Startup Resources

Vivino’s Distributed Team Uncorks World’s #1 Wine App

January 22, 2015 by

When the team at Vivino said they wanted to create the biggest wine database in the world, founder and CEO Heini Zachariassen says people told them they were “completely nuts.” In this interview with oDesk, Heini explains how, by recruiting remote data and Agile engineering teams, they didn’t just build that database — they launched the world’s largest wine community. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Here’s to an amazing 2015!

January 9, 2015 by

With more than 9 million registered freelancers and 3.5 million registered clients, Elance-oDesk is more than just an online workplace. Thanks to you, it’s a vibrant global community that’s changing the way the world works. Check out some of our community stories with the interactive version of our 2014 Annual Impact Report! Read Full Article

Startup Resources

How Remote Accounting Can Keep Your Finances In Order

September 26, 2014 by

The cash flow of your business is too important to get wrong. Rowan Minnion needed someone with the experience to understand his business who could work within his budget. Remote accounting helped him find the perfect fit. In this interview with oDesk, Rowan explains how he found the right accountant, and how he's integrated her into is business despite the thousands of miles between them. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

The Freelance Revolution Is Upon Us!

September 17, 2014 by

53 million Americans are freelancing, and many people feel the best days of the freelance job market are still ahead. We are on the cusp of a revolution where "labor" is breaking free of traditional management structures to experience unprecedented autonomy. These changes mean big changes for managers and workers. 15Five's David Hassell explains four trends he feels are shaping this "eyes on/hands off environment." 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 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

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

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