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Reorganizing time: Some posts will move

For a very long time I have left the site No Scam Work at Home empty and pointing back to this URL. Today, that changes. For about 120 days you will see all posts that reference scam work at home opportunities and questionable opportunities listed here with a URL directing…

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Cleaning house and you can help!

Cleaning house and you can help!

I have been working on cleaning up this blog and it’s almost like a full time job.  One of the major problems with this blog is that I have been writing here for nearly five years and some of my older posts — well, they are pretty pathetic. Today alone,…

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What the merger of oDesk and Elance could bring – Part 1

What the merger of oDesk and Elance could bring – Part 1

Over the last few months, there has been a lot of news out of oDesk – first, they announced a strategic partnership with Kelly Services. Now, it rather baffles me that a company like Kelly wouldn’t have their own online services offering, given the company is more than 50 years old…

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Are freelancers too dependent on sites like oDesk and Elance?

Are freelancers too dependent on sites like oDesk and Elance?

One of my primary concerns going into 2014 is how dependent I’ve grown on freelance marketplaces. This includes sites like oDesk (I personally do not use Elance) and of course some of my favorite writing sites like Writer Access and Blogmutt.  The lure of having assignments there to pick and…

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Content mills or private clients

Content mills or private clients

There is no doubt that most freelance writers would prefer to work for private clients rather than spending their days working at content mills. Regardless of how well you are treated, how good the pay is and how responsive the site is, most freelancers will do far better with private…

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Writing and complaining

Writing and complaining

Freelance writing seems to be accompanied by complaining. In fact, freelancing in particular seems to be accompanied by lots of complaining overall.  There’ s a certain irony to this in my opinion and one that makes me scratch my head.  This may be especially because I think there are some…

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Self-Employment: A dose of reality Part II

Self-Employment: A dose of reality Part II

After reading a really misinformed article about the “joys” of self-employment” I felt that I really needed to respond. As I started my rant, it quickly became apparent that there was no way I could finish this in one blog post because the level of stupidity that greeted me was…

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Self-Employment: A dose of reality Part I

Self-Employment: A dose of reality Part I

As a means of keeping up with what other people are writing about the trials and tribulations of being self-employed, I often read other blogs, articles and various tidbits – especially if they offer tips. Let’s face it, we could all use some guidance. However, every now and again, I…

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Cheap freelance rates hurt EVERYONE

Cheap freelance rates hurt EVERYONE

Many of you have read my rants and raves about oDesk on more than one occasion and you have also read about my complaints about new freelancers who insist on lowering their rates to land that first assignment. My contention is that these cheap freelance rates hurt every freelancer. I…

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You can make real money online

You can make real money online

One bright note in the ongoing financial recession in the United States is the opportunity to earn money online. Since more companies are cutting back on full-time staff members to save money, they are turning more and more to outsourcing work that used to be done in house. Before you…

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The CMO – Chief Mediocre Officer

The CMO – Chief Mediocre Officer

Most business owners want it all — A successful, growing business where they make the rules and the decisions. There is however a danger that the business owner may wind up being what I like to call the Chief Mediocre Officer.  In fact, many small business owners find themselves doing…

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oDesk: Another Epic Failure

oDesk: Another Epic Failure

Several days ago, oDesk decided to roll out another “feature”. Now, I’m not sure who thought this was a good idea (or for that matter WHY they thought it was a good idea) but the overall failure of this feature is evident in reviewing the response from contractors (most, not…

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Benefits of Networking With Self-Directed Learning

Benefits of Networking With Self-Directed Learning

Today, people are turning to online education options instead of college classes. This is especially true for those who are taking classes to enhance their current job skills, seeking promotions or are raising families. In many cases, these students are older than the typical college student, but this does not…

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Work at home: Transportation Savings

Work at home: Transportation Savings

Among the many benefits of working at home is the savings that can be realized in transportation costs. Regardless of what form of transportation you use to commute, work from home opportunities offer significant savings. Read more about these potential savings so you do not overlook any of them. The…

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Tips for Effective Team Building

Tips for Effective Team Building

Business leaders and non profit group leaders depend on strong team work for success. The challenge many face is how to effectively build a team. Whether you are a new manager, supervisor of you have just been elected to lead a non profit group, one of the things you need…

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