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

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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

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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

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Perspectives on the Future of Work: May 27th

May 27, 2014 by

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week includes different perspectives on how we work; on one hand, a management expert suggests that we move less frequently "for work," while a new study finds that flexible work may be causing people to work more. Other articles included look at the skills and best practices we may need to succeed. Read Full Article

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Perspectives on the Future of Work: May 19th

May 19, 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 how some people may not be cut out for remote work, that a "grass is greener" view of entrepreneurialism can bring dissatisfaction — especially to Millennials — and share how one UK organization is calling on organizations to take a long view when it comes to staffing and recruitment. Finally, we share advice for digital designers, which could easily apply to other professionals. Read Full Article

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The Top 7 Freelancing Pets

May 14, 2014 by

Freelancing with a pet? One of the perks of working from home is the ability to spend more time with your family – especially the furry or feathered kind. We asked our Facebook community to share photos of their tiny – and not-so-tiny – companions. Here's our selection of the best! Read Full Article

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Perspectives on the Future of Work: May 12th

May 12, 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 how talent shortages are leading to higher wages and broader recruiting for organizations not used to online work. We also review financial considerations for freelancers and highlight a new survey that outlines the top challenges for chief information officers. Read Full Article