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How to Write the Perfect Email Introduction

February 26, 2015 by

Most freelancers experience a few hiccups during the process of turning a prospect into a paying customer. When you compose the email that will introduce yourself and/or your services to someone, there’s actually a general “template” you can follow to help make a strong connection with your potential client and pave the way for a good working relationship with them. Read Full Article

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Digital Nomads Hustle for a Life of Work and Play

October 9, 2014 by

How do you travel the world and work 40+ hours each week? Digital Nomads Jeremy and Sondra Orozco say it's all about the hustle. "We have eight hours per day to work, eight hours for fun, and eight hours to sleep — plus the weekends for taking pictures and videos that make our friends jealous. This is slow travel." Learn how the Digital Nomad lifestyle works for Sondra and Jeremy in their latest update, from Vietnam. Read Full Article

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Perspectives on the Future of Work: September 22nd

September 22, 2014 by

What's the latest news about the future of work? In this week's roundup, an article by Carlota Zimmerman explains why "re-branding" isn't a dirty word, Stefan Haubold lists five apps he thinks every entrepreneur should have, Steve Viuker explains a new option for small business financing, and Jeanne Sahadi outlines a plan to help bring balance back into the lives of "workaholics." Read Full Article

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Work & Travel: A Beginner’s Guide for Digital Nomads

September 2, 2014 by

Leaving a 9-to-5 job for the freedom to work anytime and anywhere may seem like living the dream — but it's also an intimidating leap of faith. The "Digital Nomad Playbook" is a free eBook from Elance-oDesk that shows aspiring nomads where to start. Written by Dan Andrews and Alex McQuade of Tropical MBA, it's packed with advice and resources, from pro tips on gear to savvy business advice. Read Full Article

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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8 Posts That Prove YOU Can Go Nomad

March 25, 2014 by

Today we're featuring eight empowering blog posts by Digital Nomads who have ditched their desks to live and work on their own terms. What's so empowering about these stories? They were all written by people just like you: hardworking dreamers with a drive to live life differently. Take Greg Rodgers, for example, who escaped the confines of a drab cubicle and now works as a globetrotting, independent writer and photographer. Or Paula Pant, who yearned to see the world on more than two weeks of vacation every year, so decided to set out on a world-wide adventure. Sound familiar? Then you may identify with these Digital Nomads who have already broken free; here's their advice on how you can too. Read Full Article

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Ally: Top 10 Lifehacks for Digital Nomads

March 20, 2014 by

Ally Basak Russell leads oDesk's international marketing team — from San Francisco, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Sydney, Dhaka, Manila, Dublin, Oslo, Berlin, or anywhere else she can find a good Internet connection. In an interview with Forbes, Russell shared her path to success and offered her top 10 lifehacks for Digital Nomads. Read Full Article

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Top 10 Digital Nomad Blogs

March 11, 2014 by

So you're considering becoming a Digital Nomad or perhaps you've already set out on your journey. Congratulations! Now what? Rest assured! There is a thriving community of Digital Nomads eager to help you out. These entrepreneurial travelers are logging their journeys and, most importantly, sharing expert advice in blogs that will help motivate you and keep you safe and inspired during your trip. Here's our top 10 blogs for you to explore. Read Full Article

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Why We—Uh, I—Freelance

March 4, 2014 by

When it comes to why we freelance—in other words, why freelancing has become a more and more popular choice across the country—I cannot answer for everyone. The fact is, there are many different reasons why people freelance. Some of these reasons include flexibility; work specialization; finding one’s optimal trade-off between money and other non-pecuniary values; even “sticking it to the man.” Deciding to go freelance is a very personal decision (one, I believe, that a freelancer makes almost every day). Therefore, I can only really speak about myself and my own journey into freelancing. So here it goes. Read Full Article

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How I Used oDesk to Quit My Day Job

February 20, 2014 by

In 2011, Lise Carter wasn't happy in her day job. She didn't feel like she was progressing, and felt really bored and restless. She started freelance writing on the side, and her efforts took off; within a year, she quit her day job to focus on her freelance business. How did she do it? In this guest post, she shares her story and advice. Read Full Article