Beyond Orientation: Successful Online Team Onboarding

November 13, 2012 by

Many clients simply give new hires a brief orientation process and a workflow manual to read. But taking it one step further with an extended onboarding program—like intense job orientation—can be a powerful tool for integrating new hires, especially when the team is distributed around the country or the world. Here are some strategies for making new hires as successful as possible through a thoughtful onboarding process. Read Full Article

Creating Work-Family Balance Through Flexible Work

November 7, 2012 by

High levels of work-family stress are causing many people to look for more flexible solutions—and often, that solution is the life of an independent worker. A recent survey by professional staffing company Mom Corps found that 52 percent of employees would start their own business in order to get the flexibility they’re looking for. "As professionals come to terms with the idea of flexibility, they are gaining confidence in seeking their preferred work environment and shaping their careers accordingly," said Allison O'Kelly, founder and CEO of Mom Corps. Read Full Article

How a Rural Tennessee County is Fighting Unemployment With Online Work

October 30, 2012 by

In 2009, Perry County faced a bleak future. The Tennessee county had the third-highest unemployment rate in the nation at 27 percent, even lower than during the Great Depression. As factories had slowly but steadily abandoned Perry County, leaving in their wake low-wage jobs as the sole employment option, the county knew it would take an innovative solution to create meaningful employment. In response, they launched an online work initiative, and now they're helping people create careers and build skills, and turning the statistics around. 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

“Less-Owning Startups” and the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

October 16, 2012 by

What do you get when you combine a high rate of entrepreneurship with a new mentality regarding ownership? You get today’s millennial generation—and that confluence has significant implications for the economy and the future of entrepreneurship, according to oDesk CEO Gary Swart. In his recent article for Forbes, Gary discusses how millennials' high entrepreneurship rate, as well as their tendency to prefer "access to ownership" instead of ownership itself, will change the way startups are structured in the future. Read Full Article

How Results-Focused Management Empowers Remote Teams

October 2, 2012 by

Many organizations have revolutionized their culture, embraced remote work and fostered spikes in productivity by embracing a Results Only Work Environment (ROWE). Best Buy pioneered the methodology, which is now being practiced by both the private sector and public sector. In this article, Charles Brian Quinn, president of Highgroove Studios, talks about his company's experience implementing ROWE. Read Full Article

A World Of Work From Your Small-Town Office

September 12, 2012 by

It all started with a pink slip. For both Dini Jaskowski and Suzanne Davis, economic downturns meant the end of one chapter of their working life...and signaled the beginning of a new career in online work, one that freed them from commutes and time restraints and provided the ability to work wherever life took them. Read Full Article

Connecting Americans to Jobs: FCC & oDesk Discuss Broadband Internet Access and Job Creation

September 12, 2012 by

On Monday night, we were pleased to host a dinner discussion with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, on the topic of broadband Internet access and its role in job creation. The topic is an important one: currently 19 million Americans are without Internet access. That represents 19 million Americans who could be working online, building their careers and bringing money into the U.S. economy. For a sense of the opportunity lost there, consider that, to date this year, businesses have spent $32 million hiring U.S. contractors online through oDesk. But that’s just the beginning—the overall online work market is expected to reach $1B by the end of this year. Read Full Article

How a Virtual Assistant Rescued Me From a Support Nightmare

September 4, 2012 by

It's funny. What started out as a couple of nice friendly emails a week turned in to more than 20 hours a week of stressful emails three years later. I wasn't able to do to things that I really wanted, or needed, to do. The support issue had become a bit of a nightmare. The solution? A virtual assistant. Customers are now happier, and so am I. Read Full Article