Posts Tagged ‘ paid work 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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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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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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Freelance Marketplace Cover Letters

Even though you are not applying for a “job” freelancing opportunities still require you to bid on a gig. Making sure that you know what works and what does not work can help you land more gigs. Knowing the competition Cover Letter If you are active on freelance sites such…

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Getting Serious About Your Writing Career

Getting Serious About Your Writing Career

We have all been in the position of whining about low rates, non paying clients, slow paying clients and crappy clients. However, freelance writers do have options.  If you are one of the thousands of freelance writers who is simply tired of searching out new clients, tired of the same…

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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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Why terms of service matter

Why terms of service matter

When terms of service change it is up to you as a professional to know what those changes are. Don't overlook the policies then complain about them later!

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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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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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What part do you not get

What part do you not get

Stop it already - freelancing is not a job, it's a business!

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When to say no

When to say no

Turning down work? Yes, you can turn it down - here are some reasons why it makes sense to say no.

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Growth as a freelance writer

Growth as a freelance writer

Are you doing all you can to grow as a freelance writer? Should you be doing more?

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Freelancing – When to increase rates

Freelancing – When to increase rates

Often freelancers are forced to begin working with lower than expected rates because they do not have a previously acceptable portfolio of work, or they cannot show their experience.  These rates can be as much as 50% of the “normally” acceptable rates that a freelancer is capable of garnering for…

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