Five Amazing Gadgets to Help Make Your Office Portable

March 19, 2015 by

At no other time in history has the phrase “the world is your oyster” been more true. Office workers are no longer tethered to desks and the number of people leaving those desks for alternative work environments is increasing at an astounding rate. Are you wondering if you can do it too? Here are some of the latest and greatest gadgets that will help you do nearly anything for your business from pretty much anywhere. And as an added bonus, most can fit in your pocket! Read Full Article

How to Write the Perfect Email Introduction

February 26, 2015 by

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

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? 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. 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