and her family are thriving and enjoying spending time together. Now, Sue can work from the beach beside her Florida condo, or from the living room of a rustic cottage in Northern Ontario. Work is no longer a specific place for her. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

Looking For Web Design Ideas? Here’s Where To Start

March 4, 2014 by

You’re a web development newbie, and you’re looking to build a new website or redesign an existing one. Your first task is choosing a design direction; in particular, picking out some web design ideas either to inspire you as you learn how to build your own site, or to hand off to a web designer for guidance. That is easier said than done, though. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of sites where you can find some great web design inspiration, no matter your industry or budgeted web design costs. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Why We—Uh, I—Freelance

March 4, 2014 by

When it comes to why we freelance—in other words, why freelancing has become a more and more popular choice across the country—I cannot answer for everyone. The fact is, there are many different reasons why people freelance. Some of these reasons include flexibility; work specialization; finding one’s optimal trade-off between money and other non-pecuniary values; even “sticking it to the man.” Deciding to go freelance is a very personal decision (one, I believe, that a freelancer makes almost every day). Therefore, I can only really speak about myself and my own journey into freelancing. So here it goes. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

Featuritis: How To Diagnose Your Product Now

March 3, 2014 by

We designed the product, mapped the logic, and hired a development studio. By February of the following year, we had the prototype for Channelkit and started meeting investors. Then we got a wake-up call. We decided not to hold on to the over-complicated product we’d developed, but instead to reach out to our potential users and figure out what they actually needed. And if you are serious about the success of your startup, I recommend you do the same. Here are the steps we took over the course of several months to course-correct—which we hope can also serve as your roadmap to avoid needing course-correction in the first place. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

How Range Master Took Its Retail Store Online

February 26, 2014 by

In 2008, sales for tactical gear store Range Master were good, but not incredible. Located in a storefront in San Luis Obispo, CA, cash flow came almost exclusively from in-store customers—and Collin Perry wanted more. For several years, e-commerce transactions had steadily become a bigger and bigger part of the retail industry’s overall sales. As the sales and marketing director, Perry recognized that Range Master, his father’s store, was missing out on that trend. Knowing he needed expert help, he decided to enlist online talent to take his brick-and-mortar store online. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

How to Hire the Right Freelance Graphic Designer

February 26, 2014 by

Your company’s visual brand—its logo, website, marketing materials and overall visual presence—is what your customers or clients will mentally associate your business with. It’s often the first impression you’ll give, so it’s crucial that you make a good one! This makes hiring the right freelance graphic designer an all-important task. Making the right choice now will benefit your business and save you both time and money in the long run. Here are a few simple steps that you can follow to ensure you are choosing the perfect designer from the start. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

How High-Tech Startups Can Use Remote Developers

February 25, 2014 by

Many high-tech entrepreneurs think of online staffing as a bootstrapping technique—something used only in the early days of the startup, when headcounts are low and funding is tight, to get a first prototype built. I know I used to think that way. But now, I'm convinced that online workplaces represent something much more: an essential tool in an entrepreneur's arsenal. Online staffing is akin to elastic computing or crowdfunding—it’s a resource that doesn’t just make things more efficient, but also adds a fundamental new capability to the modern company. Take our startup, Diffbot, as an example. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

Choosing The Best Mobile App Development Technology

February 24, 2014 by

There are many different reasons to create an app: maybe you see a need for a business app, maybe you just have a great idea. In his series of posts for the oDesk blog, AppInstruct CEO Nic Wright has addressed the most common questions about getting your app off the ground. In this post, he considers some of the technology choices involved. With mobile, for example, you have to decide what type of app works best for you: native, hybrid or web. Read Full Article

Digital Nomads

How I Used oDesk to Quit My Day Job

February 20, 2014 by

In 2011, Lise Carter wasn't happy in her day job. She didn't feel like she was progressing, and felt really bored and restless. She started freelance writing on the side, and her efforts took off; within a year, she quit her day job to focus on her freelance business. How did she do it? In this guest post, she shares her story and advice. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

10 Top Sites For Online Education

February 19, 2014 by

Whether you want to top up your knowledge on a subject or learn a completely new skill, there is no shortage of online courses to help you on your way. In fact, there are so many choices, it can be difficult to figure out which platform suits you best! To help you navigate the rapidly expanding world of online education, here are 10 of the most popular options for upgrading your skills. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Lessons from Foxycart’s DIY Remote Hackathon

February 11, 2014 by

After participating in several hackathons, Luke Stokes, CTO and co-founder of Foxycart, was inspired: Why not recreate that experience by holding an internal hackathon? With a distributed team spread across seven time zones, this type of focused, real-time collaboration was a rare event. Despite a slew of challenges, Foxycart's remote hackathon came off successfully and proved to be an opportunity for team growth. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Tech Beyond London: Dom Bracher’s Startup Story

February 10, 2014 by

Entrepreneurs aren't afraid to break away from tradition, and British freelancer-turned-business-owner Dom Bracher's early career path demonstrates just that. Not interested in moving from his rural hometown in southwest England to London, he chose to stay put. Now he runs a thriving mobile app marketing business and, in this interview, shares his oDesk advice for freelancers and business owners. Read Full Article

Digital Nomads

The Digital Nomad Revolution

February 10, 2014 by

With the advent of new technology and growing Internet access, a rising percentage of the workforce is embracing the digital nomad lifestyle. They are no longer confined by geographic location or the need for a traditional office space—instead they use the collaboration tools at their fingertips to communicate with their employers from almost any remote corner of the globe. Read Full Article