Posts Tagged ‘ clients ’

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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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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Content Mills: Like it or not they are valuable

Content Mills: Like it or not they are valuable

I recently read a very well written blog post from a freelance writer who made the argument that freelancers should not start off their careers using a content mill. The theory is these sites encourage poor writing, encourage writers to accept lower rates of pay and stunt the growth of…

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An Update on Textbroker

An Update on Textbroker

I have to admit that I’ve been a bit skeptical about Textbroker because too often, I feel that the ratings by the editors (or whoever does them) is far too subjective.  While I am well aware of my propensity to either over or under use commas, I feel that for…

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Your Emergency is NOT My Problem

Your Emergency is NOT My Problem

As most of you know I work nearly every single day and I am actually pretty receptive to handling “fire drills” provided that I have the time to deal with them efficiently. I seldom (if ever) turn down an assignment if I have a fair amount of time to respond…

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Year drawing to a close

Year drawing to a close

Who would have thunk it? 2012 is drawing to a close and I’ve gotten around to reviewing what my plans were for 2012. While some of my plans came to fruition, it appears that they got somewhat thwarted around mid-year meaning I had to change course!  Last year at this…

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The best way to market your company

The best way to market your company

Marketing for growth One of the many challenges of owning a business is marketing. Without a successful marketing plan, chances are that your business will stagnate and over time, you will see a decline in sales. When sales begin declining, it may be too late to start a new marketing…

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Twitter – How effective is it for marketing?

Twitter – How effective is it for marketing?

Maximizing Twitter’s effectiveness Freelance writers, online marketing professionals and bloggers may be overlooking the potential for a great Twitter advertising campaign for their products or services. Learning how to use Twitter effectively is one of the most important steps that must be taken to get the most out of Twitter.…

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How do you select great writing topics

How do you select great writing topics

Defining your niche market For many writers, the biggest obstacle to writing is selecting a worthy topic. For some, this is a fairly straightforward process while others struggle to come up with the right ideas. There are some things that may determine how a writer prepares to create new work.…

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Essential elements of a successful blog

Essential elements of a successful blog

Never overlook the importance of small things It’s easy to set up a blog, and with the variety of social media sites that are available, it’s easier than ever to find a group of readers who are interested in your site. Of course setting up your blog well and getting…

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How to create an effective social marketing plan

How to create an effective social marketing plan

Common social media plan issues Frequently, social media specialists think that opening an account on popular social media sites and throwing a bunch of information into the feed is the best way to attract attention. Nothing could be further from the truth. Social media marketing requires a well thought out…

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