Friday, December 28, 2012

Get Paid Twice a Week Working at Home

I started to be active again on a legitimate work at home site that I first joined in 2010 because you can now get paid twice a week!  It has always paid and was legit, just before you didn't have the opportunity to earn as much as you do now.  When I first joined, the main way you earned was doing paid to click.  PTC or paid to click is a legitimate way to earn working at home, but usually does not pay that great in the beginning so I didn't really talk about this site in the beginning.

The site has since made a lot of improvements and I have to say that it is now a wonderful work at home opportunity.  You join for free and there are 2 membership levels.  You can earn nicely on free or you can upgrade to premium to make even more.  There is always something to do everyday and you can earn without referrals.  Referrals do help increase your earnings, but they are not needed to earn money.  No fee is required to earn and cashout, you just earn more if you do upgrade.  I am currently a free member and have enough in my account to be paid today.  I earned it in the last day, I just started to be active again.

The work at home site I am talking about is called Clixsense.  I am an affiliate and ask that if you join from this post, that you join from the link provided.  It is free to join and being my referral will not decrease your earnings in anyway.  

What is new to Clixsense since I first started there in 2010 that makes me say they are a great work at home site? You can now do surveys, legit surveys that you will get paid for.  They are not $75 surveys, most are between 75 cents-$1.75 but they do pay you through your Clixsense account.  You can also do paid tasks.  Many of these paid tasks are not high paying, but they are also not time consuming.  You can complete them very quickly so they are worth doing.  They also offer a bonus for completing certain daily activities.

They have been offering people a way to work at home since 2007 and have paid millions of dollars over these years to their members.  No you will not make millions here (they paid millions to all their members combined), but you will earn extra money here.

You can request payments on Mondays and Fridays to your Paypal account.  Minimum payout is $8 for free members and $6 for upgraded members.  You can earn this in a day here.  I highly recommend them as a legit work at home site!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Always Keep Your Data Backed Up

I am not exactly the best one to talk about this probably as I am not one that often followed this rule.  But I did have a situation occur that made me realize how important it really is and that yes something can happen to me too.  Not that I believed nothing would happen to me or my computer, I just didn't think like it would if that makes sense.  When you work at home, you use your computer for a lot if not everything.  It is important to be able to access all of the important stuff about your business or whatever job you work at home doing.

This isn't a major catastrophe for me since most of my stored info on my computer was mostly pictures that I have on other devices such as cameras and cell phones, but it is a bit of a headache still.  I have stuff on one of my laptops that I cannot get now and tho not as important as some people may have, I have files of information I was going to blog about. 

I now know the importance of backing up!! My newer computer completely died on Black Friday.  Yup just shut down and no power, no lights, nothing.  I have heard of some great places online to store information, but I am not sure what ones to recommend yet since I have not tried any yet.  I am still working on collecting everything and remembering things that were on my computer.  I should be able to have the data extracted if it is not the hard drive that is damaged. 

I think for now I will make cds every couple weeks when I have important files (and I do not recommend storing personal information on your computer, that I never have on my computer.)  Anything about my work at home adventures or my other blogging adventures will make their way to discs quite often for now.  I would like to find a secure and reliable place to store my files online and not just on my computer (without stock piling discs), but at the moment I am not sure who to recommend.

I just wanted to share this experience with all of you, it can be devastating to anybody and if you work at home it can be very devastating.  Just losing a computer is bad enough, but information you were going to use makes it that much harder. 

Friday, August 31, 2012

I Was Awarded the Liebster Award!

I would like to say thank you to Michele from Michele's Place of Learning and Earning Online for nominating me for the Liebster Award! This is the first time I have received this award, it is a cool and fun award too.


For those who are not sure what the Liebster Award is, here is the details:

"The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who 

have less than 200 followers. What is a Liebster? The meaning: 

Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, 

beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and 

welcome." 



The Rules:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.

2. Answer the questions that the person who tagged you created

 and then make 11 questions of your own for the people you tag.

3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.

4. Go to their page and tell them.

5. No tag backs!


Ok and here we go :)

11 things about me:

1.  I love to cook
2.  My kids are my world and my interests are mainly based around them
3.  Blogging is an addiction of mine
4.  I started to enjoy growing vegetables, it has become a hobby
5.  Walking is my favorite form of exercise, I do it everyday
6.  I rarely eat out, but when I do it is usually pizza
7.  My least favorite chore is doing the floors - dread it
8.  I have 1 loving cat, I had 2 but lost one to old age last year
9.  My favorite TV show is Criminal Minds
10.  I never liked writing in school, and now I love writing
11.  I still enjoy my classic video games

The 11 questions Michele asked me:

1.  Who has influenced you most in your life?
This is a tough one, my whole family has been great! I honestly can't pick just one person, they have all been a great value to who I am today.

