Lorena Pinon, oDesk’s Art Director, knows all about the importance of setting up your workspace to maximize creativity and productivity — whether you’re at home or at the office. We sat down with her to hear more about her workspaces, how she collaborates with others remotely, and why she wouldn’t want to work any other way.
Ever wonder how oDesk came to be? Or what our name even means? Then today is your lucky day — come along on our trip down memory lane!
We all know the Internet is driving disruption in just about every industry, but one of the biggest trends is the shift towards on-demand access, changing how we access what we want. The first generation of online marketplaces (like Amazon) brought fast, direct access to all types of consumer goods, including books, appliances, and electronics. But these early marketplaces mostly address mass-market, physical goods. Could this model apply to services as well? Last week, thought leaders from oDesk, Uber and Etsy gathered in Sydney, Australia, to discuss how their businesses are stripping away friction and providing consumers with direct access to what they want: staffing, transportation, and craftsmanship, respectively.
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 contractors on oDesk should have one unified, comprehensive guide to online work success, so we’re thrilled to introduce the first ever oDesk Contractor 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 Contractor Manual can give you the edge in landing more jobs and growing your business.
Here at oDesk, we analyze data to better understand trends and growth — plus, we just like exploring the world of online work. As it turns out, you find the numbers just as interesting as we do! All but one of our top five oDesk posts from 2012, as determined by viewership, center around the “oConomy” — not just the world of online work, but the role oDesk plays in this ecosystem. Here’s a quick recap of the year’s most popular posts.