Friday, October 14, 2011

Find Freelance or Work From Home Jobs

Whether you've been idling around, you are staring at your computer too often, playing social games, and Facebooking, you are assured that you get paid for an 8-hour job in an office. That is the best part of working in a corporate world: the pay. However, some people (like me) choose a freelance career—it’s a career choice. Some freelancers just don’t want to work in an environment where they have bosses; in freelancing you can be your own boss. Some freelancers hate doing routine work; freelance jobs give them opportunities to choose what kind of projects or jobs they wish to take. And the pay? While some are getting paid per hour (from $3 to $10 per hour), some choose to get fixed-price or project-based payment.

credit: workingjobsfromhome.co.uk


Freelancers tend to overwork. Instead of working 8-10 hours, some of them would work more than that—12 to 16 hours? That's just normal.

Unlike employed people, freelancers are always looking for opportunities. Seasoned freelancers who are experts in certain skills receive proposals or invitations. For novices or for those who are planning a freelance career, I listed some websites to help you get started or to help you look for freelance projects or jobs. Some of these sites require you to take a qualification tests.

1. Odesk – this is where I started. You can choose to get hourly jobs or fixed-price jobs. Hourly jobs are guaranteed for payment, fixed-price jobs can be a bit risky. Tip: read the freelancer's feedback, review the profile, and do a quick search in Google. This will help you assess if the employer is reliable and financially able.

You can filter the search results by ticking the criteria—the job category of your choice (Web Development, Software Development, Networking & Information Systems, Writing & Translation etc.), job type (hourly vs fixed price), workload (as needed, part time, full time), duration, employer rating, and number of hires.

2. Freelancer – The homepage shows the list of job categories and features the latest projects. By clicking any of the job categories, it will take you to the list of jobs or projects available. To apply for a job, you need to bid for your price.

Freelancer hosts design contests for an employer who is looking for the best design.

3. Elance - Very neat-looking site. For non-US based freelancer you need to verify your address by sending a scanned document before you can start applying for online jobs. Browsing jobs can be very easy, you can simply search by clicking the specific category, the job type, budget, and among other criteria.

The site has great resource for both clients and contractors.

4. People Per Hour - You can signed in with your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. The site is user-friendly. Let you create a neat-looking profile with your personal assessment of your skills.

The homepage features the list of available skill-based jobs or projects and let you search for jobs from a category list.

5. Donanza - is a great online resource of  home-based or work from home-jobs. It gathers job information from different sites like Odesk, Freelancer, and Elance.


For those who are not interested in pursuing a freelance career, but are interested to know about some writing gigs, I wrote a short blog about it in Money Talks Over Coffee.


If there are other sites that are good resource for freelance jobs or work from home jobs, please feel free to share it.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Event Search Tools

In a project that requires me to search for events or gatherings—may it be a social gatherings, networkings, conferences, seminars, conventions, tradeshows, expos—in a regional or statewide and national level (in US), I consult Google. Google directs my path. While many of the events are searchable, a lot of them are inundated by the many search results. Or did I just typed in the wrong keywords?

I also found some sites that have helped me a lot. Most of these sites do not only lists events in US, but also events in other parts of the globe.

credit: supplychaincanada.org


  • Upcoming -  It lists different types of events including classes, meetings, and conferences from different industries 
  • Meetup - a popular website to look for local or regional meetups or gatherings
  • Eventful - This site doesn't only lists concerts, festivals, sports, and recreational activities, but it includes conferences and tradeshows.
  • Confabb - a resource for tradeshows and conferences worldwide
  • My Event Guru - a resource for professional and networking events
  • Trade Chakra - lists tradeshows and events not only in US, but internationally
  • All Conferences - a global conference directory
  • Trade Show - free press releases of events from different industries and countries
  • ConferenceLocate.com - a global list of conferences and exhibitions
  • Conference Hound - let you browse conferences per industries, cities, venues, and organizers 
  • biz trade shows - its a worldwide directory of tradeshows or exhibitions
  • Eventbrite - (how could I ever forget this) it doesn't only sell tickets online but its a great resource for regional and national events in different industries

National events like conferences or big gatherings like  expositions need to be marketed properly, it has to be searchable and its complete info must be available somewhere. The websites I enumerated above are just few of the helpful tools that I use for my search. If there is something you wish to add, please let me know. It is going to help me too.



