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Dec/11

16

Tips for Working with Companies New to Outsourcing

Help Them Out

While the GetACoder platform is incredibly easy to use, those new to outsourcing can be intimidated and find the process of posting jobs and accepting bids confusing. Help them out. The easier you make it for buyers the more work they will likely offer and the more people and other businesses they will refer to GetACoder, increasing your income opportunities.

Offer Ideas

Offer any company you are working with who is new to outsourcing additional ideas on how they can use it. Perhaps there are still many parts of their business that they simply never thought of outsourcing. This can mean more projects for you personally and a strong regular buyer. In fact the more that they outsource, even if it is to other providers, the better it is for you. The more money they save by delegating tasks down to more affordable virtual team members the stronger the company will become and the more money that they will have to pay you more for the work you do.

Be Patient

Be patient with companies and entrepreneurs who are new to outsourcing. They can sometimes be a little slow to respond to messages and even to make payments. They are also often prone to contacting you on a daily basis or even more often to check on the status of work. They are no doubt just a little green and concerned about their projects moving forward when they can’t see you physically working in front of them. Have a little patience they will loosen up once you show them how great a job you can do.

Educate on Best Practices

Taking a few minutes to educate them on best outsourcing practices and how you like to work in order to achievemaximum results will save you both a lot of frustration. Perhaps they could use a few tips on future job postings and the optimal way to handle meetings and updates so that you can get the most work done and they are confident in your progress. Also advise them on your work schedule and set appropriate expectations for turn around times. Often it seems that buyers just assume that you only work for them and you are on stand by 24/7 even if they are only giving you a couple of hours a week. Make it clear how much advance notice you need to devote more hours to their project and what your normal turn around times are. Plus, remember that it is much better to under promise and over deliver than the other way around. Your feedback and ratings are much more important than trying to squeeze in a couple of extra dollars.

Tim picked up the travel bug at a young age from his missionary parents. After building several million dollar enterprises he is now a freelancer, business consultant and professional writer who has adventured through much of Europe as well as North and South America. Thanks to outsourcing Tim has now joined the ranks of those living the jet set lifestyle as an international nomad on the constant exploration of new sights, sounds and tastes. Tim is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.

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Dec/11

15

Coping and Dealing with Unfinished Contracts

Terms and conditions of every job contract are supposed to be fulfilled both by the buyer and the provider. However, undesirable circumstances always happen.  Out of the blue, freelancers decide to stop working and end the contract prematurely. Whether the freelancers’ reasons are genuine or not, the buyers are always left in a precarious situation.

Unfinished contract is a big headache especially in cases where regular outputs are necessary.  Buyers have several options to tackle this problem. One of which is to apply some precautionary measures to avoid such type of problem to arise. One option is to avoid big or long term contracts.  This is important especially when buyers are not sure if the freelancers are available from start to finish.  Many individual freelancers work as part-timers. When time comes that they find a full time and more table job, they won’t hesitate to choose the better option.

Short term contract might be more laborious since rehiring in the future is needed. But this can be avoided if the current freelancer is good enough and is willing to take another set of work.  Having an option to look for a better freelancer is another benefit buyers can get with short term contract. That is if the current freelancer’s performance is unsatisfactory or he is unwilling be rehired.

If the first option is not suitable for certain types of contract, hiring more than one provider can be a good alternative. Hiring two or more freelancers for a 100-article contract can be more beneficial than by just hiring one. Having more writers does not leave a buyer helpless when one writer quits.  Furthermore, more writers would also mean less pressure on them. As a result, they are able to do better jobs. Too much workload for a single freelancer renders him more liable to make more errors or to deliver poor quality outputs.

If the problem does arise, buyers then have to find solutions to avoid bad disruptions in their projects.  The mostobvious step is to find an immediate replacement. Contacting previous providers whom buyers think would be able to deliver the output needed is one of the quickest ways to find a good replacement.  Hiring people whom you already know based on their capabilities and working ethics minimizes the possibilities that the same problem would arise.

