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Nov/12

6

Cyber Bullying: Are you a Victim?

Reading through some freelancing forums and blogs, I have seen a growing trend of buyers and contractors being bullied online. Usually, the most common connotation is only teenagers and children are being bullied online; apparently not. GetACoder contractors and buyers can also be bullied online by anyone whom they are doing business with. This unprofessional conduct is usually treated seriously, but there are times that a contractor or a buyer will choose to remain silent to ensure that a project is completed successfully, but often times the complete opposite happens.

Are you being bullied online?

Misunderstandings when transacting online can arise at anytime, the best way to deal with these type of issues is proper communication, however there are times that even the best communicator is misunderstood, therefore causing a dispute. When a dispute arises and one feels that he or she is being treated unfairly by the other party; he or she must stop communicating right away. The aggravated person must then request for assistance from the GetACoder support to resolve the dispute right away. This way, the dispute is handled professionally with proper sanctions being imposed on the aggravating person.

Be professional no matter what

Because of the diversity of the online freelancing community, contractors and buyers come from different racial backgrounds and culture. Some misunderstandings can arise because of these factors. One person may find a question about his or her private life offending, while another find it normal. These factors can either become a drifting or binding force between workers and clients. This is why, it is best to understand that keeping personal questions at the minimal is often better. If you personally find a question or a comment offending, be sure to raise it as soon as possible in a professional manner with clarifications why you are not comfortable with the subject to impose understanding.

When words become too harsh

Freelancers often take harsh words or comments silently for the fear that their clients leave them with bad feedback. When words and comments become too harsh and unprofessional, a worker must take a stand to stop the client from committing such again, this can happen to buyers too. Being silent is a sign that a person is okay with how he or she is being treated, and this can lead to more bullying in the future. This dangerous pattern can lead to more problems in the future if not dealt with correctly right away. The best thing to understand is, bullies only target those that are weaker than them. The freelancing world is not free of bullies, they lurk the market ready for their next victim. Dealing with bullies the right way when you encounter one is the best way to reduce their number and to prevent other freelancers or buyers from being future victims too.

Nino Sherwin is a freelance writer based in Manila, Philippines. He started his freelance writing career three years ago and continues to write for online clients. He holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is taking up a short-term course in research methodology. Nino is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.

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Aug/12

27

5 Things to Look at when Offering a Quote

Speaking from personal experience, one of the hardest things to do is accurately name your price. Although companies on GetACoder often make things easy by establishing a set budget, there are occasions when the price is completely open to negotiation. Ask for too much and the client will look elsewhere. Ask for too little and you may grow to resent the job and perform poorly because you feel undervalued. Below are some things to consider when you’re offering a quote.

Costs Accrued

This is especially important for long-term jobs. You need to carefully calculate your potential costs and divide by the estimated number of hours you’ll be billing. You need to take into account sick days and vacations as well as tax, unpaid invoices and insurance. Some contractors make a terrible mistake and end up not breaking even.

Supply vs. Demand

If you’re receiving huge swathes of work and barely have time to finish it all, you can start raising your prices. Worst case scenario is that you have to work late but the money you’ll earn will be worth it. On the flipside, if you’re struggling to find work, you may have to lower your salary expectations.

Quality

An obvious point but one often overlooked by freelancers who are unable to accept their limitations. Those new to the game are the biggest culprits. They assume that they’re extremely talented while only being average. If you go looking for $100 an hour or more, you better be in the top 1% of what you do. Some clients simply won’t pay that much and will be happy to get reasonable quality work for a decent price.

Experience

It’s a mistake to assume that an experienced freelancer is also of high quality and vice versa. However, a combination of the two should lead to more well-paid work than you can handle. Clients tend to opt for more experience due to the belief that a seasoned freelancer will be better at spotting potential problems and preventing them from occurring, thus saving the client money.

Strategy & Service

The amount you receive has a lot to do with how you market yourself. Are you a freelancer for high-end clients or do you cater to budget businesses? Your level of service also dictates how much you can charge. If you expect to be paid well, you may have to be a 24/7 employee or someone who is willing to revise their work until the client is satisfied. Seeking perfection goes a long way in this business.

Once you can come up with reasons why you charge what you do, it should become easier to offer a quote for your services. Even experienced freelancers find that they’re forced to alter their original quote after careful consideration and a look at the percentage of jobs that they applied for which turned into paid work.