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Benefits of Social Networking for Businesses


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Social networking is extremely valuable to many people not only for personal reasons but for business purposes as well. Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, LinkedIn, and now Google+ are some of the popular social networking sites we have right now.  The benefits of social networking for business can not be underestimated as it becomes a crucial component to business.

According to a study, the people using social networking sites have almost doubled in number since 2008 and the age of the population has gotten older.  The business community sees that as an opportunity. Since more and more people are now spending a lot of their time in social networking, businesses are embracing the media so they can be at the place where their target audiences are.

Some of the benefits that businesses enjoy from using social networking are as follows:

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  • Online presence and branding – Creating a business profile in social networking sites allows people to see your brand online and create awareness that your business exist.
  • Customer service and engagement– Social networking provides a channel for business to interact with their customers, know their feedback about their products or services and provide answer to their queries and assists them with their concern. It gives company a platform to be creative in using different social media tools to engage their customers and gain their loyalty to the business.
  • Generating leads – Social networking sites help companies find new customers and create a meaningful connection.
  • Managing online reputation – Your presence in social networking allows you to see what other people are saying about your brand. It also gives you the platform to influence your target audience and build your credibility.
  • Educational asset – Information is free-flowing in social media. Business can get information about their social network, employees, other brands and even their competition. Information can be used to the company’s advantage.

These are just some of the benefits. For those who have used the media in their business operation, they can pretty much enumerate the importance of social networking and the advantages they get from using it.


Also read my previous posts:

Convergence of Social Networking and Online Games
How Important Is Social Networking for Business Today
Social Networking: It's importance and as an Attractive Online Business

Monday, September 12, 2011

Social Networking: Its importance and as an Attractive Online Business

The significance of social networking in our daily lives can not be downplayed. Many people relied on social networking to connect with their friends and families. The technology brings people together, builds new relationship and re-establishes a once lost relationship. Sometimes, it becomes the only link that people have for individuals that are geographically away from them.

Social networking takes interaction, communication and dating in different form. As technology evolves, the people go along with it. Now, it is easy to get updates about what your friends are doing, communicate with your friends in real-time and even get information about what’s going on within your network.
source:sophisticatedlitigationsupportblog.com 

The business trend nowadays swayed business owners and marketers to use the media to establish online presence, generate new leads, help find potential business partners, extend their marketing reach and among other business functions.

The most popular and profitable among the bunch is Facebook. Statistics (Facebook) shows that there are over 750 million active users.  FB has been raking revenues mostly from advertising. Mashable reported a whopping $2 billion revenue in 2010.

Other social networking giants like Myspace, Twitter and LinkedIn are enjoying massive revenues too. With all the news of success from these giant names plus testimonies of many niche social networking sites, it is not surprising that many business-minded individuals would take their chances in creating their own with the hope of making it big. If you are among them, the next question is: How to start a social networking site like Facebook? There is not one single and easy answer for that. Like any other businesses, creating a social networking site like that comes with a risk. But if everything is planned well and the tactics are executed carefully and accurately, I think there is no reason not to succeed in your endeavor.

Among the things that an entrepreneur should consider when starting out his own social networking include the web hosting service or social networking script provider, initial investment, financial source, market and business objective. Coming up with a detailed plan, like most businesses, helps an entrepreneur in the decisions and actions to take.

(various sources)

Also read previous blogs: 
Social Media Footprint
Why is There a Need for Online Presence

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Social Media Footprint

Companies, whether an SMB or a large corporation, entrepreneurs and marketers are finding ways on how to reach their target audience. With the undeniable popularity and growing importance of social media, not only in the personal level but in the business aspect, companies are seeking ways in integrating Web 2.0 in their business operation.

I never put attention to this matter until I had a writing project about social networking. I never realized that the emergence of social networking has indeed revolutionize many things, from the way we connect with our friends and reach people from other parts of the globe to the way we do business. For me, it was just simply checking updates from my network and expressing myself and sharing quotes, photos and videos.

Web 2.0, as far as my understanding goes (I am not that techy though. And I don't declare myself as a social media expert, but I am an advocate of it.), refers to the internet applications that makes sharing, collaboration and communication easier. This includes social networking, video sharing, wikis and blogs, mashups and among others.

Why do we need to create a social media footprint? In the business perspective, this is making our information available in an environment where our target audience are. Imagine how many millions of people are visiting the social media giants that we come to adore so much. Facebook alone has 750 million users with almost half of that population visit the site in any given day.


