The Way We Work

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

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Bernard: A Digital Nomad in Southeast Asia

February 4, 2014 by

Sights and sounds that many of us will never experience are just another stop on the road for Bernard Vukas—from the towers of Ottoman mosques in Turkey, to the spicy aromas of rice and curry shops in Thailand, to the sounds of crashing waves just outside his workspace in the Philippines. Bernard is a Digital Nomad—and this lifestyle is growing in popularity. A Microsoft Office & Office 365 software developer originally from Croatia, Bernard has reinvented how he lives and works, pursuing a lifestyle of adventure and travel. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

How to Hire an Awesome Developer on oDesk: Part I

January 23, 2014 by

I've been using oDesk for almost two years now—hiring for various types of profiles and skills, from multiple locations around the world—and it's been filled with a lot of ups and a few downs. When I was new to oDesk, I didn’t really know how to properly evaluate freelancers. What's more, it's always difficult to evaluate a skill you don’t have yourself. As a result, my turnover rate was pretty high. After a lot of trial and error, I fixed my process. I can now say confidently that most of the freelancers I'm hiring are awesome, and I believe they enjoy collaborating with me. After all, hiring the right people and managing them well are skills that only become more important when hiring online. So how can you have the same result? Check out the steps below for guidance on how to hire an awesome developer on oDesk. Today I'll go through the first three tips, and stay tuned tomorrow for the next three. Read Full Article

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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

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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

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The Way You Work: Freelancer Stan Smith on the Demand for Niche Skills

December 11, 2013 by

Stanley Smith worked for 34+ years as an algorithm engineer and business consultant, but he craved more work in algorithms and struggled to find local projects for such a specialized area of expertise. So he decided to look beyond local projects and work on oDesk, where he found that there was a huge demand for his skill set. After discovering the high demand for niche expertise on online platforms, Stanley now advises others with specialized skills to also try freelancing as a way to develop their skills in the area that they most enjoy. Read Full Article

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The Way You Work: oDesk Client Govind Davis on Motivating Remote Teams

December 4, 2013 by

The co-founder and CEO of MCF Technology Solutions—a specialized systems integrator that designs, develops, and implements cloud-based platform solutions—Govind Davis has built an almost entirely virtual company. Aside from three local employees, his staff of approximately 60 people works remotely from around the world. Here, he shares five of his best pieces of advice on how to continuously cultivate and motivate remote teams. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

PreScouter CEO: Building A Great Remote Team On oDesk

December 3, 2013 by

What does it take to build a great remote team? Within two years, our Illinois-based startup, PreScouter, has pulled together a team of 50 freelancers from around the world—all recruited and managed through the oDesk platform. PreScouter’s mission is to expose the world to inventions that would otherwise be lost; we don’t just introduce technology to our clients, we use it to fuel our own business growth. How? Using the best practices we’ve learned to find the right professionals and keep them engaged. Read Full Article

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Leadership In A Virtual World: An Interview With Bernard Wilson

November 15, 2013 by

Located in Australia’s sparsely populated Northwest Territory, Darwin is better known for underground mines and tourist traps than for a bustling tech scene. But that hasn’t stopped Bernard Wilson. He’s capitalized on the power of remote work and cloud computing to forge his dream company, Primetime Entertainment. In the process, Wilson has learned valuable lessons on leadership and the importance of remote team relationships. Read Full Article

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Leading From a Distance: The Art of Remote Management

November 5, 2013 by

The traditional management playbook would argue that supervisors need to be based in-office. But two established organizations think otherwise. Both Teach for America and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are empowering their managers to work out of the office. They’re giving them the tools, training and flexibility to lead their teams remotely—and reaping benefits both corporately and through individual employee job satisfaction. Read Full Article

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The Way You Work: Joshua Warren’s Journey From oDesk Freelancer to Thriving Client

October 23, 2013 by

With experience both as an oDesk freelancer and client, Joshua Warren has a unique perspective on online work. While working as a web development freelancer on oDesk, he gradually increased his rate from $15/hour to $95/hour. Yet he was still getting an overwhelming number of web development project requests, so he started hiring oDesk freelancers to help. Now Joshua is at the helm of a booming web development business, Creatuity, that currently employs 23 people, 13 of which are remote and deliver all work online. While growing his company, he honed his own best practices for hiring and managing online talent. Below are five of our favorite oDesk success strategies from Joshua. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

