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How To Start Freelancing

How To Start Freelancing

What do you really love to do? Have you ever thought about being able to do work that you love from the comfort of your home?

Let me tell you one story from a successful freelancer who has been through it all, and also has some tips to give you on how to do this yourself.

Here is his story:

“First of all, I decided to quit college and go the non-conventional route of attending a 9-week programming boot camp to kick start my career.

I got my first programming job less than a week after the camp ended. I worked at that job for three months, then quit and moved across the country, having to look for another job to help support my new life. I was out of work for a few months, struggling, and doing small programming jobs here and there and then it happened.

I received a voicemail about a remote programming job opportunity. My fiancée told me she had a good feeling about that call and told me I should call the guy back which I did.

Now, who said finding remote work would be difficult to accomplish? Would you be surprised to know I obtained that remote programming position after having to go to as little as two meetings (a total of 1-2 hours dealing with people)?

I still work at this job, and have been a professional programmer for 12 months now. I really enjoy the work I do.”

Don’t be afraid to explore the unconventional routes of starting your dream career. Consider starting out small, because making money for the first time doing what you love will help you stay excited and focused for continuing to pursue this route. Go explore online freelancer communities that allow you to bid on jobs. Surely if you stay at it, you will receive your first job to start your new career in no time!

I wake up in the morning, and can start working on my computer in two minutes and so can you! It is a great feeling to have a more flexible schedule and be able to access your work whenever you need or want. Just remember to not overwork yourself!

How To Stay Focused At Work

How To Stay Focused At Work

Have you ever found it really hard to concentrate while working at home? Maybe the television is calling you to watch the latest episode of your favorite show or the dirty laundry in the hamper is just screaming, “Wash me now”!! Another problem that may exist is that the bed is in such close proximity it may be extremely tempting to go back to sleep for just a little bit. With any obstacle however there are solutions and ways to keep your mind focused. Below are six tips to help beat losing concentration while working at home

  1. Meditate. Ok I want you to sit on the floor, cross your legs, put your two fingers of each hand together, close your eyes, and take deep breaths. Well ok, it doesn’t have to be exactly like that but you get the picture. Meditation has been known to reduce anxiety and decrease stress levels, as well as provide numerous other benefits.
  2. Take regular breaks. Even though you are working at home it is essential to get up and take a moment away from your work at regular intervals.
  3. Take a walk or a run, depending on how ambitious you are feeling. Exercise has been known to increase endorphins and help clear your mind.

4. Have a work area that is away from distractions and clutter free. This one is pretty self-explanatory, but if the t.v. is just staring at you while you are working, it may be easier to give in to temptation.

5. Have a creative outlet for stress.

6. Get plenty of sleep. Having a good night’s rest is vital to having a great day. This includes your productivity and concentration when you work.

7. Put on a song that you love and have a quick singing at the top of your lungs moment.

Although some of these tips may be obvious, sometimes the simplest things are most easily forgotten!

Life of a Freelancer

Life of a Freelancer

Being a freelancer is an exciting way to make money, choose the projects that you want to work on, and become your own boss! It also offers many benefits to a traditional office setting. For one, there is no fighting over the coffee machine first thing in the morning! Besides having VIP access to the coffee machine, it allows you to make your own schedule! In turn, it gives you the opportunity to work from anywhere and have the freedom that you want. Imagine feeling the white sand in between your toes and hearing waves crash as you sit by the ocean in Fiji, all while being able to make money! If beaches don’t really do it for you, then use your imagination to come up with a place that inspires you, because it is possible for you to get there and enjoy the sites and support yourself at the same time. A problem that plagues people that work in a traditional office setting is getting bored by the same repetitive work. Being a freelancer gives you the ability to pick and choose from a plethora of different projects and add variety to your portfolio. Although being a freelancer has many upsides, some people may miss the social aspect of working in an office, but there are many things a freelancer can do to keep in touch with the outside world. Going out to your local coffee shop to work is a great way to meet potential freelancers and so is joining local freelancer groups online. In addition, freelance work does not always supply a steady stream of income. To curve this risk, it is important to build relationships with freelancing employers to keep projects coming to you, as they will likely hire you again if you do excellent work for them. They will even throw bonuses at you sometimes! All in all I believe the upsides of being a freelancer outweigh the negatives. After all as a freelancer you create your own success- the possibilities are endless!

