Online Work Tips & Best Practices

5 Bookkeeping Tips For DIY Freelancers

July 18, 2014 by

It's tough to get excited about the nitty gritty bits of admin that come with being an independent professional, but good bookkeeping is important for freelancers. Unless you're doing well enough to afford help, you have to learn to do it right by yourself. In this post, Nick Chowdrey offers five tips to help keep your bookkeeping on track. Here are five bookkeeping tips to help you free the boring and neglected number cruncher we all have living inside of us. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

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

Digital Nomads

3 Digital Nomads Living A Life Less Ordinary

July 2, 2014 by

Gisela, Michael, and Rocco are Digital Nomads who've ditched their desks to pursue a life less ordinary, taking work with them while on the go. Nomads don't always plan their lifestyle, however — sometimes they see an opportunity and just take the leap. These three are living inspiring, productive lives, doing what they love wherever they want to be. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

Dodging Social Media For Your SMB? You’re Not Alone

June 25, 2014 by

When I asked the owner of a new neighborhood coffee shop which social network I could find her on, she shook her head. She didn’t have time to deal with social media, she said; there are too many other pressing matters to take care of. It's tough for the owner of a small or midsize business (SMB) to keep up with social media demands. We talked to Melanie Feltham, oDesk's community manager, for her advice about taking a strategic approach to social media so you can make the most of your time. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Perspectives on the Future of Work: June 23rd

June 23, 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 focuses on Millennials, highlighting research that shows Millennial women in particular aren't saving enough, the different expectations Gen Y brings to the workforce, and the difficulties many Millennials have finding full-time work in their area of expertise. Read Full Article

Digital Nomads

Leave Your Job Or Take It With You? We Did Both

June 19, 2014 by

One important question for Digital Nomads is one we all deal with: how will they make money? That's a question both Jeremy and Sondra Orozco asked themselves before embarking on their year-long journey, and each has a very different answer. Just past their first month on the road — and currently in Hawaii — the Orozcos explain the career choices that helped them go nomad. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Perspectives on the Future of Work: June 16th

June 16, 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 advice for people working remotely — whether from home or on the road — and advice for executives and managers who are considering remote work for their organizations but haven't found the best approach. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Perspectives on the Future of Work: June 2nd

June 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 highlights advice for people who manage distributed teams, why recruiting for remote workers is different, how new work trends are influencing corporate culture, and why freelancing can be a great stepping stone for entrepreneurial graduates. Read Full Article

What's New on oDesk

What’s New: Clearer Language Features

May 28, 2014 by

Previously, freelancers had to add any non-English languages as skills, with no way to indicate their proficiency. Now, you can represent all your language abilities in the same way, in the same place, specifying your level of expertise for each. We’ve even made the language rating system more clear. Instead of rating your fluency on a scale of 1-5, which was confusing for both freelancers and clients, you can now indicate your level of expertise for each language on a more descriptive scale. Read Full Article