The Top 5 Most Ridiculous—But Awesome—Home Offices

January 22, 2014 by

Freelancers and entrepreneurs often have the freedom to work from home. To get the most from those hours, we organize a workspace to make it our own. But in most cases, this space still blends into the rest of the house; this makes it more difficult to get into work mode than if the office was elsewhere. One fix is to create an office space that reflects your personality while also promoting hard work and creativity. I sometimes dream of creating a space so awesome, it could only be described as…well, ridiculously awesome! Here are my top five inspirations, starting with the least ridiculous. Read Full Article

For Productivity, Stop Crushing It & Be the Tortoise

January 10, 2014 by

Here we all are at the beginning of 2014 with shiny new backpacks full of resolutions, goals, plans, and projects. What thought process and workflow will you use to meet your goals? What if you started hitching your creative pursuits to the habit of consistency not flashes of brilliance? What if you invested only fifteen minutes a day, six days a week, regardless of how you felt? What if you gave yourself permission to be the humble tortoise, not the glamorous hare? The industrious ant, not the swashbuckling grasshopper. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: January 10th

January 10, 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 Automattic's success with hiring remotely, tips for being your own boss, and why flexible work arrangements are on the rise in offices across the world. Read Full Article

The Online Work Revolution: Are You Ready?

January 9, 2014 by

A rapidly growing number of businesses are turning to online work, where they can hire the best talent for any project—efficiently building and managing teams that span the US and even the globe. Whether you’re in engineering, sales, marketing, operations, or customer support, many of your peers and competitors are already leveraging online work. To make sure you stay ahead of the curve, check out oDesk's new white paper, "The Online Work Revolution," which is full of practical examples about creating and managing a remote workforce. It invites you to take inventory of your existing efforts to see if any of the "types of work being done online" apply to your company, in which case you could see significant benefits from trying online work. You can also read about how leading companies reap the benefits of online work, and learn how to implement online work at your company. Read Full Article

Book Review – “Remote: Office Not Required”

January 7, 2014 by

Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson's recent book "Remote: Office Not Required" delves into some of the underlying philosophies about remote work that shape the culture of their company, 37Signals. More of a collection of loosely connected, blog-like articles than a definitive management tome, the book largely covers content that will be familiar territory for this blog’s readership. That being said, the authors speak from hard-won experience and there are plenty of practical takeaways that make the book worth a read for even seasoned remote workers and managers. Read Full Article

7 Habits for Successful Women in the Future of Work

January 2, 2014 by

It’s no secret that females in the corporate world come up against some unique challenges, and there’s no better resource for us than other successful businesswomen. oDesk VP Jaleh Bisharat offers her own advice to women in this article from her Huffington Post column, writing about general best practices as well as tips for how to keep yourself relevant in an ever-evolving marketplace. Read Full Article

Looking For a Client Holiday Gift? Try This First.

December 16, 2013 by

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… unless you’ve been tasked with finding a suitable holiday gift for your company’s high-priority clients. oDesk VP Matt Cooper recommends forgoing a physical gift and instead treating clients to a meal. In his recent column for Inc., he explains that a holiday lunch will not only help strengthen the trust between you and your customers, but it will also give you a chance to hear first-hand opinions from your most valued clients. Read Full Article

Discovering the Truth Using Team Culture Surveys

December 12, 2013 by

Any manager worth their salt understands that they must create a work environment that empowers their employees to succeed.The more puzzling question, however, is how to best measure something as abstract as that organizational environment. In this LinkedIn column, oDesk CEO Gary Swart discusses how a mostly anonymous team culture survey is one of the best way to gauge employee satisfaction and ability to be effective. Read Full Article

The Way You Work: Freelancer Stan Smith on the Demand for Niche Skills

December 11, 2013 by

Stanley Smith worked for 34+ years as an algorithm engineer and business consultant, but he craved more work in algorithms and struggled to find local projects for such a specialized area of expertise. So he decided to look beyond local projects and work on oDesk, where he found that there was a huge demand for his skill set. After discovering the high demand for niche expertise on online platforms, Stanley now advises others with specialized skills to also try freelancing as a way to develop their skills in the area that they most enjoy. Read Full Article

The Happiness Formula: 4 Keys to Job Satisfaction

December 10, 2013 by

There is no silver bullet for job satisfaction — it varies wildly depending on everything from age and educational background to introversion/extroversion and ambition. Despite these individual differences, oDesk CEO Gary Swart believes there are four fairly universal keys to happiness in one’s job: 1) impact, 2) growth and development, 3) financial reward, and 4) work-life balance. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: December 6th

December 6, 2013 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 boosting productivity with a change of scenery, an entrepreneur testing the limits of remote work, and why working out of your manager's sight may be a good idea. Read Full Article

The Way You Work: oDesk Client Govind Davis on Motivating Remote Teams

December 4, 2013 by

The co-founder and CEO of MCF Technology Solutions—a specialized systems integrator that designs, develops, and implements cloud-based platform solutions—Govind Davis has built an almost entirely virtual company. Aside from three local employees, his staff of approximately 60 people works remotely from around the world. Here, he shares five of his best pieces of advice on how to continuously cultivate and motivate remote teams. Read Full Article

Your “Dream Team”: How Givers Can Be The Most Loyal Supporters

November 19, 2013 by

A highly functioning workplace team is made up of many different, but complementary, personality types. Software Advice decided to find out what makes some of their workplace’s top performers tick—so they enlisted a workforce psychologist to help understand what makes these employees great, what they struggle with and how they perform in certain roles. By better understanding your current and future team members, you too can assemble a “dream team” of top performers, placed in the roles they perform best. In her previous post, Software Advice Managing Editor Holly Regan described the Savant; here, she discusses another important member of your lineup—the Giver. Read Full Article

Leadership In A Virtual World: An Interview With Bernard Wilson

November 15, 2013 by

Located in Australia’s sparsely populated Northwest Territory, Darwin is better known for underground mines and tourist traps than for a bustling tech scene. But that hasn’t stopped Bernard Wilson. He’s capitalized on the power of remote work and cloud computing to forge his dream company, Primetime Entertainment. In the process, Wilson has learned valuable lessons on leadership and the importance of remote team relationships. Read Full Article