How To Avoid Job Scams

How To Avoid Job Scams

“Make 10,000 dollars in one day!” “Fill out this survey and make 500 dollars!” We have all seen statements similar to these when looking for work at home jobs. Some of these offers sound too good to be true and as the old saying goes, they usually are. So how do you protect yourself when it seems as though there are endless work at home job opportunities online?

The most important step in the process is to research, research, and research! Search for the company online. See what other sites have to say and what type of information you can find out about the company. Try to find multiple reviews about the site and also experiences that people had with the company before giving any personal information away. One particular site (and probably others) will show you if an employer is “verified” meaning they have put their own money into their online account. This feature is a handy tool to cipher out some of the less trustworthy jobs online.

An important thing to do is ask lots of questions to understand what the employer is asking for. If something doesn’t sound right, use your judgment, as you may be dealing with a scam. Whenever an employer is vague or requires you to do some action such as paying them a fee, it is likely a scam. Another thing is if they are not able to be reached by phone, unless there is a good reason, they may be scammers. One last thought, if they send an email with countless misspellings, they are likely not a professional company, but a scammer!

It would be nearly impossible to have a successful, sustaining career working from home without encountering a scam or two. Just remember these tips, and you will save yourself a lot of trouble down the road!

Spice Up Your Office Decor

Spice Up Your Office Decor

Have you ever wished you could personalize your office at work to your liking? One of the benefits of working from home is that you can create an office space that completely suits you and your personality.

One essential piece of office décor is the chair you sit your little bottom in. Since you will be sitting most of the time you work from home, it is important to have a nice comfortable chair that you like and supports your back for proper posture. Try working for a few hours sitting on the floor and you will see that your back won’t feel great afterwards!

Another important aspect of decorating your office is the desk you have and how you use it. I suggest having a desk that meets all your organizational needs. Remember to place things around your workspace in such a way that you will remember where everything is and it is easy to get to. This will save you time and aggravation from not being able to find something you need.

Did you know that color strongly affects your mood? Many people overlook the importance of color in their office space, but colors do have notable effects on the brain. Consider your favorite colors and the mood you would like to be in while working. For example the color blue will help you relax, while orange will boost creativity and yellow will help alleviate depression. Feel free to decorate your office by adding color to your walls, furniture and anything else you look at while working!

Last but not least, include inspirational messages in your workspace! They will make a noticeable improvement in your mood, productivity and prosperity in your career.

Try these tips out and see the difference spicing up your office décor will make for your work!

Staying Focused At Your Home Job

Staying Focused At Your Home Job

Have you ever found it really hard to concentrate while working at home? Maybe the television is calling you to watch the latest episode of your favorite show or the dirty laundry in the hamper is just screaming, “Wash me now”!! Another problem that may exist is that the bed is in such close proximity it may be extremely tempting to go back to sleep for just a little bit. With any obstacle however there are solutions and ways to keep your mind focused. Below are six tips to help beat losing concentration while working at home

  1. Meditate. Ok I want you to sit on the floor, cross your legs, put your two fingers of each hand together, close your eyes, and take deep breaths. Well ok, it doesn’t have to be exactly like that but you get the picture. Meditation has been known to reduce anxiety and decrease stress levels, as well as provide numerous other benefits.
  2. Take regular breaks. Even though you are working at home it is essential to get up and take a moment away from your work at regular intervals.
  3. Take a walk or a run, depending on how ambitious you are feeling. Exercise has been known to increase endorphins and help clear your mind.

4. Have a work area that is away from distractions and clutter free. This one is pretty self-explanatory, but if the t.v. is just staring at you while you are working, it may be easier to give in to temptation.

5. Have a creative outlet for stress.

6. Get plenty of sleep. Having a good night’s rest is vital to having a great day. This includes your productivity and concentration when you work.

7. Put on a song that you love and have a quick singing at the top of your lungs moment.

Although some of these tips may be obvious, sometimes the simplest things are most easily forgotten!

Scheduling Jobs at Home

Scheduling Jobs at Home

Now that you are working from home, your schedule may be very different than a typical 9-5 job. If your work-at-home job allows you to determine your own schedule, then try to find out which hours of the day are the most productive and convenient for you to work. Some people are night owls who work better at night, and others wake up in the morning invigorated with a fresh mind and are ready to start working.

It is important to have consistency in what time you start and finish your work, but that is not always feasible, as life can take on unexpected turns. Sometimes a range of times to start and finish is better than strict times. It allows for you to take care of other small things around the house or for the family. You should also schedule bouts of time for entertainment or times with your family intermittently throughout the day so your brain doesn’t explode.

