6 Tips to Tell Legitimate Work from Home Jobs from Online Scams

Tips to help you avoid online job scams

With the proliferation of the internet and the high demand to integrate family and work, more and more people are opting to resign from their day work to the more leisurely legitimate work from home jobs and other types of online jobs.

And although the online work-from-home trend was initially identified with lactating mothers in the US, thus the common ‘work-at-home-mom’ phrase, more and more diversified groups of people are finding it easier and prudent to work at home. Young unemployed youth in the third world countries now form the bulk of people who etch a living from work-at-home online jobs. 

Finding a well-paying and genuine work-at-home online job is however not as simple as you may think. There are possibly 100 online job scams for every genuine one.

Apart from the job scams however, there are certain other type of online jobs that an online job seeker has to be very wary of. These are jobs that pay you less for a truckload of your efforts.

Identifying these online scams and mini-scams will help you on your path to finding a genuine and well-paying online job that you can well resign to. So, how do you tell whether that job that you are applying for is genuine or is part of the numerous work-at-home online scams that flood the cyberspace? Here are ten indicators to look out for to avoid falling prey to online job scams.

  • Receiving emails for Jobs that you had not applied for

Let us get real, there are thousands of people out there struggling to lay hands on a genuine job, so what makes you think that you are so lucky that some bloke somewhere has decided to offer you an online job with nada contribution from your side. This is probably some scam and you needn’t even read that email, leave alone trying to reply it. What is more revealing is the amount of junk emails that the said-employer will keep sending your way.

  • Being asked to pay some up-front amount before you get the job

This is one of the most common online job scams that exist. You shouldn’t, and I repeat, you should never pay upfront money for any kind of online job. It doesn’t matter how much they are promising to pay you once you clinch the job. The simple sense is that no employer will demand some form of payment to as a guarantee for a job.

  • Vague and uninformative websites and contact details

This one is a no brainer. Most of the online job scams will have vague websites/blogs with a ‘contact us’ page possibly missing or with contacts that do not work.

  • Referral urls

The type of URL in the online job posting will automatically tell you what kind of job you are applying for. There has evolved a new kind of scamming where the job is 100% genuine but most of your pay is directed to a person they call a referrer. So what happens is that you work but gain little income from your work.

Legitimate work from home online jobs from reputable companies will have a simple and straightforward URL, whereas the referral job link will have a mixture of numbers and letters (that identify the referrer) added to the end of the url-something like www.kenyanpridespot/ED345S.com.

  • When the deal is too good-

Ever seen those online job adverts that promise to pay you 18,000 dollars for a day’s work, and they are not even in the Fortune 500!!! Seriously, I shouldn’t be telling you this!

Ok, here is the deal, either the company and the job only exists in the schemers mind and on the online advert. Or the job really does exist, but you will probably earn $40 per month. Fullstop.

  • In case of doubts, consult good ol’ Mr. Google

Honestly I don’t know why a lot of people get conned out of their money by online scammers and cons, or maybe I know-it has a lot to do with Greed and desire for get-rich-quick schemes. With Google providing all the answers for you, only a dumb or maybe reckless person will go diving into any online deal without carrying a little research on it. So next time you are applying for an online job, make sure to consult Mr. Google, he may be only ten years old but he has all the answers.

What Type of Blog Content Attracts Traffic and Keeps Readers?

Every Kenyan blogger who has some experience of operating a profitable blog will tell you that writing quality content is the key to becoming a successful blogger. Google loves great content. You will be rewarded with heavy blog traffic if your content is awesome.

But what’s the secret behind writing this content that is capable of transforming your blog into a money-minting machine? There is no secret to writing quality content; either you are a good writer or you are not.

However there are a few tips here and there that would help you write content that is not only appealing to search engine crawlers but also to your readers.

1. Choose a blog niche that you can comfortably tackle 

Once in a while you will bump across a blogger who didn’t train in a certain field but has confidently been able to master its intricacies.

Most of the time however, you can tell a blogger who is trying to force themselves into a particular blog niche just because they heard someone somewhere say that it is one of the highly marketable and profitable blog niches available.

