Someone said there are three kinds of people: people who make thinks happen, people who watch things happen, and people who wonder what the heck is going on. You wouldn't be reading this if you weren't one of the former; oDesk folks are the kind of people that makes things happen.
That being the case, you know that making things happen can't occur in a vacuum, you have to be aware of trends that affect your plans. Small Business Trends Online is a rich source, and worth a visit--in fact, frequent visits. Their views have been quoted in national newspapers and magazines, and in countless trade publications, websites, and podcasts. In fact, in 2005 and again in 2008 the site won the Forbes “Best of the Web” distinction for small business blogs.