New Platform Offers Benefits to U.S. Freelancers

October 7, 2014 by

In an economy where nearly 1 in 3 people is an independent worker — more than 53 million Americans — freelancers know firsthand that the way we work is changing. Often, the services they need haven't kept pace. That's why Elance-oDesk and Freelancers Union, the leading freelancer advocacy group in the U.S., are joining forces to help professionals get the support they need to thrive through the National Benefits Platform. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: October 6th

October 6, 2014 by

What's the latest news about the future of work? This week's roundup highlights Reddit’s new remote work policy, a startup that can help you travel the world while advancing your career, 10 tips to help you implement a flawless flexible work program, and a personal story about work-life flexibility guilt. Read Full Article

Dear Reddit Employees: No Desire to Move? Let’s Talk

October 3, 2014 by

As Reddit reigns in its workers with a "relocate or be fired" decision, its remote workers aren't the only ones in shock. Why would a company reverse its remote work policy? Stephane Kasriel, Elance-oDesk's SVP of product and engineering, explains why he thinks the move is a step backwards—and invites Reddit employees who don't want to make the move to get in touch. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: September 29th

September 29, 2014 by

What's the latest news about the future of work? This week's roundup highlights why you should work with people who add different perspectives and experiences, how innovation can start with the relationships you already have, ten phrases that fall flat with potential investors, and advice about choosing the right tax professional for your business as year-end approaches. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: September 22nd

September 22, 2014 by

What's the latest news about the future of work? In this week's roundup, an article by Carlota Zimmerman explains why "re-branding" isn't a dirty word, Stefan Haubold lists five apps he thinks every entrepreneur should have, Steve Viuker explains a new option for small business financing, and Jeanne Sahadi outlines a plan to help bring balance back into the lives of "workaholics." Read Full Article

The Freelance Revolution Is Upon Us!

September 17, 2014 by

53 million Americans are freelancing, and many people feel the best days of the freelance job market are still ahead. We are on the cusp of a revolution where "labor" is breaking free of traditional management structures to experience unprecedented autonomy. These changes mean big changes for managers and workers. 15Five's David Hassell explains four trends he feels are shaping this "eyes on/hands off environment." Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: September 15th

September 15, 2014 by

oDesk's weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week's roundup highlights the importance of learning for both leadership and productivity, advice for entrepreneurs with their sights on significant growth, business wisdom from an unexpected source, and tips for people who get trapped by their own perfectionism. Read Full Article

5 Healthier Ways to Save Time at Meal Time

September 9, 2014 by

One of the things Melanie Feltham struggled with when she first started freelancing was living a healthy lifestyle. Before long, she found that frequently busy days led to more high-fat, high-sugar, ready-made items from local restaurants, delis, and grocery stores. The results weren't good, but she soon figured out how she could save time and eat well. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: September 8th

September 8, 2014 by

oDesk's weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week's roundup highlights the security gap a lot of businesses forget when it comes to cloud-based apps, advice for managing a distributed team, why your organization should have a work-life vision, and encouraging a more 'mindful' work environment. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: September 2nd

September 2, 2014 by

oDesk's weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing and the future of work. This week's roundup highlights the kind of support teams need to thrive, how professionals are finding success on YouTube, a test to see whether you're a workaholic, and a look at what the most productive people know about crafting a good to-do list. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: August 18th

August 18, 2014 by

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on managing, freelancing, and the future of work. This week we discuss how to stay connected while working from home, what types of legal structure might be best for your business, advice from female CEOs on work-life balance, and how a freelancer can build their social media platform. Read Full Article

The Hero’s Journey: Adapting To The New World of Work

August 15, 2014 by

The road ahead isn't business as usual. A new report from Deloitte traces a roadmap through the new business landscape, flagging pressures for both companies and individuals trying to find a way forward. In "The Hero's Journey Through the Landscape of the Future," Deloitte's Center for the Edge looks at how the Big Shift — a combination of technology and public policy trends — is changing the way we work and what it takes to stay competitive. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: August 4th

August 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's roundup takes a look at results-only work environments (ROWE) in Canada, a new crowdsourced resource for Digital Nomads, leadership skills you should develop now, and a list of unexpected careers you can do from home. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: July 28th

July 28, 2014 by

oDesk's weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing and the future of work. This week's roundup highlights a potential legal foundation for work-life balance, financial advice for freelancers, emerging trends in employment contracts, and suggestions to help take the loneliness out of working from home. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: July 21st

July 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's roundup highlights a litmus test for aspiring entrepreneurs, advice about making a graceful and professional exit, five tips to help monetize your skills, and a call to bring more stability to part-time work. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: July 14th

July 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's roundup highlights why tech companies are targeting teens for top internships, an infographic that captures trends and statistics that show how the workplace is evolving, and recommendations to improve remote meetings and employee engagement. Read Full Article