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Job seekers flood IT staffing site

Job seekers flood IT staffing site

Patrick Thibodeau

The increase may be a sign that like outsourcing, contract work may be countercyclical in a troubled economy. "We're seeing companies that are trying to do more with less," said Swart. There are now 157,000 providers, or work seekers, on the site. About a third of those are in the U.S.

Report from AlwaysOn Venture Summit: We’re not dead yet!

Report from AlwaysOn Venture Summit: We’re not dead yet!

Dean Takahashi

Among the pitches that resonated was one from oDesk, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based company that creates a marketplace for online work teams. Its web site enables companies to hire freelance talent on demand, manage them, watch exactly how much work they do, and then pay them accordingly.

Websites that help you chill

Websites that help you chill

Allan Hoffman

I recently decided to see how quickly I could hire someone for a discrete task, which involved assembling web-based information and formatting it in a Microsoft Word document. I decided to look for help at oDesk, a service for hiring programmers, data entry experts and other specialists from around the world.

Home work being closely watched

Home work being closely watched

Ian Hardy
oDesk takes care of every aspect of the relationship from invoicing to international payments, and intellectual property rights to taxes. This makes it easier for companies to hire workers across borders, while providers from almost any country can to sign up, set their own hourly rate and start bidding for work.
World of freelance talent at oDesk's fingertips

World of freelance talent at oDesk's fingertips

William-Arthur Haynes
ODesk has created a "team room" for each company, a virtual brick and mortar place of business. This is where a contractor logs, essentially punching a time card. The oDesk platform provides the company, which hired the contractor, with a screenshot of the contractor's desktop six times an hour at random intervals.

14 things to do if you are laid off from a tech job

14 things to do if you are laid off from a tech job

Rafe Needleman
3. Get project work. You may not have a daily gig, but you still have your skills, and there are people who need them. Head over to a project marketplace like oDesk and pick up some work.

Ways to Snag Extra Cash in a Recession Economy

Ways to Snag Extra Cash in a Recession Economy

Tory Johnson
oDesk connects skilled professionals such as software developers, graphic designers, copywriters and sales reps with businesses that are eager to hire freelancers for project-based and hourly work. oDesk says it has seen a 16 percent increase over last month of new freelancers looking for 15 hours of work or less per week.

Interview: oDesk’s CEO on Opportunities for Web Workers

Interview: oDesk’s CEO on Opportunities for Web Workers

Samuel Dean

oDesk is a truly global marketplace. Close to 40% of the the 10,000+ new jobs posted every month are made by non-U.S. buyers. Applying for jobs with overseas buyers is no different than applying for jobs with U.S. buyers.
With over $46 million in work delivered through our system, oDesk is experiencing explosive growth. The value of services bought and sold on oDesk has nearly tripled in each of the past two years, representing our most substantial growth period to date. 120,000+ providers from over 100 countries now offer their services on oDesk with the addition of 86,000 new providers in just 12 months. Over 50,000 jobs have been filled through oDesk at an average hourly job size of 315 hours.

Help Wanted -- and Found

Help Wanted -- and Found

Raymund Flandez
Gary Swart, oDesk's chief executive, says his company fills several needs. "Small businesses need access to talent that's not available in their geography, and they need a flexible work force," he says.
Says Mr. Einspruch, "If you're a start-up, you have to go outside the area" for tech help, otherwise you are putting "all your eggs in one basket."

Controversy over work from home tech

Controversy over work from home tech

Teresa Garcia
Lisa Newton does freelance data research from the privacy of her Belmont home, but she knows her client can watch what she's doing at any time.
Newton works through a Menlo Park-based, online-services marketplace called oDesk - which for a fee, connects businesses with nearly 100,000 job seekers who can provide their services via a computer.

Talking About Working From Home

Talking About Working From Home

Marci Alboher
For the skilled knowledge worker, the free-agent market is alive and well on sites like oDesk...hirers are looking for great value without the overhead and they get to connect with someone who wants to work from home. It is very efficient.

Work At Home Jobs

Jim Donovan, 3 On Your Side
Odesk can match you up with clients who need your services.
Robyn says they're available if "you're a graphic designer, you are a pr pro, you're a talented designer or you're a Web site developer."

Start-Up Offers a Way to Pay Workers Abroad

Start-Up Offers a Way to Pay Workers Abroad

Claire Cain Miller
oDesk, a Web site that connects technology service providers with people who want to hire them, uses Payoneer to pay its own employees and as an option for providers on the site to get paid. One-third of them choose Payoneer - mostly people living outside the United States.
"The people outside of the United States like that it’s faster access to their money at a lower cost," said Gary Swart, oDesk’s chief executive.

Tool Allows Employers to Keep Tabs on Remote Workers

Tool Allows Employers to Keep Tabs on Remote Workers

Agatha Gilmore
They're common complaints these days: rising gas prices, a crumbling economy, a shrinking talent pool. As a result, more and more companies are looking for ways to outsource effectively, and many are struggling to find a viable solution.
Enter oDesk, an online tool that allows companies to hire, manage and pay remote workers as if they were in the office. The company, started in 2004, was initially created to respond to developing economic and workplace trends, said CEO Gary Swart.
Freelance slackers, beware: Big Brother is watching

Freelance slackers, beware: Big Brother is watching

David Leach
Among dozens of freelance-for-hire websites, oDesk.com has carved out a fast-expanding and controversial niche by allowing employers not only to contract long-distance temporary workers but also to remotely monitor them on the job.
Find Home-Based Work Online

Find Home-Based Work Online

Tory Johnson
oDesk.com CEO Gary Swart speaks about home-based contracted work (video interview).

Five Best Work-From-Home Jobs

Five Best Work-From-Home Jobs

Tory Johnson
Businesses are increasingly hiring home-based freelancers to perform tasks ranging from software development to writing press materials... Post your profile and take optional assessment tests to measure your skill level. Then search the job postings and place bids on the opportunities that work for you.

No (Work) Place Like Home:  Money-Making Opportunities For At-Home Wrokers Are On The Rise

No (Work) Place Like Home: Money-Making Opportunities For At-Home Wrokers Are On The Rise

Tory Johnson
Businesses are increasingly hiring individuals off-site to perform tasks ranging from coding Web sites to writing press materials, offering many opportunities for stay-at-homers... she's not failing to appreciate what she calls the best thing about her new work - being able to do it from her Upper West Side apartment.
"I get to roll out of bed and start working," she says.

Work at Home? Your Employer May Be Watching

Work at Home? Your Employer May Be Watching

Sue Shellenbarger

One oDesk buyer, Juliana Carroll, a Manhattan financial-services consultant, says she has saved as much as 25% using oDesk freelancers because they turn out more work faster than contractors she has found on her own.