The Way We Work

Here’s to an amazing 2015!

With more than 9 million registered freelancers and 3.5 million registered clients, Elance-oDesk is more than just an online workplace. Thanks to you, it’s a vibrant global community that’s changing the way the world works. Check out some of our community stories with the interactive version of our 2014 Annual Impact Report! Read Full Article

Working Remotely

Home, Café or Coworking? How to Find the Best Workspace

During our last six months of working from the road (Jeremy is writing a book and Sondra is a Product Manager for Elance-oDesk), we’ve had our share of panicked moments when our workspaces have failed us. Whether it’s a bad Internet connection, lack of quiet privacy for a video call, or rickety chairs better suited to a children’s tea party, in each of these moments we’ve fearfully thought, “Oh no, will we have to go home to a traditional office?” Here’s what we’ve learned after six months of working from coworking spaces, cafés and apartments. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

Distant Money: How Remote Bookkeepers Manage Financials from Afar

If you love finances and have accounting expertise, there are plenty of entrepreneurs who could use your services. You don’t even need to be nearby: there are many online job opportunities to help out these small business owners. Toni Burleson has been working remotely as a bookkeeper and virtual assistant for the last 16 years. We recently spoke to her about how she got started, what the job requires, and her advice for other financial experts who would like to explore online work. Read Full Article

Working Remotely

Work & Travel: A Beginner’s Guide for Digital Nomads

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

Working Remotely

Radhika: A Traveling Foodie

Radhika Basuthakur has always had the "travel bug"—she's wanted to see the world for as long as she can remember. But for many, including herself, traveling can be difficult. "Life gets in the way, so you don't travel as much," she reflected. Now, her days are colorful and varied, especially when it comes to food. "Food is the biggest part of any trip." Read Full Article