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Easy Work at Home Writing Opportunity
Looking for a new and great work at home opportunity? Yes this is completely free to join, no upgrades at all. It is a writing opportunity, but not like the freelance sites that you write specific articles for a client. This is a work at home writing opportunity that is quite easy and the articles are your choice.The name of the site is Bubblews and it is a fun site to work on! It is a bit different from the rest as it pays you for any pageview, comment or like your content gets. You write a minimum of 400 characters in a post and you get 1 penny for every unique view, comment or like that it gets. I know you are think 1 penny isn't a lot, but other sites don't pay this well for the pageviews. If your article gets 2000 views, then it is $20. Not bad at all!There are rules to follow and they are very strict about these rules. If you violate them, you will not get paid. It is easy to follow tho and the rules just help to keep it a legit and great site. I joined Bubblews a few days ago and have been working on it today and yesterday. It is a little bit addicting really!You can connect with other users and read their content. Don't ask them to connect back and don't ask anybody to like your post. Likes, comments and connections must be on the readers own will. But you will find people connect with you and will read your content once you start reading other people's content. It is a friendly community of people!Some of the basic rules are:No more then 10 articles in a 24 hour periodNo liking your own articles or abusing the like systemContent should be your own contentMust be at least 400 charactersNo affiliate or marketing links in your posts, but citing a resource for some info is okNo asking for people to connect or like your post and no groups where you exchange likes or connectionsThose are the basic rules that I have taken note of so far. It really is easy to follow the rules on Bubblews and to have a good time. There are good and bad reviews of the site, but I have found that many of the bad reviews were from somebody who didn't follow the rules so it is not the site to blame.Payout minimum is $25 and there are a couple methods to be paid. You can request payment through Paypal or check, but I am not sure of all the methods. You can write about many things and you can watch your earnings grow here. Have some fun and try this excellent work at home opportunity! Join Bubblews free today.
Seven Must-Have Apps for Freelancers
Freelancers are their own administrative assistant, accountant, negotiator, editor and marketer. It's not easy, working for yourself, but there are resources out there to help make your freelance career a bit less hectic and a far more organized. Apps can help you to manage your time and resources wisely by aggregating many of the tools a larger organization has at its disposal into your own personal device of choice. Here are a few must-have apps for the seasoned or new freelancer.MyPriceMyPrice is one of the best applications to have on your phone if you're a freelancer. Period. The application is a great tool for estimating your hourly and project rate as a freelancer. It bases its estimations off of your experience, skills, expenses and what type of project you're working on. It also aggregates great freelancing tips and job opportunities.NeverLateNeverLate is an excellent, and free, replacement for the default iOS calendar application. The app is particularly useful to freelancers because is specializes in business meetings and events by tying into your LinkedIn, Evernote, and iOS accounts. It centralizes meeting and event information and can instantly update locations, times, relevant notes and discover who will be at a particular meeting, even if you haven't met them in person before. It also features traffic tracking, and will give you an estimate of when you need to leave a given spot to make a meeting, even if the traffic situation changes.DropboxDropbox is an essential cloud-based file-sharing platform for freelancers and full-timers alike. Regardless of content — videos, photos, audio, text or otherwise — Dropbox lets users share their work in a quick and easy manner. Users get two gigabytes to begin with, but photo or multimedia freelancers can find subscriptions up to 100 GB available.30/30Focus doesn't come easy, especially today. That's where 30/30 steps in. 30/30 is a simple timer application which can help keep you focused on the task at hand and to build up solid workflow. The application lets users create multiple timed lists, outline and modify the order of tasks, and just turn their phone or tablet into a productivity-focused timer.MintMint is a fantastic, and secure, financial tracking application, which allows users to set budgets (and budget notifications), keep track of personal and business related expenses, and get solid financial advice catered to their financial background. Mint is a part of Intuit (the folks who bring you Turbo-Tax), and is free.EvernoteEvernote is the go-to note-taking application. It's versatile, easy to use, and is an incredibly well thought-out knowledge retainer. Find an article you’d like to quote, cite or use for later? Use Evernote's web clipper and you can bring that information into the corresponding folder, complete with recommended tags, and have instant access to that clip nearly anywhere in the world.Let's face it: if you're using the Internet for any sort of basic research, you're likely using Google. If you telecommute and collaborate with clients, you're likely going doing it through Gmail or Google Docs. And there's nothing wrong with that: Google has some excellent services to offer freelancers, from keeping track of who visits your website to video conferencing over Google Hangout. Google's calendar offering, too, is an essential application to keep track of multiple contracts and dates, and those calendars can easily be shared between G Cal and third-party applications like Sunrise. Is using Google and its products necessary in every case? No, but you ought to familiarize yourself with the Internet giant's layout because, rest assured, you'll be using one or more of their products somewhere down the line.John Gower is an analyst for NerdWallet, a website dedicated to helping people find the best CD rates, checking accounts, credit cards and more for their business or personal needs.
