Digital Nomads

Home, Café or Coworking? How to Find the Best Workspace

December 11, 2014 by

During our last six months of working from the road (Jeremy is writing a book and Sondra is a Product Manager for Elance-oDesk), we’ve had our share of panicked moments when our workspaces have failed us. Whether it’s a bad Internet connection, lack of quiet privacy for a video call, or rickety chairs better suited to a children’s tea party, in each of these moments we’ve fearfully thought, “Oh no, will we have to go home to a traditional office?” Here’s what we’ve learned after six months of working from coworking spaces, cafés and apartments. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

Distant Money: How Remote Bookkeepers Manage Financials from Afar

October 22, 2014 by

If you love finances and have accounting expertise, there are plenty of entrepreneurs who could use your services. You don’t even need to be nearby: there are many online job opportunities to help out these small business owners. Toni Burleson has been working remotely as a bookkeeper and virtual assistant for the last 16 years. We recently spoke to her about how she got started, what the job requires, and her advice for other financial experts who would like to explore online work. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

Tip Tuesday: How To Stand Out, Work On Vacation, and Price Your Work

April 8, 2014 by

Every other Tuesday, we ask the oDesk Facebook Community about their experiences with freelancing. This gives new freelancers a chance to learn about working and hiring on oDesk from our veterans. Here are our favorite Tip Tuesday answers so far for 2014. They feature advice for standing out, balancing fun and work while traveling, and the best ways to price your services. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

How to Hire the Right Freelance Graphic Designer

February 26, 2014 by

Your company’s visual brand—its logo, website, marketing materials and overall visual presence—is what your customers or clients will mentally associate your business with. It’s often the first impression you’ll give, so it’s crucial that you make a good one! This makes hiring the right freelance graphic designer an all-important task. Making the right choice now will benefit your business and save you both time and money in the long run. Here are a few simple steps that you can follow to ensure you are choosing the perfect designer from the start. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

How High-Tech Startups Can Use Remote Developers

February 25, 2014 by

Many high-tech entrepreneurs think of online staffing as a bootstrapping technique—something used only in the early days of the startup, when headcounts are low and funding is tight, to get a first prototype built. I know I used to think that way. But now, I'm convinced that online workplaces represent something much more: an essential tool in an entrepreneur's arsenal. Online staffing is akin to elastic computing or crowdfunding—it’s a resource that doesn’t just make things more efficient, but also adds a fundamental new capability to the modern company. Take our startup, Diffbot, as an example. Read Full Article

Digital Nomads

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

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

How to Make Money on oDesk in 7 Steps

February 3, 2014 by

Are you struggling to find enough work on oDesk? What you may be lacking is not necessarily the skills to do the work, but the skills to get the job. If that's the case, you're actually in a good position, because it's easier and faster to learn how to get work on oDesk than it is to learn new professional skills. After that, it is just a matter of determining how to apply these methods to your circumstances. As you do so, you will increase your chances of getting hired, and get more opportunities to deliver high-quality work that clients will give you good testimonials for—thus creating a virtuous cycle of more hiring. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

How to Hire an Awesome Developer on oDesk: Part I

January 23, 2014 by

I've been using oDesk for almost two years now—hiring for various types of profiles and skills, from multiple locations around the world—and it's been filled with a lot of ups and a few downs. When I was new to oDesk, I didn’t really know how to properly evaluate freelancers. What's more, it's always difficult to evaluate a skill you don’t have yourself. As a result, my turnover rate was pretty high. After a lot of trial and error, I fixed my process. I can now say confidently that most of the freelancers I'm hiring are awesome, and I believe they enjoy collaborating with me. After all, hiring the right people and managing them well are skills that only become more important when hiring online. So how can you have the same result? Check out the steps below for guidance on how to hire an awesome developer on oDesk. Today I'll go through the first three tips, and stay tuned tomorrow for the next three. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

How to Hire an SEO Expert

December 9, 2013 by

If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? This age-old adage could not be more fitting to the world of internet marketing today, where information is abundant and everyone is vying for the top spots in search rankings for Google, Yahoo and Bing. Better search engine rankings can lead to increased traffic, sales and profits. But how exactly does one proceed to rank their pages higher in search engine results? The answer is through search engine optimization (SEO). Running a full SEO campaign can be a daunting task to handle alone; fortunately SEO experts are here to help. Here’s what you need to know to make informed decisions when hiring SEO consultants. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

The Way You Work: oDesk Client Govind Davis on Motivating Remote Teams

December 4, 2013 by

The co-founder and CEO of MCF Technology Solutions—a specialized systems integrator that designs, develops, and implements cloud-based platform solutions—Govind Davis has built an almost entirely virtual company. Aside from three local employees, his staff of approximately 60 people works remotely from around the world. Here, he shares five of his best pieces of advice on how to continuously cultivate and motivate remote teams. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

PreScouter CEO: Building A Great Remote Team On oDesk

December 3, 2013 by

What does it take to build a great remote team? Within two years, our Illinois-based startup, PreScouter, has pulled together a team of 50 freelancers from around the world—all recruited and managed through the oDesk platform. PreScouter’s mission is to expose the world to inventions that would otherwise be lost; we don’t just introduce technology to our clients, we use it to fuel our own business growth. How? Using the best practices we’ve learned to find the right professionals and keep them engaged. Read Full Article