Posts Tagged ‘ @doreenmartel ’

Promoting Your Work

Promoting Your Work

When you are prolific writer, it is generally more acceptable to “spread” your work out over many sites versus promoting all of it in one place.  In many case,  some work simply does not work on some sites.  Here are some additional ways of promoting your work, potentially increasing earnings.…

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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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Defending the indefensible

Defending the indefensible

As many of you know when I am researching work at home scams, I tend to review numerous sites including the Better Business Bureau, RipOff Report (often unreliable) and various blogs. Ironically, you don’t often see people defending the company that is in question and if you do, it is…

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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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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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Talk about sluggish! Motivation problems

Talk about sluggish! Motivation problems

It has been nearly 40 days since I created a post on this site! Yes, 40 days! Of course,  I could hide behind some very basic truths including: I took a one month vacation (Yes, a whole month!) It’s summertime (it is in fact almost over) I’ve been busy (not…

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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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Spamming continues to haunt this site

Spamming continues to haunt this site

Many of you read the post I placed last week regarding the number of attempted SPAM signups I had received in 24 hours after installing the Stop Spammers plugin. I was astounded at the time that I could possibly gain all this attention in a mere 24 hours but the…

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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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April 2013: Goals attained and missed

April 2013: Goals attained and missed

In my ongoing determination to keep up with goals I set, based on the original January goals I am not doing so hot but remember, I did change these goals in early April. So, with that said, let’s see how well April worked out. In fairness, I should disclose I…

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Sometimes it is worth the fight!

Sometimes it is worth the fight!

I am not known as someone who will sit back and take things lightly — in fact when I feel that someone is being treated unfairly I’ll jump right in and defend them. Sometimes, that does not always translate well into what I will do to fight for myself, but…

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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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