The Way We Work

The Way You Work: Ruby on Rails Expert Freelancer Marcel Morgan

September 5, 2013 by

Marcel Morgan knew the corporate life wasn’t for him. Despite his comfortable corporate job as a web developer, the Jamaica-based Ruby on Rails expert felt stuck because he wasn’t able to work on projects that interested him. So Marcel started freelancing through oDesk on nights and weekends, building a part-time business in addition to his full-time job. As his client list grew longer and his online reputation grew stronger, he decided it was time to quit his corporate job to freelance full time on oDesk. "I knew it was the right thing for me to do," he said. "I couldn’t be happier.” Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

Managing an Online Team: The Top 3 Best Practices From oDesk Pros

August 29, 2013 by

Despite their rapid growth in adoption, flexible work strategies are still in their infancy—which means there are few widely known best practices on hiring and managing an online team. But we consider ourselves lucky—we have a whole community of oDeskers who are seasoned online work experts, ready and willing to share their wisdom. And with that in mind, we are happy to introduce our all-new Client Resource Center, made possible by the many inspiring stories and best practices from some of our favorite users. In the Client Resource Center, you’ll find inspirational stories, client videos, and our free eBook, which all feature proven tips from real-life oDesk clients. But here you can get a sneak peek into 3 of their best pieces of advice. Read Full Article

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The Way You Work: oDesk Client Adam Neary

August 28, 2013 by

Turning to the online workplace to power his company was Adam Neary’s Hail Mary. His company, Profitably, a financial analytics platform for small and midsize businesses, was just two years old and suffering a deep backslide. Using online work, his company did the impossible. He explains, “What we were not able to do with nearly $1.5 million in person, we’ve done there and back again for significantly less. Instead of having six generalists in New York City, we found an army of specialists on oDesk. It has been huge for us." Now a seasoned expert with online work, Adam has refined his strategies for making the most of online workplaces. Here are three pearls of wisdom he has shared with us. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

Best of Tip Tuesday: Online Work Advice from Real oDesk Freelancers & Clients

August 27, 2013 by

In our weekly ‘Tip Tuesday’ posts on Facebook, we ask our community about working and hiring on oDesk and invite them to respond with their top tips. We have been amazed by the wealth of knowledge and expertise we received; thank you all for your great comments! Though it was difficult to choose our favorite responses among so many valuable tips, below are this month’s winners. Read Full Article

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Teacher In The Cloud: Online Education Opens New Opportunities

August 26, 2013 by

Leslie Fetzer's passion for helping students succeed has driven her to innovate on the cutting edge of education: online classrooms. This award-winning teacher rarely enters a traditional classroom; instead, her main office is her computer desk — at her home in Holly Springs, NC. She believes that the freedom and flexibility online education provides helps make a difference in the lives of her students. And she's not alone. More and more teaching professionals are discovering that the world of online education offers new ways to harness and share their love of teaching. Read Full Article

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The Way You Work: oDesk Freelancer Siobhan Gallagher

August 21, 2013 by

Siobhan Gallagher was living the dream — she had left a job as an executive assistant in New York City and relocated to France to work on her novel. There was only one problem. “It’s virtually impossible to get a job here in France if you’re not fluent in French, which I’m not,” she said. “It was critical for me to network globally in order to garner sufficient clients to make a reasonable living.” So she turned to oDesk, and built her online career as a writer and editor. Read Full Article

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5 Tips for Building Your IT Infrastructure From Scratch

August 21, 2013 by

Successful businesses rely on a multitude of hardware, software, and service solutions to power their operations. But without prior IT experience, putting these products in place can be a daunting task. So how do you find and implement the right IT systems for your company? We talked with oDesk’s own IT Manager, Gordon Thomas, on how to approach building up an IT infrastructure with a long-term, sustainable strategy in mind. Read Full Article

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How to Foster a Work-Hard/Play-Hard Culture with Blended Teams

August 19, 2013 by

These days, it’s easy to think that adding a ping pong table or instituting Hawaiian Shirt Fridays is enough to create the work-hard, play-hard culture that has served companies like Google and Facebook so well. But in reality, it takes more than superficial perks to truly invigorate your company’s culture and transform it into a workplace where passionate people are knocking down your door trying to find out how they can join the company. It can be even more challenging to create this kind of culture when key members of your team work remotely, but that’s actually when it becomes most important. BusinessBee's Elli Bishop helps you get started with four critical tactics that will energize your business and establish a vibrant culture, fostering high productivity and record-breaking results. Read Full Article

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The Rise of Specialists Online: Growing Opportunity for a Long Tail of Skills

August 5, 2013 by

The Internet is the main driving force of long-tail markets, as suppliers of these more unique items are now able to tap into buyers via online marketplaces (such as eBay and Amazon). But what if the long tail phenomenon spread to a more advanced market, one that would bring a broader economic impact? In other words, what if it spread to the world of work? As oDesk approached $1 billion cumulative spent hiring via our site, I wondered if the long tail was taking hold in our online workplace. With the Internet opening up access to businesses and professionals worldwide, I hypothesized that plotting oDesk skills data would show a long tail. Read Full Article

All Things oDesk

The Way You Work: Behind the Scenes With oDesk Product Manager Sondra Suazo

July 25, 2013 by

Sondra Suazo, a product manager at oDesk, knows all about working flexibly—she recently moved from Silicon Valley (a few towns away from the oDesk HQ office in Redwood City, CA) to Santa Cruz. While she gained a breathtaking beachfront view, she also added more than 40 miles onto her commute—each way! We caught up with Sondra to learn how she made this move work (hint: it involves more frequent work-from-home days), how she works remotely, and what her favorite work-from-home tips are. Read Full Article

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5-Star Feedback: Your Greatest Asset in the Virtual Workforce

June 25, 2013 by

As any online worker will tell you, there’s something we all want more of: 5-star feedback ratings. This is particularly true for freelancers who are somewhat new to online work. As I’ve seen from personal experience, a stellar feedback score can rapidly boost your visibility to prospective clients and significantly accelerate your earning potential. Simply put, the oDesk feedback score is arguably an oDesker’s most valuable asset. So if feedback is indeed so important, how can you get more of it? What specific actions must you take as a freelancer? What should you do to avoid bad feedback? Here are some of my favorite feedback best practices. Read Full Article

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Virtual Newsroom Earns Pulitzer: An Interview With Editor David Sassoon

June 6, 2013 by

This year’s list of Pulitzer Prize winners included a first for the prestigious award: a completely virtual news agency. InsideClimate News, an online-only publication, won the National News Reporting category. The non-profit news agency is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, but only publisher David Sassoon clocks in at their official office. Other reporters and editors are flung across the U.S. — even around the globe. oDesk recently talked to publisher David Sassoon about the organization’s journey from a two-man blog to an award-winning investigative news site. Read Full Article