Jana’s quest to redistribute mobile wealth

Former MIT researcher Nathan Eagle wanted to use outsourcing and mobile technology to lift people in Kenya and elsewhere out of poverty. But faced with the realities of the outsourcing business, he changed course, and now wants to bring marketing dollars to people in emerging economies.…

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Is Microtask the Future of Work?

Crowdsourcing is often used for fairly menial tasks: correcting databases, screening offensive images, transcribing audio. But what if you could make those little bits of human labor even more menial, discrete and interchangeable? That's what the Finnish company Microtask does.…

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Delegation in Action

At first, though, figuring out what to delegate and when was a bit overwhelming, so after getting a pretty good start, I thought I'd share how I did it and how it's working out so far.…

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Which Tech Skills Are in Demand Globally?

As we've reported, oDesk, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based online staffing startup, has pioneered new ways for tech workers distributed around the globe to find work. The company also collects lots of data on the tech skill sets that workers have around the world. Here's a look.…

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The Poor Web Worker's Virtual Assistant

Not everyone can afford a virtual assistant, especially if you're just starting to freelance and it's a little out of your budget. Still, this doesn't mean that you won't be able to enjoy some of the benefits of having one: you can still delegate and automate some of your tasks without the heavy price tag. I've looked at some of the common services that VAs provide, and found some free or cheap alternatives that you might want to look into.…

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3 Mistakes Your Subcontractors Might Make and How to Prevent Them

Many freelancers I know, including myself, have outsourced tasks to subcontractors at least once. From a virtual assistant to the odd "extra hand" you hire from time to time, it's common to have someone else help you with a project. Doing so makes you more productive, and allows you to take on large projects that you can't handle yourself. Still, it's tough to keep an effective relationship between the primary contractor (you) and the subcontractor (your hired help). Subcontractors can make mistakes that interrupt your workflow, hurt the project, or altogether defeat the purpose of hiring them. So, what are these subcontractor mistakes you need to watch out for?…

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No Naked DSL for You

FCC today announced that states cannot force phone operators to offer naked DSL service. Naked DSL, in case you did not know,…

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