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Web programming, Web design top list of hot online jobs in 2011

Web programming, Web design top list of hot online jobs in 2011

Looking for a tech job in the new year? Focus your efforts on Web programming and Web design. Those jobs topped the list as the online marketplace oDesk released its analysis of the best tech jobs going into 2011
Get a Head Start on Planning for 2011

Get a Head Start on Planning for 2011

For business owners, the tinsel and trappings of the holiday season also indicate it’s time to pin down your business plans for the coming year. While you should always be looking toward the future, the new year provides an opportunity to reflect, appreciate and lay the groundwork for a successful year for you and your team. When considering where to put your focus over the next 365 days, here are the top areas small businesses are investing in.
Top Online Jobs for 2010 and Predictions for the Year Ahead

Top Online Jobs for 2010 and Predictions for the Year Ahead

The jobs picture is a news item that gets a lot of attention. Deserving more attention are the opportunities that can come to people if they work online. The online work economy reflects how the physical location of any person or object has less meaning that it ever has. We say the network is flattening but our sense of geography is changing, too. It's another sign of how significant the trends are that we follow in cloud computing and virtualization. The job data from oDesk shows how the ecosystem for online employment connects to trends we see on the Web and in the mobile markets. It also shows the connections between different job categories. The demand for Web developers is tied to the need for people with social media expertise. The need for networking technology expertise is part of what drives demand for more software. So if you are looking for a job we have some advice: Rest your weary feet and take a seat. There are jobs to be found online.
How to break into the video-game industry

How to break into the video-game industry

Breaking into the video game industry doesn't require fancy degrees, insider knowledge or a well-connected ex-roommate. Better still, anyone can do it right from home and get started overnight.
Weighing Costs, Companies Favor Temporary Help

Weighing Costs, Companies Favor Temporary Help

Temporary workers are starting to look, well, not so temporary. Despite a surge this year in short-term hiring, many American businesses are still skittish about making those jobs permanent, raising concerns among workers and some labor experts that temporary employees will become a larger, more entrenched part of the work force.
SPECIAL REPORT: Online Employment 2010 Review and Future Predictions About the State of the Borderless Economy

SPECIAL REPORT: Online Employment 2010 Review and Future Predictions About the State of the Borderless Economy

Online work is creating an economy of opportunity–where work is not linked to location, but to skills, experience and abilites. This shift towards a flexible, on-demand workforce is becoming an established hiring model for companies of all sizes to get more done with less, scale to meet demand, and increase efficiency. For workers, this allows them to manage their own work-life balance, get paid based on merit, and access an entire world of work opportunities.
Online Freelance Jobs Are Hot, but Can You Afford to Take Them?

Online Freelance Jobs Are Hot, but Can You Afford to Take Them?

The dawn of the contract technology worker era is here, and it’s blossoming in numbers never seen before, finds two reports. Mobile development in Android, iPhone and Facebook, HTML5 and Adobe Flash skills are hot now and in 2011. Hourly rates on two of the largest freelance job boards, however, show not much more earnings than an assistant manager’s rate at Starbucks.
Hot IT Jobs for the Year Ahead

Hot IT Jobs for the Year Ahead

With employment in the U.S. stagnant if not slipping, there's plenty of interest in job opportunities. One of the biggest growth areas has been freelance and contract work aided by technology advances that enable more jobs to be done remotely, either from home or in a mobile office situation.
Cover Story: The Demand Economy

Cover Story: The Demand Economy

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: oDesk has revenue of $120 million and a three-year growth rate of 1,058 percent. CEO Gary Swart says demand is "unbounded." Here's how to gain access to a potentially huge untapped market.
Jobs Picture May Be Rosier Than Report: E-Hiring Exec

Jobs Picture May Be Rosier Than Report: E-Hiring Exec

Employment improved slightly in October, but if the government's data also measured online remote contractors, the numbers would come out even better, Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk, a global employment platform, told CNBC Friday. [VIDEO]
oDesk October Online Jobs Report

oDesk October Online Jobs Report

In addition to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Unemployment report, we will be adding some more color from online labor market leader oDesk.
Seven Ways to Retain Top Employees

Seven Ways to Retain Top Employees

In lieu of big bonuses or raises, start-up CEOs traditionally satisfy top-notch employees by handing over equity in the company. However, when growth slows, that equity stake can lose some of its luster. Here, Entrepreneur looks at 7 ways companies can keep their top performing employees.
Fantastic Tools For The Entrepreneur’s Toolkit

Fantastic Tools For The Entrepreneur’s Toolkit

Natalie Sisson always on the lookout for tools, products and services that help her streamline her business and save time and money. It’s all part of her master plan to free up time and run her business from anywhere in the world. So without further ado here are six of her top tools that you should know about and use for your business.
HOW TO: Build an App for Your Small Business

HOW TO: Build an App for Your Small Business

So, you’re a small or medium-sized business, and you want to build a Facebook, mobile or web app. You’re undertaking something that’s both simple and ambitious, and you’re probably looking for a bit of help.
Offshoring no longer just for big companies

Offshoring no longer just for big companies

Much of the anger over offshoring is aimed at big multinational companies like IBM, which have been shifting a growing number of jobs overseas, and their clients, many of which are also large global companies. But a Contra Costa Times article spotlights an interesting trend: startups that hire contract workers in low-cost countries through online job sites.
Offshore contracting a factor in stubborn jobless numbers

Offshore contracting a factor in stubborn jobless numbers

Why is it that unemployment in Silicon Valley remains stubbornly high when so many companies of various sizes are looking to hire? One reason, is that the valley's labor pool has truly gone global -- and H-1B visas have nothing to do with it.
37 Productivity Tips for Working From Anywhere

37 Productivity Tips for Working From Anywhere

The days of shackling your business to a brick and mortar office are over. Even people who work primarily in traditional offices occasionally find themselves working on the road or from their kitchen tables. This flexibility is great in a lot of ways, but each new work setting also brings with it a new set of productivity challenges. We asked people who work from home, from coworking spaces, in coffee shops, on the road and in offices to share their secrets for a productive day no matter where they’re working. The following are the highlights of their collective advice.
Problem Solved: Freelance Hiring Made Easy

Problem Solved: Freelance Hiring Made Easy

Finding a person in the U.S. or overseas to do contract work can be risky; after all, there’s little a small business can do to control the outcome. Enter oDesk, an online marketplace that helps small businesses hire, manage, and pay remote freelancers.
Freelancers and Temps See Mixed Signals of a Recovery

Freelancers and Temps See Mixed Signals of a Recovery

While the unemployment rate for full-time employees has remained frustratingly high, the sector of the workforce specializing in contract, freelance and short-term jobs has taken on a split personality of sorts.