In addition to daily schedules, think about schedules based on other time-intervals. These include weekly, monthly, and annual schedules. Creating milestones of your goals will help keep your schedules up-to-date and make it easier to update them as needed. One way to create these schedules is to base them off of yearly goals and then break them down into monthly goals, then weekly goals, and then daily goals. If you want to break it down even more for you minute detail oriented folks, you could set hourly goals.

One such example would be that of owning your own pen-selling business. Your overall goal is to increase the income of your business until it reaches $400,000 a year so you can retire early and take care of your family. By what time do you want to accomplish this goal? In the following year, set a goal that will help you reach this goal ultimately: An example is “This year, I want my company to make $200,000”. Now how would you accomplish this? You would need to produce more pens, and get more people to buy your pens, all the while keeping your costs as low as possible and the quality of your service as high as possible. Now you can only make so many pens yourself. Your monthly goal could be “I want to hire two new employees that are skilled at making my unique pens and are very quick. Also I want to increase the exposure of my company on the internet and locally.” Your weekly goal could be “I need to put up ten ads and talk to at least 20 people this week in order to find the two right candidates for making these pens. I also need to hire an experienced web developer who is also good at marketing to create a website for me that will sell my pens.” Your goal for today could be “Make 50 pens and schedule 5 interviews for candidates for making the pens. Try to reach out to 5 web developers online. Tell them about the business and ask about their services.”

Hopefully this has given you things to think about when creating a schedule for your work.

One Great Job From Home

One Great Job From Home

There are many options to choose from when deciding the type of work you want to do when you work from home. One such position is a great way to make a living and gives most people high work satisfaction, but does require technical training. This position is that of a Computer Programmer.

Obtaining a position as a remote Computer Programmer (also known as Software Developer) is a little more challenging than an equivalent position in an office. While the skills needed are the same, there are many more companies that have real estate and office space for their employees, or are not fond of the idea of not being able to closely monitor their employees. Obtaining this kind of remote position usually requires several years of experience working as a programmer and also knowledge of the same technologies/languages needed for the particular job.

The way a programmer can work remotely is they are able to connect to the company’s code base through online VCS (Version Control Software). The programmer will use an IDE (Integrated Developer Environment) to connect to the VCS and have access to the code in order to work on and update it. VCS allows many programmers to work on the code simultaneously and gives elegant ways to deal with conflicting code changes. The code remote programmers work on helps operate things such as websites, machines used in stores to check out, gas station pumps, and keep track of important data for companies, the government, and more.

The pay rate for remote software developers can fall within the range of ($50,000/year to $1,000,000/year) depending on the Company, experience of the programmer, and what the code is used for. If you are a developer with 1 – 2 years of experience, you can expect to get paid $50,000 – $70,000 a year for working remotely as a developer. Usually as years pass, companies will give annual bonuses/salary increases. Also, you may find that you would like to start your own company and develop your own code, which would give you the ability to make as much money as your business could output value for.

If you want to venture this way, do some research on remote programming jobs and see what you can find out! Use websites such as www.google.com as well as sites that list remote job opportunities.

What Kind of People Have Jobs From Home?

What Kind of People Have Jobs From Home?

Do you have the right personality to work successfully from home? Some people are more suited to an office environment. Take a moment to honestly evaluate yourself and see if you fit most of the following characteristics. If you do, you will have a good base for being able to work from home.

Are you able to work well independently? Working by yourself is what you will be doing a lot of the time. At your home, it is more difficult to get in-person guidance with your work. Depending on the type of work you do and how well you can concentrate, focus, and learn independently, not having someone there in person to check how your work is coming along could make it difficult for you to complete your work properly. If needing someone around you applies to your work, you may be better off working in a traditional environment with coworkers working alongside of you.

The ability to multi-task plays an important role in working from home. You should have the ability to handle home responsibilities such as a family, and all your work responsibilities such as being available by phone, keeping up with emails, and doing your work. If you can take care of these things well, you are one step closer to having the right personality traits to work effectively from home.

Details also are critical to success when you work from home. If you do any technical work such as programming, writing or music production, you may be one of the few people working on such things. As a result, you must thoroughly double check your work for mistakes or typos that could cause problems for clients or the reputation of your company/business.

These are just a few of the personality traits that are essential to being successful working from home. If you don’t have all these traits, that is okay too. As long as you know yourself and your strengths and weaknesses, you will be able to figure out the best way for you to work, whether it would be from home or an office.