Trying to tackle a blog niche that you cannot master and that you have little knowledge in will not only be a hard task on your part, but maybe detrimental to your overall blogging career.

2. Constantly research and read 

I have never come across any good writer who is not a voracious reader. And this applies to every writer- web publishers, conventional writers and correspondence writers.

For bloggers, however, the need for vociferous reading and research is heightened by the stiff competition that characterizes the blogosphere. Read how you can have your big break in the blogoshphere here.

You need to offer your readers quality content that will keep your readers glued to your blog and coming back for more and more. This can only happen through extensive reading and research.

 3. How long should my blog post be?

The length of your content also invariably determines whether website users and/or search engine bots mark your content as quality.

On the one hand, search engines are a darling of lengthy content. The more lengthy your content is, the more likely that you have sprinkled enough keywords here and there for SEO.

On the other hand lengthy content turns off many online readers who are looking for fast content to skim through. Understanding the behavior of online readers can better explain about lengthy content. Try to balance the length of your posts and watch traffic flood into your blog.

4. Include relevant images and illustrations in your blog 

Apart from breaking the monotony of chunks and chunks of black text on your blog page and providing a light moment for your users, images also serve an added advantage by giving you the rare opportunity of unobtrusively adding your keyword in their title and alt tags.

5. Offer links for more details

Where explaining an idea will unnecessarily lengthen the content of your post Links are the essence of any form of web publishing.

Since readers get bored from scrolling down chunks of text, links act as the main form of navigation from one chunk of content to another. Furthermore, just like with images, you can add your keywords to the title and alt tags of your link.

How to Earn $500 Per Month with Hubpages

Is Hubpages Income the New Cash Cow For Writers?

Every writer’s dream is to make money from the creativity. Fortunately, the internet has opened a lot of avenues for writers to benefit from their masterpieces.

One of these avenues is what is commonly referred as revenue sharing websites. Hubpages is one of these revenue sharing websites. Unfortunately, many newbie writers and bloggers and other online job seekers, do not posses this information. They waste their time trying to get approval from the popular and well paying affiliate programs such as Google Adsense or trying to land a genuine online job. Enter Hubpages however, and your dream of working and making money online comes to a joyous end!

Find out how I earned my first $100 online

Like I have stated on many other posts, I started writing and posting my content into many online writing forums from as long as I knew how to boot and use a computer.

There is nothing wrong in trying the online writing forums and for some time I actually hubpages incomeenjoyed seeing my pieces in the cyberspace labyrinths which by the way is all good and offers good writing practice for any aspiring writer. My online work however mostly went unpaid, and mostly unrecognized. This caused a lot of frustrations and a massive subsequent burnout and I kept off writing for quite sometime.

Friends and relatives who I used to share my content with might have noticed the retrogression and called me to it. One of my friends proposed that I join Hubpages. He had joined the program one month earlier and was already reaping massive benefits from it. Traffic to his blog had nearly tripled, and he had just cashed out his first hubpages income of $100 from Paypal. Needless to say I reluctantly, almost half-heartedly, joined hubpages. I wrote my first 50 hubs and started noticing some income trickling into my Paypal account. After one month, it was all Voila as I cahed my first $67 from Paypal, all paid by Hubpages! There I started recognizing my worth, not only as a recognizable web publisher, but also as a writer who could earn from his work.

Join Hubpages now, Start earning in a month’s time

hubpages income image Are you interested in web publishing? Would you like to start earning some income from your hardwork? If you answer yes to the above questions, then the place to start putting your skills to recognizable and profitable use is at Hubpages. What’s more is that joining Hubpages is completely free and as easy as easy could ever get.

Are Your Really Prepared to be a Ghost Writer?

Who is a ghost writer?

“I am a ghostwriter!”

But what is a ghost writer?

The concept of ghostwriting, though popular elsewhere in the world, is still to take root with freelance writers in Kenya. Many people do not understand just how you can write a whole book and let other people enjoy the fruits of your labour.

So what exactly is classifiable under ghostwriting?

According to Wikipedia A ghostwriter is a writer who writes books, articles, stories, reports, or other texts that are officially credited to another person.