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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Aug/12

21

Why You Want a Content Strategy

A content strategy is basically a business plan outlining the details of how you acquire, manage, and deliver the content your business deals with.  It may seem obvious that such a strategy is a necessary first step for any business, but you may be surprised how many businesses are functioning (or trying to function) without an explicit content strategy.  They are especially useful for online blogging businesses and contractors.

You can break down your content strategy into a few main categories to concentrate on.  You will have to determine your target audience and the content you want to provide for them, where to get your content, how to manage and display your content, and how to bring your audience to your content (or bring your content to your audience).  Success in these areas will practically ensure an overall successful business.

The Audience

To figure out the nature of your content and who you want to market your business to, you can make use of several analytical internet tools.  Google Analytics can give you statistics about the frequency of Google searches for any keywords you input.  You can also examine trends on Facebook and Twitter using Facebook Insights and the website Research.ly, respectively.  Search through the popular trends on the internet to find some great topics for your website.

The Source

There are several ways to get content for your site.  You can write it yourself, which you may or may not have time for.  You can also hire permanent writers or freelance contract writers.  You can find either of these on GetACoder, as well as classifieds websites.  Whatever your source, be sure it is high quality and free from errors.  The internet is full of bad blog writing, and people will skip over your site if they see sloppy content.

The Presentation

You will need to decide how you want to deliver your content.  You have many options – text, images, audio, video, slideshows, data tables, email, etc.  The best choice for you will depend on your particular content, but remember that people like variety.  Any comments or conversations that take place on your site will become part of the content.  Web developers, programmers, and designers can offer all the help you need with this.

The Hook

Once you have some great, targeted ideas for content, how will you bring it to your audience?  SEO is a very popular form of web content writing that makes use of keywords and key phrases to help search engines find your website.  SEO guidelines change over time, and an SEO specialist or writers familiar with SEO style are practically necessary for any successful online blogging business today.  Be sure to also make use of social media networks like Facebook and Twitter, where you can find and market to people who you know are already interested in your content.

Brendan Harkness holds a Cognitive Science degree from State University of New York at Oswego.  This interdisciplinary field has given him a broad perspective on life and the ability to write fluently about most topics.  Though specializing in mental health and neuroscience writing, he has also worked on many marketing and self-employment help projects. Brendan is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.

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Mar/12

1

What Infographics Are and Why They’re Important for Websites

These days people working in almost every type of business realize the value of having a website, as getting traffic to your website could ultimately mean getting more customers and making more money. But it is important to consider the fact that a website will not serve its purpose if it is not correctly designed, and correctly designing a website these days involves a number of important aspects. One of those aspects is infographics, which can include many different types of graphics that are designed to better inform visitors to the site of the products or services being offered. In order to understand what makes infographics so necessary for websites today, though, it is important to understand what they are and why they are important.

What Are Infographics?

Infographics is a term that refers to a number of different types of visual aids that can be used to express information. We see infographics all over the place, and they are an important element in determining what certain things mean. Because they have always been so successful in getting messages across in other areas of life, it only makes sense to use them in the designing of websites as well. The various types of infographics that can be used in website design include, but are not limited to, pictures, graphs, diagrams, charts, lists, maps, and tables. Which infographics will work best for you, of course, will depend on what kind of information you are trying to relay.

Why Are Infographics So Important?

The major reason for the importance of infographics in web design is that buyer is often trying to relay information to potential customers about the products or services they offer. Depending on the product or service, the information can be difficult to understand and visual graphics can aid in better understanding. But infographics are also important from a visual standpoint in that they may make the products or services being offered seem more attractive to potential customers as well, which will likely ultimately lead to more customers in the long run.

How to Incorporate Infographics Into Your Website

As with anything else involving your website, the incorporation of infographics should be a task left to a professional in that particular line of work. Buyers who wish to enhance their websites should hire a freelance graphic designer to add infographics to their site. Buyers should be clear when explaining to contractors what they want out of the project, and terms should be discussed fully in order to avoid any issues later on. If you are a GetACoder buyer with little knowledge about the use of infographics and what it takes to incorporate them into the design process, you may even want to read up a little on what you should expect to pay for such services as well. This way you have a better idea as to what you will be dealing with time and money wise.

Infographics can be a great tool for increasing web traffic, but it is not something you should try unless you know what you are doing. Once you have infographics professionally incorporated into your website, though, you can sit back and relax and reap the benefits of a better designed website.

