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Freelance writing is a growing at home business anyone with the desire can begin. With a basic writing knowledge you can expand your skills and publish articles across the web. There are a few websites that cater to beginning writers and offer pay per click incentives to keep publishing. The more you write, the more you earn, the better you improve your skills.

A few tips for beginner freelance writers:

  • Put together a well written article on your selected subject and one that relates to the site you are interested in writing for. These articles will be used as part of your application.
  • When editing your articles, utilize a grammar and spell checker like Grammarly. This will help you to hone your writing skills. Read the reasons for the edit changes and make note. The next time you write an article for the publication sites, you will be one up on the writing rules.
  • Don’t know what you want to write? Research using a keyword tool like Google’s or WordTracker. Both offer free options and allow you to utilize the long keyword phrase search. Select the top searched for, but the lower competition keyword phrases and single words.
  • Take advantage of the free tips and tools freelance writer sites available. Copyblogger is one, Freelance Writers Directory and check your local library for books such as The Elements of Style by William Strunk & E. B. White. Writing for publications is not the same as writing for yourself. Another great book is the AP Style Manual, since most publications prefer it.
  • Research the topic, learn to write in sections concerning the chosen topic. Find appropriate pictures and develop a personal style that will fit with the publication’s audience.

Following are a few of the sites that pay writers to publish to their sites. Each one has a different requirement, so read the fine print.

  • Academia-Research
    Freelance online writing jobs are available from a freelance writing company. We offer well-paid freelance job opportunities for academic writers, content writers and resume writers.
    If you intend to write academic and research content, get very familiar with what it means. College level writing is not the same as article writing. Dissertations, essays, information to educate is thoroughly researched and uses a different style. If you have what it takes, then begin here.
  • Academic Experts
    How to become a freelance writer with AcademExperts.us. Apply for an online writing job free and start earning up to 20$ per page immediately. Academic writers needed.
    You absolutely have to have experience as an academic writer. To learn more and get started, click here.
  • Auction Bytes
    EcommerceBytes. Independent news and resources for online retailers.
    Writers for AuctionBytes and Collectors Corners should gear the content towards how to, reviews, tips and tricks, and other similar topics. Get started here.
  • CloudCrowd
    We’re working on it. Lots of us.
    Companies provide a project; Cloud Crowd breaks the project into bite size tasks. Upon approval, payment is immediate. Work your hours and tasks you want. Start here to learn more and apply. You will need a Facebook profile.

This is a beginning list. There are over a hundred sources to write for. As a beginner in freelance writing, your selection is well rounded. What are your interests? What gets you fired up and excited? Hobbies, education, pets, and a list of other topics are always in need of writers. You can create “How To,” instructional, informative, or educational articles to publish. There is no limit to the topics or styles. Be creative and have fun. The more you write the better you get and the more you earn.

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With the close of businesses over the past few years, working for self is grown to a strong way of life. Understanding the many options for home based employment is important. There are so many scams and hustles that only provide the originator with a solid and vast income stream. The person on the low end of the pyramid does not stand much of a chance getting ahead.

It is so important to gain an understanding of the terms and how they may be used interchangeably.

Just a short and quick insight to the difference between home-based businesses and working from home. The terms are not interchangeable and yet they are. A bit of a paradox.

When you operate a home based business you are working from and in your home. The difference depends on the choice of business. Developing a business that serves moms, like childcare or laundry service, can be operated in your home. Or you can set up a home business office and go out to see clients.

Home based businesses include network/multilevel marketing, clerical services, medical transcriptionists/billers, virtual office and personal assistants, there is no end to the titles and types. Most home based business requires some training and a monetary investment. There are those who pay very well per hour, per sale, per project. The options are about as unlimited as the type of home-based business opportunities.

Working from home means that no matter what you do, telecommuting or operating your own business, you have a home office. Again you may operate any number of businesses. Mostly working at home entails finding a job, like customer service, writing, web designing, etc. This usually means that the company hires you as an employee to work from your home and they pay you an hourly wage. Benefits are not usually included, sometimes the equipment is, but not always. In some cases you may be required to commute to an office or the client’s home once a week to meet, review and deliver your work.

Making a decision about which option you would like to pursue includes deciding on whether or not you have what it takes to do the job you are interested in. Are you comfortable with sales? Making cold calls? Answering phones and helping someone fix their computer? Can you handle the complaints and discontented customers for the company you hire on with? Do you have what it takes to sit on the phone or at a computer all day?

