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An event held at Metavallon Hub on the emergence of online work and how Greek startups and freelancers may benefit from the unfolding opportunities. Powered by oDesk.

An event held at Metavallon Hub on the emergence of online work and how Greek startups and freelancers may benefit from the unfolding opportunities. Powered by oDesk.

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  • 1. Powered by oDesk Welcome! w: metavallon.orghashtag: #staylocalgoglobal f: /metavalloncheck-in: Metavallon Hub t: @metavallon
  • 2. Agenda 1 Stay Local, Team-up Global by Nikos Maroulis, oDesk 2 Developing my product with the help of oDesk by Alexander Louisos, Genetium 3 Stay Local, Work Global by Ioannis Foukarakis, Java Engineer, oDesk#staylocalgoglobal
  • 3. 1yu rtStay Local, Team-up Global by Nikos Maroulis, oDesk
  • 4. ~# whoami What I like to do: ! !Travel! !Code! !Create things! !Seek difficult problems to solve! ! Can all the above be combined?!#staylocalgoglobal
  • 5. The life @startup – Part I#staylocalgoglobal
  • 6. Life @startup – Part deux#staylocalgoglobal
  • 7. Life @startup – Part ***#staylocalgoglobal
  • 8. The life @oDesk#staylocalgoglobal
  • 9. Why online work?
  • 10. Evolution of remote work Online Work ! Outsourcing! Telecommuting! 1980 1990 2000 2010#staylocalgoglobal
  • 11. Fast, flexible on-demand work •  Hire in record time! ! •  Scale talent up and down to meet your needs! ! •  Free yourself to focus on your core business! ! 
 ! !#staylocalgoglobal
  • 12. Unbounded access to global talent ! •  Attract talent from over 140 countries worldwide! ! •  Find unique or in-demand skill sets not available in your area! ! ! !#staylocalgoglobal
  • 13. Rates for any budget •  Extend your funding runway! ! •  Reduce operating costs!#staylocalgoglobal
  • 14. Why oDesk?
  • 15. oDesk: World’s largest online workplace Estimated Gross Services! 2012! oDesk ! ! 1.9x ! $360M! $310M! Other online ! workplaces ! nearest competitor! combined! !#staylocalgoglobal
  • 16. The online workplace of the tech elite#staylocalgoglobal
  • 17. If you can do it on a computer, you can do it on oDesk Software Customer Service! Data Entry! Writing & Blogging Accounting Mobile App Development Development Web Development Virtual Assistance SEO/SEM Graphic Design Translation Legal#staylocalgoglobal
  • 18. Scale your startup in 3 easy steps 1 2 3 Hire Manage Pay World’s largest pool ! Time tracking, ! Quick, secure ! of talented contractors ! monitoring & collaboration ! payment & billing in 140+ countries! worldwide!#staylocalgoglobal
  • 19. How to get started?
  • 20. 1. Write a crisp, clear job post •  Include project overview & goals! ! •  Spell out the details! ! •  Be very specific regarding must-have skills! ! •  Include a succinct question for contractor to answer! ! •  List hard deadlines! ! ! !#staylocalgoglobal
  • 21. 2a. Leverage profiles to vet applicants •  Star ratings
 ! •  Client feedback
 ! •  Work history & experience! ! •  Number of hours worked
 ! •  Repeat clients! ! •  Portfolio
 ! •  Tests & certifications!#staylocalgoglobal
  • 22. 2b. Expect pay to correlate with quality Work Category! Entry-level! Experienced! Expert! Website Development! $9–12! $13–24! $25–40+! Graphic Design! $5–10! $11–19! $20–35+! Mobile App Development! $20–30! $31–54! $55–75+! Software Development! $12–15! $16–30! $31–50+! Social Media Marketing! $3–5! $6–8! $9–15+! SEM/SEO! $3–5! $6–10! $11–18+! Virtual Assistance! $3–5! $6–8! $9–18+! Data Entry! $2–3! $4–6! $7–10+! Legal! $20–30! $31–55! $56–80+! Accounting! $6–10! $11–20! $21–35+! * Typical hourly rates in USD.#staylocalgoglobal
  • 23. 3. Interview finalists •  Interview multiple candidates via Skype, chat, or email! •  Present hypotheticals! •  Ask for feedback on your methods/approach! •  Consider a brief screening question!#staylocalgoglobal