An urgent job posting on GetACoder is another option. In here, reliable freelancers are guaranteed.

Hideliza as a PhD graduate in Agronomy, have written and published several technical papers. She started her career as technical and blog writer last January 2011. As a technical writer, she specializes on topics related to Agronomy and Soil Science and other related subjects. As a blog writer, she have written a number of topics from sports, fashion, dating, relationships, gardening to the most popular tourist destinations worldwide. Hideliza is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.

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Dec/11

14

Benefits of Freelancing While Still in College

Many students often wonder how to get job experience, or work management experience, working as a freelance can help you with both, not only do you get to practice and improve your various skill, you also are able to earn extra funds for your daily needs. Freelancing is now the trending way of making money in the comfort of your own home or for that matter, your very own room .

As for the modern generation, many people are hooked to internet. People socialize through internet. People communicate through internet. People do business through internet. People shop through internet. They can do just about anything under the sun in internet, that is why it’s no surprise that people even hire or work inside the virtual world. For that, freelancing is introduced to the public. But what is freelancing anyway? Freelancing is most likely related to a work where your environment is of your likeness. You work on something that you desire. You can choose on what job to take and what’s not. You mostly work on your own or you are self-employed but don’t really have long term contracts. Your work is related to computer works ranging from website article writing, graphics designing and programming. GetACoder is a great platform to start.

College students have more time as well as an increased need for funds and experience this is one reason many have decided to partake in part-time work as a freelancer. College students spend more time surfing the net than any other age group, they can use it as their work time also for online jobs. The fact that they don’t have to go off campus to work is a great lure for many students. Students are adept at technology and internet usage making many freelancing jobs very easy

Freelancing doesn’t just help students with their tuition problems but would also help them be ready for an actual work whenever they graduate. Freelancing doesn’t really require experience and so, it is easy for students to get a job and hone their skills. With this also, they can practice on what to say or what to do on the actual interview as they will undergo several interviews when doing freelancing. On actual jobs, talking to employer wouldn’t be that nerve wrecking at all.

Pros of Freelancing:

  • You can work in the comfort of your own dorm room
  • You can choose works based on your skills or on your desired job
  • You can be the boss of your own through outsourcing
  • You can choose your working hours
  • Higher rates are given compared to actual jobs
  • You can improve your skills and learn more new skills
  • You can bring your work anywhere as you will only be needing your pc and a net connection

Students are already in research mode as they are gathering mass amounts of information for their studies, if you are in the art field; graphics freelancing is a great way to improve your on campus performance while earning money. All student write, be it for assignments, thesis or plain study time. The most popular freelance position is content creation. This is a great way to improve your written skills while providing a needed service to clients.

Heather Howell is a native Southern Californian. She currently resides in Washington, D.C.  She devotes most of her time to rural development in Bangladesh. Having obtained a degree in from UCLA, she enjoy writing on a variety of topics that range from Infant health and International politics to fashion trends and health advice. Heather is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.

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Dec/11

13

How Much Money do You Need to Make?

If you are considering becoming a freelancer here on GetACoder, you need to sit down and take the time to figure out how much money that you need to make. This applies to you whether you want to become a part time freelancer or move into full time freelancing. The first thing that you need to do is create a list of expenses.

For this you need to make a list of all the money that you spend on a monthly basis. This list will include all of your bills, such as mortgage or rent, and your utility bills, which can include the cost of your phone, your internet, your water and your electricity. If you have bills that fluctuate based on use, like electricity or water, you should take the average of all of your bills over a year. Once you have created a list of all your bills, you need to add in other expenses, such as groceries, gasoline, and anything else that you buy on a regular basis. For example, you could add in an amount for clothing or extracurricular activities.

The total of these expenses is how much you will need to make each month. Some of your expenses can be reduced, such as eating out, but others, such as rent, cannot. So now you need to use your expenses list to create a basic budget. With a budget, you remove or reduce unnecessary expenses in order to see how much you must make in order to survive comfortably from month to month.

