All Things oDesk

“Straight-Shootin’” Insights from oDesk’s Events in Texas

October 18, 2012 by

The oDesk team recently traveled down to the thriving startup hub of Austin, Texas, to host both a client user group and a Contractor Appreciation Day (and to have some really great barbecue). We met with an extremely entrepreneurial and passionate group of both clients and contractors, who had some great insights to share about how to build a business on oDesk. Here were the top three highlights. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

“Less-Owning Startups” and the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

October 16, 2012 by

What do you get when you combine a high rate of entrepreneurship with a new mentality regarding ownership? You get today’s millennial generation—and that confluence has significant implications for the economy and the future of entrepreneurship, according to oDesk CEO Gary Swart. In his recent article for Forbes, Gary discusses how millennials' high entrepreneurship rate, as well as their tendency to prefer "access to ownership" instead of ownership itself, will change the way startups are structured in the future. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

How Results-Focused Management Empowers Remote Teams

October 2, 2012 by

Many organizations have revolutionized their culture, embraced remote work and fostered spikes in productivity by embracing a Results Only Work Environment (ROWE). Best Buy pioneered the methodology, which is now being practiced by both the private sector and public sector. In this article, Charles Brian Quinn, president of Highgroove Studios, talks about his company's experience implementing ROWE. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Connecting Americans to Jobs: FCC & oDesk Discuss Broadband Internet Access and Job Creation

September 12, 2012 by

On Monday night, we were pleased to host a dinner discussion with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, on the topic of broadband Internet access and its role in job creation. The topic is an important one: currently 19 million Americans are without Internet access. That represents 19 million Americans who could be working online, building their careers and bringing money into the U.S. economy. For a sense of the opportunity lost there, consider that, to date this year, businesses have spent $32 million hiring U.S. contractors online through oDesk. But that’s just the beginning—the overall online work market is expected to reach $1B by the end of this year. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Large-Scale Experiment Shows Working From Home Improves Performance, Reduces Costs

August 27, 2012 by

While evidence shows that telecommuting can improve productivity and employee satisfaction, some businesses still have lingering concerns that remote workers will shirk their responsibilities given such flexibility and lack of supervision. One major Chinese company recently decided to find out for sure. In perhaps the largest-scale remote work study conducted to date, CTrip—China’s largest travel agency with a $5 billion valuation on NASDAQ and 13,000 employees—set out to investigate the benefits, drawbacks and feasibility of implementing a widespread work-from-home policy. The results, published by Stanford’s Economics Department and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, with cooperation from CTrip, were overwhelmingly positive. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Small Town Living, Big Town Talent

August 22, 2012 by

Tom Rupsis moved to a small town in Montana so his kids could be close to family. But the beautiful scenery and small-town charm did nothing to alleviate hiring challenges for his growing IT consulting business. He needed to fill several technical positions, but found most applicants minimally qualified for the job. His situation is not unique: While studies have shown that rural residents generally live happier and less stressful lives than their urban counterparts, they also have their challenges. One problem that significantly affects businesses in smaller communities is “brain drain”—the flight of technical talent from rural areas to urban centers. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Truly Lean Startups Use Online Contract Developers

July 30, 2012 by

The Lean Startup methodology is a great way to launch your new business idea as quickly and efficiently as possible. The practice has also spawned the Lean Software Development concept, which focuses on developing software in a lean manner—primarily by eliminating all forms of waste in the development process. However, the truly cutting-edge lean startups are taking it to a new level by using teams of contract developers to develop not only their web presence but also their product itself. Read Full Article

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Contractors Average 190% Earnings Growth in 3 Years: What’s Driving This Potential?

July 25, 2012 by

Online work provides a huge opportunity for people to grow their careers. After 36 months on oDesk, contractors earn an average of 190% more than they earned during their first month on the platform. The growth curve is dramatic: oDesk contractors increase their earnings by an average of 60% during the first year alone. In addition to tenure on oDesk, we looked at two significant factors that accelerate earnings growth for contractors on the platform: education and prior (non-oDesk) work experience. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Meeting of Minds: Balancing Collaboration With Individual Creativity

July 25, 2012 by

Research shows that we tend to collaborate better electronically than we do in person—when the conditions are right. Otherwise, brainstorming as a group instead of on our own can be a lot less effective than reputation might lead you to believe. Applying these three methods for collaboration can elevate your team's brainstorming from time-wasting to creative dynamite. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Online Sourcing Enhances Staffing

July 24, 2012 by

Matt Cooper, oDesk's VP of Marketplace Operations, is now a guest columnist for Staffing Industry Analysts' new blog, The Staffing Stream. Matt's first post, Online Sourcing Enhances Staffing, discusses the relationship between online work and traditional local staffing, as well as what the future of work will look like. Read Full Article