2.  What is your favorite pasttime?
Probably have to say blogging

3.  What kind of music do you like?
I like a big variety of music from Lady Gaga to Nickelback.  I don't have a specific genre

4.  Do you have any siblings?
No I am an only child

5.  How do you destress?
Walking is a great way for me to destress.  I love to walk and exercise is great to help you clear your mind.

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Moosetracks

7.  If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Italy

8.  Who is your favorite actress?
To be honest, I don't have one.  I am bad with remembering the star's names and I don't watch a lot of TV to know a lot of actresses! I do have a favorite actor tho (yes he is on Criminal Minds) - Matthew Gray Gubler

9.  What is your favorite type of food?
I love a big variety of food so this one is hard for me to answer! I would have to say home cooked because the list would be too big :)

10.  Are you a glass half empty or a glass half full kind of person?
I really don't think about it either way.  I am more of a glass is empty or glass has some in it kind of person.  

11.  Are you the type of person who would rather cook a good meal at home, dine out or purchase take out?
I am definitely one who would rather cook at home.  I almost never eat out and love to cook! That and my favorite food is a home cooked meal.  I do occasionally like to eat out, but very rarely.


My 11 questions to be answered:

1.  Do you work at home or out of the home?

2.  What made you choose to start your blog?

3.  What is your favorite social media site?

4.  Do you like to go shopping?

5.  What is your favorite store to shop at?

6.  What is your least favorite household chore?

7.   Do you have a favorite recipe to share with your readers?

8.  Are you a coffee or a tea kind of person?

9.  If you could give one piece of blogging advice, what would it be?

10.  To relax, would you rather read a book or watch a movie?

11.  What is your favorite TV show?


My nominees are:

Genesis at At Home Mom Blog
Christina at Working WAHM
Emily at Busy Mommy
Anne at Non Mom
Charlotte, Andy and Deb at PooGrin
The writers at Work From Home Blog





Thursday, August 9, 2012

Learn More About Working at Home

Working at home can be rewarding, but it can also be confusing with all the information out there in the online world.  You need to make sure to get legit and real information and not just information from somebody trying to make money off of you joining a program.  If somebody is looking to refer you so they can make money off of you joining with them, they are going to tell you what it takes to get you to join.  You don't want that kind of information.

You want information from people who are really working at home and are willing to give you valid information without trying to get you to join the next latest and greatest work at home opportunity. I am not selling you anything with this post, nothing at all.

Come join our community (it is free) and learn some important things from people who are working from home.  If you have valuable information to share, feel free to share there too! One thing I ask is that you do not come to the community to spam it.

We have a really cool community leader who does many things to work at home, she is very helpful and friendly too.  Her name is Alicia owner of Workersonboard and she also blogs about working at home.  She shares a lot of real opportunities that are legit and free, like programs should be.  Come check out the community and ask questions and share tips.




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Friday, July 27, 2012

Top 5 Work at Home Freelance Sites

There are many different freelance sites that allow you to work at home.  Many of the sites out there are for various tasks from writing to web design.  I have been finding many of the writing sites now are offering the service way too cheap.  It is not fair to the writer and people should know that you have options when looking to work at home as a freelancer.

Now of course there are many sites and there are also sites that I do not know anything about yet.  So I am not saying these are the only sites that are worth the time, this is my top work at home freelance site list.

I choose these by the ease of use, the legitimacy of the site and how well they pay compared to some sites.  If you have some legit sites that pay well, feel free to leave them in the comments just do not spam us.  It must be a legit site and pay well for work at home, it must also be a freelance site and not a "get paid to promote" kind of site - thank you!

Top 5 Work at Home Freelance Sites:


Elance  Elance.com is a great place for people who are looking to work at home.  They are a site that you bid on jobs, but the variety of jobs available is excellent! You don't have to be a writer, there are people looking for many different freelancers to do various tasks.  You can bid on hourly work at home jobs that are long term, short term or jobs that pay per project and not hourly.  There is a wide variety.  This is free to use and look for work, tho there is an upgrade I remained free member.  You will have to look for higher paying jobs, or you may even have to do a couple lower paying jobs to build up reputation.  There are higher paying jobs tho once you get yourself a reputation.

oDesk oDesk.com is similar to Elance where you can bid for a project.  You can find hourly work at home jobs which pay weekly or you can bid for pay per project jobs.  There is a variety of tasks that you will find here also.  You can find many jobs other then writing jobs.  This too is free to find work.

