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How to start as a freelancer?

Tips to start working as a freelancer on the net.

Tips to start working as a freelancer on the net.

Get connected

  It is not about just finding the client. A lot of projects fail or the client is dissatisfied because of a lack of communication.
  Even if you are a perfect pro, the client could not be the best presenter. He could think that he had explained what he/she has in mind, but could do it in a manner that enlightens himself only. If you get it wrong and show a result he does not expect, he/she will blame you for not delivering the expected. No matter whose fault it is. You need the money for your time and efforts which is best achieved trough happy customers. Things could get even harder if you and the client are from different cultures or don’t share a native language.
  Discuss the project as often as possible, send milestones of the done till the moment, ask for comments and discuss the next steps.

  • Phone might be the traditional way to stay in touch but it could be not the best. At least it is hard to send a file or a link to a webpage in order to show what you mean. It gets worse if you and your client are in different timezones and he cheerfully calls you to share an idea at 4a.m. Last of all the vocal conversation needs all of attention, and you are unable to focus on work. Some people are quite talkative and this could be an issue if you miss the deadline because of the endless chats. Not the last, you’d have to stop the music player/TV or get out of the bathroom.
  • Emails are better. You can send and receive links and files so essential in the netage. You chose when to read  and answer them. You have the chance to think and try before you give promises  (or have an idea before declining something as impossible). Keep the shortcut to your email client at a handy place. The major flaw is that you could have e problem with spam-filters and lose emails (which is also the most stupid but popular way to lose a client). If at the beginning of a project somebody is slow to answer, try to check the things by phone, PM or IM. At high traffic web-based email services could slow the emails, sometimes for hours.
  • Instant Messangers services like MSN/Live, Skype, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber and other protocols are at the middle and combine the best from the phone and emails. You can have a conversation in real time, you can exchange files and links, you can speak if you need to, don’t require all of your attention and you can see when the other person is available. Maybe the best option to use. The only problem is that the protocols are several. Different people use different ones and in fact you as a service provider must stay connected to several of them in order to get reached. I suggest using a program that could handle multiple IMs like Pidgin or Trillian.

Get seen

  In addition of creating a portfolio you would need every possible potential client to see what you can offer. Some people would like your work, some not. The more people see it, the more would wish to hire you. Create a profile anywhere you can. Targeted directories are best as most of their visitors would be interested, but you could use social networks, blogs and forums as well. No matter the kind, as long as you can somehow post a link to your portfolio. Casual people are easier to impress, easier to negotiate with and if eventually some of them (or their friends) need a service of yours, your nickname  would be the first to pop. This could pay your bills too.

Get to business

  As you are still reading this, I suggest you are not overloaded of projects at present. The portfolio and profiles could bring you clients but meanwhile you can’t rely on this doing nothing. Be active and find some clients.

  • Chat with your friends, colleagues, alumni and family and see if something would pop up. Don’t press them or look desperate or you could lose their trust. A lot of projects come by “I know a guy…”, so the most important part here is to let them know that you are available. Some ex-employers could bring you work when they feel short or need an expert in a particular area as they know what you can do. Let’s hope you’ve broke well with them.
  • Offer your services in social and low-budget campaigns. AIDS prevention, anti-violence, anti-global heating, anti-racialism, anti-homophobia… something. Even if you receive some cash it most probably won’t be much, but you’ll build the shiny image of the nice passionate person who cares apart of the great job you can do. Often in the eyes of people that have some other business and good connections. Eventually the cause could become popular and well-funded (to read – plenty of money for doing almost nothing). Try to stay away of the political ones trough, don’t breed yourself foes when the winds change.
  • Get used to the online job boards and project trackers. You could find many buyers there and you can chose (or be chosen which is the worse part). Check out the healthy list of the worthy ones this site has to offer.

April 1, 2009 Posted by | Start as a freelancer | Leave a comment

Need to find a freelancer to outsource your projects, and want to start as a freelancer.

Are you looking for a freelancer, to outsource your projects? (programmers, designers..). Do you want to work as a freelancer. This blog can give some tips. Best tips to choose a freelancer, how to be a better freelancer. Need a car database(makes and models since 1900) (MySql, .csv, xml, pdf)

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Car makes and models database (Mysql, SqlServer, csv, xml, pdf)

The most complete Car makes and models database.

Car makes and models database

Car makes and models database

I create a database with all car makes and models in the market. I created it with the the intention to sell it at the lowest price possible. I had a lot of work to finish it. I Searched a lot in the google for car makes and models database and i couldnt find anything with a reasonable price, so i decided to create it by myself.