Ghostwriting involves writing book, e-books, speeches, biographies and other type of articles for other writers either because they are too occupied to write or because they lack the requisite writing skills.

When I was starting off as a ghostwriter, I frequently was in doubt as to whether I could do it. When I overcame these first doubts and found out I could almost write any form of work that a client needed. I started thinking,

‘Hey, maybe it is time I stopped writing books for clients and do it for my own. I would love to have a lot of books bearing my names…’

A lot of ghost writers go through this phase. It is hard for you to work on a book that will never even acknowledge you as a lowly contributor.

Whether you are writing e-books or website articles, there comes a time when the jealousy bug strikes and you want to keep the work for yourself and announce from the top of your bungalow “to hell with the client!”

What Keeps Me Ghostwriting?

  • Lack of motivation to write my own books– I can write 4 e-books for a client as a ghostwriter within a period of one month, but when it comes to my own work, writing one article per week for my blogs becomes quite another thing. The moment I decided that I am doing this for me, I found myself hogged down by a thousand unimaginable problems.
  • There was the issue of the missing muse, I didn’t know what to write about, and suddenly whatever I was writing wasn’t making sense and a million other reasons. I am now a contented ghostwriter who enjoys seeing other people’s work take shape.
  • I came to realize that though I may not have a lot of texts credited with my name, seeing other ‘people’s’ work flourish out there, and knowing that I had a role to play in it, lifts my spirits in a way that I never knew it could.

 How Can You Get Started as a Ghostwriter?

If you are just getting into the world of ghostwriting, you can try landing your first job offers on the following sites before graduating to marketing yourself solely:

  1. Elance.com
  2. Odesk.com
  3. iWriter.com
  4. Freelance.com
  5. iFreelance.com

Also Read: How to Make Money With a Blog in Kenya

Factors you should keep in Mind before ghostwriting

If you are struggling with the question of whether you should start ghostwriting, and watch other people’s fame flag fly on your labour, here are a few qualities that you should maybe consider before launching yourself into the world of ghostwriting

1. A ghostwriter is a martyr

A ghostwriter is like a mother who gives her child up for adoption and then watches the child rise to world fame.

Can you be able to watch your work get world-wide accolades as you remain mum? That is what a ghostwriter should be able to do.

Your levels of jealousy should be minimally low because once in a while you will write work that will luckily shoot or write for well-established writers whose names are a market unto themselves. Ghostwriting ethics and Non-Disclosure Agreements however maintain that you shouldn’t even try to lay claim that you ever wrote that particular work.

If you are able to strangle this demon, then you are way on your route to being a very successful ghostwriter. As you will soon discover, all the other qualities required of a ghostwriter can easily be imposed with a level of self-discipline.

2. Are you able to keep strict deadlines?

One missed deadline and you are literally screwed, you have ruined your client and you have ruined your reputation and your income.

Most of the jobs requested by ghostwriting clients requires that you stick to strict deadlines as they are also under instructions to keep deadlines from their publishers.

If you can’t handle the deadline, be honest and ask for an extension when you are still on the negotiation table or plainly do not take the work. Failure to keep deadlines can lead to you not only losing your labour worth of many hours, but also your reputation.

3. Time and patience

Ghostwriting will generally demand that you pour a lot of your time in a client’s project, and this may require that you shelf your personal writing for some time.

A client may also require a lot of corrections on a project you are working on. This demands that you be patient with your clients and try to understand them.

How to Start a Successful Blog That Brings You Money and Fame

 

What constitutes successful blogging is a matter of much debate and indubitable relativity among the blogging community.

To some bloggers, a successful blog is all about achieving impressionable number of Pageviews/page visits. Others measure their blogging success according to the number of backlinks or reader comments that their content receives from other bloggers and websites.

Pagerank in search engines result pages (SERPS) has also been used by some bloggers as an SI unit for successful blogging.

Yet, to a majority others, successful blogging is all about being able to make money from their blogs and earn money from their content.

Recommended Kindle Book: ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

Suffice it to say that many of these bloggers start a blog with the sole aim of making money online while they rest on their favorite couch watching Desperate Housewives or doing whatever else that tickles their fancy.

