Startup Resources

Vivino’s Distributed Team Uncorks World’s #1 Wine App

January 22, 2015 by

When the team at Vivino said they wanted to create the biggest wine database in the world, founder and CEO Heini Zachariassen says people told them they were “completely nuts.” In this interview with oDesk, Heini explains how, by recruiting remote data and Agile engineering teams, they didn’t just build that database — they launched the world’s largest wine community. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Here’s to an amazing 2015!

January 9, 2015 by

With more than 9 million registered freelancers and 3.5 million registered clients, Elance-oDesk is more than just an online workplace. Thanks to you, it’s a vibrant global community that’s changing the way the world works. Check out some of our community stories with the interactive version of our 2014 Annual Impact Report! Read Full Article

Digital Nomads

Home, Café or Coworking? How to Find the Best Workspace

December 11, 2014 by

During our last six months of working from the road (Jeremy is writing a book and Sondra is a Product Manager for Elance-oDesk), we’ve had our share of panicked moments when our workspaces have failed us. Whether it’s a bad Internet connection, lack of quiet privacy for a video call, or rickety chairs better suited to a children’s tea party, in each of these moments we’ve fearfully thought, “Oh no, will we have to go home to a traditional office?” Here’s what we’ve learned after six months of working from coworking spaces, cafés and apartments. Read Full Article

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Distant Money: How Remote Bookkeepers Manage Financials from Afar

October 22, 2014 by

If you love finances and have accounting expertise, there are plenty of entrepreneurs who could use your services. You don’t even need to be nearby: there are many online job opportunities to help out these small business owners. Toni Burleson has been working remotely as a bookkeeper and virtual assistant for the last 16 years. We recently spoke to her about how she got started, what the job requires, and her advice for other financial experts who would like to explore online work. Read Full Article

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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

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3 Digital Nomads Living A Life Less Ordinary

July 2, 2014 by

Gisela, Michael, and Rocco are Digital Nomads who've ditched their desks to pursue a life less ordinary, taking work with them while on the go. Nomads don't always plan their lifestyle, however — sometimes they see an opportunity and just take the leap. These three are living inspiring, productive lives, doing what they love wherever they want to be. Read Full Article

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Radhika: A Traveling Foodie

April 17, 2014 by

Radhika Basuthakur has always had the "travel bug"—she's wanted to see the world for as long as she can remember. But for many, including herself, traveling can be difficult. "Life gets in the way, so you don't travel as much," she reflected. Now, her days are colorful and varied, especially when it comes to food. "Food is the biggest part of any trip." 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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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

The Way We Work

How Range Master Took Its Retail Store Online

February 26, 2014 by

In 2008, sales for tactical gear store Range Master were good, but not incredible. Located in a storefront in San Luis Obispo, CA, cash flow came almost exclusively from in-store customers—and Collin Perry wanted more. For several years, e-commerce transactions had steadily become a bigger and bigger part of the retail industry’s overall sales. As the sales and marketing director, Perry recognized that Range Master, his father’s store, was missing out on that trend. Knowing he needed expert help, he decided to enlist online talent to take his brick-and-mortar store online. 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

Digital Nomads

How I Used oDesk to Quit My Day Job

February 20, 2014 by

In 2011, Lise Carter wasn't happy in her day job. She didn't feel like she was progressing, and felt really bored and restless. She started freelance writing on the side, and her efforts took off; within a year, she quit her day job to focus on her freelance business. How did she do it? In this guest post, she shares her story and advice. Read Full Article

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Tech Beyond London: Dom Bracher’s Startup Story

February 10, 2014 by

Entrepreneurs aren't afraid to break away from tradition, and British freelancer-turned-business-owner Dom Bracher's early career path demonstrates just that. Not interested in moving from his rural hometown in southwest England to London, he chose to stay put. Now he runs a thriving mobile app marketing business and, in this interview, shares his oDesk advice for freelancers and business owners. Read Full Article

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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