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

The Way We Work

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

Digital Nomads

Kelly: The Digital Nomad Journey Itself Is Unique

March 18, 2014 by

Kelly Dunning loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word. A freelance writer since 2010, she's spent the last three years traveling the world with her boyfriend, Lee, as a Digital Nomad: no address, no car, and no fixed schedule. How has this changed her life? We recently spoke to Kelly about her experience and the advice she has for others who want to do the same. Read Full Article

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Where Will You Go? Dream Cities for Digital Nomads

March 13, 2014 by

If you're a Digital Nomad, or if you dream of becoming one, you no doubt have a wishlist of places you'd like to go in the world. In our Digital Nomad survey, we asked: "Which city do you most dream of visiting?" The results, from more than 600 responses, spanned from Drogheda, Ireland to Cape Town, South Africa. Here are the 15 cities that topped the list of dream destinations. 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

The Way We Work

A Female Engineer in the Middle East: Online Work & Gender Equality

March 7, 2014 by

She was stuck at home and frustrated about it. For Nermin Fawzi Sa’d, moving with her husband from Jordan to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia had seemingly derailed her career. As a mechanical engineer, the country’s strict laws forbidding mixed-gender workplaces kept her from pursuing her ambitions. But then she discovered a game-changer for women throughout the Middle East: the power of online work. Read Full Article

Digital Nomads

Sue: Made a Plan, Then Took the Digital Nomad Leap

March 5, 2014 by

To realize her vision for her life, Sue Brummeler made one big decision: to quit her job, launch her first business (Online Cottage Rental), and in doing so become a Digital Nomad. Three years later, Sue and her family are thriving and enjoying spending time together. Now, Sue can work from the beach beside her Florida condo, or from the living room of a rustic cottage in Northern Ontario. Work is no longer a specific place for her. 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

The Way We Work

Lessons from Foxycart's DIY Remote Hackathon

February 11, 2014 by

After participating in several hackathons, Luke Stokes, CTO and co-founder of Foxycart, was inspired: Why not recreate that experience by holding an internal hackathon? With a distributed team spread across seven time zones, this type of focused, real-time collaboration was a rare event. Despite a slew of challenges, Foxycart's remote hackathon came off successfully and proved to be an opportunity for team growth. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

My 5 Top Freelancing Freedoms (That Can Be Yours, Too)

February 5, 2014 by

I have found that working for myself has given me so much freedom and flexibility to live the life that I want to live, while at the same time helping others bring their business dreams to life. What could possibly be better than working for yourself, being there for your loved ones, and creating a life you are passionate about? There’s nothing more freeing than that and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Read Full Article

Digital Nomads

Jay: Ex Million-Mile Commuter Turned Digital Nomad

February 4, 2014 by

In 2011, tired of recycled air, bland food, drab office interiors and too much time away from family, entrepreneur Jay Shapiro made the decision to sell his digital advertising agency and found Infinite Monkeys, a DIY mobile apps tools site—that he built as an entirely location-independent business, relying on support from a virtual team. Taking advantage of his newfound freedom to work wherever he wants, Jay and his family began touring the world. They also took their “home” with them, in the form of a custom-built “Eco-Roamer,” a 33-foot camper van fashioned entirely out of sustainable materials. Jay designed the camper to serve as both a second home and mobile headquarters for his blossoming virtual business. Read Full Article

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Bernard: A Digital Nomad in Southeast Asia

February 4, 2014 by

Sights and sounds that many of us will never experience are just another stop on the road for Bernard Vukas—from the towers of Ottoman mosques in Turkey, to the spicy aromas of rice and curry shops in Thailand, to the sounds of crashing waves just outside his workspace in the Philippines. Bernard is a Digital Nomad—and this lifestyle is growing in popularity. A Microsoft Office & Office 365 software developer originally from Croatia, Bernard has reinvented how he lives and works, pursuing a lifestyle of adventure and travel. 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