Whatever definition of successful blogging you subscribe to however, running a successful blog (one that attracts Pageviews, favorable Pagerank, user comments or money) is no child play. It requires a lot of sacrifice-in terms of time, money, passion and commitment.

Yet we all must agree that there is evidence of successful bloggers scattered all over the cyberspace- bloggers who are literally blogging themselves all the way to the bank. So what is the secret behind these bloggers who brag about how they made hundreds of dollars from their successful blogs?

How to Make a Blog Successful

  1. Get A Top Level Domain Name For Your Blog

Most of the blogging platforms out there offer free hosting and a sub-domain name on which to run your blog, which is quite enticing to a newbie web publisher. Yet this is one of the greatest obstacles towards monetizing your blog.

Sub-domains (something like www.yourblogname.blogspot.com) are an automatic turnoff not only to the many well paying affiliate programs but also to the more technologically savvy readers.

Running your blog on a sub-domain tells your readers and possible advertisers that you are not committed to what you are doing.A sub-domain also makes your web address a little bit long and thus hard for many of your blog visitors to recall not to mention the disadvantage that this does to your blog’s SEO.

While it is true that some websites and blogs which use sub-domains are doing well in terms of Google Adsense and other affiliate programs, most of them are one year old or more, and have regular updates and posts.

If you want to make the best of your blog and join this class of successful bloggers, maybe it is time you considered purchasing a custom domain for your blog.

2.      Consistently And Regularly Post New Articles In Your Blog

How much regular posting is regular remains a matter of great debate to many bloggers and around the online blog forums. However I have seen blogs that run at least two posts per day start earning from their hardwork much faster than maybe say blogs that rely on one post per day. In addition to constant and consistent posting, updating of information as it changes will also place you on the path to successful blogging.

 3.     Improve The Quality And Quantity Of Your Blog Posts

When it comes to blogging, minding the quality and quantity/length of your blog posts is a definite plus towards being a successful blogger.

There are some definite no-no’s when it comes to the quality of your post. Search engines for example take it seriously when it comes to issues of plagiarism and they may disqualify your site from their indexes when they discover cases of plagiarism. Quality blog posts also have a length of above 500 words.

4.      Avoid spamming your content with keywords/use your keywords sparingly.

There were times when bloggers would just fill their content with keywords and Google would Naively look the other way. Those days are gone. Use keywords wisely and sparingly in your content. Make use of Latent Semantics Indexing Keywords to avoid getting any of the Google Penalties.

5.       Choose A Familiar Blog Niche And Stick to It

A quick survey of the most successful blogs in the cyberspace will reveal one thing; most successful bloggers choose and stick to a particular blog niche.

An area where you have vast background knowledge in is preferable while thinking of starting a blog. However as in any other business there are certain blog niches that are more rewarding than others. Exercising caution and wisdom when choosing a blog niche will go along way in placing you among the top bloggers.

6.       Adequately Utilize The Available Social Networking Platforms

The power of social networking platforms remains indisputable when it comes to sharing your blog content. In addition to manually sharing your links in social networks, you may want to place social bookmarking and sharing icons on your blog so that other users may also easily share your content. Spamming the social sites with your links is however a no-no-no go zone.

7.        Thoroughly Research your keywords and built your content around them

Use the available webmaster tools to research the popularity of your keyword and its level of competition and build your content around them. Keywords should however be used sparingly as the overuse maybe interpreted by the search engines as keyword stuffing or what they call keyword spamming.

5 SEO Keyword Strategies That Will Get Your Blog Noticed

Knowing how to effectively use SEO keywords and where to place them in your blog or website goes a long way in helping your blog climb a few steps up the ladder of search engine results pages (SERPs).

In fact the proper use of keywords is one of the must-know SEO strategies for every blogger and web publisher.

Luckily, in our continued Profitable Blogging Series we share a few tips and tricks for effective use of keywords in your blog.

