The Way We Work

The Way You Work: oDesk Client Govind Davis on Motivating Remote Teams

December 4, 2013 by

The co-founder and CEO of MCF Technology Solutions—a specialized systems integrator that designs, develops, and implements cloud-based platform solutions—Govind Davis has built an almost entirely virtual company. Aside from three local employees, his staff of approximately 60 people works remotely from around the world. Here, he shares five of his best pieces of advice on how to continuously cultivate and motivate remote teams. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

PreScouter CEO: Building A Great Remote Team On oDesk

December 3, 2013 by

What does it take to build a great remote team? Within two years, our Illinois-based startup, PreScouter, has pulled together a team of 50 freelancers from around the world—all recruited and managed through the oDesk platform. PreScouter’s mission is to expose the world to inventions that would otherwise be lost; we don’t just introduce technology to our clients, we use it to fuel our own business growth. How? Using the best practices we’ve learned to find the right professionals and keep them engaged. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

Brand-Building 101: The Five Brand Habits of Successful Businesses

November 26, 2013 by

Creating a strong brand—one that’s positive, representative and recognizable—is essential for any company hoping to gain a leg up on its competition. That lesson may seem like business 101, but brand-building is much easier said than done. In this article for The Huffington Post, oDesk VP of Marketing Jaleh Bisharat presents 5 ways to strengthen your company's brand. Read Full Article

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Your “Dream Team”: How Givers Can Be The Most Loyal Supporters

November 19, 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. In her previous post, Software Advice Managing Editor Holly Regan described the Savant; here, she discusses another important member of your lineup—the Giver. Read Full Article

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Pitching Remote Work: Making Your Case For Telecommuting

October 9, 2013 by

Digital marketing pro Ryan Gibson had just been offered the perfect job with travel app Asia Rooms. But there was a catch, and it was a big one: he’d have to either relocate from his home in Leeds, England to the island nation of Singapore or commute 90 miles (round-trip) to Manchester. Instead of turning the offer down, however, Gibson pitched a different idea: remote work. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

How to Build a Disruptive Business: Analyst Sangeet Choudary Weighs In On Where To Focus

September 19, 2013 by

Sangeet Choudary is a widely published technology analyst and innovation consultant. His popular blog Platform Thinking analyzes disruption and innovation in digital markets; he also contributed to the book “Managing Startups,” is a mentor at several incubators and accelerators, and serves on the advisory boards of prominent startups like SkillShare. We caught up with Choudary to hear his thoughts on how to build a disruptive business; "platform thinking" and why it's important; and disruptive innovation, especially as it relates to entrepreneurs and marketplace business models. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

6 Ways Authors Can Use Virtual Assistants

September 16, 2013 by

Content is the currency of a writer’s business, so authors need to maximize their efforts toward that goal if they want to be successful. Their time is best spent perfecting their craft, putting the pen to paper (or more likely the cursor to the screen), and writing the next chapter in their book. One way to really take that effort to the next level is to utilize a virtual assistant, who can help with all the non-writing tasks that go into each writing project. Here are six ways authors (or writers of any type) can leverage a virtual assistant (VA). Read Full Article

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The Way You Work: oDesk Client Chris Clegg on How to Hire Online

September 12, 2013 by

Chris Clegg founded Portland Marketing Analytics in 2010, and decided to experiment with online work to see if this new way of working could help grow his business. He quickly discovered that oDesk was more cost-efficient than a traditional staffing agency and more effective than going through a recruiter, so he began to use oDesk as his go-to pool for talented professionals. Three years later, his company’s revenue has increased every year, and it’s now on track to become a multi-million dollar company. He told us, “I couldn’t have done it without the support of oDesk contractors.” En route to success, Chris developed his own list of online work dos and don’ts. Here are four of his favorite tips on how to hire online and get to work. Read Full Article

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Managing an Online Team: The Top 3 Best Practices From oDesk Pros

August 29, 2013 by

Despite their rapid growth in adoption, flexible work strategies are still in their infancy—which means there are few widely known best practices on hiring and managing an online team. But we consider ourselves lucky—we have a whole community of oDeskers who are seasoned online work experts, ready and willing to share their wisdom. And with that in mind, we are happy to introduce our all-new Client Resource Center, made possible by the many inspiring stories and best practices from some of our favorite users. In the Client Resource Center, you’ll find inspirational stories, client videos, and our free eBook, which all feature proven tips from real-life oDesk clients. But here you can get a sneak peek into 3 of their best pieces of advice. Read Full Article

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The Way You Work: oDesk Client Adam Neary

August 28, 2013 by

Turning to the online workplace to power his company was Adam Neary’s Hail Mary. His company, Profitably, a financial analytics platform for small and midsize businesses, was just two years old and suffering a deep backslide. Using online work, his company did the impossible. He explains, “What we were not able to do with nearly $1.5 million in person, we’ve done there and back again for significantly less. Instead of having six generalists in New York City, we found an army of specialists on oDesk. It has been huge for us." Now a seasoned expert with online work, Adam has refined his strategies for making the most of online workplaces. Here are three pearls of wisdom he has shared with us. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

Best of Tip Tuesday: Online Work Advice from Real oDesk Freelancers & Clients

August 27, 2013 by

In our weekly ‘Tip Tuesday’ posts on Facebook, we ask our community about working and hiring on oDesk and invite them to respond with their top tips. We have been amazed by the wealth of knowledge and expertise we received; thank you all for your great comments! Though it was difficult to choose our favorite responses among so many valuable tips, below are this month’s winners. Read Full Article

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5 Tips for Building Your IT Infrastructure From Scratch

August 21, 2013 by

Successful businesses rely on a multitude of hardware, software, and service solutions to power their operations. But without prior IT experience, putting these products in place can be a daunting task. So how do you find and implement the right IT systems for your company? We talked with oDesk’s own IT Manager, Gordon Thomas, on how to approach building up an IT infrastructure with a long-term, sustainable strategy in mind. Read Full Article

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Infographic: Working Across Time Zones

August 20, 2013 by

Are you part of a globally distributed team? Do you work with freelancers or clients virtually from around the world? Are you curious about what the work day looks like in other countries? If you answered 'yes' to any of those questions, read on — the folks at Washington University’s School of Law’s @WashULaw program have created this handy infographic resource for working across time zones. Read Full Article

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How to Foster a Work-Hard/Play-Hard Culture with Blended Teams

August 19, 2013 by

These days, it’s easy to think that adding a ping pong table or instituting Hawaiian Shirt Fridays is enough to create the work-hard, play-hard culture that has served companies like Google and Facebook so well. But in reality, it takes more than superficial perks to truly invigorate your company’s culture and transform it into a workplace where passionate people are knocking down your door trying to find out how they can join the company. It can be even more challenging to create this kind of culture when key members of your team work remotely, but that’s actually when it becomes most important. BusinessBee's Elli Bishop helps you get started with four critical tactics that will energize your business and establish a vibrant culture, fostering high productivity and record-breaking results. Read Full Article

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The Way You Work: oDesk Client Jay Shapiro

August 15, 2013 by

Ever wanted to start your own business...while simultaneously traveling the world with your wife and two kids in an eco-friendly RV? Well, that’s what oDesk client Jay Shapiro wanted to do — and did. By tapping into online work, he was able to build Infinite Monkeys — a site that allows anyone to easily create a mobile app — while he remained happily on the road. Along the road to success, Jay made some important discoveries about the benefits of online work and developed his own best practices for leveraging remote teams. Here are five of his best nuggets of advice. Read Full Article