Also read my previous blog:
Why is There a Need for Online Presence
Social networking and online dating
Am I Google-able?

Why is There a Need for Online Presence

I respect people who desired anonymity in the cyber world. I may not agree with their reasons, but I understand their fears and hesitation. Leaving no media footprint is the way to go for people who wish to remain private in their lives – no social networking profile, no blogs or whatsoever. It sounds so sad.

Working adults, especially professionals, need to be visible in the World Wide Web. Why? Social media has changed the recruitment landscape. Many companies even big corporation have LinkedIn accounts, and they are actively seeking for potential candidates or talents. Instead of companies waiting for individuals to respond to their ads and browsing through the overwhelming number of CVs, they search for people that meet their requirements. This strategy let companies avoid insincere applicants or the time-wasters.
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In this digital era, online presence isn’t just a trendy thing to do, but it is essential especially to people who owns a business or who markets their services or products. One of the quickest, simplest and less expensive ways to create an online presence is to set an account in social networking giants like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Myspace and Google+

I strongly believe in the power of social media. Hence, as a self-declared advocate of Web 2.0, I leverage social media for business  and use it for self-expression. Well, I consider myself a novice. There are many things to learn. It actually gets overwhelming at times.
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Professionals using social media have the competitive advantage over their counterparts who are not active in the internet.  This let companies find them, see their track records and offer them jobs or business opportunities. It’s the same for business that incorporate social media marketing to reach their target audience. Professionals too need to use technology in order to be searchable and market themselves. 




Also read my previous blog:
Social networking and online dating
Am I Google-able?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Am I Google-able?

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That is the question you have to ask yourself. To find out, go ahead and Google your name.

I know some individuals do not want to be searchable. Alright, let's respect that privacy. But being Google-able doesn't mean you lose that privacy anyway.

For professionals, entrepreneurs, freelancers and business owners, it is important that they leave  "social media footprint". By leveraging technology, we increase the possibility of expanding our market or increase our clientele.  This is information age, and the internet has a pivotal role in sharing information across the globe.

To get started in having an online presence,

First, get a good picture of yourself. It should be amiable and professional of course.

Second, sign up a Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn account. LinkedIn, however, is said to be more important.

According to Patrice Rutledge, an author of Using LinkedIn, LinkedIn is where you should be if you are looking for anything to do in the professional world. The site is the ultimate's buyers market.

To market yourself in Facebook, you have to consider using appropriate keywords that people would use to search. Photos and online videos are also great ways to promote your services or products.

With Twitter, you can send Tweets that are relevant to the services or products you offer. It is also part of building your brand. The new Twitter's photo sharing feature would be a great tool to help business owners in promoting their businesses.

Third, create a website to create a profile of yourself, your services or your business. A website adds credibility and branding.




source: http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2011/04/21/google-able/

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Twitter's New Photo Service

Twitter teamed up with Photobucket to bring a photo-sharing feature in Twitter.com.

Imagine how you can share pictures in real-time. No need to to be in front of your PC, Twitter works in SMS.

CEO Dick Costolo explained that Twitter is not competing with Facebook. He said, "Twitter photos are shared in a moment and conversed upon, by lots of people, as it happens, in real time. Facebook is more of an archive of past moments.”
Official launching of this new feature will be in the next couple of weeks.

Watch this video:


Monday, June 6, 2011

Mobile Tech Reshapes How We Do Business

Mobile technology changes the way we do businesses.  Recently, Google made its entry to mobile payment service by introducing Google Wallet. The company partnered with Sprint and MasterCard to provide this new service. 


Here is a 55 sec. video showing how to use the Google Wallet mobile payment service in a vending machine:



But aside from Google, there are other available mobile tools that works well in a point of sale system  which include Square, Intuit GoPayment, Roam Data's RoamPay,  Phone Transact iMerchant Pro and PayWare Mobile.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

More About Cloud Technology

What is there not to like about the Cloud Technology? None.  It is not a fad.  It is technology at its best, and it is going to change the way we live. Whether you are running a business or you are simply doing personal stuff, the cloud allows easy access to remote data. Imagine to have the information or the files that you need in a few clicks of your finger tips.

Google Docs is one of the most helpful tools there is especially to small business owners.  You can share files easily and modification is real-time, no need to send documents back and forth. What is good about it? It is free.

