Posts Tagged ‘ paid at home ’

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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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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Freelancing and ethical treatment of non paying clients

Freelancing and ethical treatment of non paying clients

Unfortunately, not every freelance job is going to result in that often long awaited day – the day you are paid for your services. This is a fact that most freelancers accept as part of their commitment to running their own business. The Slow to Pay or No Pay Client…

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Home Based Business vs. Telecommuting

Home Based Business vs. Telecommuting

Today, in spite of a slow job market, more companies are offering telecommuting opportunities. Too frequently, people mix up telecommuting and a small home business. These are not the same types of work at home opportunities, but both have significant advantages to them. The Primary Differences: Home Based Business vs.…

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Freelancing and Business Plans

Freelancing and Business Plans

Nearly anyone who is involved in freelancing as a career choice will tell you that at one time or another they have been unhappy with their rates. This is an even more common complaint among those who freelance using online marketplaces such as oDesk. However, in many cases, this is…

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Avoiding Scam Freelance Jobs

Avoiding Scam Freelance Jobs

Freelancers unlike traditional employees in brick and mortar establishments need to watch their backs when it comes to reviewing potential opportunities.  While there are hundreds of legitimate ways to make money online, there are some less than responsible people who are the “something for nothing” crowd and are interested in…

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Cheap Job Posts – Beating the odds

Cheap Job Posts – Beating the odds

Any freelancer who has been part of an online marketplace whether some of the well recognized ones like Elance and oDesk or some of the less mainstream sites like Craigslist have seen the outrageous rates that some people are trying to get work done.  It is hard to resist the…

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Freelance Burnout Hazards

Freelance Burnout Hazards

Are you on the verge of suffering freelance burnout? Here are some signs and a possible solution.

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Why fixed rate jobs make sense for writers

Why fixed rate jobs make sense for writers

Tips for deciding if you should accept fixed rate or hourly rate freelance writing assignments.

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Freelancing does not mean instant gratification

Freelancing does not mean instant gratification

Just because the freelance market is so open, does not mean that you will find an assignment immediately. Time, patience and persistence are required.

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Preventing Freelancing Failure

Preventing Freelancing Failure

You do not have to be one of the 50% of small businesses that fail if you take the time to ensure that you have a solid plan in place to make sure that you are prepared to succeed.

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Protecting yourself from scammers

Protecting yourself from scammers

Freelancers, you want protection - these are some methods of protecting yourself

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Before you hire that freelancer

Before you hire that freelancer

Buyers have an obligation to understand what they are getting into when they hire a freelancer.

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Sometimes it is your attitude

Sometimes it is your attitude

Are you looking for someone to blame for your business failures? The person you are looking for may be the same one looking at you in the mirror.

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Business Ownership means accepting RISK

Business Ownership means accepting RISK

Freelancers and those who hire them really do need to learn what they are doing. Stop screaming about getting stiffed - you agreed to take risks, live with them!

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