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.


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.


  • 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
  • - 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

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:


  • 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
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...