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

30

Streamlining Your Virtual Business

Outsourcing through GetACoder is a great way to streamline your business. It makes hiring, managing and paying remote team members a breeze, though there is a lot more you can and should do to streamline your organization for maximum output and freedom.

There are a lot of tools that you can use to streamline your lines of communication. Cloud computing solutions like Salesforce can help you to maintain accurate and up to date pipeline status reports and automate many parts of your sales, shipping and follow up processes. Google Docs is a simple and ease to use online storage facility for storing all of your documents and data in the cloud to be accessed from anywhere at anytime. This prevents loss of critical data, saves time in sending, sharing and locating documents and makes collaboration a breeze. Then you have chat and Internet phone services like Skype which provide easy instant messaging with group chat capability which allows you to track what is going on. You may also want to consider project management tools like Base Camp HQ which allows you to seamlessly delegate tasks and track progress in the cloud.

Outsourcing is clearly essential for any business who wants to survive and win today but it can also get out of control if you are trying to manage too large of a team directly yourself. After all did you plan to just create another job for yourself or an actual business? You shouldn’t be having to chase down a dozen team members everyday to have meetings or to get updates. Hire reliable contractors and automate a much of your operations as possible. Put systems in place for all updates and tasks so that they are automatically completed on time and you can track progress from one easy location online, wherever you are.

You should also definitely be working to reduce the number of people you need to talk to or instruct on a regular basis. If you don’t have one yet then a project or general manager should absolutely be on your list of hires to make. Don’t go too cheap here either. Get a quality manager who can rely instructions, make decisions and manage the day to day operations. This will leave you truly free to spend more time doing the things you love the most and is crucial if you want to create a real business that can operate autonomously. Of course if your business is your number one passion you can still work on growing it, you just no longer have to work for it.

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

22

3 Things to Consider Before Starting Freelance Projects

In many cases when buyers and contractors start a freelance project they like to get right to it and as a result may make quick decisions that can wind up being costly mistakes.  A buyer may choose a contractor too quickly, or leave out important information, and a contractor may be in such a hurry to make money that they leave out important research that should be conducted before contracting with a buyer.  This can be bad for both buyers and contractors alike, but can be avoided when both consider three important factors before beginning freelance projects.

1. How much time will the project take?

One of the most important factors to consider before starting freelance projects is how long a specific project is going to take.  This is important for both buyers and contractors because how long a project is going to take is directly related, or at least should be, to the amount of money being paid or made.  Determining the length of a freelance project before it begins also prevents any misconceptions between the buyer and contractor regarding what to expect as well.

2. What kinds of skills are necessary for the project?

Determining the skills necessary for a specific freelance project before it starts is also beneficial to both buyer and contractor.  This is because neither one wants to get half way through the project only to find out that the contractor is unable to complete the project.  This can be very costly for both parties, as the buyer is left with an unfinished project and needs to find another contractor, and the contractor will have wasted valuable time on a project that they do not even end up getting paid for.

3. How much is the project worth?

The last factor to consider before beginning a freelance project goes along with the first two, and that is determininghow much a specific project is worth.  This is something that has to be considered on a per project basis, because different projects require different tasks that take different amounts of time, and require different skills.  Both GetACoder buyers and contractors want to determine a fair price for work, and it must be done prior to starting in order to ensure that there are no misunderstandings.

When a freelance project is contracted out both parties are usually ready to get started right away.  But before getting started on any freelance projects the details have to be ironed out, and everybody will be that much happier in the end.

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

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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Nov/11

25

Essential Hires For New Start Ups

Launching a new start up using outsourced staff through GetACoder is a great way to ensure that you are building a business that is flexible, fast and operates on the highest possible profit margins. However, getting carried away and hiring too many people in an unorganized manner before you are used to outsourcing can create havoc in your business and do more damage than good. So who should you be hiring and how can you leverage the talent at GetACoder to your maximum advantage?

If you don’t have one yet then a personal virtual assistant is the first hire every business owner needs today. Your VA can begin making a huge difference immediately by freeing up your time to focus on more important things so that you can speed your new venture forward. This is also a good way for you to get your feet wet in the world of outsourcing and get used to the platform.

