The Way We Work

Infographic: Working Across Time Zones

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

All Things Upwork

The Rise of Specialists Online: Growing Opportunity for a Long Tail of Skills

The Internet is the main driving force of long-tail markets, as suppliers of these more unique items are now able to tap into buyers via online marketplaces (such as eBay and Amazon). But what if the long tail phenomenon spread to a more advanced market, one that would bring a broader economic impact? In other words, what if it spread to the world of work? As oDesk approached $1 billion cumulative spent hiring via our site, I wondered if the long tail was taking hold in our online workplace. With the Internet opening up access to businesses and professionals worldwide, I hypothesized that plotting oDesk skills data would show a long tail. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Altimeter: The Collaborative Economy is Here to Stay, Including for Businesses

The sharing economy, collaborative consumption, on-demand access... it goes by many names, all equally buzzed-about. From travel accommodations (Airbnb, VRBO) to transportation (Uber, Lyft) and work (oDesk, TaskRabbit), the collaborative economy has disrupted more industries than it has left untouched. This morning, the research and advisory firm Altimeter Group published a report, “The Collaborative Economy,” outlining the landscape of this sector and chronicling its growth. Written by industry analyst and Altimeter partner Jeremiah Owyang, the report boldly highlights the necessity for businesses (not just consumers) to take advantage of the collaborative economy. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Mary Meeker’s 2013 Internet Trends: Why Millennials Are Disrupting the Workforce

Millennials will be the ones to save us all. Why? They are more entrepreneurial than ever. They have to be, because they are making their way in a world that no longer offers safe, stable career paths and in turn offers volatility and uncertainty. They need to be that and more — including opportunistic and constantly evolving — to have the best odds of closing the current talent shortages, and to disrupt work for the better. If they succeed, that will benefit us all. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

oDesk Announces New Study on Millennials and the Future of Work

Here at oDesk, we are extremely lucky to have some of the world’s most innovative, leading-edge entrepreneurs at our fingertips—our freelancers. As “solopreneurs,” they represent the next generation of professionals; those who realize that the 9-to-5 is a relic of the past and that work should be on your own terms. We recently surveyed the professionals on oDesk about their views on entrepreneurship, their career paths and the future of work, and today we are excited to announce the results. The study, “Millennials and the Future of Work,” was released in partnership with Gen-Y consulting firm Millennial Branding. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

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

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

All Things Upwork

Fastest-Growing Skills in the oConomy: Bright Spots that Represent Job Opportunities

Those following the U.S. jobs reports closely are experiencing whiplash after the March numbers were released last Friday. Following February's positive report, March results showed the lowest rate of labor force participation (63.3%) since 1979 — turning optimism into depression. According to the March report, almost half a million people simply dropped out of the workforce. What’s happening? We decided to look at our job listings and identify skills that could represent opportunity for frustrated job seekers. Read Full Article