The Way We Work

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

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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

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The Way You Work: oDesk Client Jay Shapiro

August 15, 2013 by

Ever wanted to start your own business...while simultaneously traveling the world with your wife and two kids in an eco-friendly RV? Well, that’s what oDesk client Jay Shapiro wanted to do — and did. By tapping into online work, he was able to build Infinite Monkeys — a site that allows anyone to easily create a mobile app — while he remained happily on the road. Along the road to success, Jay made some important discoveries about the benefits of online work and developed his own best practices for leveraging remote teams. Here are five of his best nuggets of advice. Read Full Article

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Behind The Runaway Success Laptop Stand: An Interview With The Roost Founder (& oDesk Alum!) James Olander

August 14, 2013 by

Earlier this summer, a cool new ergonomically designed laptop stand called The Roost hit Kickstarter, with a modest funding goal of $9,300. Today, just two months later, the innovative stand has raised $190,000. Fortunately for us, James Olander — who designed, created and launched The Roost — also happens to be a former product manager at oDesk. We caught up with him to hear all about The Roost and its amazing success (sneak peek: it involved oDesk freelancers!), and to find out why ergonomics are so critical to remote work success. Read Full Article

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The Way You Work: Behind the Scenes With oDesk Product Manager Sondra Suazo

July 25, 2013 by

Sondra Suazo, a product manager at oDesk, knows all about working flexibly—she recently moved from Silicon Valley (a few towns away from the oDesk HQ office in Redwood City, CA) to Santa Cruz. While she gained a breathtaking beachfront view, she also added more than 40 miles onto her commute—each way! We caught up with Sondra to learn how she made this move work (hint: it involves more frequent work-from-home days), how she works remotely, and what her favorite work-from-home tips are. Read Full Article

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Connecting HQ And Your Remote Team: An Interview With oDesk’s IT Manager

July 9, 2013 by

When it comes to connecting your remote team with a central office, flashy can be fun — but also expensive and potentially unnecessary. How do you build an infrastructure that enables your team to succeed wherever they are, without going overboard? In this Q&A, oDesk’s IT Manager Gordon Thomas shares his practical approach to tech and how it might transfer to other businesses. Read Full Article

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Virtual Newsroom Earns Pulitzer: An Interview With Editor David Sassoon

June 6, 2013 by

This year’s list of Pulitzer Prize winners included a first for the prestigious award: a completely virtual news agency. InsideClimate News, an online-only publication, won the National News Reporting category. The non-profit news agency is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, but only publisher David Sassoon clocks in at their official office. Other reporters and editors are flung across the U.S. — even around the globe. oDesk recently talked to publisher David Sassoon about the organization’s journey from a two-man blog to an award-winning investigative news site. Read Full Article

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Remote Creatives: The Virtual Ad Agency

May 21, 2013 by

Greg Henderson was disillusioned. As a senior level creative at a global ad agency, his accomplishments were far more than he’d ever dreamed. Yet the “perfect” job was losing its charm. Realizing that he was forcing himself to go to the office each day, he finally began to acknowledge that he was frustrated with Madison Avenue's version of business as usual. Henderson began to wonder if there might be a better way; soon after, his virtual ad agency Red Rocket Connect came into its own. Read Full Article

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Does Online Work Favor Experience? Mature Pros Take To Indie Lifestyle

January 28, 2013 by

"Not that many years ago, the idea of working online meant you had to be a young geek — I don't think that's true anymore" said Denise Loubert, a long-time corporate writer who has started four businesses during her career and now works online. More than 40 percent of independent workers are over the age of 50, and many are taking their careers online so they can pursue the work they love on a schedule that suits their lifestyle. Read Full Article

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Your Go-To Guide to Working on oDesk: The oDesk Freelancer Manual

January 10, 2013 by

The freedom to work whenever you want, from wherever you want—plus the opportunity to earn more money and set your own rates—is a tantalizing prospect for anyone. This is why millions of professionals have left the office behind to join the world of online work. But what does online work really mean? And how do you become good at it? We thought freelancers on oDesk should have one unified, comprehensive guide to online work success, so we're thrilled to introduce the first ever oDesk Freelancer Manual. From finding great jobs that fit your skills to increasing your earnings and getting stellar feedback, this manual has you covered. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re already well on your way to success, the oDesk Freelancer Manual can give you the edge in landing more jobs and growing your business. Read Full Article

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Thanks for a Great Year!

January 1, 2013 by

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for choosing oDesk this year. I am proud to be part of such an engaged, hardworking and innovative community of clients and contractors. By making oDesk your work home, you have continued to make it the largest and fastest-growing online workplace in the world. Thank you. Read Full Article

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Location Independent: Bernard Vukas’ Travel and Work Experiment

December 13, 2012 by

Sights and sounds that many of us will never see or hear are just another stop on the road for Bernard Vukas—from Ottoman mosques in Turkey, to rice and curry shops in Thailand, to a beachfront office in the Philippines. With a lifestyle that is nothing if not location-independent, Vukas—a Microsoft Office Business Applications (OBA) developer originally from Croatia—has embraced the “work anywhere” freedom enabled by online work. Read Full Article

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The Latest Coveted Business Address: ‘Global Nomad’

December 10, 2012 by

Although his home is in northern New Jersey, Jay Shapiro's preferred business address is “global nomad,” as he runs his business — mobile app development platform Infinite Monkeys — from a laptop with no fixed address. Often it’s from his lake house in Canada, but occasionally it’s from his custom-built motor home — a carbon-neutral, heavily modified Ford F650 he calls the “EcoRoamer,” in which his family tours the world. “With the advent of online project management tools and access to a huge talent pool, we could assemble a team with all the skills you could possibly need to build a company," he says. "We have staff literally spread across six continents. They are an incredible team that brings us a level of skills and cost-efficiency we could never get in the past." Read Full Article

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A Voyage into International Event Planning

November 26, 2012 by

Planning an international event is certainly not easy — at least, that’s what I thought as I planned two large events in Bangladesh and the Philippines for oDesk this year. I had never been to Bangladesh or the Philippines, nor do I have relatives there. Plus, in addition to planning the events from 7,000 miles away, I was working with a rather conservative budget. At first this project seemed extremely daunting and nerve-wracking, particularly when one event was estimated to have 1,000 attendees! But with a little prep and on-the-ground support, I’m happy to say that these events were a success. We had excellent feedback from our members and we learned a lot about contractors, their countries and ourselves in the process. As a result, I wanted to share my experiences to help future event planners. I won’t sugarcoat it, it does involve a lot of work. But with the tips laid out here, I hope you can benefit from my experience. Read Full Article