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oDesk, Freelancers and the Future of Work

oDesk, Freelancers and the Future of Work

Earlier this week, Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup oDesk announced a new service called oDesk Staffing, which gives U.S.-based freelancers access to benefits (including health coverage, retirement plans and education savings accounts), along with other services. This move by oDesk, which describes itself as a marketplace for work, is a smart one, as it positions the company to take advantage of a major societal shift.
Contracting, Freelance Sites Abound for IT Workers

Contracting, Freelance Sites Abound for IT Workers

IT contracting and freelance work is up in 2009 mainly due to layoffs, pay cuts and other economic realities beaten to death in the media. The good news is there is no shortage of IT contracting and freelance technology work websites that let you advertise your skills, compete for work and build client reference lists.
IT Contracting: How to Get Started on Elance, oDesk

IT Contracting: How to Get Started on Elance, oDesk

IT professionals are increasingly turning to online freelance marketplaces such as Elance and oDesk to start new careers as full-time IT contractors or to supplement their incomes. The CEOs of Elance and oDesk, along with IT contractors using those sites, offer 13 practical tips for getting started in the online freelance marketplace and for standing out in a sea of global competition.
Quarter of workforce could become temps as contract work grows

Quarter of workforce could become temps as contract work grows

Some experts predict temporary workers could constitute up to a quarter of the workforce in a few years. Other industry officials are reporting an even bigger jump, partly because of a long-term shift to contractors in the workplace.
The Five-Second Commute

The Five-Second Commute

Amid the economy's many ailments, some good news has remained mostly off the radar: The at-home work force is growing, and it is encompassing new occupations ranging from radiology and nursing to auditing and teaching.
12 Offbeat Resources for Landing a Tech Job

12 Offbeat Resources for Landing a Tech Job

While most people know to turn to the big online job boards and social networks ranging from LinkedIn to Facebook to help land a new gig, there are a lot of off-the-beaten-track online paths that can be taken as well.
Tough times force creative tactics

Tough times force creative tactics

Human resource managers face the question every day: How to do more with less? This article provides examples of how innovative businesses find creative ways to succeed.
Outsourcing on steroids

Outsourcing on steroids

Futurist Ross Dawson says: “Online services exchanges are places where anyone anywhere can get people to perform services; it’s about the development of a global talent economy. Some services are commoditised – you might want someone to count the number of tennis balls in a photo for the lowest price possible. But they also allow you to find the best person for the job and price isn’t always the primary factor why you hire someone, sometimes it’s more about finding talented people. I use odesk and the last person I hired wasn’t in Egypt or Latvia - he was in New York.”
Is Freelancing in Your Work Future?

Is Freelancing in Your Work Future?

"The Future of Work" is an online presentation developed by oDesk, a global online platform that connects freelance talent with businesses of all sizes, to help workers consider how the shifts in business and technology are changing the way the world works, and how you can best position yourself for success. oDesk CEO Gary Swart shares some of the highlights, which should get you thinking about freelance opportunities and the way you work.
Unleashing Your Creativity While You're Moonlighting

Unleashing Your Creativity While You're Moonlighting

It's no secret that job security is a thing of the past. Taking on part-time work—especially in a creative arena you've always wanted to pursue—is one way to earn extra income and begin exploring new work opportunities before it becomes a necessity.
oDesk's oConomy Hits $100 Million

oDesk's oConomy Hits $100 Million

Today, oDesk's "oConomy" meter, which is the amount of money that is earned from workers on oDesk, hit $100 million.
oDesk’s oConomy Hits $100 Million

oDesk’s oConomy Hits $100 Million

Today, oDesk’s “oConomy” meter, which is the amount of money that is earned from workers on oDesk, hit $100 million. The oConomy showcases data from the work activity of 350,000+ oDesk users in over 150 countries.
Protectionism vs. the Innovation Nation

Protectionism vs. the Innovation Nation

The era of measuring national well-being by tallying how many and what kind of advanced products a country makes is long gone. In this article, Vivek Wadhwa explores the effect and promise of globalization.
Work From Home: 7 Companies Hiring Now

Work From Home: 7 Companies Hiring Now

Can you imagine how simple your life would be if you never had to drive to work? If you have the self-discipline to work from home, the right opportunity could help you get back those commute hours and gain some extra time each day to do whatever you want. If you're wondering where you can find such a job in a waning economy, here are seven companies hiring for work from home right now.
With oDesk’s iPhone App, Bosses Can Now Monitor Workers From The Beach

With oDesk’s iPhone App, Bosses Can Now Monitor Workers From The Beach

Startup oDesk was voted as a TechCrunch50’s demopit winner thanks to the launch of a new iPhone application that allows project administrators to monitor the work stream of their team members while they’re on the go. Today, oDesk’s free app is available on the App Store.
ODesk pulls up a chair for freelancers

ODesk pulls up a chair for freelancers

oDesk lets the marketplace determine freelancer value. That decision will translate to an estimated $66 million in wages paid in 2009, of which oDesk takes 10 percent. And the numbers are steadily increasing. Large companies like Network Solutions are using oDesk to hire, and others like Yahoo and Salesforce.com are certifying freelancers to do third-party work. Revenue was $520,000 in 2006 and is projected to be $6.6 million in 2009. For oDesk, the recession has spurred growth on as companies look to freelancers to cut costs.
Transitioning to a Free-Lance Job

Transitioning to a Free-Lance Job

For laid-off job seekers, contract and free-lance work can be a good way to make some money. But getting free-lance work requires a different approach than a traditional job search. "It's all brand new to somebody who is used to getting a paycheck every two weeks," says Kate Lister, author of "Undress for Success: The Naked Truth About Making Money at Home." Here's a guide on how to look for free-lance work...
oDesk Challenge gives startups a staffing kickstart

oDesk Challenge gives startups a staffing kickstart

oDesk has launched the oDesk Challenge, a program to help young startups piece together teams of staffers quickly and efficiently. The first 20 venture-backed startups to upload their job openings to oDesk will win free, premium services from the company — making it more of a challenge for oDesk than anyone else. Account managers from the company will scour its database of 320,000 job candidates, screen resumes, conduct interviews, and select the top workers for each startup.
Get More Done for Less

Get More Done for Less

Crowdsourcing is the social media way to get things done.

Inasmuch as crowdsourcing is a modern alternative to surveys and focus groups, it's also a way to get real work done. In other words, you can source the crowd to bid on work your company needs to complete.

A super-stable player in global marketplace crowdsourcing is oDesk. This 5-year-old company is quietly stirring a revolution--one that CEO Gary Swart says is "changing how the world works."

Outsourcing Is Not Always a Dirty Word

Outsourcing Is Not Always a Dirty Word

There's a new trend in outsourcing, and it's not overseas. One of the fastest growing destinations for outsourced jobs is right here in the United States.
Is Freelancing Right for You?

Is Freelancing Right for You?

The perks are tempting: mid-morning jogs, hours billed from a café in Paris or from your back porch, not needing permission to skip a day to take care of a sick child. But does it make sense for you to take the plunge into freelance life?