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Breaking the Habit: 4 Things to Eliminate in Your Freelance Lifestyle

When you work on your own and have a control of your time and nobody kicks in to correct you like your supervisor does, you can easily build a bad habit that can become a disease to your freelance business. That's for real! The hard part is, it's sometimes difficult to detect and hard to accept. I know, because I have experienced the same thing in my 4 years of working freelance. Here are a few things to keep watch of, more importantly, to stop and eliminate in your freelance...

oDesk Contractor Manual

oDesk, one of the pioneer in online job bidding and freelance sites recently released the oDesk contractor manual. It's a very informative and well thought idea considering that there are millions of newbies who would like to find their way into maximizing their experience with the site. The 22-page oDesk manual has 5 sections that provides good to know information about: The company, an introduction to online work Getting started guide Application and interview tips Getting the job done...
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Is Your Office Killing Your Productivity?

There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when we talk about how to be productive at work. Office productivity can be affected by the tools you use, the communication channels you employ. It can be your health and it can also be the office environment where you do your work. Most freelancers, including me, never really started as a freelancer. I worked as a call center agent and eventually became a freelancer, and therefore an office environment in the home is non existent. I...

Jotform Review

JotForm is a web based form builder founded by Aytekin Tank in 2005. It offers a WYSIWYG drag and drop builder interface with lots of features up its sleeves. This JotForm review may not be able to cover everything but I'll make sure you get to know some of the outstanding features that this tool offers. If you haven't seen it, let me give you a few things to get you excited about using this powerful tool. Price   JotForm has 3 tier membership options. You can choose from Basic (FREE),...

Should Pinoy Freelancers Ask for a 13th Month Pay?

13th Month Pay is one of the most awaited December perks for everyone who works in the Philippines. And for someone who's just started with freelance work, this may be something you have been used to receiving every end of the year. But now that you are a freelancer, should you demand for this benefit from your clients? Truth is, I have asked myself that same question before. And there are some points to consider why you should and why shouldn't ask for this benefit. Let me explain. You...
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Why Thinking Like an Employee is the Worst Freelancing Mistake You Could Make

Most Filipino freelancers suffer from what I call "The Employee Mindset". And this is preventing them from getting clients who treat them with respect, consult them on their opinions, and are eager to pay them higher rates. But before I dig deeper into the effects of the Employee Mindset, let's start by exploring what it means. What is the "Employee Mindset"? When you're a freelancer, it's very easy to think of yourself as an employee. After all, that's what most people are - they go to a...
Elance vs oDesk

Elance vs. oDesk: Which is the Better Freelance Site?

Elance vs oDesk is like the Mayweather and Pacquiao of the freelance world. They are both one of the best in their league. Unlike a boxing a match, the question of which is the better freelance site, is a moot point that is probably impossible to lay out a concrete judgment. Not unless we'll have Elance CEO and oDesk CEO decide to take it to the ring :) Kidding aside, these two sites have both impacted many lives across the globe and mine included. There may be a few people who've had bad...

Best Collaboration Tools for Freelancers

In this era of virtual collaborative work, the tools you use can make a big difference at how successful your projects would turn out. As a freelancer, I've come across various tools that I've tried, some were recommended, while others were supplied by my clients and overall, these tools have not only made the distance seem irrelevant, the tools we've implemented made certain that projects are organized and productivity is increased. For the past 4 years that I've been tinkering with my...

Five Things You Thought You Knew About Freelancing

Work as a freelancer and you can earn a six figure income! Get paid in dollars. Never have to commute to go to work. And yes, you can do it at your own home. That sounds a lot like an advertisement on the newspaper or website. They sound good, but they may not be entirely true all the time. So today, I'll give you some reality check on what a freelance life is all about. Some of you may already know most of what entails being a freelancer even before you started reading this, but there are...

10 Things To Keep You Sane When Your Freelance Job Ends

You'll open up your email one day and you'll find amongst the unread, a notification that your project is now closed. Only a few days ago, the client was chatting with you on how well the project has been working out. And yet, now you see this message. You closed your eyes, pinched yourself, walked out to the sun, and yes, it wasn't a dream. It's real. The one source of income that you expect to feed your family is now gone. What in the world should you do next? This scenario is not something...
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