All Things oDesk
September 3, 2010 by Erica Benton

We’re tickled to announce that oDesk saw more than 1 million hours worked online during the month of August. Just in time for Labor Day here in the United States, this milestone shows just how far the working world has come since the holiday was first initiated in 1882, and marks an increase of 118% in hours worked on oDesk over the same period just last year.

But a million is a big number, and a long time when you’re counting in hours. So, we tapped one of our 720,000 talented contractors to show you just how much can happen in one million hours.

To accomplish so much in such a short period of time, it’s obvious that online work is truly changing how the world works. The entire team at oDesk is so proud to have reached this milestone with our employers and contractors. In honor of Labor Day and this tremendous accomplishment, we congratulate online workers around the world over for many jobs well done!

Erica Benton

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Erica Benton joined oDesk in 2009, bringing with her nearly a decade of small business and freelance experience, and a love of all things social. Her passion for startups, technology and marketing was born during her tenure with Kulesa Faul Public Relations, while she learned the art of entrepreneurship firsthand through Equine Alternatives, a business she founded while earning her Bachelor of Science degree from… read more



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  • Phil

    That’s just awesome! Congratulations on reaching this milestone! More success to oDesk!

  • http://yahoo Shana Davis

    Im really interested in o desk. I know im late but please give me a chance. Just tell me what i need to do. Shana Davis

    • Erica

      Shana, welcome! Create an account at, set up your profile and apply to jobs that suit your skills.

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  • swapnshukla

    Congrats oDesk,

    I would love to be a contributer among in thousands for your future Targeted Milestones.

  • RGYG

    hey congratulation Odesk

    i’m proud of being one those thaousands of contractors.,.i’m happy…

    nice graph.

  • Husnain Raza

    hope u hit 3 million this

  • Husnain Raza

    hope u hit 3 million this year

  • http://na Imran

    It is great offer, Great Great

  • Genaro Geneta

    Awesome! I’m glad to be part of this wonderful milestone!

  • Umar Farooq

    That is Just AWESOME …. GREAT … GREAT …. It will be going above this band ……

    Umar Farooq

  • Miguel Aneonio Desoloc

    This is GREAT!!!

    WOW.. It’s a pleasure for me for being a part of oDesk success,

    More Power!

    Miguel Antonio Desoloc
    Taytay, Rizal Philippines

  • Malick Md

    I am glad to be part of the future of work at oDesk


  • George Smith

    Go Odesk!

    I am very happy with the three contractors I have hired here at Odesk. It was easy to get my account set up and I am able to find excellent help within a few hours of posting a job.

    Thanks for the quality experience here Odesk

  • Cecille Tabuena

    WOW! That’s good news to us!! I’m proud to say I am one of the thousands of Odesk contractor!

    And I really am proud and thankful to be an Odesk Contractor ! In less than a year, i am proud to say that it helps me A LOT financially to which i was not able to fulfill when i was still working in a normal office environment for more than 15 years !!! I FEEL BLESSED !!! GOD IS GOOD !!! Thank you, Odesk !! Thank you, Lord !! God bless everyone!!! ???

  • Stephanie

    Wow congratulations oDesk! I’m happy to have been one of the thousands who contributed to this big accomplishment. :)

  • Mia Nakvi

    This is some real creative work to display the worth of a 1000000 hours in real.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  • Julian Josephs

    Congrats oDesk. The graphic looks great!

  • Erica

    You could also watch the Star Wars movies 75,187 times, with enough time left over to watch your favorite one 5 more times, if you’re going for a less productive way to spend your million hours…

  • Josh Breinlinger

    Woohoo! Congrats to all oDesk contractors. At the pace of Usain Bolt (100 m in 9.69 sec) – you could also have run around the Earth along the equator 927 times.

  • K. Kaland

    Looks like it’s official – the Empire State Building totally should’ve went with oDesk!

    What’s the release date for oDesk Construction? With the last batch of terminology changes, you’ve already got the right words :D

    (joking of course)

    Pretty cool that a million hours a month are being worked. I’ve been seeing some other competitors to oDesk pop up lately, but I don’t think they compare at this point. Keep improving!