It is important to discuss your expenses and a possible budget with your spouse and your family, especially if your spouse is traditionally employed. If you become a freelancer, your spouse might become the one who makes the most money, at least for a time. This can increase the pressure on your spouse to do well in his or her job. As a result, it is important to discuss the financial implications of becoming a freelancer.

Once you know how much money you will need to make, you will have a better idea of how many hours you need towork and how many clients you need to have. It will also help you determine a rate for your work. Whether you are well off financially or not, it is a good idea to save up two to three month’s worth of expenses before you start freelancing. It usually takes a few weeks to a few months for a freelancer to get established. Even experienced freelancers will have days where they do not have any work.

By creating a budget, you will know how much you need to make as a freelancer. This will help give you a financial goal to work toward as well as help you to plan out your workload. Jumping off into the world of freelancing without some financial planning can lead to disaster, and it is worth your time to create a budget.

Caitlin Clarke graduated from the University of Mississippi in May of 2010 where she attained one bachelor’s degree in International Studies and another in Spanish. She began working as freelance writer shortly before graduating. SEO articles and blog writing are her specialty, and she claims to have written just about everything. Caitlin is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.

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Dec/11

12

Time is of the Essence

It’s funny how the misconception that freelancing is for work-shy individuals is still widely used today. The fact is, the average freelancer works longer hours than the average office worker. For a start, someone working from home will probably save at least 5 hours a week on commuting time when compared to an office worker. What may surprise many people is also the fact that freelancers are far more productive than their office counterpart.

Michael Scott

This may seem impossible. After all, an office worker has a boss looking over their shoulder don’t they? Not really. Most managers show their face a few times a day to keep workers on their toes. In between times, productivity slows as employees know they get paid the same regardless of their workload (unless they pick up commissions). Freelancers on the other hand, have to use their time wisely as their wage depends entirely on their productivity.

Revving Up

As a result, the average freelancer is probably aghast at the notion of a short work day. ‘Surely this means less money’ they cry. Not necessarily. The best plan of action is not to work to a standstill, but to create a plan of action. Deadlines are actually a freelancer’s best friend. Think about it, if something is needed in 24 hours you will work hard to finish it off. If it’s needed in 3 days, you’ll be more inclined to stay in bed if you have no other projects.

It is also a fact that we do our best work at the beginning of the day. In an average 8 hour work day, we will be more efficient in the first 4 hours. Our work rate then inevitably slows down. Deadlines help us stay motivated for longer but a 6 hour work day where you are working at 95-100% is much more productive than one where you’re at 95% for 5 hours and 60% for the last 3. Your standard will drop for a start and that’s a big problem in the freelancing world.

The Importance Of Pacing Yourself

Thanks to flexible hours, a freelancer can take a mid afternoon break of 2 hours or more to recharge the batteries. This is essential if a pressingdeadline is imminent. It is important to create your own deadlines which are contrary to those given by an employer. This gives you the extra motivation to get the job done. With clever planning, you will have a series of GetACoder clients delighted with the consistently high standard of your work.

Yet it is unrealistic to expect anyone to work flat out for 8 hours or more a day. This is why the average office is at least 20% less productive than it should be during the course of a day. That is certainly food for thought for any organization. Imagine if their employees were as productive as freelancers. That ‘lazy’ tag that still haunts the freelancing world would soon be forgotten as millions of dollars more were raked in each year.

An excellent writer, proficient in a variety of topics, Patrick Lynch has four years creative writing experience, which began in the National University of Ireland, Galway where he received a grade in the top 10 of his writing seminar.He is an editor for the University journal, ROPES, and is also a content writer for venusdatingmagazine.com, thirdage.com and kenetixcreativecontent.com. His fluent writing style has received high praise from several quarters. This, coupled with his attention to detail and propensity to complete a project well within any deadlines set, ensures that whomever hires him will be an extremely satisfied customer. Patrick is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.

