Posts Tagged ‘ assignments ’

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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September did improve but still needs work!

September did improve but still needs work!

Early in September I complained about how far off my goals I was and indicated I needed to get back online. Well, getting back to work is not as easy as saying you are going to do it but, I did make an effort if nothing else. It is important…

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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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Evaluating Online Business Opportunities

Evaluating Online Business Opportunities

The Internet has opened up several online business opportunities that can turn into full-time income generators. While there are many legitimate online business opportunities, many more are frauds. When researching opportunities, research will help ensure the opportunity is legitimate. Some of these include: Contact information Numerous companies offer affiliate marketing…

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Internet Marketing and Ethics

Internet Marketing and Ethics

For my regular readers, you already know that I typically call a spade, a spade. Other times, I’m not as flattering as that.  I write about things I believe, I do not accept assignments that I consider questionable, contain bogus health claims and I almost always avoid product reviews.  However,…

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Smart Money: Time Management Tricks

Smart Money: Time Management Tricks

We need to be honest with ourselves when we are self-employed and make sure that we are making the most of the hours that we invest in our business. There are some tasks that simply do not provide a good return on our investment of time and in some cases,…

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Freelancing: Financial goals and payment dates

Freelancing: Financial goals and payment dates

One of the challenges of freelancing is budgeting your money and understanding when you are going to be paid for doing work. It is important to make a chart of sorts so that you can keep an accurate record of when you are going to be paid for work. So…

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Sensible changes by oDesk

Sensible changes by oDesk

Back in August of 2011, I wrote a highly critical post about oDesk when they changed their “terminology” to refer to those who were posting jobs on the site seeking freelancers.  Originally, the accepted term was “buyers” and supposedly after “much research” they changed the terminology to “employers”.  My post…

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Myths about online freelance writing

Myths about online freelance writing

If you take a look around the Internet you are going to find a ton of commentary about freelance writing. You can find numerous blogs about freelance writing ranging from those writers who specialize in online writing, those who are highly educated journalists and from those who are still trying…

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Make the most of oDesk: Part 4 Assignments

Make the most of oDesk: Part 4 Assignments

Assignments are the lifeblood of your freelancing career. This is true whether you are a brand new freelancer, a seasoned freelancer and applies regardless of what platform you are using to obtain freelance work. Once you have landed an assignment, there is far more involved than completing the work successfully…

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Make the most of oDesk: Part 3 Interviews

Make the most of oDesk: Part 3 Interviews

Hopefully some of the applications you file on oDesk will turn into requests for interviews. Keep in mind, these can be somewhat tricky! Remember that you are going to be interviewing via email, chat or perhaps (if you are lucky) Skype voice.  Either way, it is simply not the same…

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Make the most of oDesk: Part 2 Getting Assignments

Make the most of oDesk: Part 2 Getting Assignments

Immediately after adding your profile to oDesk you will be able to post bids for assignments.  Before you do this, it is a good idea to review the oDesk policies on the number of applications that are available to you and how you can increase them. To be honest, the…

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Understanding Online opportunities

Understanding Online opportunities

While there are numerous opportunities available online, it is important to understand how to evaluate them. There are a number of sites that make grandiose claims about how much someone can earn online. Before accepting any online opportunity, it is crucial to evaluate the validity of the claims being made.…

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