The Way We Work

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

Startup Resources

Big Idea 2014: More SMBs Will Be Started Than Ever Before

December 31, 2013 by

In his recent LinkedIn column, Gary predicts that more small businesses will be launched in the upcoming year than ever before “because it’s easier than ever to do so.” Citing more accessible, on-demand technology, as well as a positive shift in investors’ attitudes towards entrepreneurial endeavors, he makes a compelling case for an uptick of small business growth. Read Full Article

All Things oDesk

Year in Review: Insights From oDesk Execs in 2013

December 30, 2013 by

From the controversial Yahoo remote work announcement to new research on the next generation of workers, we’ve found plenty to talk about in 2013. Over the past year, oDesk executives have shared their thoughts on these topics and more, many drawing from their personal experiences to explore the rapidly shifting world of work. In revisiting 2013's archives, we've pulled together this list of articles; glance through to see the discussions we’ve shared this year! Read Full Article

All Things oDesk

We Hear You: A Letter to Freelancers About Yesterday’s News

December 19, 2013 by

After announcing our exciting plan to merge our company with Elance, I was overwhelmed and humbled by thousands of emails. A number of you asked about potential changes to oDesk. Let me be clear: oDesk is constantly evolving and innovating to empower our customers—both our freelancers and our clients. Three freelancer worries from your emails stood out to me and I want to address them immediately so you don’t need to be concerned. Read Full Article

All Things oDesk

How Freelancers Can Help You Celebrate More & Stress Less

December 17, 2013 by

With holidays and the end of the year looming, many business owners are burning the midnight oil—not just at work, but also with personal commitments to family and friends. Bringing freelance help on board gives you an extra pair of hands to help power through your to-do list. Here are 10 ways freelancers can help you manage the holidays and go full steam ahead into 2014. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

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

The Way We Work

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

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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 Way We Work

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

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

How to Hire an SEO Expert

December 9, 2013 by

If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? This age-old adage could not be more fitting to the world of internet marketing today, where information is abundant and everyone is vying for the top spots in search rankings for Google, Yahoo and Bing. Better search engine rankings can lead to increased traffic, sales and profits. But how exactly does one proceed to rank their pages higher in search engine results? The answer is through search engine optimization (SEO). Running a full SEO campaign can be a daunting task to handle alone; fortunately SEO experts are here to help. Here’s what you need to know to make informed decisions when hiring SEO consultants. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

From Soggy Bottom to Silicon Valley: Bootstrapping Lessons From a Startup Disaster

December 6, 2013 by

Let’s say your startup is underfunded. How can you triage your branding needs? How do you identify and prioritize the most essential marketing initiatives? Correctly answering these questions can help your company stay afloat during the initial bootstrapping phase; failing to do so, as oDesk VP Matt Cooper learned the hard way, can cost you dearly. In his recent article for Inc. magazine, Matt details the lessons he learned from a failed boat rental business he started with his uncle. Read Full Article

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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

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

PreScouter CEO: Building A Great Remote Team On oDesk

December 3, 2013 by

What does it take to build a great remote team? Within two years, our Illinois-based startup, PreScouter, has pulled together a team of 50 freelancers from around the world—all recruited and managed through the oDesk platform. PreScouter’s mission is to expose the world to inventions that would otherwise be lost; we don’t just introduce technology to our clients, we use it to fuel our own business growth. How? Using the best practices we’ve learned to find the right professionals and keep them engaged. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

Brand-Building 101: The Five Brand Habits of Successful Businesses

November 26, 2013 by

Creating a strong brand—one that’s positive, representative and recognizable—is essential for any company hoping to gain a leg up on its competition. That lesson may seem like business 101, but brand-building is much easier said than done. In this article for The Huffington Post, oDesk VP of Marketing Jaleh Bisharat presents 5 ways to strengthen your company's brand. Read Full Article

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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