Small businesses may also benefit from these programs (source: http://thefranchisehound.com/2011/04/04/the-future-of-technology-is-in-the-clouds/):

  • Dropbox It allows you to store and sync folders with multiple users. It’s the perfect solution for a small business that doesn’t have their own server or wants to share large files without sending it through email. 
  • MobileMe -  A great tool for small businesses who use Apple products. It allows users to sync email, calendars and contacts. If a user’s iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad has been misplaced or stolen it is possible to track it through the software. 
  • Windows Live SkyDrive -  Microsoft’s version of software programs allowing the user to upload and share files. Documents can be uploaded, created, edited and shared through this system which includes versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Files can be kept private, shared with contacts or shared publicly. Users can subscribe to RSS feeds of the content stored in public folders. It is free for up to 25GB.
It is our choice if we leverage on technology with the way we do our daily tasks, our work or how we run our businesses.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

It's All in the Cloud

Everybody seems to be moving to the cloud. Google was very quick to embrace the technology. Now, sharing files and documents has never been this easy. Modifications are done real-time too. Who else are in the cloud technology? Microsoft joins the cloud technology bandwagon. Elance launched the Startup Cloud. IBM introduced the IBM SmartCloud.

According to Makeuseof.com:

Most websites and server-based applications run on particular computers or servers. What differentiates the cloud from the way those are set up is that the cloud utilizes the resources from the computers as a collective virtual computer, where the applications can run independently from particular computer or server configurations. They are basically floating around in a “cloud of resources”, making the hardware less important to how the applications work.
With broadband internet, the need to have the software run on your computer or on a company’s site is becoming less and less essential. A lot of the software that people use nowadays are completely web-based. The cloud takes advantage of that to bring it to the next level.

Recently, in an article from Networkworld.com, CPro, the equipment front of Core Performance, taps the Internet to access cloud-based user and workout data.The training software delivers personalized workouts based on a slew of data, including a person's goals, current state of health and medical history.
Core Performance targets not just the athletes or the elite but it creates fitness program and equipment for the everyday people. The cloud technology allows Core Performance to operates in a bigger scale compared to solely relying to personal trainers, nutritionist and PTs. Powered by IBM's Websphere Business Rules Management System, Core Performance is capable of tracking around 33,000 training-related rules set by its fitness expert.
"We take the answers to current wellness questions, your evaluation data, your schedule, and everything that you've done in the facility in the past - every single rep, every heartbeat, every mile you ran on the treadmill - and we send that to our Prescription Engine," Jon Zerden of Core Performance said.
With the software, equipments adjust itself to meet the training you need in a day. CPro basically controls the speed and resistance of the equipments. Amazing!
For more information about Core Performance: http://www.coreperformance.com/

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Coffee talk: Starbucks coffee in the nearest grocery store

One of the doctors I consulted with in the past, advised me to either eliminate coffee or to cut the quantity of intakes into half.  I suffered from a recurring tonsillopharyngitis, 3 times a year at a minimum. Though stress from my job - working at night for more than 6 years has taken its toll in my body - was the main reason as he said, he gave me a lot of things to do and ponder.  Surprisingly, I never stopped drinking coffee but instead I decided to resign from my job and pursue something else.

A dose of coffee would awaken my senses that's why it has been part of my routine.

However, resigning from my job has its cons. One of them is my inability to buy Starbucks coffee when I want to. The price has  increased by the way. I used to buy a cup of tall mocha for P110 and now it is priced at P135. Sometimes, it make me think more than twice if I have to buy or will I settle for a hot delicious Brown Kopiko which is too cheap to have it as a comparison.  Another reason is Starbucks is simply too far from my vicinity. But that would change by next year if the company will implement the same marketing strategy here in the Philippines.

photo from yugatech.com


In an effort to make Starbucks coffee available to everyone in US, the company shall make its entry to a single-serve cup market. Brewer will be sold to U.S. supermarket chains and warehouse club stores; using Starbucks and Seattle's Best coffees (Seattle's Best is owned by Starbucks). That means you can buy your fave choice of Starbucks coffee in your nearest grocery store.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Planning sick leaves via Skivers app

This is unbelievably true! You can plan your sick days ahead and find the perfect alibis.

Skivers is a new iPhone application that would surely frustrate and infuriate any employer.

This is the brainchild of Michael Dunn and Ryan Davies. What started as a fun idea is now a huge hit. Users in London was reported to be the biggest downloaders.

The application allows a user to choose the number of days he or she wants to take a sick leave. It will then suggest suitable symptoms or sickness. Automatically, it will generate email or text message to their boss.
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