Top 10 Time Saving Tools for the Freelancer
The Internet has made running your own show a lot easier. As a freelancer, you’re likely to encounter problems that, if you were the CEO of a large company, would probably be dealt with by your subordinates. However, as a one-man band, you have to deal with the nitty-gritty, as well as dedicate the time to actually running your business. Thankfully, whatever your problem, someone has already created a solution to it. Let’s take a look at the top 10 time-saving tools available to freelancers.
1. QuickBooks. This is the most popular bookkeeping software in the world, and is used by over 4.5 million companies. Accounting is one the most time-consuming, yet vital aspects of business management. However, bookkeeping software can turn a time-expensive process into an automated process that virtually looks after itself. There’s no need for any accounting experience and the software will merge with practically any platform. Check out Intuit UK for more details.
2. LogMeIn . This is perfect for freelancers who spend a lot of time doing onsite work for their clients, but occasionally need to use their computers. LogMeIn is an app that allows you to log into your home computer through a browser and control it remotely. You may have encountered versions of this when seeking technical support online. You don’t have to be in your home to get hold of that important document; using this service, you can get hold of it wherever you happen to be.
3. SwitchRates. A lot of time can be wasted on trying to work out just how much you ought to charge for your services. SwitchRates is an online conversion calculator that does it all for you. It works out the annual cost of running your business, your personal costs, how many hours you can charge for and how much profit you’d like to make, before coming up with an hourly rate. A great tool for freelancers who are striking out for the first time and haven’t yet decided their worth.
4. GoToMeeting. In the early days of business, travel can cost and the time could be better spent elsewhere. You have to pay for this service but, compared to the financial and hourly cost of train travel or flights, it practically pays for itself. Essentially, this software allows you to organize online conference calls with the minimum of fuss.
5. Google Documents. Unlike Microsoft Word and Excel, this software is free and does the job with equal finesse. You can access and view spreadsheets and documents using Google’s service and even convert them back into Excel and Word, if those are the platforms your clients are using.
6. Lino It. Time is often lost through the process of sticking post-its to computer screens or work surfaces. In an untidy office, these things run as much risk of getting lost as anything else. However, if you like the scatty approach, then why not do it online? Lino It gives you a virtual cork board and sticky notes that will never fall off or accidentally get hovered up.
7. Todoist. The most successful businesses run on lists. Todoist allows you to make that list online and will even send you reminders about important events and dates. You can use it as broadly or as specifically as you want, even to the point where you can create an hour by hour schedule, complete with notifications and alerts.
8. Toggl. This piece of software is like a virtual egg-timer that will tell you how much you communicate with each of your clients. It will record the length of phone calls and the frequency of emails, so you can manage your time that much better.
9. MindMeister. Brainstorming doesn’t have to come to a halt, even if your soundboarding partner is miles away. MindMeister creates online maps of ideas and how they link together, however tangentially. Brilliant for those ideas you might want to revisit at a later date.
10. BaseCamp. This is a project management tool that breaks all the constituent parts and participants in a project down into categories and columns. Using this you can get an instant snapshot of who’s supposed to be doing what and by when. Project management can be extremely time-sensitive, so make the most of the time you have.
Special thanks to JonJon Yeung, a freelance writer, for writing this informative guest post for us.