We were recently notified by Small Business Trends and SmallBiz Technology that oDesk was nominated for their Small Business Influencer Award. According to the website, a small business influencer is:
... a person, company or other organization that has made a meaningful and lasting impact on the North American small business market. Impact may mean (i) providing products widely used by significant numbers of small businesses, or (ii) influencing significant numbers of small businesses by being a thought leader, or (iii) providing information or services of note to significant numbers of small businesses.
The team at oDesk is thrilled with this recognition, though we know from experience that small businesses aren't limited by geographical boundaries. Our employers and contractors run their businesses successfully from all over the world - and we'd be honored if the votes for oDesk reflected the widespread and diverse community of oDesk users. Many of today’s most innovative businesses are taking advantage of the borderless economy and hiring those workers with the best skills, regardless of their location -- and workers are connecting with opportunities to create their own small businesses with clientele from around the globe.
This is the future of work: Online work offers an alternative for businesses and workers, a path beyond the traditional employment headaches. While unemployment holds steady at an all-time high, opportunities in online work are doubling year over year. Through our platform, more than $18M in work is performed every month, and over 86,000 new job opportunities are presented to workers from more than 150 countries. The businesses and workers that make up our incredible worldwide community are truly changing how the world works.
Please vote for oDesk as a Small Business Influencer, and ask your friends, colleagues and coworkers to vote and help spread the word!