Online Work Tips & Best Practices

10 Time-Saving Apps for Freelancers

September 3, 2014 by

For freelancers, the expression "time is money" holds considerable significance: the more we procrastinate, the fewer jobs we get done, the less we get paid. Luckily, there's a wide selection of handy apps and online tools to help keep us focussed, save time and be more productive versions of our fabulous selves. Here's a look at 10 popular apps — many of them free — that can help pull your freelance work together. Read Full Article

Digital Nomads

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

Startup Resources

Distributed Engineering eBook: Hire Fast & Build Things

August 28, 2014 by

A bona fide talent war in the tech industry is making it tough for companies to attract the skilled pros they need to make things happen. But there’s a new way to work: high-performing distributed engineering teams. "Hire Fast & Build Things" is a new eBook from Elance-oDesk that explains—in step-by-step detail—how to recruit and manage a top-notch team of distributed engineers. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

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

Digital Nomads

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

Digital Nomads

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

The Way We Work

Perspectives on the Future of Work: June 16th

June 16, 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 highlights advice for people working remotely — whether from home or on the road — and advice for executives and managers who are considering remote work for their organizations but haven't found the best approach. Read Full Article

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Perspectives on the Future of Work: June 2nd

June 2, 2014 by

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week highlights advice for people who manage distributed teams, why recruiting for remote workers is different, how new work trends are influencing corporate culture, and why freelancing can be a great stepping stone for entrepreneurial graduates. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Perspectives on the Future of Work: May 27th

May 27, 2014 by

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week includes different perspectives on how we work; on one hand, a management expert suggests that we move less frequently "for work," while a new study finds that flexible work may be causing people to work more. Other articles included look at the skills and best practices we may need to succeed. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

The Top 7 Freelancing Pets

May 14, 2014 by

Freelancing with a pet? One of the perks of working from home is the ability to spend more time with your family – especially the furry or feathered kind. We asked our Facebook community to share photos of their tiny – and not-so-tiny – companions. Here's our selection of the best! Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Terri Maxwell: Old Jobs Are Now Gone — The Work Revolution Is Here

May 8, 2013 by

Terri Maxwell's career-seeking clients were frustrated: Their old jobs had disappeared, and even the recovering economy wasn't bringing them back. As Maxwell began to dig deeper, she discovered two startling facts: First, the positions her clients had once held were indeed gone. Second, the reason they were disappearing was a change so seismic, it was akin to the Industrial Revolution. oDesk recently caught up with Maxwell, co-author of "The New World of Work," to discuss how jobs have changed and how both the workplace and the economy are being transformed by “the work revolution.” Read Full Article