I have the car makes and models database in several formats, have a look:

1. Mysql

2. SqlServer

3.CSV

See the relation between makes and models in the database

See the relation between makes and models in the database

4.xml

5.Excel

 

 

 

New update available (2009-04-06). More 150 records, now we have 1320 records in the database.

I think i sent an email to all users that bought the database, if you dont received it, please email me.

 

I am selling this car makes and models database just for 7$.

If you are interested leave a comment.

Best regards

March 3, 2009 Posted by | All car makes and models database | 6 Comments

Tips To Find the Best Freelancer

Tips to find the best freelancer.

Tips to find the best freelancer.

If you want to rocket your business into overdrive then you’ll need to learn how to outsource your product creation. Here are some steps to finding the best freelancer for the job you have, using the NexFreelancer.com online freelance market place.

1. Create Your Project Description

Be clear about what it is that you need. Some marketers go in there and write one phrase like, eBook on parenting. Not only will you be leaving the door open for disaster, but you won’t get as many bids because you didn’t provide enough details.

What about it? Give a little more detail, or tell the providers that you’ll give more detail via a private message board if you prefer not to broadcast your ideas for everyone to see.

Here are some specifics you want to include: * How long you want the e-Book to be * What formatting you need it in?

With length, you may not know exactly but it’s good to give them an idea of about how long you need it, and in what time frame. Don’t expect to pay very little for a 100-page e-Book that you need in a week.

Always put your deadline earlier than when you really need it to allow for instances when the freelancer will be delayed in getting the project completed. You’ll want time to see what the finished product looks like so you can edit it to your own specifications if necessary.

2. Post Your Project

They have a project description form you fill out. You have about 50 characters for the title of the project. Think like a marketer here and pull in eyeballs using something promising, not vague and unclear or else they won’t waste their time.

Sometimes if He is trying to find a good ghostwriter, he’ll test them out on a small project first like some articles He can use for my affiliate marketing.

3. Pick the best freelancer

Once you start getting bids on your project, you want to weed through the providers and shortlist those you feel qualify for further consideration.

March 1, 2009 Posted by | Finding freelancers | Leave a comment

How to Find Freelance Work on the Web

How to Find Freelance Work on the Web

Find freelance work

Find freelance work

The Internet has been a great boon for freelancers from all walks of life. Websites such as NextFreelancer.com provide a convenient, centralized location for freelancers and buyers to find each other.

Freelance listing sites contain job postings, evaluations and ratings for both freelancers and buyers, some type of escrow or secure payment service and, usually, a private message board where contacts can converse with each other over terms, qualifications, etc.

Usually set up as a reverse auction, freelancers (also referred to as “bidders”) compete with one another for posted positions. These freelance sites generally earn revenue from membership fees or from charging a small percentage of the awarded value of the project.

Some of the jobs commonly offered as freelance positions on the web are:

Writing – Various freelance boards offer excellent opportunities for dedicated, articulate writers able to write articles, sales copy, books, reports and other documents.

Administrative Services – Skills such as bookkeeping, transcription, typing and data entry are in high demand.

Internet Marketing/SEO Consultant – With the ever-increasing growth of websites in competition for client attention and search engine rankings, Internet marketing freelancers can choose from an almost unlimited pool of sites dedicated to all aspects of their trade including link exchange, keyword-rich article writing, and web site submissions.

Website Editing – The demand for good editors online is increasing daily. Knowledge of HTML and the most common web editing software programs is required.

Web Design and Programming– This market is a hard nut to crack, primarily because of over saturation. Designers who have competitive prices and who stay on the cutting edge of advancing technology can secure freelancing positions, but the competition is fierce.

Pros and Cons of Freelancing:

 Freelancers are in the unique position of expanding their business acumen by having the flexibility to embrace opportunity when it knocks. As the person in charge, the chance for adopting new and innovative ideas can be based solely on personal instincts and the thirst for success.

 Freelancers are essentially the masters of their own domain; therefore they are under few conventional restrictions in choosing exactly which projects to work on and what rate of pay they should charge.

 One of the most difficult hurdles that many freelancers encounter is the amount of competition they face when trying to establish a reputation as a credible freelance service provider. This often puts new freelancers in a catch-22 position: it is difficult to secure contracts without a proven track record, yet the only way to get that track record is by completing some contracts.

 Frequently, the only way to overcome the catch-22 mentioned above is to offer your services at a reduced fee until a substantial portfolio can be established.

 Freelancers also have to be able to practice sound financial management. Due to the ‘feast or famine’ nature of freelance work, you need to feel comfortable operating without the safety umbrella of a steady pay cheque.