  • 24. 3. Communicate early and often •  Agree on work hours, deadlines, & delivery mode 
 ! •  Establish regular check-ins ! ! •  Plan for your off-time
 ! •  Use sharing tools: Work Diary, Google docs, Evernote, Dropbox !#staylocalgoglobal
  • 25. 4. Reward great performance •  Thank & praise! ! •  Rehire
 ! •  Post detailed reviews
 ! •  Increase rates periodically to match market
 ! •  Offer a bonus!#staylocalgoglobal
  • 26. Thank you! nmaroulis@odesk.com ! @nikos_maroulis ! http://www.linkedin.com/in/nikosmaroulis !#staylocalgoglobal
  • 27. 2yu rt Developing my product with the help of oDesk by Alexander Louisos, Genetium
  • 28. My experience with oDesk…. !#staylocalgoglobal
  • 29. The need ! ! Wanted a better back-end! image controller! for my mobile app. ! Needed it to be in Ruby.!#staylocalgoglobal
  • 30. The experience ! Described my need analytically on the platform.! Got a lot of bids very fast.! Tip: Create a matrix of what you want! NAME PREVIOUS HOURS ON PRICE FEEDBACK RESPONSE WORK ODESK NICK +++ +++ + ++ + ALEX + + +++ +++ +#staylocalgoglobal
  • 31. The results Got what I needed fast! Created a connection with a freelancer: will need him again in the future --> can rehire him! Could observe his work through screen snapshots: made me feel secure.! Recommended the platform to a friend: ! Very satisfied with a logo creative he asked (only 40$) !#staylocalgoglobal
  • 32. Take home Search well before hiring. Ask questions. ! Be very specific with what you want.! Good freelancers arent necessarily expensive! oDesk platform makes you feel in control of your work and budget.!#staylocalgoglobal
  • 33. Q&A#staylocalgoglobal
  • 34. 3yu rt Stay Local, Work Global by Ioannis Foukarakis, oDesk
  • 35. $ whoami • Java back-end engineer • Adjunct lecturer • Hipster geek#staylocalgoglobal
  • 36. The Data Products team •  All large marketplaces are data companies…! •  We have the biggest closed-loop online dataset of jobs and job seekers in labor history! •  We have tremendous data on each of our users, and yet in some ways we know frustratingly little about them! •  … so we created the Data Products Team! •  Our mission: to put data at the heart of the company: build data products rather than “just” using data to guide products! •  3 Stanford CS PhD alumni, 2 Economics PhDs from Harvard and MIT, plus a team of developers! •  Product examples: search, recommendations, reputation, fraud detection!#staylocalgoglobal
  • 37. “If there’s hope for humanity, it’s in software.” Max K. Goff#staylocalgoglobal
  • 38. Why I love oDesk • Can work from different places • I define my job schedule • Paid every week • Can always find an extra project!#staylocalgoglobal
  • 39. Searching for jobs • Complete your profile • Download the client • Read contractor manual • Do the tests • Learn to use oDesk#staylocalgoglobal
  • 40. #staylocalgoglobal
  • 41. How contractors find interesting jobs…#staylocalgoglobal 42!
  • 42. Focus • Jobs that match your skills • Jobs that you’re happy working for • Jobs that satisfy your goals • Don’t hunt for more jobs than you can handle • Select your clients#staylocalgoglobal
  • 43. Getting the work done Home Office!#staylocalgoglobal
  • 44. Getting the work done • Communication tools • Word processing/Spreadsheets • File sharing • Bank account#staylocalgoglobal
  • 45. Satisfying the client • Document requirements • Communication • Hit deadlines • Enjoy working • Deliver something extra#staylocalgoglobal
  • 46. Thank you! ioannis.foukarakis@gmail.com#staylocalgoglobal
  • 47. Q&A#staylocalgoglobal
  • 48. Powered by oDesk Thank you! w: metavallon.orghashtag: #staylocalgoglobal f: /metavalloncheck-in: Metavallon Hub t: @metavallon

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