Test Jobs 2: How to Hire Marketing Help

August 3, 2011 by

Few small and mid-sized companies have the budget to have marketing experts on staff, which is why various marketing positions are among the most popular hiring categories on oDesk. To make the hiring process easier, Erica Benton, oDesk's marketing communications manager, talks about how she uses test jobs to make sure she hires the best candidate for writing, public relations and social media work. Read Full Article

The Test Job: How oDesk Hires Contractors

August 1, 2011 by

oDesk has about four contractors for every in-house employee, so our managers know how to hire freelancers effectively. The key is giving prospective workers a test job. This post covers techniques for testing out web designers, software developers, project managers, product analysts and customer service reps, with marketing work to be discussed in part two. Read Full Article

oDesk: Your “Small Business Influencer”

July 11, 2011 by

We were recently notified by Small Business Trends and SmallBiz Technology that oDesk was nominated for their Small Business Influencer Award. According to the website, a small business influencer is: … a person, company or other organization that has made a meaningful and lasting impact on the North American small business market. Impact may mean (i) providing products widely used by significant numbers of small businesses, or (ii) influencing significant numbers of small businesses by being a thought leader, or (iii) providing information or services of note to significant numbers of small businesses. The team at oDesk is thrilled with this recognition, though we know from experience that small businesses aren’t limited by geographical boundaries. Our employers and contractors run their businesses successfully from all over the world – and we’d be honored if the votes for oDesk reflected the widespread and diverse community of oDesk users. Many of today’s most innovative businesses are taking advantage of the borderless economy and hiring those workers with the best skills, regardless of their location — and workers are connecting with opportunities to create their own small businesses with clientele from around the globe. This is the future of work: Online work offers an alternative for businesses and workers, a path beyond the traditional employment headaches. While unemployment holds steady at an all-time high, opportunities in online work are doubling year over year. Through our platform, more than $18M in work is performed every month, and over 86,000 new job opportunities are presented to workers from more than 150 countries. The businesses and workers that make up our incredible worldwide community are truly changing how the world works. Please vote for oDesk as a Small Business Influencer, and ask your friends, colleagues and coworkers to vote and help spread the word! … Read Full Article

5 Social Media Tools and How to Use Them to Find Work

July 5, 2011 by

Social media is powerful, so powerful that you can use it's many tools to build exposure and find work. In the old days, you could only submit your resume and cover letter to the HR manager, hoping that they will land you your dream job. But today, you can use Twitter, Facebook, and even blogs to find your next big project and to work with people you trust and believe in. Read Full Article

BYOC: Bring your own contractor

June 23, 2011 by

New! Bring your own contractors onto oDesk & manage everyone on one platform. oDesk has made it quick and easy to bring any contractor you work with onto oDesk. Manage all your contractors in one place Only pay for hours worked with the oDesk Work Diary and Work Guarantee. Automated payments to contractors anywhere in the world To add your contractor, all you need is your contractor’s email address: Click “Bring Your Own Contractor” from the oDesk Team Room Fill in your contractor’s email address and the terms of your contract Your contractor will receive an email with your contract terms.  They will click to create an account and instantly be added to your team. Have feedback? Visit our community forum post to discuss this new feature with other users. Read Full Article

Smartphone Money: Implementing a Mobile Payment System for Your Business

June 22, 2011 by

Long a payment standard in emerging markets, mobile payments appear poised to gain new traction in 2011. At the same time, it’s become easier (and cheaper) for small businesses and freelancers to process mobile payments using the bare minimum of hardware. This intersection of technology and support means now might be the time for you to embrace a mobile payment option for your business. Read Full Article

Back to School: 45 Online Resources to Improve Your Freelance Skills

June 21, 2011 by

Most of us don't have the extra money or time to invest in returning to college. Thanks to the Internet, you don't necessarily have to. There are online educational resources for every freelance discipline and niche. Magazines, courses, ebooks, webinars, blogs -- all are learning tools that will enable you to grow in your profession, or even branch out and learn something new. Here’s a list of 45 Internet resources, arranged alphabetically by skill set, to help you take your freelance abilities to the next level. Read Full Article

Empowerment in Action: Creatuity Corp.

June 20, 2011 by

We talked a few days ago about how one of the biggest success factors for startups — a motivated, empowered workforce — can be imported to a more established small- or medium-sized business. We ran some of our thinking past Joshua Warren, whose web design firm, Creatuity Corp., both hires contractors and provides its services through oDesk's marketplace. Read Full Article