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Dec/11

9

Exploiting Your Freedom: 5 Travel Ideas For This Winter

What’s the point in outsourcing and being able to have the freedom to work from anywhere in the world on whatever schedule you choose if you don’t enjoy it? This applies to both freelance providers and business owners who work through outsourcing platform GetACoder. It is all too easy to get caught up in the daily grind and never exploit the freedoms you have. Don’t let this happen to you. If you haven’t gotten away yet this year, don’t let this week slip by without making some travel plans if for no other reason than because you can. So where might you want to go?

Dubai, UAE

Dubai is a fantastic destination for many reasons. This is a forward thinking nation who is constantly striving to capitalize on the future from amazing skyscrapers to entire themed and green cities. Another reason why those who use outsourcing will find Dubai appealing is the fact there are no corporate taxes and residency is easy to get, making it a great location for your corporate headquarters or new home.

New York, USA

New York is a great place to visit during the winter. There is snow for those who have never experienced it, Christmas lights lighting up the night, amazing shopping and of course to witness the buzz of the city which is often referred to as the capital of the world.

Bangkok, Thailand

If you are looking for a fun getaway with a completely different flavor than you are used to you can’t beat Thailand. You can find studio apartments to rent here for as little a $300 a month making it a superb choice for a getaway where you can really take the time to immerse yourself in the culture. Enjoy full moon parties, pick up some new skills at a Thai culinary school or try your talents at a little kickboxing.

Calgary, Canada

Calgary offers a very different destination, yet is one that shouldn’t be overlooked, especially at the moment. As anemerging world city and one of the few places actually faring well economically right now it is definitely worth taking a look to see what they are doing right here. Plus of course there is endless designer shopping to be found along with skiing and snow boarding, plus many museums and sporting events to check out.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Welcome to the party capital of the world. Getaway to Sin City, pamper yourself in luxury, live it up with the stars, dine on the most magnificent cuisine and who knows you might just get lucky in one of the casinos. Check it out. It is probably a lot more affordable than you might think.

Tim picked up the travel bug at a young age from his missionary parents. After building several million dollar enterprises he is now a freelancer, business consultant and professional writer who has adventured through much of Europe as well as North and South America. Thanks to outsourcing Tim has now joined the ranks of those living the jet set lifestyle as an international nomad on the constant exploration of new sights, sounds and tastes. Tim is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.

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Dec/11

8

Buyer and Freelancer Payment Options Revealed

Many individuals who do not have a long history of freelancing or paying a freelancer are cautious about signing up with outsourcing sites because they are unsure about how secure payment methods are when dealing with freelancers or buyers.  Each party has unique concerns regarding this aspect of the freelancing industry.  These are valid concerns but ones that you will quickly be able to put behind you if you take a moment to learn a little bit about the outsourcing payment process and the payment options available.  There are a number of different ways to get paid but one thing that is a constant is the fact that GetACoder will provide protection for both the buyer and the freelancer.  There are generally five payment options used on GetACoder and the processes of making or receiving a payment is usually similar across the board.

PayPal – PayPal is considered one of the safest ways to pay and get paid and many buyers and freelancers use this method.  Security is a major claim of the company’s and in addition it gives you a great way to look up previous payments and other information.  With this method you can use a credit card to deposit money into your PayPal account and use the secure system to make payments to buyers.

Skrill (Moneybookers) – This is another site that allows an individual to make a payment into an account and then allows the payment to be transferred to an individuals regular bank account.  Unlike PayPal, though, there is no debit card that you can sign up for, but this is an extremely secure way to make or receive a payment.

Wire Transfer – The great thing about a wire transfer is that you can send money from one bank account to the other, rather than depositing it and then transferring it.  This helps reduce the amount of fees charged but it generally takes a bit longer than some of the other available options.

Liberty Reserve – This is a site similar to Moneybookers and PayPal in that transactions are conducted online but Liberty Reserve is unique in its own rite.  What makes it unique is that you go through exchange centers to transfer money into an account and then the money can be used to make payments as with the other money transfer services.

