oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week we discuss boosting productivity with a change of scenery, an entrepreneur testing the limits of remote work, and why working out of your manager's sight may be a good idea.
Let’s say your startup is underfunded. How can you triage your branding needs? How do you identify and prioritize the most essential marketing initiatives? Correctly answering these questions can help your company stay afloat during the initial bootstrapping phase; failing to do so, as oDesk VP Matt Cooper learned the hard way, can cost you dearly. In his recent article for Inc. magazine, Matt details the lessons he learned from a failed boat rental business he started with his uncle.
Daniel Ishikawa founded Furniture Leasing Corporation from home 3 years ago, with just himself and an idea. Now he operates in 4 countries, thanks to his team of oDesk freelancers. Here he tells his story of getting started with oDesk, and shares the advice he's learned along the way about building and managing a global team.
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.
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.