The Way We Work

New Platform Offers Benefits to U.S. Freelancers

October 7, 2014 by

In an economy where nearly 1 in 3 people is an independent worker — more than 53 million Americans — freelancers know firsthand that the way we work is changing. Often, the services they need haven't kept pace. That's why Elance-oDesk and Freelancers Union, the leading freelancer advocacy group in the U.S., are joining forces to help professionals get the support they need to thrive through the National Benefits Platform. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Perspectives on the Future of Work: September 29th

September 29, 2014 by

What's the latest news about the future of work? This week's roundup highlights why you should work with people who add different perspectives and experiences, how innovation can start with the relationships you already have, ten phrases that fall flat with potential investors, and advice about choosing the right tax professional for your business as year-end approaches. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

How Remote Accounting Can Keep Your Finances In Order

September 26, 2014 by

The cash flow of your business is too important to get wrong. Rowan Minnion needed someone with the experience to understand his business who could work within his budget. Remote accounting helped him find the perfect fit. In this interview with oDesk, Rowan explains how he found the right accountant, and how he's integrated her into is business despite the thousands of miles between them. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

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

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

The Way We Work

The Hero’s Journey: Adapting To The New World of Work

August 15, 2014 by

The road ahead isn't business as usual. A new report from Deloitte traces a roadmap through the new business landscape, flagging pressures for both companies and individuals trying to find a way forward. In "The Hero's Journey Through the Landscape of the Future," Deloitte's Center for the Edge looks at how the Big Shift — a combination of technology and public policy trends — is changing the way we work and what it takes to stay competitive. 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

The Way We Work

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

Startup Resources

More Lessons From a Bootstrapping Disaster

April 3, 2014 by

Bootstrapping wisely means asking tough questions and prioritizing activities that are essential to your business development. oDesk VP Matt Cooper describes his early efforts with Soggy Bottom Canoe and Kayak Rental — a venture started with his uncle in the backwoods of Mississippi — as "an unmitigated disaster." But it was an experience with valuable lessons that stuck, which he recently explained in a post for Inc. magazine. Read Full Article