  1. Have at least one of the keywords in your page title- The page title is one of the first parts of your blog page that the search engine crawlers encounter when they start indexing your site. Placing your keyword in your page title will help search engines determine what the page is all about. Avoid using such abstract names in your page titles such as ‘untitled page’ new page one and the like.
  2. Place at least two keywords in the first paragraph of your content – Same thing with placing the keyword in your page title; it increases the visibility of your keywords to the search engine bots.
  3. Emphasize your keywords in the content –There are several ways that you can use to emphasize keywords in your page content. The common ones include bolding your keywords, italicizing them or simply putting them in a color that is different from the rest of the page content. Putting your keywords in various heading tags around the page also increases their visibility to search engine crawlers.
  4. Optimize your image and anchor ‘alt’ and ‘title’ tags –One of the few places where you can unobtrusively place your keywords is in the image and anchor title and alt tags. Unfortunately, many Kenyan bloggers and other web publishers are unaware of this rare and golden trick to search-engine-optimize their blogs and web pages and ignorantly let the chance pass underutilized. Next time you think of optimizing your blog pages, start with your images and anchor alt and title tags and see how far it takes you.
  5. Place your keywords in backlinks anchor-text (both internal and external) -The power of having both external and internal backlinks to your page is only comparable to a healthy man on steroids, I mean is there any other search engine optimization strategy with the capability and power of backlinks? Now think about the power of having your keywords as the anchor-text in those over-precious backlinks and you have got yourself soaring to the top of the search engine results pages, cool isn’t it? So why don’t you find all those bloggers linking back to you and request them to use your keyword as their anchor-text, and watch where this gets you. And by the way here is a full tutorial on the proper use of keywords in the anchor-text.

All said and done, and having put your first foot on the first step of search engine optimizing your page, is there really anything that could go wrong or boomerang on you and your keywords.  Beware when using your keywords and read on the don’t-do’s of using keywords.

SEOMoz- Review and Opinions for Top Kenyan Bloggers

Chances are that if you regularly interact with website design, blog writing or Search Engine Optimization, you have come across the internet gurus SEOMOZ.

SEOMOZ is a Search Engine Optimization software development company that has been in the market for quite some time now.

The company also deals with web hosting. Even though it has got its headquarters in Seattle, the company’s software developers often travel the world in order to take part in various marketing events and business meetings. It is through this that the company has been able to grow its client base.

While the field of SEO is very wide and involves a wide range of services, SEOMOZ is currently involved in the development of SEOmoz PRO. This is a Search Engine Software that is currently considered to be among the best in the market. It comes with a complete set of tools, software and resources that you need in order to maximize your SEO needs.

Buyers of SEOmoz Pro, get free webinars, web applications, a variety of SEO tools and also unlimited access to Open Site Explorer. In order to experience the benefits of this software, you only need to sign up for it from the company’s website.

Apart from SEO Software design, SEOMoz also has one of the best robot systems in the solar system. Currently, the company has been able to widen its clientele base and earn recognition in the inbound links marketing sector.

SEOMOZ creates software to assist people in the management of their organic marketing efforts. For business that utilize Search Engine Marketing (SEM) to drive their sales, the company offers the most affordable way of generating traffic to your website from non-paid sources like blogs, social media networks, online forums among others.

SEOMOZ also runs a community of web developers and data handlers.

Membership to SEOMoz Currently, SEOMOZ has got a community of more than 250,000 members who are always willing to discuss and share the latest news and insights on Search Engine Optimization that will work for clients businesses. Some of the most active members include Aaron Wheeler, Dudley Carr, Maura Hubbell, Abe Schmidt, Emmi Jensen, Elijah Tiegs, Andrew Lee among others.

For those wishing to join SEOMoz, their website www.seomoz.org offers plenty of instructions.

By joining the SEOMOZ Community, there are several benefits that you can acquire. Some of these include;

  • Learning SEO software development skills from the experts

Many people portend to teach Search Engine Optimization, but SEOMoz has proved beyond any considerable doubt that they are the experts in the field.

  • Getting employment with the company in any of their numerous job openings

After training, successful graduates become eligible to employment in various positions in the company.

  • Networking with other SEO software developers across the world

For individuals in the field of search engine optimization, nothing is as important as building professional networks with other SEO gurus.

Though there are many individuals and experts offering search engine optimization services for blogs and websites, I highly recommend that you try your hand on SEOMoz. They are definitely the best in what they do.

