The Way You Work: Ruby on Rails Expert Freelancer Marcel Morgan

September 5, 2013 by

Marcel Morgan knew the corporate life wasn’t for him. Despite his comfortable corporate job as a web developer, the Jamaica-based Ruby on Rails expert felt stuck because he wasn’t able to work on projects that interested him. So Marcel started freelancing through oDesk on nights and weekends, building a part-time business in addition to his full-time job. As his client list grew longer and his online reputation grew stronger, he decided it was time to quit his corporate job to freelance full time on oDesk. "I knew it was the right thing for me to do," he said. "I couldn’t be happier.” Read Full Article

oDesk VP Matt Cooper Shares 5 Steps to Becoming More Marketable

September 4, 2013 by

The world of work is changing fast, leaving a wake of frightening uncertainty that's especially daunting for those of you early in your careers. We're facing an unemployment rate of more than 7%, an online landscape that turns simple daily actions into permanent reputations, and a world so fast-paced that the next in-demand skill may not even exist yet. How can you help yourself stand out? In a column published today for Inc., oDesk Vice President of International & Enterprise Matt Cooper provides 5 steps to becoming more marketable by bolstering your current skills and developing new ones. Read Full Article

The Way You Work: oDesk Client Adam Neary

August 28, 2013 by

Turning to the online workplace to power his company was Adam Neary’s Hail Mary. His company, Profitably, a financial analytics platform for small and midsize businesses, was just two years old and suffering a deep backslide. Using online work, his company did the impossible. He explains, “What we were not able to do with nearly $1.5 million in person, we’ve done there and back again for significantly less. Instead of having six generalists in New York City, we found an army of specialists on oDesk. It has been huge for us." Now a seasoned expert with online work, Adam has refined his strategies for making the most of online workplaces. Here are three pearls of wisdom he has shared with us. Read Full Article

Teacher In The Cloud: Online Education Opens New Opportunities

August 26, 2013 by

Leslie Fetzer's passion for helping students succeed has driven her to innovate on the cutting edge of education: online classrooms. This award-winning teacher rarely enters a traditional classroom; instead, her main office is her computer desk — at her home in Holly Springs, NC. She believes that the freedom and flexibility online education provides helps make a difference in the lives of her students. And she's not alone. More and more teaching professionals are discovering that the world of online education offers new ways to harness and share their love of teaching. Read Full Article

The Way You Work: oDesk Freelancer Siobhan Gallagher

August 21, 2013 by

Siobhan Gallagher was living the dream — she had left a job as an executive assistant in New York City and relocated to France to work on her novel. There was only one problem. “It’s virtually impossible to get a job here in France if you’re not fluent in French, which I’m not,” she said. “It was critical for me to network globally in order to garner sufficient clients to make a reasonable living.” So she turned to oDesk, and built her online career as a writer and editor. Read Full Article

5 Tips for Building Your IT Infrastructure From Scratch

August 21, 2013 by

Successful businesses rely on a multitude of hardware, software, and service solutions to power their operations. But without prior IT experience, putting these products in place can be a daunting task. So how do you find and implement the right IT systems for your company? We talked with oDesk’s own IT Manager, Gordon Thomas, on how to approach building up an IT infrastructure with a long-term, sustainable strategy in mind. Read Full Article

Infographic: Working Across Time Zones

August 20, 2013 by

Are you part of a globally distributed team? Do you work with freelancers or clients virtually from around the world? Are you curious about what the work day looks like in other countries? If you answered 'yes' to any of those questions, read on — the folks at Washington University’s School of Law’s @WashULaw program have created this handy infographic resource for working across time zones. Read Full Article

How to Foster a Work-Hard/Play-Hard Culture with Blended Teams

August 19, 2013 by

These days, it’s easy to think that adding a ping pong table or instituting Hawaiian Shirt Fridays is enough to create the work-hard, play-hard culture that has served companies like Google and Facebook so well. But in reality, it takes more than superficial perks to truly invigorate your company’s culture and transform it into a workplace where passionate people are knocking down your door trying to find out how they can join the company. It can be even more challenging to create this kind of culture when key members of your team work remotely, but that’s actually when it becomes most important. BusinessBee's Elli Bishop helps you get started with four critical tactics that will energize your business and establish a vibrant culture, fostering high productivity and record-breaking results. Read Full Article

The Way You Work: oDesk Client Jay Shapiro

August 15, 2013 by

Ever wanted to start your own business...while simultaneously traveling the world with your wife and two kids in an eco-friendly RV? Well, that’s what oDesk client Jay Shapiro wanted to do — and did. By tapping into online work, he was able to build Infinite Monkeys — a site that allows anyone to easily create a mobile app — while he remained happily on the road. Along the road to success, Jay made some important discoveries about the benefits of online work and developed his own best practices for leveraging remote teams. Here are five of his best nuggets of advice. Read Full Article

Behind The Runaway Success Laptop Stand: An Interview With The Roost Founder (& oDesk Alum!) James Olander

August 14, 2013 by

Earlier this summer, a cool new ergonomically designed laptop stand called The Roost hit Kickstarter, with a modest funding goal of $9,300. Today, just two months later, the innovative stand has raised $190,000. Fortunately for us, James Olander — who designed, created and launched The Roost — also happens to be a former product manager at oDesk. We caught up with him to hear all about The Roost and its amazing success (sneak peek: it involved oDesk freelancers!), and to find out why ergonomics are so critical to remote work success. Read Full Article

Top Talent Values Flexibility, But Face Time Still Matters

August 12, 2013 by

Flexible work arrangements are more common than some news headline might lead you to believe, and it's something top talent place a high value on. A recent report busts through some commonly held assumptions about flexible work arrangements (FWA) and highlights challenges that businesses face when implementing — or rejecting — a results-based "anytime, anywhere" approach to work. Read Full Article

The Way You Work: Behind the Scenes With oDesk Product Manager Sondra Suazo

July 25, 2013 by

Sondra Suazo, a product manager at oDesk, knows all about working flexibly—she recently moved from Silicon Valley (a few towns away from the oDesk HQ office in Redwood City, CA) to Santa Cruz. While she gained a breathtaking beachfront view, she also added more than 40 miles onto her commute—each way! We caught up with Sondra to learn how she made this move work (hint: it involves more frequent work-from-home days), how she works remotely, and what her favorite work-from-home tips are. Read Full Article

The Only 4 Dimensions That Matter In Hiring (& Why You’re Probably Evaluating Them Wrong)

July 23, 2013 by

We're excited to announce that our CEO, Gary Swart, has joined the LinkedIn Influencer program! His first post was published today, about the only 4 dimensions that matter in hiring (and the surprising 2 that matter the most). Check it out here to find out why "you can teach a chicken to climb a tree, but you're better off getting a squirrel in the first place." Read Full Article