Digital Nomads

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

The Way We Work

The Top 5 Most Ridiculous—But Awesome—Home Offices

January 22, 2014 by

Freelancers and entrepreneurs often have the freedom to work from home. To get the most from those hours, we organize a workspace to make it our own. But in most cases, this space still blends into the rest of the house; this makes it more difficult to get into work mode than if the office was elsewhere. One fix is to create an office space that reflects your personality while also promoting hard work and creativity. I sometimes dream of creating a space so awesome, it could only be described as…well, ridiculously awesome! Here are my top five inspirations, starting with the least ridiculous. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

The Next Silicon Valley is Closer Than You Think

January 13, 2014 by

Researchers found that cities known for supporting “anchor institutions” like large companies and well-funded universities (e.g., Boston, Mass.) employed significantly more technology inventors, but they were not producing a proportionally larger amount of citation-weighted patents. What’s the takeaway of these findings? The best cities for technology innovation have a varied ecosystem, with at least one large institution and many smaller companies. oDesk’s own VP Matt Cooper takes this discussion one step further in his Inc. column, arguing that the rise of online collaboration tools has rendered geographic location all but moot. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

The Online Work Revolution: Are You Ready?

January 9, 2014 by

A rapidly growing number of businesses are turning to online work, where they can hire the best talent for any project—efficiently building and managing teams that span the US and even the globe. Whether you’re in engineering, sales, marketing, operations, or customer support, many of your peers and competitors are already leveraging online work. To make sure you stay ahead of the curve, check out oDesk's new white paper, "The Online Work Revolution," which is full of practical examples about creating and managing a remote workforce. It invites you to take inventory of your existing efforts to see if any of the "types of work being done online" apply to your company, in which case you could see significant benefits from trying online work. You can also read about how leading companies reap the benefits of online work, and learn how to implement online work at your company. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

The Way You Work: Freelancer Stan Smith on the Demand for Niche Skills

December 11, 2013 by

Stanley Smith worked for 34+ years as an algorithm engineer and business consultant, but he craved more work in algorithms and struggled to find local projects for such a specialized area of expertise. So he decided to look beyond local projects and work on oDesk, where he found that there was a huge demand for his skill set. After discovering the high demand for niche expertise on online platforms, Stanley now advises others with specialized skills to also try freelancing as a way to develop their skills in the area that they most enjoy. 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

The Way We Work

Leading From a Distance: The Art of Remote Management

November 5, 2013 by

The traditional management playbook would argue that supervisors need to be based in-office. But two established organizations think otherwise. Both Teach for America and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are empowering their managers to work out of the office. They’re giving them the tools, training and flexibility to lead their teams remotely—and reaping benefits both corporately and through individual employee job satisfaction. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Why Your Developers May Be More Productive Working Remotely

November 4, 2013 by

“There’s an uninterrupted brain state you have to go into when you’re coding, and it requires an uninterrupted train of thought. Interruptions are very disruptive to developers when they’re in that brain state. So one of the major advantages of working remotely is that you’re not being subjected to constant interruptions; any of our developers will tell us that. It’s a clear advantage to not be in the office.” It can be argued, therefore, that developers working remotely are more productive than those in the office. Not convinced? This might change your mind. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

The Way You Work: Joshua Warren’s Journey From oDesk Freelancer to Thriving Client

October 23, 2013 by

With experience both as an oDesk freelancer and client, Joshua Warren has a unique perspective on online work. While working as a web development freelancer on oDesk, he gradually increased his rate from $15/hour to $95/hour. Yet he was still getting an overwhelming number of web development project requests, so he started hiring oDesk freelancers to help. Now Joshua is at the helm of a booming web development business, Creatuity, that currently employs 23 people, 13 of which are remote and deliver all work online. While growing his company, he honed his own best practices for hiring and managing online talent. Below are five of our favorite oDesk success strategies from Joshua. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Why Coworking Is on the Rise

October 17, 2013 by

Work is no longer a place. Telecommuting, freelancing and online work have been growing for years, and the lines between our professional and personal lives are increasingly blurry. We make dinner reservations from the office, and take our conference calls from the dinner table. As work becomes less routine and more results-focused, people are coming back together to foster collaboration based around results. A movement is taking shape—the rise of coworking. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

The Way You Work: SMB Owner Marjorie Asturias Shares Her oDesk Success Tips

October 10, 2013 by

By using online freelancers as the foundation of her business, Marjorie Asturias has grown her social media marketing company while working the way she wants. “We are a virtual company," she said. "I had an office a couple of years ago...until I remembered part of the reason I started this business was because I hated going into an office!” While growing her own virtual business, she has developed her own strategies to best attract, hire and manage her online workforce. Here are six of our favorite oDesk success tips and tricks from Marjorie. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Pitching Remote Work: Making Your Case For Telecommuting

October 9, 2013 by

Digital marketing pro Ryan Gibson had just been offered the perfect job with travel app Asia Rooms. But there was a catch, and it was a big one: he’d have to either relocate from his home in Leeds, England to the island nation of Singapore or commute 90 miles (round-trip) to Manchester. Instead of turning the offer down, however, Gibson pitched a different idea: remote work. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Self-Employed & Loving It: Pros of All Ages Choose Independence

October 3, 2013 by

There are 17.7 million independent workers in the U.S. at the moment, according to the newly released State of Independence in America report from MBO Partners, and they are overwhelmingly satisfied with the path they've taken. “Most independents choose and plan to continue this path because they want control over their lives, including the ability to determine when, where and what type of work they do,” the report’s authors explain, citing a survey of more than 4,000 independent workers in the U.S. That sense of being in charge is what has even more professionals poised to join their ranks—regardless of age. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

The Way You Work: iOS Mobile App Development Expert Salvatore Balzano

September 19, 2013 by

A senior developer for an IT company in Italy doing telecom, Salvatore Balzano moved to Spain and began searching for a flexible work solution that would allow him to travel and earn a good living. Unfortunately, his move coincided with the global economic downturn, and he found that the companies in Spain were unable to compensate him appropriately. Then Salvatore turned to the online workplace. He joined oDesk, landed a few projects and now works with clients from Denmark to Portland, doing iOS mobile app development. "Now I earn a good living doing iOS on oDesk," he says. "I’m working with people from all over the world, learning about them and their culture." Here's his story and its top takeaways for aspiring freelance developers. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

6 Ways Authors Can Use Virtual Assistants

September 16, 2013 by

Content is the currency of a writer’s business, so authors need to maximize their efforts toward that goal if they want to be successful. Their time is best spent perfecting their craft, putting the pen to paper (or more likely the cursor to the screen), and writing the next chapter in their book. One way to really take that effort to the next level is to utilize a virtual assistant, who can help with all the non-writing tasks that go into each writing project. Here are six ways authors (or writers of any type) can leverage a virtual assistant (VA). Read Full Article