Your VA can even help you post additional jobs for your next line of staff. However, your next most essential hire will definitely be to get an experienced project manager or general manager on board. This will be someone who knows how to effectively and quickly screen and hire the best outsourced contractors and team members. They will also be able to manage your teams and keep your new business moving in the right direction even while you are sleeping. Outsourcing is great and cost effective but this doesn’t mean that you should be managing and training people from all around the world. You should be focusing on growing your company and enjoying the freedoms that this type of business model provides.

Your next round of hiring should include key positions which will need work every month. You may not need them all full time all the time but it is much better to source staff early and have them on call than to make rushed hires at the last minute. Today, no matter what industry you are in this will likely include social media experts and definitely a copywriter or two. However, remember that you should constantly be pushing work down the chain to the lowest position possible without jeopardizing quality. This means you may want to hire a VA for your project manager and recruit a few data entry staff members for handling time intensive work that doesn’t need technical knowledge.

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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Nov/11

4

Disaster Preparedness for Outsourcing

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Outsourcing through GetACoder is in itself a great way to be prepared for disasters and ensure business continuity regardless of what is thrown at you. However, there are certain steps and strategies you should put in place in order to make sure that your organization is really insulated against potential threats to your income.

For a start outsourcing your tasks and operations offshore may provide a safety net in case your locale gets hit by a natural disaster or terrorist attack but you still shouldn’t put all of your eggs in one basket overseas either. Spread your teams around the globe so that regardless of whether any one city is totally wiped out you will still have staff up and running as normal and able to take orders. This is especially critical with sales teams who need to be available to make and take calls every day. Even if you are using call centers you can have one in Bangladesh, one in Manila and another in the US, all connected and set up to receive calls through one toll free number. If one goes down, calls are automatically routed to your other centers.

Regardless of how trustworthy and reliable any of your contractors are you should never have team members storing data or records on local computers. These should be stored in the cloud using Google Docs or similar so that nothing is ever lost and work can easily be shared with others who may need to step in to help.

On this subject you will also find it smart to pre-screen and qualify freelance contractors ahead of time. That way you are never left to scramble and forced to hire for critical positions on the fly. You will already have backups to call when you need them.

You should already have them anyway, but by creating manuals and systems you can truly automate your business in the face of any issues. When a disaster arises your manager ought to be able to turn to the right section and know how to implement needed tweaks to keep things rolling without even bothering you. Similarly these systems should be able to get new employees up and running in their positions with minimal direct supervision or contact. They should be able to boot up and follow the system so that they can take over any one’s role from day one.

Remember that you might not be able to control what nature throws your way but there won’t be anyone else to blame if you are not prepared. These are the times that separate the survivors and leaders from the one night wonders.

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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Sep/11

30

Don’t Hit The Hire Button Yet!

So you’ve posted your job on GetACoder, you have received a ton of bids, you have found some extremely talented and skilled freelance providers with great experience, but don’t hit the ‘hire’ button yet!

Whether you are hiring a graphic designer, web developer, project manager, writer or an entire marketing team it is important to ensure that your provider can deliver exactly what you are looking for and that they are clear on your expectations and the results you want to achieve.

Unfortunately while GetACoder’s army of freelance contractors are extremely talented and affordable they are not mind readers. Unless you tell them and show them exactly what you desire and anticipate you can’t expect them to hit it right the first time every time. This means wasted time and resources, not to mention frustration and the risk of negative feedback for both parties. It is much wiser to take a few moments to be crystal clear in relaying what you want.

Freelancers work with a multitude of buyers every month, each of which has their own style and tastes. So what is common sense and looks good to you, may not be what the last 10 employers asked of them. This means that you should also not rely on just what you see in a provider’s portfolio as a judge of their work. Perhaps a previous buyer want something cheap and fast or really didn’t know what they were doing and the work is not necessarily the best display of their capabilities, but it is exactly what was asked for. Try to get a feel for their natural style or at least make sure they can adapt to yours.

Before hitting the hire button send specific instructions and examples of the style of work you are looking to havedone. This will save you a ton of time and make sure you hire right. If you don’t really know what the best way to approach something is or what you want, that is OK, but then perhaps it is wise to ask for a couple different options within the first few hours of work after hiring rather than letting them work away for a week in the wrong direction. Be clear on what is most important to you – quantity versus quality, otherwise you may find them rushing too fast just to deliver something because that is what they believe you want. Give as much detail as you can on who your ideal target market is, what results you want to achieve and how soon.

Lastly before you make your hire consider what is most important, saving every penny that you can now or getting superior quality work that can really bring you the results you want the first time around?

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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