The Way We Work

New Platform Offers Benefits to U.S. Freelancers

October 7, 2014 by

In an economy where nearly 1 in 3 people is an independent worker — more than 53 million Americans — freelancers know firsthand that the way we work is changing. Often, the services they need haven't kept pace. That's why Elance-oDesk and Freelancers Union, the leading freelancer advocacy group in the U.S., are joining forces to help professionals get the support they need to thrive through the National Benefits Platform. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Perspectives on the Future of Work: September 29th

September 29, 2014 by

What's the latest news about the future of work? This week's roundup highlights why you should work with people who add different perspectives and experiences, how innovation can start with the relationships you already have, ten phrases that fall flat with potential investors, and advice about choosing the right tax professional for your business as year-end approaches. 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

5 Healthier Ways to Save Time at Meal Time

September 9, 2014 by

One of the things Melanie Feltham struggled with when she first started freelancing was living a healthy lifestyle. Before long, she found that frequently busy days led to more high-fat, high-sugar, ready-made items from local restaurants, delis, and grocery stores. The results weren't good, but she soon figured out how she could save time and eat well. Read Full Article

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

Digital Nomads

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

The Way We Work

Perspectives on the Future of Work: June 16th

June 16, 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 highlights advice for people working remotely — whether from home or on the road — and advice for executives and managers who are considering remote work for their organizations but haven't found the best approach. Read Full Article