Startup Resources

How to Build a Partnership With Your Web Designer

April 30, 2014 by

The time-tested wisdom of relationship advice columnists says that good communication, realistic expectations, and mutual respect go a long way toward heading off trouble. As it turns out, advice for creating a great relationship with your web designer is exactly the same. Maria Pentkovski, oDesk's interactive art director, has a lot of experience in this regard — she's worked for the client, and as the client. Here are the lessons she's learned about building the ideal client/freelancer relationship. Read Full Article

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Building An App? Get to Know These Cloud Platforms

April 24, 2014 by

Apps typically fall into one (or more) of several requirements categories. Offline apps don't need much infrastructure: users download an app and it works. However, other apps may need some sort of backend infrastructure to keep them going. In this guest post, Nic Wright of App Instruct explains different types of cloud platforms and services that you should be familiar with. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

Hiring a Web Design Firm: What You Need to Know

April 23, 2014 by

Branding developed? Check. Product perfected? Check. Website ready to launch? Not exactly... For many DIY entrepreneurs, this is one task that requires outside intervention in the form of outside expertise. But how do you choose the right web design firm? One of the quickest ways to get up to speed is to talk to someone who's done it successfully — multiple times. To tap into such experience, we recently chatted with Maria Pentkovski, an interactive art director with oDesk. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Perspectives on the Future of Work: April 22nd

April 22, 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 why businesses should skip employee "engagement" and aim for a fully-committed relationship, Results Only Work Environments, the future of the office space, and websites that highlight great gigs for people at all levels of experience. Read Full Article

Digital Nomads

Radhika: A Traveling Foodie

April 17, 2014 by

Radhika Basuthakur has always had the "travel bug"—she's wanted to see the world for as long as she can remember. But for many, including herself, traveling can be difficult. "Life gets in the way, so you don't travel as much," she reflected. Now, her days are colorful and varied, especially when it comes to food. "Food is the biggest part of any trip." Read Full Article

All Things oDesk

For Your Continued Protection, oDesk Responds Quickly To Industry-Wide Warning.

April 9, 2014 by

We take security very seriously here at oDesk, and as of 11 am PDT on April 9th we have completed the necessary fixes to eliminate these vulnerabilities. This includes patching all web infrastructure possibly affected by Heartbleed. The team has scanned our infrastructure and found no other points of potential vulnerability, and we’ll continue to actively monitor the situation. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

Tip Tuesday: How To Stand Out, Work On Vacation, and Price Your Work

April 8, 2014 by

Every other Tuesday, we ask the oDesk Facebook Community about their experiences with freelancing. This gives new freelancers a chance to learn about working and hiring on oDesk from our veterans. Here are our favorite Tip Tuesday answers so far for 2014. They feature advice for standing out, balancing fun and work while traveling, and the best ways to price your services. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

Mobile Website Design Helps Keep Customers Happy

April 7, 2014 by

You walk into a waiting room filled with people. They’re not watching the television; they’re not reading magazines. No, the majority of those seated have their heads down, thumbs expertly typing on mini-keypads with eyes glued to small screens. Thanks to ever faster and cheaper data plans, mobile devices are ubiquitous; they are a rapidly growing force in the way we access information. Has your website rolled out the welcoming mat for these visitors? If not, it's time you took a look at your mobile website design. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

More Lessons From a Bootstrapping Disaster

April 3, 2014 by

Bootstrapping wisely means asking tough questions and prioritizing activities that are essential to your business development. oDesk VP Matt Cooper describes his early efforts with Soggy Bottom Canoe and Kayak Rental — a venture started with his uncle in the backwoods of Mississippi — as "an unmitigated disaster." But it was an experience with valuable lessons that stuck, which he recently explained in a post for Inc. magazine. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Is Your Business Ready for a Virtual Assistant?

April 2, 2014 by

Try as you might, you can't do everything yourself if you want to grow your business. It's one thing to accept that; it's another to actually welcome someone new, like a virtual assistant, to share your work. When you've relied on a team of one, how can you feel confident that someone else will understand your priorities, motivations, or rationale? Three professionals explain their experience and advice for those preparing to take the next step. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

The 5 Phases to Build a Website

March 31, 2014 by

How do you move your business or personal website from concept to launch? Whether you decide to learn how to build a website on your own or to hire a web developer, there are five phases your process should go through. It's exciting to make a website, and it can be tempting to simply jump in. However, by taking the time to follow a more structured process, you'll create a site that’s more effective and spend less time fixing problems later. Read Full Article