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Monday, April 26, 2010

Freelance Jobs

Freelance Jobs

Freelance work has gained tremendous popularity today. Freelancing has long been recognized as a reputable profession and freelance workers are sometimes valued more than regular, permanent staff members. With the internet’s help, more opportunities for freelancers are available at once. More people are able to work at their homes and more companies and organizations are able to contract out their projects instead of hiring regular employees.

According to recent studies, freelance jobs account for 20 percent of contracted graphic designs, web designs and software development in the world. To go freelance is a career choice and freelance jobs offer freelancers with plenty of opportunities and benefits.

Freelancers, especially the “internet freelancers,” always report satisfaction in their work due to several factors that freelance jobs offer. They are able to choose the job they want from a variety of freelance jobs and projects that are widely available on the internet. There is also faster turnaround of projects and freelancers can move on to another project as soon as the current one is done. Freelance jobs also allow for freedom and more flexibility and freelancers can take on two or more different jobs simultaneously. Freelance jobs also offer higher income rates and help freelancers improve their saving capability.

There are several types of freelance jobs, and the following four are considered the major classification.

* Telecommuting. Also known as e-commuting, teleworking, or working from home. It is a work arrangement wherein workers have limited flexibility with their work location and working hours. Freelancers who are telecommuters or teleworkers work while connected to a central telecommunication system such as teleconferencing and video conferencing.

* Consulting. A consultant provides expert advise in his/her particular area of expertise like accountancy, law, human resources, finance, public affairs and business. Sometimes, a consultant is not one person alone, but a group of people who are all part of the consultancy.

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* Offshoring. This refers to the relocation or transfer of business operations from one country to another country. China and India are two prominent countries that companies target for their offshore operations. Lately, India has been emerging as a top destination for trade in services, which refers to sale and distribution of services between the producer and consumers. Offshoring works best for areas related to production, and manufacturing.

* Outsourcing. This freelance arrangement refers to the transfer of management controls and decision-making aspect of the business to another person or groups of persons. Companies usually outsource operations to a group of individuals who specialize in that type of operation. Outsourcing is known to help companies reduce production costs and conserve energy.

Fields and areas where freelance work is acceptable and diverse and varied. Among the most common and highly-demanded freelance jobs are found in the fields of journalism, computer programming, graphic design and consulting.

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--Greg

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Tips for doing freelancing jobs

Tips for doing freelancing jobs

Freelance work is an industry that is growing by leaps and bounds. Perhaps this is due to the fact that what Americans are earning in their regular jobs are no longer sufficient in supporting their monthly expenses. With the rising costs of food, rentals and gas, this is not so surprising anymore.

Freelance work also benefits the company. As opposed to hiring regular employees even those working part-time, companies need not give benefits to freelance workers as they are not working for the company in the official capacity. In fact, most of these workers have a job of their own and are just in need of a little extra cash in their hands.

Freelance jobs often involve creative works like websites, web content and graphics. Some also need or hire people who can sell products on the side in exchange for a commission. Though it is not so hard to do freelance work, it is important that people manage their time as this can become a source of stress for them.

Below are some tips that they can follow in order to have a stress-free freelance job.

Make a time table

As hard as it is to do and as obsessive-compulsive as it may seem, setting a time table for your freelance work is one way to deal with it. This is important as most freelancers have a day job that they attend to. One thing that they have to remember though is the fact that they have to prioritize the first job and only do the freelance work when they have already finished their work.

Divide and conquer

Eating a whole pie in just one serving can give you an indigestion. The same goes with freelance work or any work for that matter. Doing all the work in just one day can lead you to high stress levels.
What you can do to avoid this is to divide the job into smaller pieces that you can “chew” everyday during your free time. This way, you are slowly completing the job without the major stress of it all. Make sure though that when you divide the job, you will not lose the continuity and make the job appear to be disjointed.

This is especially true with jobs that must have coherence such as with writing or with drawing. Moods for the day can influence the drawings and the style of writing. Before you divide the job, make sure that you have taken this into consideration.

Have the discipline to stick to it

Managing your time and dividing the work cannot be done if you don’t have the discipline to see it through. This means that you have to make sure that you stick to the schedule that you have allotted for yourself. For instance, if you have to finish a specific amount of work at a certain period, then make sure that you finish it.

If you don’t, make sure that you can cover what you have not done on your next day along with the task that you have to accomplish for that day. For example, if you promised yourself that you would be finishing three articles every day and you managed to just finish only two today, you have to finish four the next day.

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--Greg

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Do you have what it takes to be a Freelancer?

Do you have what it takes to be a Freelancer?

