Friday, April 25th, 2008 | Freelancer | No Comments
I would advise all freelancers that you should keep searching for better jobs, all time and anywhere. It’s simple but you never know when you can hit upon a good payout job. For e.g, i subscribe to FEW good job boards by RSS (not all are worth)by which i come to know latest jobs posting. Or you can visit forums like DP where you can hit upon some good job, although there is tight competition at DP, so don’t try to quote sky rates. But regularly search for jobs, because you may accidentally hit upon a nice job. If you aren’t doing this, you are missing a lot !
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008 | Freelancer | No Comments
Nowadays i see a lot of blogger meet ups, this trend is catching up past an year. Like google bar camp and another one recently i saw was ‘Manipal blogger’s meet’. At international level too many functions are being held where some famous blogging and start up identities meet and discuss something useful. They share their expertise at the functions, eat and enjoy and also present something worth seeing. It’s really interesting to go to this type of places as you get unique experience. You might get a tip or two from other fellows for which you would possibly be spending hundreds of dollars. I hope to attend such function one day.
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 | Freelancer | No Comments
Well, I just saw some good domain prices at sedo being sold so i also bluntly registered few domain names. I thought they would get good prices and started dreaming of getting good dollars in short time. But wait, till i tell you. I made posts on various domain name forum to come to a conclusion that they are worth $0. Some said i must even ask for refund as i had just freshly registered .Too much ! . Got to know that before jumping in domain selling business it is very much (Sorry, inevitable) to study about, see how it works, regularly keep watching what type of domains sell at what price. Beginners would be advised to start with .com only and then .net and only pro will go with other TLD’s. So i would be studying all this at least 2 months and start slowly instead of registering whole bunch at once.
Another business is forex trading, would like to know what it is all about and how it goes. So 2 businesses on minds.
Thursday, March 13th, 2008 | Freelancer | No Comments
Some sayings are universal and there is no substitute for that. Like there has never been or will be a substitute for hard work. Its the most oldest and the most wisest saying that you get what you pay for. Never expect $200 shoes for $50 except they are closing the showrooms and want to sell the remaining goods (lol). But here we talking about something online. If you spend $5 online, you will get something worth $5. Dont expect $50 in return.
Same with freelancing. The quality of work is decided on rates you pay, compensation you give. You simply can’t expect double the quality for half price. The work return will be proportional to what you give or take.
Thursday, February 21st, 2008 | Freelancer | 1 Comment
There was a latest post on freelance switch which cautions us that avoid taking payments via credit card or debit card(?possibly because it applies to credit card) in your paypal account. Because if someone has paid through his credit card,he can reverse the payment and have it back. In the case listed by Cara Williams on freelance switch,she did a project work and client being rude and unreasonable(as she says) told the credit card company and paypal to reverse his payment as he didn’t get what he wanted.
The author was in fix,her money gone(my condolence with you). She requested paypal,paypal told to e-mail credit card company but no response. Maybe the credit card company at clients place is being partial to their clients,preferably they would because they need the client,not that author. The paypal also said that as author didn’t come under seller protection policy of paypal,they cant do much except help her put up a case against that reversal. Shouldn’t have paypal first contacted the paypal holder before reversing the payment back to client?
Well,its happened. See that you read the terms,agreements and various other transaction policies,legal policies a bit carefully of your account.
UPDATE: Just forgot to say if you have reliable and long term client who have worked with you in past several times smoothly and trustworthily,then its no problem. But if its new one and seems a bit bad client in beginning, just make clear that you will have paypal-to-paypal payments.
Monday, February 18th, 2008 | Freelancer | 2 Comments
One of the most boring and frustrating job is forum posting.Why? Well , my broadband isn’t as fast as UK,US people have. I need to constantly navigate like a fool and the forum is loading like anything. It hangs. Several ads and images and text links inserted on the forum. Just hangs everything when clicked new link.
And i have promised for 100 posts on forum. 20 atleast threads and rest posts(replies). $.10 for each post. That is $10 for 100. I thought it’s hardly 2 hours work. But wait till i tell you the details.
Its 4 hours since i am there.Still at 72 post. I have done about 25 new threads(5 extra). Just posting replies to old threads. Its so time taking and hanging that i now feel i should have made all 100 posts as threads! The minimum words to be used in each post are 10-12.cool. But i get to 30-40 as i am out of mind while posting and may post any length of article. The only guy posting some good stuff on the forum where i am posting is me. Everyone else is posting cheap threads like -
‘Is there life after death’?
Now are you supposed to post such threads in a webmaster,domain,hosting related forum? If it had something related to the life of a domain name,i wouldn’t mind. And that too it’s more funny when that thread gets highest replies with replies such as:
‘There is hell and heaven after death’.
Don’t know what quality posts mean. It seems they are just posting there for the sake of posting. I wouldn’t ever try forum posting in future. Better with quality articles. It just sucks me and my time.
Friday, February 15th, 2008 | Freelancer | 1 Comment
Most of freelancers would be having laptop or if not than desktop.well, i use desktop because i don’t like typing and working on laptop when i don’t blog anywhere but from my home.I have heard many people saying to me that they bought a high-config laptop with all features available on this planet and with utmost accessories.What did you spend for buying this piece?
He says about $4000.He said he saved that money and finally bought it.I would have said to him that he did a foolish mistake by spending $4000 on something which you will be changing after 3-4 years.
Buy cheap laptops.Good laptops are available for $ 700(In india) than why spent 5 times the amount unnecessarily.Anyway whatever machine you buy to work on,let it be Dell,compact or lenova,i am sure you will change that machine in 4 years time if you are a freelancer because by that time some new cool machines and systems would come and this one would become de-graded.Again after few years you would buy that new machine of high price(higher model) and the cycle continues.Better buy good laptops of dell,compact or any other company with configuration that suits your work atmosphere.You aren’t going to use that thin square machine for 10 years.Right? You will start getting restless as new featured laptops and computers come in market and will put aside this costly laptop and run after that new laptop.You go on doing this to find that $5000 laptop was of an ass kicking investment.
It’s human tendency to buy the things of highest grade but you must see the fact that you are anyhow going to get new one in few years.So buy cheap laptops(i didn’t say crap) that are moderately priced and don’t throw away your money uselessly like this.It’s just waste of thousands of dollars for nothing much.
Saturday, February 9th, 2008 | Freelancer | No Comments
As far as i know,any one like me can start from $0 in finance with just an e-mail ID and a good english vocabulary and of course an internet connection (Broadband preferred ).In an years time,if you work moderately hard,you will end up with about $15000 in your account.You would say i am exaggerating or i am a typical lier.But let me show you the maths here,though its no Einstein equation.
You just start with writing articles,quality articles or forum posting.The normal rates would be $1 for 100 words.Here i would like to point out that if you show your blog which has quality content for whom you write( to people who hire writers like you and me),i am sure you will get more better rates and more work or simply permanent blogging or article writing job.Now lets say $1 for 100 words.Now i believe any one if serious enough can write 5000 words a day,just working few hours(depends more on your accuracy and typing speed plus internet knowledge)
$50 x 300 days= $15000 !
I have consider the fact that 2 months=60 days you would not write because of various holidays you want or no work available.This rate increases with time and it can be $25000-$30000 next year.But then,you can’t get to $1,00,000 because no one has that much capability to pay about $7 for 100 words.So as you see,how you started with just an internet connection and worked your way upto $15000,if you are serious enough.This $15000 i am not consider as your income,but a pocket money and with this sum,you can almost start after an year anything you want,a forum,a blog or any other site and that too you can keep it alive till it starts producing some good money.