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

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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

Startup Resources

eBook: Top 10 Startup Tips for Going Global

March 27, 2014 by

Studies show that startups are going global more quickly than ever before. Economic forces and globalization push us to explore new markets while technology has made cross-border transactions and communication comfortable. Accessing capital and reaching more early adopters of technology are strong incentives to expand internationally. oDesk teamed up with General Assembly to create “Top 10 Tips for Going Global,” an eBook that gives actionable advice to startup founders, marketers, and mentors who are leading the charge to cross the pond. Read Full Article

Digital Nomads

8 Posts That Prove YOU Can Go Nomad

March 25, 2014 by

Today we're featuring eight empowering blog posts by Digital Nomads who have ditched their desks to live and work on their own terms. What's so empowering about these stories? They were all written by people just like you: hardworking dreamers with a drive to live life differently. Take Greg Rodgers, for example, who escaped the confines of a drab cubicle and now works as a globetrotting, independent writer and photographer. Or Paula Pant, who yearned to see the world on more than two weeks of vacation every year, so decided to set out on a world-wide adventure. Sound familiar? Then you may identify with these Digital Nomads who have already broken free; here's their advice on how you can too. Read Full Article

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Ally: Top 10 Lifehacks for Digital Nomads

March 20, 2014 by

Ally Basak Russell leads oDesk's international marketing team — from San Francisco, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Sydney, Dhaka, Manila, Dublin, Oslo, Berlin, or anywhere else she can find a good Internet connection. In an interview with Forbes, Russell shared her path to success and offered her top 10 lifehacks for Digital Nomads. Read Full Article

Digital Nomads

Top 10 Digital Nomad Blogs

March 11, 2014 by

So you're considering becoming a Digital Nomad or perhaps you've already set out on your journey. Congratulations! Now what? Rest assured! There is a thriving community of Digital Nomads eager to help you out. These entrepreneurial travelers are logging their journeys and, most importantly, sharing expert advice in blogs that will help motivate you and keep you safe and inspired during your trip. Here's our top 10 blogs for you to explore. Read Full Article

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A Female Engineer in the Middle East: Online Work & Gender Equality

March 7, 2014 by

She was stuck at home and frustrated about it. For Nermin Fawzi Sa’d, moving with her husband from Jordan to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia had seemingly derailed her career. As a mechanical engineer, the country’s strict laws forbidding mixed-gender workplaces kept her from pursuing her ambitions. But then she discovered a game-changer for women throughout the Middle East: the power of online work. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

Featuritis: How To Diagnose Your Product Now

March 3, 2014 by

We designed the product, mapped the logic, and hired a development studio. By February of the following year, we had the prototype for Channelkit and started meeting investors. Then we got a wake-up call. We decided not to hold on to the over-complicated product we’d developed, but instead to reach out to our potential users and figure out what they actually needed. And if you are serious about the success of your startup, I recommend you do the same. Here are the steps we took over the course of several months to course-correct—which we hope can also serve as your roadmap to avoid needing course-correction in the first place. Read Full Article

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Lessons from Foxycart’s DIY Remote Hackathon

February 11, 2014 by

After participating in several hackathons, Luke Stokes, CTO and co-founder of Foxycart, was inspired: Why not recreate that experience by holding an internal hackathon? With a distributed team spread across seven time zones, this type of focused, real-time collaboration was a rare event. Despite a slew of challenges, Foxycart's remote hackathon came off successfully and proved to be an opportunity for team growth. Read Full Article

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Tech Beyond London: Dom Bracher’s Startup Story

February 10, 2014 by

Entrepreneurs aren't afraid to break away from tradition, and British freelancer-turned-business-owner Dom Bracher's early career path demonstrates just that. Not interested in moving from his rural hometown in southwest England to London, he chose to stay put. Now he runs a thriving mobile app marketing business and, in this interview, shares his oDesk advice for freelancers and business owners. Read Full Article

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My 5 Top Freelancing Freedoms (That Can Be Yours, Too)

February 5, 2014 by

I have found that working for myself has given me so much freedom and flexibility to live the life that I want to live, while at the same time helping others bring their business dreams to life. What could possibly be better than working for yourself, being there for your loved ones, and creating a life you are passionate about? There’s nothing more freeing than that and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Read Full Article

Digital Nomads

Jay: Ex Million-Mile Commuter Turned Digital Nomad

February 4, 2014 by

In 2011, tired of recycled air, bland food, drab office interiors and too much time away from family, entrepreneur Jay Shapiro made the decision to sell his digital advertising agency and found Infinite Monkeys, a DIY mobile apps tools site—that he built as an entirely location-independent business, relying on support from a virtual team. Taking advantage of his newfound freedom to work wherever he wants, Jay and his family began touring the world. They also took their “home” with them, in the form of a custom-built “Eco-Roamer,” a 33-foot camper van fashioned entirely out of sustainable materials. Jay designed the camper to serve as both a second home and mobile headquarters for his blossoming virtual business. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

Making the Leap From Freelancers to Digital Agency

January 16, 2014 by

How can a few entrepreneurial friends—each doing their own thing—take a leap and launch a digital agency together? Making such a big change is a lot easier when you already have paying clients and a full pipeline of leads. When it came to getting Matchnode, our Chicago-based digital marketing agency, off the ground, we already had both—thanks in large part to oDesk. Learn how Matchnode evolved from an idea among friends to a viable business. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

The Next Silicon Valley is Closer Than You Think

January 13, 2014 by

Researchers found that cities known for supporting “anchor institutions” like large companies and well-funded universities (e.g., Boston, Mass.) employed significantly more technology inventors, but they were not producing a proportionally larger amount of citation-weighted patents. What’s the takeaway of these findings? The best cities for technology innovation have a varied ecosystem, with at least one large institution and many smaller companies. oDesk’s own VP Matt Cooper takes this discussion one step further in his Inc. column, arguing that the rise of online collaboration tools has rendered geographic location all but moot. Read Full Article

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For Productivity, Stop Crushing It & Be the Tortoise

January 10, 2014 by

Here we all are at the beginning of 2014 with shiny new backpacks full of resolutions, goals, plans, and projects. What thought process and workflow will you use to meet your goals? What if you started hitching your creative pursuits to the habit of consistency not flashes of brilliance? What if you invested only fifteen minutes a day, six days a week, regardless of how you felt? What if you gave yourself permission to be the humble tortoise, not the glamorous hare? The industrious ant, not the swashbuckling grasshopper. Read Full Article