How to Get Massive Blog Traffic on a New Website

Heavy traffic on a major highway is downright disruptive and disgusting; try to imagine driving along Langa’ta road on a Monday morning! In fact heavy traffic is disgusting almost anywhere except when maybe it is directed to your business, like lets  say your blog. It then becomes not only desirable but outright desirable.

The best affiliate programs rely on your blog traffic stats to determine whether they are going to approve your request to join their network.

Major traffic on your blog also gives you the morale you need to keep blogging and making money, and is pivotal to your chances of becoming a successful blogger.

Getting traffic buzzing into your website is quite easy and is not really a major concern to many bloggers. But keeping the traffic glued to your page for more than a few nanoseconds or making them return to your site is entirely a horse of another color. There is however a few things you can do to drive and maintain traffic to your site.

1. Content, content and content 

Don’t bullshit yourself about this one.

The quality and quantity of your blog content is the key reason any web surfer would like to return to your page or to your blog. It Is the only reason they will type your blog name or web address in the address bar of their browser, right?

Quality content makes you rank well with the search engines, places you at the top of the search engine result pages (SERPs). It will make other bloggers want to link back to you. Of course all these translate to added traffic to your blog, and hopefully you won’t need to spam the social sites with your links in the hope of getting some visitors to your blog.

2. Have a well-designed blog template 

Let’s assume you have super content, but the way it is arranged on the blog isn’t the little bit eye-catching. Let’s assume the navigation bars and general design of your site is so complicated for the general web user to understand, you see where we are headed with this?

The design of your website or blog matters.

3. User interactivity 

How well are the different elements on your blog responsive to user interaction? This is really a no-brainer. I have seen users spend hours of their time on a blog that had some bits of flare, like hover effects on text links and images. This is easily done via CSS3 or simple JavaScript widgets.

4. Blog consistently 

That may sound obvious, but every blogger will tell you it is not that accomplishable. Readers would constantly check on your blog once they realize that you are most likely to have some new content in your website. Writing often also increases your chances of ranking well with search engine.

5. Utilize Backlinks

Backlinks are powerful when it comes to SEO. They also have the immeasurable ability to increase traffic to your blog. One of the key ways of getting quality backlinks to your content is asking other bloggers to link back to you in exchange of you linking back to them. Writing quality content also enhances the chances of getting external links incoming to your blog.

6. Leave quality comments in other blogs 

While most bloggers have the ‘nofollow’ attribute turned on their blog comments, leaving some quality and informative comments (as opposed to spamming or commenting just for the sake) on their blogs will enhance the chance that a visitor in the blog you are commenting on will most likely follow the link back to your site, thus building some traffic. Make sure you leave your name and URL on the blog you are commenting in.

7. Website Speed

If your site is not optimized for faster pageload, there is a very high probability that you are losing some traffic. Web surfer do not have the patience or the bandwidth to suffer slow loading webpages. You can check for the speed of your website using the Pingdom Website Speed Tool.

Note :::: I have deliberately omitted “adding social sharing icons as a way to drive traffic to your blog” since most bloggers end up abusing the good-intents of social sharing by going on a spamming spree whenever they can.

 

5 Things You Must Consider Before You Quit Your Daytime Job

The proliferation of internet has popularized online freelance jobs, and almost everyone with a computer and internet connection is rearing to try their hand on this new and fascinating way of making money from the comfort of their homes.

However, before you decide to hand in your letter of resignation to the MD and start your work from home jobs, there are a few things that I think you should seriously keep in mind.