The Way You Work: SMB Owner Marjorie Asturias Shares Her oDesk Success Tips

October 10, 2013 by

By using online freelancers as the foundation of her business, Marjorie Asturias has grown her social media marketing company while working the way she wants. “We are a virtual company," she said. "I had an office a couple of years ago...until I remembered part of the reason I started this business was because I hated going into an office!” While growing her own virtual business, she has developed her own strategies to best attract, hire and manage her online workforce. Here are six of our favorite oDesk success tips and tricks from Marjorie. Read Full Article

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Pitching Remote Work: Making Your Case For Telecommuting

October 9, 2013 by

Digital marketing pro Ryan Gibson had just been offered the perfect job with travel app Asia Rooms. But there was a catch, and it was a big one: he’d have to either relocate from his home in Leeds, England to the island nation of Singapore or commute 90 miles (round-trip) to Manchester. Instead of turning the offer down, however, Gibson pitched a different idea: remote work. Read Full Article

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The Way You Work: iOS Mobile App Development Expert Salvatore Balzano

September 19, 2013 by

A senior developer for an IT company in Italy doing telecom, Salvatore Balzano moved to Spain and began searching for a flexible work solution that would allow him to travel and earn a good living. Unfortunately, his move coincided with the global economic downturn, and he found that the companies in Spain were unable to compensate him appropriately. Then Salvatore turned to the online workplace. He joined oDesk, landed a few projects and now works with clients from Denmark to Portland, doing iOS mobile app development. "Now I earn a good living doing iOS on oDesk," he says. "I’m working with people from all over the world, learning about them and their culture." Here's his story and its top takeaways for aspiring freelance developers. Read Full Article

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The Way You Work: oDesk Client Chris Clegg on How to Hire Online

September 12, 2013 by

Chris Clegg founded Portland Marketing Analytics in 2010, and decided to experiment with online work to see if this new way of working could help grow his business. He quickly discovered that oDesk was more cost-efficient than a traditional staffing agency and more effective than going through a recruiter, so he began to use oDesk as his go-to pool for talented professionals. Three years later, his company’s revenue has increased every year, and it’s now on track to become a multi-million dollar company. He told us, “I couldn’t have done it without the support of oDesk contractors.” En route to success, Chris developed his own list of online work dos and don’ts. Here are four of his favorite tips on how to hire online and get to work. Read Full Article

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The Way You Work: Ruby on Rails Expert Freelancer Marcel Morgan

September 5, 2013 by

Marcel Morgan knew the corporate life wasn’t for him. Despite his comfortable corporate job as a web developer, the Jamaica-based Ruby on Rails expert felt stuck because he wasn’t able to work on projects that interested him. So Marcel started freelancing through oDesk on nights and weekends, building a part-time business in addition to his full-time job. As his client list grew longer and his online reputation grew stronger, he decided it was time to quit his corporate job to freelance full time on oDesk. "I knew it was the right thing for me to do," he said. "I couldn’t be happier.” Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

Managing an Online Team: The Top 3 Best Practices From oDesk Pros

August 29, 2013 by

Despite their rapid growth in adoption, flexible work strategies are still in their infancy—which means there are few widely known best practices on hiring and managing an online team. But we consider ourselves lucky—we have a whole community of oDeskers who are seasoned online work experts, ready and willing to share their wisdom. And with that in mind, we are happy to introduce our all-new Client Resource Center, made possible by the many inspiring stories and best practices from some of our favorite users. In the Client Resource Center, you’ll find inspirational stories, client videos, and our free eBook, which all feature proven tips from real-life oDesk clients. But here you can get a sneak peek into 3 of their best pieces of advice. Read Full Article

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The Way You Work: oDesk Client Adam Neary

August 28, 2013 by

Turning to the online workplace to power his company was Adam Neary’s Hail Mary. His company, Profitably, a financial analytics platform for small and midsize businesses, was just two years old and suffering a deep backslide. Using online work, his company did the impossible. He explains, “What we were not able to do with nearly $1.5 million in person, we’ve done there and back again for significantly less. Instead of having six generalists in New York City, we found an army of specialists on oDesk. It has been huge for us." Now a seasoned expert with online work, Adam has refined his strategies for making the most of online workplaces. Here are three pearls of wisdom he has shared with us. Read Full Article

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The Way You Work: oDesk Freelancer Siobhan Gallagher

August 21, 2013 by

Siobhan Gallagher was living the dream — she had left a job as an executive assistant in New York City and relocated to France to work on her novel. There was only one problem. “It’s virtually impossible to get a job here in France if you’re not fluent in French, which I’m not,” she said. “It was critical for me to network globally in order to garner sufficient clients to make a reasonable living.” So she turned to oDesk, and built her online career as a writer and editor. Read Full Article