How to Run a Virtual Meeting Like a Rockstar

April 15, 2014 by

Getting the most from a distributed team — where the people you work with can span a country, if not the world — can require a slight reimagining of existing business practices. In this column for the Huffington Post, oDesk's Jaleh Bisharat shares some of the lessons she's learned in "8 Tips for Running a Virtual Meeting Like a Rockstar." Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: April 4th

April 4, 2014 by

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing and the future of work. This week we discuss research on remote work personalities, the economic effects of solo entrepreneurship, and NPR's Chris Groskopf's experience with working from home. Read Full Article

Is Your Business Ready for a Virtual Assistant?

April 2, 2014 by

Try as you might, you can't do everything yourself if you want to grow your business. It's one thing to accept that; it's another to actually welcome someone new, like a virtual assistant, to share your work. When you've relied on a team of one, how can you feel confident that someone else will understand your priorities, motivations, or rationale? Three professionals explain their experience and advice for those preparing to take the next step. Read Full Article

When Should I Stop Doing Everything Myself?

March 26, 2014 by

As a solopreneur, your natural inclination is to do everything yourself. However, have you ever considered when it might make sense to stop doing it all on your own? Matt Keener has faced that problem himself, and explains the top three signs that indicate when it may be time for you to "staff up." Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: March 21st

March 21, 2014 by

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week we discuss shifts in the American mentality towards work, telecommuting from the perspective of federal employees, and finding the right balance between remote and in-office teams. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: March 14th

March 14, 2014 by

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week we discuss the blurry definition of telecommuters, 10 questions about the logistics of a distributed team, keeping your career on track regardless of where your office is, and the limitations of collaborating when you're not face-to-face. Read Full Article

A Female Engineer in the Middle East: Online Work & Gender Equality

March 7, 2014 by

She was stuck at home and frustrated about it. For Nermin Fawzi Sa’d, moving with her husband from Jordan to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia had seemingly derailed her career. As a mechanical engineer, the country’s strict laws forbidding mixed-gender workplaces kept her from pursuing her ambitions. But then she discovered a game-changer for women throughout the Middle East: the power of online work. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: March 7th

March 7, 2014 by

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week we discuss the disruptive rise of the collaborative economy, a UK business using virtual teams, and entrepreneurs who work while traveling the world. Read Full Article

Why We—Uh, I—Freelance

March 4, 2014 by

When it comes to why we freelance—in other words, why freelancing has become a more and more popular choice across the country—I cannot answer for everyone. The fact is, there are many different reasons why people freelance. Some of these reasons include flexibility; work specialization; finding one’s optimal trade-off between money and other non-pecuniary values; even “sticking it to the man.” Deciding to go freelance is a very personal decision (one, I believe, that a freelancer makes almost every day). Therefore, I can only really speak about myself and my own journey into freelancing. So here it goes. Read Full Article

How Range Master Took Its Retail Store Online

February 26, 2014 by

In 2008, sales for tactical gear store Range Master were good, but not incredible. Located in a storefront in San Luis Obispo, CA, cash flow came almost exclusively from in-store customers—and Collin Perry wanted more. For several years, e-commerce transactions had steadily become a bigger and bigger part of the retail industry’s overall sales. As the sales and marketing director, Perry recognized that Range Master, his father’s store, was missing out on that trend. Knowing he needed expert help, he decided to enlist online talent to take his brick-and-mortar store online. Read Full Article

10 Top Sites For Online Education

February 19, 2014 by

Whether you want to top up your knowledge on a subject or learn a completely new skill, there is no shortage of online courses to help you on your way. In fact, there are so many choices, it can be difficult to figure out which platform suits you best! To help you navigate the rapidly expanding world of online education, here are 10 of the most popular options for upgrading your skills. Read Full Article

BBQ Sauce Success: Brand Development Using oDesk

February 18, 2014 by

Organic food chefs Beth and Scott Granai had developed an award-winning BBQ sauce. But brand development wasn't going quite as well. This was underscored when several retail buyers wouldn’t carry the sauce because their packaging didn’t communicate the right message. All of that changed, however, when the Granais tapped into the world of online talent. Read Full Article

Lessons from Foxycart's DIY Remote Hackathon

February 11, 2014 by

After participating in several hackathons, Luke Stokes, CTO and co-founder of Foxycart, was inspired: Why not recreate that experience by holding an internal hackathon? With a distributed team spread across seven time zones, this type of focused, real-time collaboration was a rare event. Despite a slew of challenges, Foxycart's remote hackathon came off successfully and proved to be an opportunity for team growth. Read Full Article

Tech Beyond London: Dom Bracher’s Startup Story

February 10, 2014 by

Entrepreneurs aren't afraid to break away from tradition, and British freelancer-turned-business-owner Dom Bracher's early career path demonstrates just that. Not interested in moving from his rural hometown in southwest England to London, he chose to stay put. Now he runs a thriving mobile app marketing business and, in this interview, shares his oDesk advice for freelancers and business owners. Read Full Article