How to Write the Perfect Email Introduction

February 26, 2015 by

You put yourself out there—your samples, your terms, your fees—and it’s looking good: now you have a chance to get some business. All it takes is a bit of correspondence and an interview with a potential new client, and everything should fall into place. Well, it should be that simple. The truth is, most freelancers experience a few hiccups during the process of turning a prospect into a paying customer. When you compose the email that will introduce yourself and/or your services to someone, there’s actually a general “template” you can follow to help make a strong connection with your potential client and pave the way for a good working relationship with them. Read Full Article

For the Love of Your Back! Home Office Gadgets For Comfort and Health

February 11, 2015 by

When I started freelancing, all I had for a home office at the time was a laptop and a desk — and since I didn’t even use my desk for studying, I certainly wasn’t using it for work. As the years passed, however, I discovered that working in a reclining chair is not the best setup for productivity or for my personal health. I get so much more accomplished when seated comfortably at a desk with the proper ergonomics. I have fewer headaches and backaches, and I feel more like a professional business owner, which translates into more confidence in myself as a service provider — not to mention more clients. Here are some great gadgets that can make working at home a little more comfortable and a whole lot more awesome. Read Full Article

The Best Colors For Business and Productivity

January 15, 2015 by

Have you ever wondered how color affects how you do business and how you can use it to your advantage? Depending on your business, choosing different hues can help achieve different things. For example, choosing the right color can help you be more productive, trigger feelings in your customers that can in turn support sales, or even improve the opinion potential customers have of you before they try your product or service. Chromology, the psychology of color, has been used by companies for years to improve the moods and reactions of their customers and workers, in turn improving their business goals. But, how do you decide which color is the best for you and your business? Here’s a look at what each color can do and how you can use it. Read Full Article

Here’s to an amazing 2015!

January 9, 2015 by

With more than 9 million registered freelancers and 3.5 million registered clients, Elance-oDesk is more than just an online workplace. Thanks to you, it’s a vibrant global community that’s changing the way the world works. Check out some of our community stories with the interactive version of our 2014 Annual Impact Report! Read Full Article

Escrow Protection is live on oDesk

January 6, 2015 by

We’re kicking off the New Year with exciting news: Escrow Protection is now available on oDesk! As we told you in December, Escrow Protection provides clients and freelancers with a safer and more secure workplace. All new and existing fixed-price contracts are now covered by Escrow Protection and the oDesk Guarantee remains in place for hourly work. Read Full Article

What We’re Reading: Holiday Edition

December 10, 2014 by

The holiday season is fast approaching, and if you’re looking for gift ideas or a way to fight the “stir craziness” that can set in with too much wintertime/downtime/family time, we have you covered. The solution? Books! Pass the hours cooped up inside with a fire, a glass of hot chocolate, and a good read — or help someone else do the same. If that sounds like a dream, but you need a little inspiration, here’s what the oDesk marketing department is reading this month. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: December 8

December 8, 2014 by

What's the latest news about the future of work? This week's roundup highlights a new poll that shows workplace flexibility trumps higher pay, a CEO who’s relied on a distributed team to build his global brand, and tips to ensuring your employees (and yourself) have truly flexible work options. Read Full Article

New Study: The 2015 Millennial Majority Workforce

October 29, 2014 by

Co-sponsored by Gen Y consulting firm Millennial Branding and Elance-oDesk, the 2015 Millennial Majority Workforce study gives insight into hiring, retaining, and working with this demographic. Whether you’re a millennial worker or hiring manager looking to fill a position, we think you’ll find the study illuminating. The results show how millennials are poised to reinvent what it means to be successful in a rapidly changing, technology-driven world. Read Full Article