Tuesday, August 27, 2013

10 Sites to Find Writing Jobs for Filipino Freelancers

You can find freelance writing jobs from the sites I've mentioned in my previous blog post. The problem is competition can be fierce on those larger sites and pricing can be a bit of an issue especially for budding writers who are are just starting out their freelance career. However, do not limit yourselves to those sites. You can find a lot of writing opportunities in the web. By simply Googling "freelance writing gigs" you'll be surprise to see so many search results. Just be a little cautious though.

During the first 6 months of my freelance career, most of the jobs I had was blogging, article writing, and web content writing. Writing projects were overflowing. The only issue I had  was the pay. Many employers pay so low especially to freelancers who are just starting out or have English as their secondary language. I felt so stressed because I felt that the work would like to turn me into a writing machine. Me and writing didn't really work out well so, I decided to go niche in research and marketing, which I loved.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Where to Find Freelance Jobs

Searching for freelancer or home-based job sites in the internet will give you a very long list of websites. It will surely take a lot of time to visit and review each one of those sites. It could be a little frustrating too especially to those who are just starting out.

Here are some of the things that freelancers should check before creating an account and start bidding on jobs:

1.  Review FAQs or guidelines. Reading can be boring but then this can help you make a sound judgment whether to create your profile or not. Find out important information such as tracking system, payment mode, payment guarantee, withdrawal method, and other features and tools of the site.

2.  Projects.  Some sites place their statistics including the number of projects currently available in their homepage. This gives you an idea how many clients the marketplace have. Browse the different projects or jobs that are available for you.

3.  Freelancers. Find out how many freelancers are in the site and get an idea of how much they are charging. This will give you a bird's eye view of your competition.

Be wary of sites that have ads. They are less reliable. I tend to shy away from those.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

From Moonlighting to Full-Time Freelancer

So, you want to be a freelancer but you are afraid to make a big leap out from the corporate world. You are afraid to lose your fixed monthly income and your benefits. And you are afraid that the freelance career would not be able to sustain your expenses.

It is alright to entertain those fear. Of course, making a decision that can create huge impact in our finances need to be weighed thoroughly. You need to put things into perspective before jumping into freelancing.

Some freelancers never made it to their second year. In my earlier post on Read the Mind of an Independent Contractor, I've mentioned that new freelancers are most likely to accept traditional employment. Among the reasons I've heard why these people leave their freelance jobs are:

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Fitness for Freelancers

by Maxime Rieman 

As a freelancer, it’s easy to find yourself spending hours and hours in a sedentary position. Without being forced to get up to travel to work or even to visit co-workers around the office, you might spend hours seated in the same position. This lack of movement is terrible for your health. According to recent studies, sitting all day may be worse than smoking, places you at a higher risk for cancer and heart disease and can shave up to seven years off your life.

Needless to say, with all these risks and dangers it’s important to make sure you’re not sitting around everyday. Of course the freelance life doesn’t always allow for a gym membership, often due to financial or time constraints. Luckily there are many ways to fit affordable, timely exercise into your freelance schedule.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Health and Wellness for Techie Lifestyle

Technology makes our life easier. No doubt about that. However, it makes us live in a sedentary lifestyle.

As a virtual assistant/researcher, I typically spend 8-12 hours a day in front of the computer screen. This strain my eyes and wears my body. I sometimes feel pain on my back and on my arms and hands. Apparently, this scenario is usual for many of us whether you are a home-based freelancer or your working in an office. This techie lifestyle has its downside and your body feels that through time. It will get worse if you are not doing something about it.

To de-stress my eyes and body for a bit, I usually do something else every 2-hours. I do simple things from just resting my eyes and look away from my computer, do some house chores, stretching, and walking. Unfortunately, this method is not enough.

I got a chance to watch a recorded Google+ Hangout by Mashable discussing about the fitness, health, wellness, and lifestyle for techie people. I learned a lot from this 35-minute video. It actually made me conscious on what I do everyday. You may watch it here:

Let me highlight some of the important things I've learned from the video:

  • Sitting down all day is eventually going to wear your body down.
  • Sit a little, move a little more.
  • Try standing up between workings hours like every 20-30 minutes. If not, work standing.
  • Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen and focus your eyes 20 feet away.
  • Do some deskercise like stretching.
  • Download habit-forming app like Lift.do. (Unfortunately, this app is only available for iPhone but you can certainly save the website on your Android.)
  • Use some tracking device to buzz you when you are inactive. (I just use a free Android Smart Alarm, set it every 20 minutes so I can do a little stretching.) 
  • Habit-forming is better than calorie-counting apps. Calorie-counting apps tend to have a short-term impact.
  • You can get some helpful resources for health and wellness at Greatist, a useful website for the young, savvy, and social.
  • Make healthy options every day. And keep adding over time.

I hope this post helps you. Feel free to share it to your friends.

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