So where do you find these freelancing sites?

The site that I rely on to hire freelancers is NextFreelancer.com. I’m delighted with the ease of use of  these site, and the quality of applications I receive. I’ve hired transcriptionists, writers and graphic designers through the sites.

There are many other professional, legitimate websites dedicated to satisfying supply and demand for quality freelancing services. Although these sites sometimes require nominal membership or finders’ fees, the terms and conditions are posted on the site for you to check out before signing up.

Best Regards

NextFreelancer.com

March 1, 2009 Posted by | Finding freelance jobs | Leave a comment

The best way to find freelancers over the internet.

The best way to find freelancers over the internet.

The best way to find freelancers over the internet.

If you have your own business and there is a specific project that you need done, how do you go about finding the right person to do it? In the past there has always been the traditional route of hiring permanent staff but today more and more people are choosing to work with freelancers therefore of the benefit that freelancers provide. How should you go about finding a freelancer who has the necessary skills you need, what should you look for and where should you be looking.

One of the easiest places to find a freelancer these days is on freelance jobs boards such as NextFreelancer.com. To find a freelancer on these website you will need to start with your project description. The more specific your project description is, the more likely you are to find the right person for the job. Your project description should be well written and should include exactly what you are looking for, if you have a time frame you will need the work done in and what this time frame is as well as any requirements you are seeking from the freelancer.

Once people start responding to the project you posted you should carefully consider each application as you would if you were hiring permanent staff. Take a look at the wording of the proposal as well as details that may be available regarding feedback about this freelancer, how much they have earned, etc. There are unfortunately a number of freelancers bidding for projects on these boards who do not know what they are doing but this is usually evident from the first project proposal. If possible take a look at some other proposals they have submitted to the website. Freelancers who do not know what they are doing are more likely to submit exactly the same proposal for each project, although the price may vary, the wording will remain the same. Professional freelancers know how to adapt their proposal to each individual bid that they place.

Another very important factor in most cases is the portfolio of work. If you are offering an administrative position this is sometimes harder to provide examples of work for and a portfolio may not be as necessary but if you are looking for a freelance writer, web designer, artist, programmer or a number of other fields then a portfolio should be vital. Take a look at their portfolio and consider whether they are offering the type of work you are looking for. If the person has a well presented portfolio that displays the kind of work you are looking for then you are a lot less likely to encounter problems with them down the line or have to require too many revisions from them.

Try sending them a couple of messages before deciding if they are the ones you want to choose for your project and see how quickly they reply. Good freelancers should be easily contactable. If you prefer other methods of communicating with your freelancers then you should include this information in your project description and ask your prospective freelancers how they will be able to communicate with you. Communication is a vital aspect of any working relationship and perhaps even more so when working with a freelancer.

The easiest place to find freelancers is using freelance jobs boards, however when using these boards there are a number of things you will want to look at when choosing your freelancer. The first thing you should consider is the proposal itself along with any reviews and feedback. You should also take a careful look at their portfolio – are they offering the kind of work that you want your freelancer to do? Lastly, once you have eliminated a couple of prospects through the above methods try communicating with some of your prospective freelancers, make it clear that you are still selecting a freelancer but see how quickly they respond to your messages as communication is vital for any business, particularly when working with a freelancer. If you follow these steps when choosing your freelancer you are more likely to find a freelance partner that is able to offer work of a high standard and give you what you are looking for.

Another very important think is the payment method. This websites usually have a Escrow system to protect the Buyer(People that hire the freelancers). Never pay to the freelancer before the project is complete, use Escrow payments.

How escrow works in NextFreelancer.com:

NextFreelancer.com provides users with escrow payment options to help projects get completed smoothly. Service Buyers can set aside a specific amount of money into an escrow account on NextFreelancer.com, for a specific Service Provider. Both users can then view the payment in the escrow account, but only the Service Buyer can complete the payment, from the escrow account to the Service Provider. The Service Provider is the only person (other than NextFreelancer.com staff) who can cancel this escrow payment. This gives each party half of the control over the money in the escrow account.

If the project gets completed, the Service Buyer can transfer the money from the escrow account to the Service Provider. If the project is cancelled amicably, the Service Provider can cancel the escrow payment and the money will return to the Service Buyer’s account. If there are any disputes over a project, NextFreelancer.com staff must be contacted before any money can be moved from the escrow account.

NextFreelancer.com encourages its users to send and receive money with the escrow system, because it’s another great way to make sure everyone gets what they want from a project.

I hope this article help you in your decisions.

Best regards

NextFreelancer.com

March 1, 2009 Posted by | Finding freelancers | Leave a comment