The Way You Work: Behind the Scenes With oDesk Product Manager Sondra Suazo

July 25, 2013 by

Sondra Suazo, a product manager at oDesk, knows all about working flexibly—she recently moved from Silicon Valley (a few towns away from the oDesk HQ office in Redwood City, CA) to Santa Cruz. While she gained a breathtaking beachfront view, she also added more than 40 miles onto her commute—each way! We caught up with Sondra to learn how she made this move work (hint: it involves more frequent work-from-home days), how she works remotely, and what her favorite work-from-home tips are. Read Full Article

Connecting HQ And Your Remote Team: An Interview With oDesk’s IT Manager

July 9, 2013 by

When it comes to connecting your remote team with a central office, flashy can be fun — but also expensive and potentially unnecessary. How do you build an infrastructure that enables your team to succeed wherever they are, without going overboard? In this Q&A, oDesk’s IT Manager Gordon Thomas shares his practical approach to tech and how it might transfer to other businesses. Read Full Article

You Can Always Get What You Want: oDesk, Uber & Etsy Discuss On-Demand Access

February 14, 2013 by

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. Read Full Article

Your Go-To Guide to Working on oDesk: The oDesk Freelancer Manual

January 10, 2013 by

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 freelancers on oDesk should have one unified, comprehensive guide to online work success, so we're thrilled to introduce the first ever oDesk Freelancer 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 Freelancer Manual can give you the edge in landing more jobs and growing your business. Read Full Article

oDesk Data Reveals the Future of Work: Our Top Posts for 2012

January 8, 2013 by

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. Read Full Article

Thanks for a Great Year!

January 1, 2013 by

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for choosing oDesk this year. I am proud to be part of such an engaged, hardworking and innovative community of clients and contractors. By making oDesk your work home, you have continued to make it the largest and fastest-growing online workplace in the world. Thank you. Read Full Article

A Voyage into International Event Planning

November 26, 2012 by

Planning an international event is certainly not easy — at least, that’s what I thought as I planned two large events in Bangladesh and the Philippines for oDesk this year. I had never been to Bangladesh or the Philippines, nor do I have relatives there. Plus, in addition to planning the events from 7,000 miles away, I was working with a rather conservative budget. At first this project seemed extremely daunting and nerve-wracking, particularly when one event was estimated to have 1,000 attendees! But with a little prep and on-the-ground support, I’m happy to say that these events were a success. We had excellent feedback from our members and we learned a lot about contractors, their countries and ourselves in the process. As a result, I wanted to share my experiences to help future event planners. I won’t sugarcoat it, it does involve a lot of work. But with the tips laid out here, I hope you can benefit from my experience. Read Full Article

“Straight-Shootin’” Insights from oDesk’s Events in Texas

October 18, 2012 by

The oDesk team recently traveled down to the thriving startup hub of Austin, Texas, to host both a client user group and a Contractor Appreciation Day (and to have some really great barbecue). We met with an extremely entrepreneurial and passionate group of both clients and contractors, who had some great insights to share about how to build a business on oDesk. Here were the top three highlights. Read Full Article

oDesk Hosts Panel on “Talent Wars” Moderated by TechCrunch

October 15, 2012 by

Last week, oDesk held a panel in San Francisco on “Talent Wars: How Startups are Fighting Back,” discussing the critical role of talent to growing startups as well as the approaches startups are taking to build successful teams. TechCrunch reporter Colleen Taylor moderated the panel featuring Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk; Kevin Harvey, General Partner at Benchmark Capital; Rob LaFave, Co-Founder and CEO of Foodzie; and Sandra Miller, Managing Director of New Venture Development at Singularity University. The panel confirmed that many businesses are finding it extremely difficult to access the right people, and that the problem is especially acute for startups — which are in dire need of talent in order to grow, but do not have the resources to compete with large companies. Read Full Article

Behind the Scenes: Testing oDesk’s WebApp

September 26, 2012 by

Since testing Web applications can be challenging, we wanted to share insight into how we approached testing for oDesk's site redesign. We focused on four types of testing: Unit testing, functional testing, UI testing and performance testing. Yiota Tsakiri, a Product Architect at oDesk who led the development side of oDesk’s recent redesign, shares a closer look at how we approached each one. Read Full Article

Love the Way You Work

June 28, 2012 by

This week we’re pleased to share a new look and feel on our website, Facebook page, and beyond—something that was directly inspired by oDesk users. When you log in now, you’ll see a new logo, with the ‘o’ pulling double duty as the head and shoulders of a person. This speaks to the essential, human aspect of the way you—clients and contractors—work together. Read Full Article

An Introduction and Invitation from oDesk’s New VP of Product

June 21, 2012 by

The potential to make a significant impact on the world is a unique and exciting opportunity, which is why I am thrilled to join oDesk this week as the company’s new Vice President of Product. In this role, I lead the direction of oDesk’s platform, building and refining the technology to help our clients and contractors work the way they want—whether it’s from their couch, the beach, or the coffee shop. My goal is to make the oDesk experience as successful and enjoyable as possible—and that’s where feedback from our community comes in. Read Full Article

Insights From the World Bank’s Technology & Jobs Panel

May 30, 2012 by

I was excited to participate in a panel at the World Bank last week about “An Open Conversation on Technology and Jobs,” presented by the Jobs Knowledge Platform and led by World Bank Managing Director Mahmoud Mohieldin. Online work is quickly becoming a large piece of the global employment picture, and its impact on economies around the world (especially developing economies, according to the Financial Times) is already an important topic of discussion. As a result, there is a growing need for the world’s policymakers, government officials and industry leaders to have an open dialogue about the policies and best practices surrounding online work. Read Full Article