New Job Categories Help Pinpoint Perfect Freelancers

March 25, 2015 by

Earlier this month, oDesk made new job categories available for freelancers to add to their profiles. Today, these new categories are available to clients to begin posting jobs. Clients can now request more types of work on oDesk, and find freelancers with the specific skills they’re looking for more easily. Read Full Article

Announcing Escrow Protection on oDesk

December 2, 2014 by

I am delighted to share that Escrow Protection, a service that many of you have requested, will become available on oDesk this January. Escrow Protection is designed to help you focus on working together, confident that your payments and earnings are secure. Read Full Article

Wondering About Benefits for U.S. Freelancers? Join this Webinar on November 19

November 17, 2014 by

Finding great benefits at an affordable price is a real challenge for U.S. freelancers, whether you’re looking for health and dental insurance for yourself or liability insurance for your business. That’s why Elance-oDesk is partnering with Freelancers Union to deliver the National Benefits Platform. Want to learn more? Freelancers Union is hosting a webinar this Wednesday, Nov. 19, to outline benefit options and answer your questions. Read Full Article

The Hack Is On! Join In World’s First Exclusively Virtual Hackathon

November 11, 2014 by

For the first time ever be part of an exclusively virtual big time hack — whether you’re in a high-tech hub or a beachside hot tub. Simply enter the Global Virtual Hackathon and impress the judges and the world with your coding talents, no matter where you hack from. You’ll compete online for $10,000 in cash prizes from organizer Koding Hackathon. Plus the top Elance-oDesk team will earn an additional $2,500 (with other sponsors offering more prizes, too). Not to mention the bragging rights you’ll earn from taking top honors in such a prestigious hackathon. Read Full Article

Elevating our Workplace with a New Minimum Rate

August 25, 2014 by

Beginning November 15, 2014, we will introduce a minimum rate of $3.00 per hour (including the oDesk fee) for all new hourly contracts. We will continue to honor the hourly rates of contracts formed prior to this date, and clients and freelancers who have previously worked together at less than $3.00 per hour can form new contracts with no minimum requirement. Read Full Article

Safeguarding for a Better Workplace

August 21, 2014 by

My name is Jeff Chen and I lead oDesk’s Trust and Safety Team. Our charter is to continuously improve and maintain a safe and trusted workplace. Over the coming months I will be reaching out to share updates that will help our community continue to grow and thrive. Read Full Article

For Your Continued Protection, oDesk Responds Quickly To Industry-Wide Warning.

April 9, 2014 by

We take security very seriously here at oDesk, and as of 11 am PDT on April 9th we have completed the necessary fixes to eliminate these vulnerabilities. This includes patching all web infrastructure possibly affected by Heartbleed. The team has scanned our infrastructure and found no other points of potential vulnerability, and we’ll continue to actively monitor the situation. Read Full Article

Year in Review: Insights From oDesk Execs in 2013

December 30, 2013 by

From the controversial Yahoo remote work announcement to new research on the next generation of workers, we’ve found plenty to talk about in 2013. Over the past year, oDesk executives have shared their thoughts on these topics and more, many drawing from their personal experiences to explore the rapidly shifting world of work. In revisiting 2013's archives, we've pulled together this list of articles; glance through to see the discussions we’ve shared this year! Read Full Article

We Hear You: A Letter to Freelancers About Yesterday’s News

December 19, 2013 by

After announcing our exciting plan to merge our company with Elance, I was overwhelmed and humbled by thousands of emails. A number of you asked about potential changes to oDesk. Let me be clear: oDesk is constantly evolving and innovating to empower our customers—both our freelancers and our clients. Three freelancer worries from your emails stood out to me and I want to address them immediately so you don’t need to be concerned. Read Full Article

How Freelancers Can Help You Celebrate More & Stress Less

December 17, 2013 by

With holidays and the end of the year looming, many business owners are burning the midnight oil—not just at work, but also with personal commitments to family and friends. Bringing freelance help on board gives you an extra pair of hands to help power through your to-do list. Here are 10 ways freelancers can help you manage the holidays and go full steam ahead into 2014. Read Full Article

Code Your Way to California: oDesk’s First Coding Challenge Attracts Top Developers From Russia and Ukraine

November 1, 2013 by

At 11:00 am MSK on Saturday, October 19th, over one thousand developers across Russia and Ukraine entered oDesk’s Coding Challenge. Participants had four hours to solve two puzzles, choosing from a list of 15 coding languages. Both experienced oDesk developers and those new to oDesk came out in large numbers for the chance to demonstrate their skills to prospective clients; we had created an exclusive developer group on oDesk open only to the top performers. But they were also vying for the grand prize—a trip to Silicon Valley and an in-person interview with oDesk. Read Full Article

Crossrider CTO: New oDesk Partnership Will Help Our Customers Succeed

October 24, 2013 by

Today marks the launch of a new partnership between oDesk and Crossrider, which has created the Crossrider Developer Marketplace. The marketplace will enable Crossrider clients to access great freelance development talent to build browser extensions, and will provide talented oDesk developers with an opportunity to showcase their browser extension expertise through the oDesk Crossrider group. Read Full Article

The Way You Work: oDesk Client Jay Shapiro

August 15, 2013 by

Ever wanted to start your own business...while simultaneously traveling the world with your wife and two kids in an eco-friendly RV? Well, that’s what oDesk client Jay Shapiro wanted to do — and did. By tapping into online work, he was able to build Infinite Monkeys — a site that allows anyone to easily create a mobile app — while he remained happily on the road. Along the road to success, Jay made some important discoveries about the benefits of online work and developed his own best practices for leveraging remote teams. Here are five of his best nuggets of advice. Read Full Article