Research the options, take a serious look at your home, ask yourself the important questions. How much money do you need to earn, would like to earn? These are different totals. Can you sit at home all day, nearly every day? Do you need to shuffle between being a parent, caretaker, guardian, or partner and work? What type of schedule are you willing or desire to set for yourself? Actually some jobs require a set schedule so in this case know if it something you can stick with.

I worked as an English tutor for Chinese students who lived in China. Nearly every day I had to get up by 3 or 4 a.m. to be ready to take the first call at 5 a.m. which was about 8 p.m in China. (give or take a few minutes.) I did not mind the hours, but the pay was less than minimum wage p/hr in this country, yet it was a fortune to someone in China. I enjoyed it, but the early morning hours and low pay eventually wore me down.

There are business opportunities and job offers for those who are retired, full time students, or disabled. Search and read, get to know the small print for any organization you are considering doing business with.

Make a list of questions based upon what is important to you. Set aside the financial desperation, this is not the most important aspect to working from home or building a home-based business. When financial desperation gets in the way mistakes are made and money is wasted. So know everything you need about you and the options available.

Do not pay for the right to work, ever. There are those companies that offer you freelance work if you pay just $39.95, but wait that is not all. These offers suck, and you cannot always get your money back. They are designed to make those who own the organization rich. NEVER PAY TO WORK.

Again, set your desperation to the side. Be smart, read, and become informed. Then you can make a decision that is best for you and yours. Give it 90 days. Set a schedule, follow through. Keep learning, asking questions, keeping notes. A work journal will help you to keep track of everything you do in a day.

Need help? Contact me today. Let’s chat about getting you started on a new career.

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stay at home moms

Today’s stay-at-home mom population comes in at approximately five million, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data. Some may want to work, but find themselves forced to stay home for fear they can’t find a job that pays enough to support childcare and other costs, states NBC News. Sure you can find creative ways to save money at home — you might dive into extreme couponing or read up on expert advice from personal finance pros like Princess Clark-Wendell about teaching your children how to live within a budget. Still, all too often, the savings just aren’t enough. For women seeking to secure an adequately paying position, it may be worthwhile to invest in optimizing your job search and improving your odds.

Invest in Yourself

Education is the gateway to higher-paying career options, and investing in yourself can open doors to more rewarding jobs. For mothers who want to update skills or broaden their knowledge base, distance learning is opening up new higher-learning opportunities. Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are enabling an increasing number of students to enjoy the equivalent of remotely auditing courses at major universities for free or a reduced fee, according to the Wall Street Journal. Of course, this is not the same as earning a degree, and for those seeking accreditation, for-credit coursework also is increasingly available online.

Bring Your Own Device

To make it easier for you to attend online classes, you might consider investing in a mobile device. Devices can be quite expensive, but are crucial to long-term success.This can also benefit you when you land a job, since by 2017, half of employers will require workers to bring their own devices to work, research firm Gartner predicts. Many employers are already requiring this, which can conceivably put you in the position of getting offered a job where you need a device you don’t have yet.

Build Your Online Presence

A mobile device can also help you take advantage of job-hunting and recruiting apps, such as those recently released by the business networking site LinkedIn. LinkedIn is one of the primary online tools used by employment recruiters and job seekers, and creating a profile can help you research employers and make contacts.

You can further build your online resume by getting your own domain and setting up a site showcasing your job qualifications. If you’re on a budget, use a free blogging platform. Or, you can invest in a premium site for more flexible design and app options. Use your site to highlight skills and experience, display certifications and portfolios, post testimonials and create content illustrating knowledge an employer might find impressive.

Author’s Bio

Emily Lawton
Emily is a blogger and stay at home mom. She’s the only woman she knows who can ride a wheelie.

18 10 13

Tools for the Freelancer

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council estimates from the current U.S. Census data that there are more than 22 million solely-owned businesses in the U.S. That’s a lot of individuals responsible for every aspect of their business. Save some time doing those mundane tasks with these tools. You’ll have more time for the creative endeavors that drew you to freelancing in the first place.

Office Time

This application lets you track your time and break it down however you want for billing purposes. The Office Time data can then be downloaded to a spreadsheet for analysis. You can create client project folders and sort the time by category. Timers record the actual time you worked on a task, which is useful for tracking time on business correspondence or email. Know where all of your time is going so you will have a record of all the time to be billed.

