Friday, June 29, 2012

Contractors' Pricing War

While browsing some online projects today, I felt bad against those employers who set a very low price on their projects. And I felt a lot worse against those contractors who bid so low just to win it.

In my previous blog post: From Caryl's Desk: My Thoughts on Freelancing, I mentioned about the pricing war among freelancers, which I believe is inherent in globalization.

I do understand the need for jobs but I wish contractors wouldn't lower their standards. I don't understand why contractors would bid for a job that cost $1 per hour, to think that they would spending on electricity, time, and effort--is $1 truly worth? I mean, hey that is simply not just. $1 is around Php42. You can definitely buy one kilo of rice, but that price is completely absurd! The only thing I can do is shake my head in disbelief and rant about it. I wish contractors wouldn't devalue themselves that much.

Elance and PeoplePerHour are the two job marketplace for freelancers that set pricing benchmark. And that I think is a smart way of controlling the price bid among contractors. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Odesk's Time Tracking Capability

Independent contractors in Odesk can choose between hourly jobs and fixed-price jobs. Hourly job offers more advantages. Time tracking and billing is automated, and it has guaranteed payment. The contractors are assured that they will be paid for the job.

Now, I just wanted to cover Odesk's time tracking capability because I have couple of friends who are asking me how it works. This information is also important for employers who are thinking of contracting services via Odesk.

Odesk requires freelancers or independent contractors to download the team application. The application records the contractor's activity (mouse clicks and key strokes), takes a screenshot of the monitor, track the active application running, the description of work, and camera images (if enabled). Contractors can actually turn off the application anytime allowing them to work at their own time and pace, as long as they reach the employer's requirement for the week.

I intentionally blurred the images below to protect the identity of the contractors.

Odesk team application

The work diary provides the detailed summary of the work. If for some reason the screenshot captures certain images that you do not want to include in the work diary, contractors can delete that screenshot.

Work diary sample

If you want to learn more on how it works, feel free to visit Odesk. Just click the Odesk ad below.

Monday, June 25, 2012

How to Increase Your Web Traffic

This blog post contains valuable information on how to increase web traffic to your website. which I believe every blogger or website owner in this planet should know. However, if you don't want to be found in the World Wide Web, this blog post won't be an interest to you. 

I've been blogging since 2009, it is only recently that I took it really seriously. The web traffic in this blog has pretty much accelerated since I've incorporated some social media strategy. However, I could do much better.

I watched a video today on 10 Proven Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Affiliate Website. This was presented by Evan Weber during an Affiliate Summit Webinar. The information is valuable to me, so I am sharing this to you and hopefully you will also benefit from it.

For some readings on how to leverage social media in your marketing efforts, feel free to download these:

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

How HubSpot All-in-One marketing Software Can Help You and Your Company

HubSpot All-in-One marketing Software is a web-based marketing solution for small or medium sized businesses that provide the necessary tools for them to succeed in business. 

How well are you doing in your marketing campaign? This is one question plaguing business owners, entrepreneurs and marketers. Sometimes, you feel disappointed because you are not getting the web traffic you desired or you are not receiving more inquiries.

As an entrepreneur or business owner, you've probably build your company from the ground up and you've exerted a lot of effort. Your company deserves a great marketing tool that is capable of tapping the right market and exponentially increase your revenue.  

Monday, June 4, 2012

From Caryl's Desk: My Thoughts on Freelancing

A freelancer is define as a person who offers his or services to employers without long-term contract or commitment. With the help of the internet, freelancers easily find virtual jobs or online employment and gives employers or companies the opportunity to search for qualified candidates worldwide. The only downside of this, which I guess is inherent in globalization, is the "pricing war" among freelancers. For the same set of skills or capabilities, freelancers from the Americas would charge say $10/hr while those from other region would charge like $3/hr, even lower, of their service. In writing projects, some freelancers would agree on a $1/article while others find that price absurd.

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