The Way We Work

Here’s to an amazing 2015!

January 9, 2015 by

With more than 9 million registered freelancers and 3.5 million registered clients, Elance-oDesk is more than just an online workplace. Thanks to you, it’s a vibrant global community that’s changing the way the world works. Check out some of our community stories with the interactive version of our 2014 Annual Impact Report! Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Escrow Protection is live on oDesk

January 6, 2015 by

We’re kicking off the New Year with exciting news: Escrow Protection is now available on oDesk! As we told you in December, Escrow Protection provides clients and freelancers with a safer and more secure workplace. All new and existing fixed-price contracts are now covered by Escrow Protection and the oDesk Guarantee remains in place for hourly work. Read Full Article

Digital Nomads

Home, Café or Coworking? How to Find the Best Workspace

December 11, 2014 by

During our last six months of working from the road (Jeremy is writing a book and Sondra is a Product Manager for Elance-oDesk), we’ve had our share of panicked moments when our workspaces have failed us. Whether it’s a bad Internet connection, lack of quiet privacy for a video call, or rickety chairs better suited to a children’s tea party, in each of these moments we’ve fearfully thought, “Oh no, will we have to go home to a traditional office?” Here’s what we’ve learned after six months of working from coworking spaces, cafés and apartments. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

What We’re Reading: Holiday Edition

December 10, 2014 by

The holiday season is fast approaching, and if you’re looking for gift ideas or a way to fight the “stir craziness” that can set in with too much wintertime/downtime/family time, we have you covered. The solution? Books! Pass the hours cooped up inside with a fire, a glass of hot chocolate, and a good read — or help someone else do the same. If that sounds like a dream, but you need a little inspiration, here’s what the oDesk marketing department is reading this month. Read Full Article

All Things Upwork

Wondering About Benefits for U.S. Freelancers? Join this Webinar on November 19

November 17, 2014 by

Finding great benefits at an affordable price is a real challenge for U.S. freelancers, whether you’re looking for health and dental insurance for yourself or liability insurance for your business. That’s why Elance-oDesk is partnering with Freelancers Union to deliver the National Benefits Platform. Want to learn more? Freelancers Union is hosting a webinar this Wednesday, Nov. 19, to outline benefit options and answer your questions. Read Full Article

All Things Upwork

The Hack Is On! Join In World’s First Exclusively Virtual Hackathon

November 11, 2014 by

For the first time ever be part of an exclusively virtual big time hack — whether you’re in a high-tech hub or a beachside hot tub. Simply enter the Global Virtual Hackathon and impress the judges and the world with your coding talents, no matter where you hack from. You’ll compete online for $10,000 in cash prizes from organizer Koding Hackathon. Plus the top Elance-oDesk team will earn an additional $2,500 (with other sponsors offering more prizes, too). Not to mention the bragging rights you’ll earn from taking top honors in such a prestigious hackathon. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

New Study: The 2015 Millennial Majority Workforce

October 29, 2014 by

Co-sponsored by Gen Y consulting firm Millennial Branding and Elance-oDesk, the 2015 Millennial Majority Workforce study gives insight into hiring, retaining, and working with this demographic. Whether you’re a millennial worker or hiring manager looking to fill a position, we think you’ll find the study illuminating. The results show how millennials are poised to reinvent what it means to be successful in a rapidly changing, technology-driven world. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

Distant Money: How Remote Bookkeepers Manage Financials from Afar

October 22, 2014 by

If you love finances and have accounting expertise, there are plenty of entrepreneurs who could use your services. You don’t even need to be nearby: there are many online job opportunities to help out these small business owners. Toni Burleson has been working remotely as a bookkeeper and virtual assistant for the last 16 years. We recently spoke to her about how she got started, what the job requires, and her advice for other financial experts who would like to explore online work. Read Full Article