Office Time is available on the PC and Mac. It is also available as an app for the iPhone or iPad for $7.99. Record your time worked while on the road and sync it up with your desktop or laptop version when back in your office.

Zoho Invoice

Simple invoices can be created with this cloud-based application or on its Apple or Android app from your smartphone or tablet. Zoho supports online invoicing and works with many of the online payment processors such as PayPal and Google Checkout. It integrates with other Zoho products such as project management and CRM applications.

You can also customize your invoices with Google Apps integration and use Gmail to send them. You can use Zoho for free for up to five customers. Your invoices will display the Zoho logo. For $15 a month, you can support up to 500 customers and you can customize the invoice and remove their logo.

Mint

Mint.com is a company owned by Intuit, the makers of Quicken. Mint is an online tool to review all of your financial accounts in one place. The home screen gives you a summary of all of your balances. Click to drill down into individual accounts and transactions. It will give you alerts when balances are below budget targets and when bills are due. It will help you with some simple business budgeting, too.

Mint is free for use from any browser, so you can work with it from your PC or Mac. It also has a free Apple and Android app version for those times you need to check balances while on the road or at a client site.

Mozy

This is a cloud-based backup service that enables you to automatically backup any type of files you use in your business. Photos, audio, video, text and proprietary file formats can all be backed up on Mozy servers. You can easily restore lost or damaged files from your backups with the browser or mobile tools.

All of the data is encrypted. Automated backups can be set up from multiple devices. With the right Internet service for your business, you can set up automated backups for all of your critical files to Mozy. You’ll never again need to worry about losing data.

Mozy is available for Windows and Mac computers. For $5.99/month, you get 50 GB of space in which to backup your files, and $9.99/month gets you 125 GB. You get one month free for signing up for one year.

Author’s Bio

Blanche Burns

When she is not reporting on the latest mobile technology, Blanche keeps busy on social media.

18 09 13

If you’ve spent more than five seconds on any tech website recently, you’ve seen mention of the cloud before. With the amount of praise that gets lavished upon it, you might assume it’s some mystical creature that cures all of your IT ills. In a way, this is completely accurate, as Gartner predicts that 60 percent of the current workforce will be in the cloud within the next year, due to the advantages offered, according to OpenLogic.com. Cloud computing technology goes far behind cloud file storage. Learning the ins and outs of each type of cloud computing allows you to create the perfect mix for your situation.

Software as a Service (SaaS)

SaaS cloud services are those you are most likely familiar with. Gmail, Basecamp and Dropbox are all examples of an SaaS cloud model. The application provider handles everything involved with a single, cloud-based application. TechTarget points out a few of the many advantages SaaS has for a small business owner. You have a fully developed and supported application that is available from any device that has access to the Internet. You don’t have to buy the servers, the network operators, or anyone else to maintain the script. The most complicated thing you have to do is remember to save your password on the service’s web page or app. You’ll find cloud-based apps in many industries, such as the financial field, evidenced by Brian Ferdinand Liquid Holdings, which uses the cloud in its asset management product.

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

PaaS takes cloud computing to a completely different level. Instead of only accessing applications that are cloud-based, you can outsource part of your own computing platform to the cloud. This type of cloud service allows you to set up development frameworks, operating systems and other essential tools for your needs, according to Salesforce. This type of cloud computing environment is excellent for application development, since you have a range of operating systems to choose from, and you can create OS instances without having to requisition a completely new server box. It also cuts down on the amount of equipment you need to create your own applications and software.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

When you end up really liking what the cloud can do for you, you can choose to offload your entire IT infrastructure to the cloud. This type of set-up uses the cloud-based resources as you would your own local network. If you’re working with a limited budget, and you want a scalable cloud solution, IaaS gives you a great deal of room for flexibility and growth. The saving of costs is also significant, as you need less network professionals to look over your shoulder since many of their normal tasks are getting off-loaded to the cloud. You can go through a public cloud provider, or opt to build your own hybrid or private cloud for your business. Public cloud offerings are completely provided by the cloud service, as you use their on-site equipment for your servers. Private cloud consolidates and virtualizes resources you’re already using, making it convenient if you have a lot of equipment laying around, and you don’t know what to do with all of it.

Author’s Bio

Tracey Thomson
Tracey is a blogger who covers the tech industry.