The Way We Work

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

Startup Resources

The World Doesn’t Need Another Silicon Valley

November 11, 2013 by

It seems every emerging startup hub worldwide aims to recreate the unique entrepreneurial conditions of California's Silicon Valley. But is that possible—or even advised? In his previous column for Inc.com, oDesk VP of International & Enterprise Matt Cooper interviewed Jon Bradford, the managing director of Techstars London about why entrepreneurs should think more like athletes. In his latest article—part II of that interview—Matt and Jon discuss how startups might actually benefit from being located outside Silicon Valley, and how other entrepreneurial hubs shouldn't necessarily aim to be the next Silicon Valley. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

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 Way We Work

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 Way We Work

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

Startup Resources

Entrepreneurs Should Think More Like Athletes

November 5, 2013 by

Visualizing success is a powerful thing. For athletes, it is an essential part of training, alongside practicing the strategies and techniques that will bring them that success. Could the same hold true for entrepreneurs? If the success of the American startup ecosystem is any indication, the answer is yes. In the latest post for his Inc.com column, oDesk's VP of International & Enterprise Matt Cooper interviews Jon Bradford, the managing director of Techstars London, who discusses how visualizing success can play a significant role in startup outcomes. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

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

The Way We Work

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

All Things Upwork

Code Your Way to California: oDesk’s First Coding Challenge Attracts Top Developers From Russia and Ukraine

November 1, 2013 by

At 11:00 am MSK on Saturday, October 19th, over one thousand developers across Russia and Ukraine entered oDesk’s Coding Challenge. Participants had four hours to solve two puzzles, choosing from a list of 15 coding languages. Both experienced oDesk developers and those new to oDesk came out in large numbers for the chance to demonstrate their skills to prospective clients; we had created an exclusive developer group on oDesk open only to the top performers. But they were also vying for the grand prize—a trip to Silicon Valley and an in-person interview with oDesk. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

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

All Things Upwork

Crossrider CTO: New oDesk Partnership Will Help Our Customers Succeed

October 24, 2013 by

Today marks the launch of a new partnership between oDesk and Crossrider, which has created the Crossrider Developer Marketplace. The marketplace will enable Crossrider clients to access great freelance development talent to build browser extensions, and will provide talented oDesk developers with an opportunity to showcase their browser extension expertise through the oDesk Crossrider group. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

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

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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

The Way We Work

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

Startup Resources

Show Me the Money: 8 Tips on Securing Startup Funding

October 15, 2013 by

You’ve built what you think could be the next best thing—the product everyone needs, only they don’t know it yet. In order to take your company to the next level and bring your product to market, you need funding. I've been at this juncture, learned lessons the hard way from past startups, and also helped oDesk raise four rounds of financing. How to raise funds is one of the main things entrepreneurs ask me, so with the advantage of hindsight I thought I'd share some tips on startup funding. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

The Way You Work: SMB Owner Marjorie Asturias Shares Her oDesk Success Tips

October 10, 2013 by

By using online freelancers as the foundation of her business, Marjorie Asturias has grown her social media marketing company while working the way she wants. “We are a virtual company," she said. "I had an office a couple of years ago...until I remembered part of the reason I started this business was because I hated going into an office!” While growing her own virtual business, she has developed her own strategies to best attract, hire and manage her online workforce. Here are six of our favorite oDesk success tips and tricks from Marjorie. Read Full Article