GetACoder Debit Mastercard – By far the best way to get paid is through GetACoder debit Mastercard provided by Payoneer.  Earnings that you make can be deposited directly onto your debit card, which you can use anywhere that Mastercard is accepted.  This not only gives you convenience but the added bonus of debit services as well.

In most cases buyers will send milestone payments which will give the payment neutral standing between the buyer and the freelancer.  This protects both parties and can give both the freelancer and the buyer a piece of mind that allows them to get back to other tasks at hand.

Michelle Lynn Schmeer is a student at American Public University, with five months left before she will earn a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.  She has been freelance writing for more than three years and has been writing about a variety of topics, including health supplements, business, communications, and travel, just to name a few.  Michelle lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children.  She enjoys reading, being outdoors, and cooking. Michelle is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.

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Dec/11

7

Synonyms are All the Same

Many job postings on GetACoder call for SEO work but there simply are not enough synonyms for the key word in question. What to do when you run out of synonyms? The answer lies in how search engines work and how they pick up information.

SEO is the term used for search engine optimization a process where a lot of information is repeated on various sites. All of these have the same topic and keywords, but to stop the search engine from picking up duplicated sites, the content needs to be rewritten so that the story stays the same but different words and terms are used. This is where synonyms come into play.

Synonyms are words that mean the same. You will find synonyms for almost any word on the net, but sometimes you run into situations where there simply is no more than one or two. The word tea for instance – synonym brew or hot beverage simply do not cut it as tea. Now is the time to think like a SEO spy bot searching for information.

Think like the person conducting the search. You want them to end up on your site about tea, so you use alternative descriptions to tea. Think words that your reader might know and use to get more information. Examples of and staying with tea words like, Ceylon’s finest brew, English breather, Japanese ritual or Chinese ceremony may be used. These terms are all about tea without using the word tea and will have readers trying to find out more about tea end up on your site.

To avoid turning out sentences filled with lots of synonyms that and sentences that are so twisted and malformed simply to fit in the keyword, rather think like the average Internet user will talk and ask questions. Use descriptions of your topic to answer these questions simply and easily and soon traffic will flow in your direction.

Check with your employer on keyword concentration. There is no hard and fast rule, so better find out before you start loading the article with synonyms. In most cases, it is not necessary at all, as the keyword only gets used once. In this case, the keyword should be used in the first sentence and then a single synonym may be used in the second paragraph.

A final idea on synonyms maybe the use of international languages for the same word. That single word tea, has a unique spelling in every language and can easily deliver international searchers to your site should you want that. Search engines try to find appropriate content so different language options may just work for you run out of synonyms.

Carel Steyn writes for various sites on various topics. He is the voice behind Australia’s Bride Online website and also work as stylist / photographer in the food and interior world. Based in Melbourne Australia, this ex South African has an eye for detail and a love for people that can be seen in his photography, writing and personal life. Carel is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.

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Dec/11

6

Speak Up or Stay Quiet?

One of the benefits of being a freelancer and getting jobs from GetACoder is the fact that you are able to sharpen your skills and learn new things with every job that comes your way. For example, one of the biggest industries that hire freelancers is SEO.  There are millions of programmers, designers, writers and virtual assistants who have worked for someone in SEO at some point and have most likely learned one thing or two about the type of work that needs to be done.

Employers who are New to the Game

While there are many who are very knowledgeable in SEO, there are also many more people, who have simply jumped on the band wagon and want to try it out, without learning all there is to know about it.

Sometimes, a freelancer will come across an employer who will hire them for a job in a particular field like SEO but will be given tasks that do not make much sense or will not provide the results the employer is looking for. Since there are many freelancers who are already familiar with the inner workings of SEO, they can quickly identify the employers who know what they’re doing and those who do not.

For some freelancers, this doesn’t pose a problem and they simply work on the tasks they are given, even though they know the work will lead to nothing for the employer. Other freelancers may feel like they should say something to the employer in order to avoid wasted work and a potentially bad rating on their profiles. This leads to the question: “Should I speak up or stay quiet?”

