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Bloomberg's Cali Carlin reports on the growth in online jobs and the virtual workplace. This report includes comments from Gary Swart, chief executive officer of oDesk Corp., and Joshua Warren, a Web developer and oDesk user. Carlin reports on Bloomberg Television's "InBusiness With Margaret Brennan."
What about the success stories: those independent workers who have gone solo and managed to build successful businesses for themselves? They’re out there, and their stories aren’t all the same tales of solo practitioners earning the ability to work in their bathrobes and take home a comfortable but not impressive income.
Nilesh Lakhani is bringing an international financial view to a rapidly growing global online employment business at oDesk Corp.
Though companies typically hire more temporary workers in the wake of a recession in an attempt to ramp up their workforce after cutbacks, some analysts are pointing to recent temporary employment gains as evidence of a new workforce trend, sparking debate over whether or not businesses are making temporary employees a more permanent solution.
Since eBay paved the way, untold start-ups have followed in its footsteps by hoping to bring together buyers and sellers in a wide variety of verticals, using sophisticated business models to get the balance just right. But building an online marketplace, it turns out, is just another day in the old henhouse.
Tony Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of The Energy Project, Gary Swart, Chief Executive Officer of oDesk, and Sherry Turkle, author of "Alone Together", discuss the ways companies can build flexible and intelligent environments for virtual work and still maintain high levels of strategy and innovation.
Who is going to create the new jobs America so desperately needs to get our economy back on track? This question is a subject of ongoing debate. Will small businesses create them? Big business? Well, according to a new survey by online employment platform oDesk, new jobs are already being generated by remote hiring.
Back in the day, being a small business owner was a bit simpler. You needed help getting things done so you went out and hired people, usually locally, to work for you. The idea of hiring a staff member on the other side of the country -- or even the other side of the world -- was pretty much unheard of. But, as they say, "That was then; this is now."