More people are finding freelance employment aside from their regular day jobs. They leave the security of their regular employment to move on to the challenges of freelance employment. Freelancing has become a career choice for many who people who enjoy the benefits that it offers. Freelancers often attribute their interest to freelance employment to the following factors:

* Wider range of job opportunities;
* Fast turnaround of projects;
* More freedom to choose projects of choice;
* More flexibility to work on different jobs on a simultaneous basis; and
* High income rates

Do you have what it takes to go freelance? Before you take the plunge and begin the journey of working at home, read through the following steps and tricks.

1. Determine the amount of money that you’ll need to earn to sustain your expenses. If you have a day job now, you will be saving a great deal of money once you make your shift to freelance employment. If you begin to work at home, you will save a lot of money from commuting, food, taxes, and more.

2. Take a self-assessment test and list all your skills and experiences. Include your hobbies and interests too, as doing this will determine what types of freelance jobs you can take on. Do you keep a personal website? Then perhaps you can on freelance web design. Do you keep a personal blog? Then you can take on writing jobs. If you know how to do searches in the internet then you can write about any topic that may be given to you.

3. Visit internet web sites offering freelance jobs to see what jobs are currently offered. Take notes and keep a list of these jobs. You should also be on the lookout for companies and organizations that use freelancers for their projects. Look at how much they pay freelancers and take note of the different rates they offer for different projects. Keep a list of these important details as they will surely help you later in estimating how much you should charge for any given project.

4. From the notes you have gathered, try to create an estimate costing of the projects you have identified should the projects be given to you. Keep in mind the number of days given to the projects you have identified. When you have done this, you will be able to see how much you could potentially earn.

5. After doing all of the above, you can now start applying for the freelance jobs that you have identified. These jobs will help you earn some amount that you can later use after quitting you day job.

6. Once you have confirmed that the projects have been awarded to you, use a table to plot specific data about them. Write down all the information about these projects such as contact persons and their contact details and number of days to complete the projects.

7. As you begin freelance work, you will start to feel the flow of freelance employment. Bear in mind that you will not get all the projects that you want so you should apply for different jobs. However, be careful when taking on several jobs. Remember that you should not take on more jobs than you could handle.

8. You are now ready to quit your day job when you have developed an effective system of doing freelance work. But since you are doing freelance work, you should be able to track your jobs and their payment schedules.
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--Greg

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Essentials of Freelancing

Essentials of Freelancing

With the costs of living going on the upside and regular pay no longer enough to make both ends meet, it is no wonder that people look for other means of paying for the day to day expenses. One of the alternative that people turn to when they need extra cash is freelancing.

Unlike other sidelines, freelancing allows you to do the work that you have already been doing. This means that while you are working on the side, you are able to practice the things that you are equipped to do.

Often, people who freelance on the side are in careers that are creative in nature. Examples of these are writers, photographers, web designers, graphic designers and a whole lot more. These people use their creativity to think of new concepts and then produce them into something concrete. Another plus why people in the creative business are the ones who usually do freelancing is the time.

Freelancing doesn't have any prescribed hours. Unlike other sidelines like doing part time work in the local mall or doing several hours at the McDonald’s store, freelancing work ends when you finish the work. The hours that you work will actually be dictated by you, on how fast you can finish the job or how often you will be doing it.

Most people who do freelance accept work per project basis. A specific period of time will be given to the freelancer to finish one project. The shorter the time period, the better or higher will be the pay. It is then up to the freelancer to manage or budget his time. The freedom in time is also the reason why people who do freelancing can still hold their regular jobs if they want to. This is of course if there are no conflicts with the jobs and ethical considerations have been met.

Although it is not really a bad thing to do freelance work while holding a regular job, it is still best to avoid this unless freelancing is already an established profession within your profession. For instance, writers in major publications and newspapers are allowed to write for other publications provided that the publication is not a direct competitor of the company they are working for. The same goes with graphic design. Others who already have contacts do a referral system wherein they do not actually do the job but find someone who can do the job and get a percentage for it.

There are many freelancing opportunities that are available in the country. The birth of the Internet has actually widened the scope and reach of mass media, allowing freelancing work to double and even triple. Writers, for instance, have become very much in demand because of the need for online content updating. Writers now are hired on a freelance basis to write articles on the site to boost readership.

Photographers are also given more range through sites that sell generic photos. These photographers sell their stuff over the internet for a minimal fee. Of course, websites also require freelance photographers to provide them with photos for the articles that they are featuring.
The same goes with web designers who are hired to update websites and other contents on the internet.

The internet has also given more freedom for freelancers in terms of time. Because data can now be transferred over the internet, more and more freelancers send their projects through these avenues. They no longer have to personally submit their works.

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--Greg

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