Pros and Cons

This is a very difficult position for some people since there are many different ways an employer can react to a freelancer telling them they are wrong. While some will be thankful and try to learn a better way of doing a job, others may take offense and end up firing a freelancer or giving them a bad review on their profile.

On the other hand, not telling an employer could also lead to a bad review since many employers base payments and reviews on the end result of tasks (i.e. Articles being published or traffic increase on a site).

What to Do?

It’s very important to learn about the employer as much as possible from the beginning. The employers, who are very friendly and relaxed from the beginning, usually take comments and suggestions well and even make an effort to learn from freelancers. Other employers, who come off as more professional or even arrogant, tend not to appreciate suggestions from others, thinking they know what they are doing best.

One of the best and safest ways to hint at a task that may be wrong is to ask questions to confirm exactly what you are to do and possibly even mention that you are unfamiliar with this method since many previous jobs were a different style.

In the end, you will be the one to choose whether you should say something or not and gauge how an employer may react to it. In the end, you could be pleasantly surprised and even rewarded for the help.

Eva has been a freelance writer for over 4 years and has experienced the different struggles associated with working as a freelancer and hiring freelancers for different jobs online. She writes and illustrates children’s books in her free time and enjoys learning new trades from her travels abroad. Eva was an English teacher in Japan for over 3 years and has recently returned to her home in Toronto where she works for an online SEO company and continues her freelance writing part time.Eva is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.

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Dec/11

5

Find a Christmas Gift With a Difference!

In Christianity, Christmas is the most sacred celebration of them all. It’s a time of the year when friends and family gather to exchange gifts, reminisce and cast their minds back to a time when they enjoyed Christmas as children. Christmas holds a special place in the hearts of so many because of the memories it gives us. Even those who remember little about their childhood still recall that incredible Christmas Day where they opened up the gift they’ve always wanted. Yet adults now associate Christmas with one thing: Bad presents!

‘It’s the thought that counts’ is a cliché but after you’ve received another Christmas sweater that makes you look like a cross between Anthony Perkins and Shakin’ Stevens, you wonder how much thought has actually gone into the gift. It’s almost as if Christmas loses its special meaning once you get past the age of 12. It’s not easy to find an inventive and original holiday gift but GetACoder are offering you just that.

Save a Business

Online businesses are rapidly growing but a huge amount of them still fail miserably. Many of these businesses attempt to create a DIY website without having the first clue how to make it successful. Do you have a friend/relative who owns a business that is struggling? If so, why not get onto GetACoder and hire one of the thousands of top quality contractors to get that business up and running? It’s easy to pore through the site and find highly rated contractors who have performed exemplary work for their clients.

Find a web designer that can turn a stale, bland and uninteresting site into one that dazzles visitors. They can also link the site to various social networks to give it the attention it needs. But a fancy website is no good without engaging content. GetACoder also has some of the finest freelance writers in the world on its site. You can hire them to write compelling web page content and also ensure that these pages follow best SEO practices for a high search engine ranking.

Regardless of whether you need an original gift idea for Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other significant religious holiday or as a birthday gift, GetACoder has thousands of freelance options that will transform the website of a friend/relative. Christmas is especially known for helping dreams come through and what better way to play your part than by helping a loved one with their struggling business? They can achieve their dream of success as an entrepreneur with your thoughtfulness and GetACoder’s help. Remember, a website is for life, not just for Christmas!

An excellent writer, proficient in a variety of topics, Patrick Lynch has four years creative writing experience, which began in the National University of Ireland, Galway where he received a grade in the top 10 of his writing seminar.He is an editor for the University journal, ROPES, and is also a content writer for venusdatingmagazine.com, thirdage.com and kenetixcreativecontent.com. His fluent writing style has received high praise from several quarters. This, coupled with his attention to detail and propensity to complete a project well within any deadlines set, ensures that whomever hires him will be an extremely satisfied customer. Patrick is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.

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