A Functional Home Office: 4 Skills Every Freelancer Should Master

You wanted to work as a freelancer so that you could have more control over the work that you do. Plus, you like being able to work from the comfort of your own home. However, in order to pull all this off successfully, you must develop a few skills central to achieving this goal. The following are four skills you need to master in order to make your career as a freelancer work out for you the best you can. Electronic Contracts To make things simple for your freelance business, you want to...
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How Good Are You at Spotting a Liar?

By Christine Hill On Christmas, my extended family gathered around for a gift exchange, pies, and games. A fairly heated game of “Mafia” ensued, wherein players all try to guess who the secret “killer” in their midst is. The game requires using every resource you can to determine who around you is lying, and who is telling the truth. I sometimes like to think of myself as an expert at this game. After all, I knew from the get-go that my sister was lying with that all-too-innocent face. S...
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It’s Time to Move On: Here’s 5 Ways to Get Out of Your Crummy Job

Everybody has had one of those jobs that they just hate and desperately want to escape. Saying you'll quit your job and find something else, though, is easier said than done. Here are 5 job tips that make it easier for you to get out of the job you hate and on to something much better.   1. Make the Most of Your Online Presence   The best way to find a job where you'll be a good fit is to keep up your connections. An easy way to do that is with your online identity. Cultivate y...
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Mechanical Turk Review

As a service run by Amazon, Mechanical Turk has received a lot of publicity ever since it was launched. Along with the publicity though, come negative reviews as well. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is actually a well-conceived service. Essentially, it is a marketplace that connects companies to thousands of people who are willing to complete tasks for a fee. This is where it gets interesting. Mechanical Turk is an outsourcing platform for repetitive, boring tasks that can’t easily or cheaply be au...
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oDesk Review

Odesk is a site that offers jobs to freelancers and employees to companies looking to outsource. The site was founded in 2003 by Odysseas Tsatalos and Stratis Karamanlakis, a pair of Greek businessmen. Odesk has its headquarters in Redwood City, California. It is one of the growing number of freelance sites that offer the opportunity to earn money from the comfort of your own home. Unlike the majority of other sites, Odesk does not charge a membership fee. It takes a 10% cut of each project inst...
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Guru.com Review

Guru.com claims to be the world’s biggest freelance marketplace. It is a site where writers, lawyers, web designers, accountants and dozens of other vocations can go when they are looking for a freelance contract. The site claims that you can get in touch with more than 250,000 freelancers. Guru.com was once called CreativeMoonlighter.com before changing its name to the current incarnation. What Is Guru.com All About? Guru.com is a typical freelance site insofar as it has the available job c...
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Solvate Review

Solvate is a technology company which is based in New York. Founders Michael Paolucci and Rick Lamb aim to improve the efficiency of America’s labor economy. Unlike other freelancing websites, Solvate only hires elite contractors, promising to deliver only the finest quality work for employers who use the site. On their website, www.solvate.com, the company claims that only 20% of applicants are accepted. This appears to make good on their promise of utilizing the skills of only the most talente...
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Elance Review

Elance is yet another one of those freelance sites that claims to offer the best employers, projects and payment on the web. Elance has been operational since 1999 with the company based in California. Like all other sites of its kind, Elance operates by allowing employers to post projects online and invite bids from interested parties. The site claims that employers will find their services more fruitful than job boards and it guarantees contractors the opportunity of working for legitimate org...
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