oDesk is an online workplace that enables businesses to find, hire, manage, and pay talented independent professionals via the Internet. Businesses can hire these online freelancers for any type of work that can be done in front of a computer — from every tech skill imaginable to project management, customer support, marketing, design and even legal services. Access to a large, global pool of skilled contractors is especially powerful for startups and small businesses with limited resources, businesses seeking a very specific skill that’s difficult to find, and businesses that need flexible teams that scale up and down quickly. oDesk's unique model provides transparency and protection for both the business and the worker, guaranteeing and tracking that an hour paid is an hour worked. In 2014, the new company Elance-oDesk was launched when oDesk merged with Elance. Combined, the two sites are expected to have more than $900 million in work completed and 2.5+ million jobs posted in 2014. Elance-oDesk’s vision is to create an online workplace for the world. In doing so, the company is re-imagining work by freeing people to collaborate via the Internet.
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