Online Work Tips & Best Practices

10 Time-Saving Apps for Freelancers

September 3, 2014 by

For freelancers, the expression "time is money" holds considerable significance: the more we procrastinate, the fewer jobs we get done, the less we get paid. Luckily, there's a wide selection of handy apps and online tools to help keep us focussed, save time and be more productive versions of our fabulous selves. Here's a look at 10 popular apps — many of them free — that can help pull your freelance work together. Read Full Article

Digital Nomads

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

Startup Resources

Distributed Engineering eBook: Hire Fast & Build Things

August 28, 2014 by

A bona fide talent war in the tech industry is making it tough for companies to attract the skilled pros they need to make things happen. But there’s a new way to work: high-performing distributed engineering teams. "Hire Fast & Build Things" is a new eBook from Elance-oDesk that explains—in step-by-step detail—how to recruit and manage a top-notch team of distributed engineers. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

The Hero’s Journey: Adapting To The New World of Work

August 15, 2014 by

The road ahead isn't business as usual. A new report from Deloitte traces a roadmap through the new business landscape, flagging pressures for both companies and individuals trying to find a way forward. In "The Hero's Journey Through the Landscape of the Future," Deloitte's Center for the Edge looks at how the Big Shift — a combination of technology and public policy trends — is changing the way we work and what it takes to stay competitive. Read Full Article

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

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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

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

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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

Startup Resources

eBook: Top 10 Startup Tips for Going Global

March 27, 2014 by

Studies show that startups are going global more quickly than ever before. Economic forces and globalization push us to explore new markets while technology has made cross-border transactions and communication comfortable. Accessing capital and reaching more early adopters of technology are strong incentives to expand internationally. oDesk teamed up with General Assembly to create “Top 10 Tips for Going Global,” an eBook that gives actionable advice to startup founders, marketers, and mentors who are leading the charge to cross the pond. Read Full Article

Digital Nomads

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