The Way We Work

Siri for the Android: 4 Voice Command Apps

November 7, 2011 by

I love my Android phone, but watching Siri in action recently gave me a case of iPhone envy. Yeah, yeah, I know I have Google Voice Actions on my Droid, but that’s nowhere near as cool as Siri. So I set out to determine whether there’s an Android equivalent to Apple’s soft-spoken mobile assistant. Here are the results of that search. Read Full Article

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A Day in the Life of a Freelancer

October 12, 2011 by

Freelancer |ˈfrēˌlansər| noun A person who pursues an occupation without a long-term commitment to any particular employer. Such a simple, straight-to-the-point answer ... but come on. We all know that being a freelancer isn't just about looking for short-term work. There's a whole lot of adventure down the freelancing road, a journey that only a true freelancer can endure and understand: battles against distraction, the hunt for unpaid invoices, saving the remote team from the wrath of procrastination, and achieving freelance success. But the question still stands: What's a day like in the life of a freelancer? Let's have a look and see: Read Full Article

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oDesk and Big Commerce: Your Online Store Made Easy

September 27, 2011 by

BigCommerce is one of oDesk's biggest successes — for contractors and employers alike. The fast-growing SaaS e-commerce platform became an oDesk partner six months ago. In March, we rolled out our oDesk Group for BigCommerce developers — a place to find vetted experts in customizing the popular platform for small businesses eager to establish a powerful, professional virtual storefront. Read Full Article

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Time Saving Tech Tools

September 26, 2011 by

While the wonders of technology have conspired to make us busier, there’s also some very nifty tech resources that can help us reclaim some of that lost time. Here’s my list of time-saving tech tools that will help you finally have enough time in your day. Read Full Article

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New tools to manage your applicant list and find your best candidates

September 13, 2011 by

It’s exciting to receive a lot of applicants to your job.  But, then you need to turn your attention to figuring out who is the best fit for your job.   And, the more applicants you have, the harder this can be.  We’ve learned that most employers at oDesk do a quick, initial assessment of each applicant, shorten their list to their top candidates, and then review their shortlist in more detail.  To make this process easier, we’ve added some new tools. From your applicant list, you can:  See a summary of each applicant.  Quickly flip through each of your applicants without loading a new page.  For applicants that are a good fit, shortlist them.  You can then review in detail only these  shortlisted candidates.  For applicants you are less interested in, hide them.  You can unhide them later if you need more candidates. Here’s a view of the new Quickview pane, or see our short video here. If you have big applicant lists, we know list management is critical.  Along with these new tools, you can also still decline applicants that are not right for your job, and flag applicants that aren’t appropriate. We think these new tools will lead to easier list management and faster hires – which is good for employers and contractors.  Let us know what you think, in our community forum. Read Full Article