Online Work Tips & Best Practices

How to Set and Raise Your First Rate on Upwork

June 3, 2015 by

What are your skills, experience, and time worth? How much are clients willing to pay? These are possibly the toughest questions for new freelancers to answer, but they shouldn’t hold you back from setting your initial rate. While there is no one formula to figure out the perfect hourly rate, there are universal factors to consider that can help you get close to the mark. Check out this advice from the Upwork community. Read Full Article

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How to Write the Perfect Email Introduction

February 26, 2015 by

Most freelancers experience a few hiccups during the process of turning a prospect into a paying customer. When you compose the email that will introduce yourself and/or your services to someone, there’s actually a general “template” you can follow to help make a strong connection with your potential client and pave the way for a good working relationship with them. Read Full Article

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Digital Nomads Hustle for a Life of Work and Play

October 9, 2014 by

How do you travel the world and work 40+ hours each week? Digital Nomads Jeremy and Sondra Orozco say it's all about the hustle. "We have eight hours per day to work, eight hours for fun, and eight hours to sleep — plus the weekends for taking pictures and videos that make our friends jealous. This is slow travel." Learn how the Digital Nomad lifestyle works for Sondra and Jeremy in their latest update, from Vietnam. Read Full Article

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Perspectives on the Future of Work: September 22nd

September 22, 2014 by

What's the latest news about the future of work? In this week's roundup, an article by Carlota Zimmerman explains why "re-branding" isn't a dirty word, Stefan Haubold lists five apps he thinks every entrepreneur should have, Steve Viuker explains a new option for small business financing, and Jeanne Sahadi outlines a plan to help bring balance back into the lives of "workaholics." Read Full Article

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Work & Travel: A Beginner’s Guide for Digital Nomads

September 2, 2014 by

Leaving a 9-to-5 job for the freedom to work anytime and anywhere may seem like living the dream — but it's also an intimidating leap of faith. The "Digital Nomad Playbook" is a free eBook from Elance-oDesk that shows aspiring nomads where to start. Written by Dan Andrews and Alex McQuade of Tropical MBA, it's packed with advice and resources, from pro tips on gear to savvy business advice. Read Full Article

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5 Bookkeeping Tips For DIY Freelancers

July 18, 2014 by

It's tough to get excited about the nitty gritty bits of admin that come with being an independent professional, but good bookkeeping is important for freelancers. Unless you're doing well enough to afford help, you have to learn to do it right by yourself. In this post, Nick Chowdrey offers five tips to help keep your bookkeeping on track. Here are five bookkeeping tips to help you free the boring and neglected number cruncher we all have living inside of us. Read Full Article

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3 Digital Nomads Living A Life Less Ordinary

July 2, 2014 by

Gisela, Michael, and Rocco are Digital Nomads who've ditched their desks to pursue a life less ordinary, taking work with them while on the go. Nomads don't always plan their lifestyle, however — sometimes they see an opportunity and just take the leap. These three are living inspiring, productive lives, doing what they love wherever they want to be. Read Full Article

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Perspectives on the Future of Work: June 23rd

June 23, 2014 by

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week's roundup focuses on Millennials, highlighting research that shows Millennial women in particular aren't saving enough, the different expectations Gen Y brings to the workforce, and the difficulties many Millennials have finding full-time work in their area of expertise. Read Full Article

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Leave Your Job Or Take It With You? We Did Both

June 19, 2014 by

One important question for Digital Nomads is one we all deal with: how will they make money? That's a question both Jeremy and Sondra Orozco asked themselves before embarking on their year-long journey, and each has a very different answer. Just past their first month on the road — and currently in Hawaii — the Orozcos explain the career choices that helped them go nomad. Read Full Article

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Is Your Business Ready for a Virtual Assistant?

April 2, 2014 by

Try as you might, you can't do everything yourself if you want to grow your business. It's one thing to accept that; it's another to actually welcome someone new, like a virtual assistant, to share your work. When you've relied on a team of one, how can you feel confident that someone else will understand your priorities, motivations, or rationale? Three professionals explain their experience and advice for those preparing to take the next step. Read Full Article