Startup Resources

Mobile-Friendly Sites Get a Boost in Google Search Results

March 10, 2015 by

If mobile search engine optimization (SEO) has taken a backseat in your marketing strategy, Google just dialed up the pressure for businesses that want to stay competitive. Starting on Apr. 21, 2015, Google search results for mobile users will prioritize sites that offer high-quality information that’s formatted to fit on their devices. These tips will help you make sure your site is ready. Read Full Article

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Vivino’s Distributed Team Uncorks World’s #1 Wine App

January 22, 2015 by

When the team at Vivino said they wanted to create the biggest wine database in the world, founder and CEO Heini Zachariassen says people told them they were “completely nuts.” In this interview with oDesk, Heini explains how, by recruiting remote data and Agile engineering teams, they didn’t just build that database — they launched the world’s largest wine community. Read Full Article

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Wondering About Benefits for U.S. Freelancers? Join this Webinar on November 19

November 17, 2014 by

Finding great benefits at an affordable price is a real challenge for U.S. freelancers, whether you’re looking for health and dental insurance for yourself or liability insurance for your business. That’s why Elance-oDesk is partnering with Freelancers Union to deliver the National Benefits Platform. Want to learn more? Freelancers Union is hosting a webinar this Wednesday, Nov. 19, to outline benefit options and answer your questions. Read Full Article

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

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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

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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

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

Dodging Social Media For Your SMB? You’re Not Alone

June 25, 2014 by

When I asked the owner of a new neighborhood coffee shop which social network I could find her on, she shook her head. She didn’t have time to deal with social media, she said; there are too many other pressing matters to take care of. It's tough for the owner of a small or midsize business (SMB) to keep up with social media demands. We talked to Melanie Feltham, oDesk's community manager, for her advice about taking a strategic approach to social media so you can make the most of your time. Read Full Article