  1. Are you cut out to be a freelancer?– Working from home is not ideal for everyone as this post illustrates. If you are not self-disciplined enough, there is a very big likelihood that you will fail miserably in your work from home endeavors. If the reason why you are quitting your online job is to avoid answering for unfinished projects and overdue deadlines, you better stick in that office until you attain enough self-discipline to get things done.
  2. Swallow your huge ego-To many people, the concept of working from home and earning a decent income equates to bending far too low and licking the boots of an online stranger who might have failed his/her eighth grade spelling exam. Regrettably, this is true like 75% of the time. If you are running from your daytime job because of your unreasonable boss, you better brace yourself for an even more unreasonable ones. Fortunately, you can always choose who to work with in freelancing.
  3. Get rid of your trust and insecurity issues-A good number of freelancers are way too insecure to make a decent income working from home. They view every online jobs as a chance for someone to con them of their time, labour and money. Whilst it is true that the internet is rife with every kind of scam, con and fraud, there exists a few number of job portals and websites that do offer genuine online jobs and pay a considerable income that can very well see you resign from your daytime job. Sites such as elance and Freelancer offer the best places for any person wishing to work online. Not only are their payment method protected by escrow, but the clients and the contractors seem to have evolved a kind of mutual trust that sees very few cases of scam and con. However before you register or take up an online job with any person, client or agency, you need to run a background check on them. Do not be in a haste to land your job and throw all caution to the wind. Make sure that the site is reputable and it has a guaranteed payment method. You should also be aware that sites that offer genuine online jobs do not ask for any form of payment or deposit from you. There are free to join, register and work.
  4. Think of it as a business– Would you like to be writing for an Indian 10 years from now? As you advance in your work from home jobs, think about creating your own online jobs and letting people work for you. You will be better off than people who are always chasing few and highly competed for online jobs. Say, for example that you are a writer, all that you need to do is step up your foot and advertise yourself. In due course, you will have clients coming to you as opposed to you always being in the lookout for jobs. You can then outsource the work overload to other freelancers and retain a percentage of the income for yourself. If you do it so well, you will find that you are earning more money with minimal efforts on your side. One of the best ways to advertise yourself is to start a blog like this one. I have found this method to be working for me through my various websites. Clients I wouldn’t have gotten in touch with contact me all the time, asking whether I can handle a gig for them.

As you can see from the above points, there is so much to ponder about before you resign from your daytime job to work from home. Online jobs are not for the weak hearted or the lazy. They demand a lot of hard work and self-discipline. If you have these, jump onto the bandwagon, join the fun, let us make some online dollars.

Freelance Tips: The 12 Commandments of a Successful Freelancer

Are you gearing up for a journey in the world of freelancing? Before embarking on that expedition, here are twelve important commandments that every freelancer should have in their toolbox:


1. Constant learning. We live in a world of constant change. As a freelancer, you should always be ready to know the “what’s in” and the “what’s out” of your trade to keep up with the world’s pace, and eventually have an edge over your competition.

Reading blogs of the established freelancers and joining their mailing lists provides an excellent avenue for learning. You can also browse for inexpensive yet very valuable books on freelancing in the Amazon Kindle.

2. Creativity and uniqueness. What do you have that others don’t? What can you give your clients that your competition wished they could? Clients are constantly searching for new things—be that “new thing” they’re searching for.

3. Prepare for the worst. Not everything would go well as you imagine it. Good planners anticipate worst-case scenarios. You should always have contingency plans ready.

4. Beat stress and fatigue. Stress is a killer, and fatigue is its little brother. For you to win over them, you have to keep yourself physically fit, mentally alert, and spiritually steadfast.

5. Manage your priorities. You should exert more effort on very important and urgent things. Time and energy are precious—do not let unnecessary activities clog your hour. Make a list of things to do and sort them according to urgency.

6. Now. Do it now. Don’t let it wait for another hour if you could start it now, and you will see how much time and energy you can save.

7. Identify and deal with distractions. What are the things that distract you from becoming productive? Make a list of these things and be determined to set them aside for the sake of your work.

8. Surround yourself with wise and successful people. Learn from them. Understand how and why they do the things they do. Share your ideas and let them say what they think about it.

9. Help people. Do you consider your job to be a kind of service to help people, or just to help yourself? They would feel special and privileged if you do your job for the benefit of your clients.

10. Learn from mistakes. Nobody’s perfect, but anyone can goal perfection. Treat mistakes as tools to sharpen your skills and improve your character.

11. Good financial management. How you manage your money will make you or break you. You may have lots of clients, but if you don’t spend, invest, or save your money wisely you’ll be broke in no time.

12. Lastly, believe in yourself. Be confident about your skills. No one else can do it but you. Show your clients that you have what it takes to get the job done.