People Per Hour is similar to oDesk and Elance where you can find hourly work or you can find pay per project.  The difference with this site is that as a freelancer you can post your services.  You can post what you will do and add a price.  For example: I will write an article 500 words for $35.  That is just an example, there are many things you can do and add on the site.

Constant Content is more for article writing.  This is a great site and the editors are a bit strict (they will make you revise any articles that have mistakes), but once accepted your article will be listed for sale on their site.  You write an article you want to write and the amount of words you would like.  You also set the rate for the article and people can buy usage or pay more for full rights.  Great site for article writers.

Ghostbloggers is a new find for me.  Great site tho! This is for article writers too and is similar to Constant Content.  You write the article and submit it to the site.  Once the editors approve it, the article goes up for sale on their site.  You can pick the topic, amount of words and also set the price.  With Ghostbloggers site, you are only allowed to sell the article once instead of usages like Constant Content.

There are the top 5 work at home freelance sites that I have found and used.  I am sure there are others on the Internet, but these are the ones I find to be the best out of the ones I have tried.

These links all go to the companies homepage and they are not affiliate links.  I was not compensated to share these sites with you, they are my honest opinion.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Is iWriter Worth Writing For?

Thin Client
Thin Client (Photo credit: ryan2point0)
IWriter is a site that offers clients a cheap way to get articles for their sites and also allows freelancers to work at home.  I have written there and occasionally I will login there, but I am not going to recommend it anymore.  I know I have mentioned it in the past as being a site to earn a little money (little at it's best), but I do not even recommend it now.

There are a few reasons why I don't think iWriter is a good site.  First I would like to say they are legit, not a scam, but they favor the clients and not the writers.  When I first joined iWriter, I was lucky enough to find the decent clients that accepted my articles.  It is not very motivating to write an article for as cheap as $1.01, believe me.  But I figured that I would work at achieving elite status so I could see if it was worth being there and if it was good for writers to work at home.  I did mention it in the past only because it is legit and they have paid me, not because I made a lot there.

There are many options for people looking to work at home and I will be adding a list within the next day or two of all the best legit work at home freelance sites.  Let's do a breakdown of why I don't believe this to be a site worth using if you intend on working at home.

Advertising Their Cheap Labor

IWriter pays very little offering clients some dirt cheap articles.  They advertise on their homepage that you can purchase an article for as little as $1.25.  Yes this true and guess what, the writer doesn't make that whole amount either.  I am sorry but I can't stand behind this.  Advertising the cheap labor like this is not something that sits well with me.  When you work at home as a freelancer, you should be making more then this.  And for them to state on the homepage about the cheap labor only encourages clients that are looking for perfect work done dirt cheap.

Cheap Clients Expect the Perfect Article

I notice that the clients there that are looking for this cheap labor are looking for the most perfect article that $100 would buy you.  I am sorry, and I do put in my best work for every article I write,  but you are not going to get a writer to spend hours of research and writing for $1.00.  That just won't happen and should not be expected to happen.

I made it to elite status within my first 30 reviews.  To be elite you need to have a rating of 4.6 and have 30 reviews.  Ok I made it there right away as I did find a couple clients who did appreciate my work.  Note that I was putting in a great effort for this little pay to see if this was going to be a paying site to recommend on my work at home blog.  I did not write here to support the low pay, but figured if you can make decent pay at elite I would recommend it.

As soon as I got elite status, I started getting rejected for every article.  Seriously, 1 article was accepted after reaching elite.  And then I was knocked down to premium.  I had written 2 articles for a client that had 3 articles posted.  Another writer wrote the 3rd article.  1 article was accepted and the client left a great review stating great job and big tip for the writer.  No tip was left either.  The other article I wrote for the client (out of the batch of 3 requested) was rejected with a 3 star review stating that it was  a great article but that they already had what they needed and thought they cancelled request.  So here I took an hour out of my time and did a great article and they decided they didn't need it.  Also stated that they were giving a big tip again, but again no tip was left.  That was the end of my elite with that rejection.

As premium, I had more rejections.  Often times the client tells you what they want, you write what they want and they still reject it.  They leave a review with a bad rating stating that they were looking for something totally different from what they had in their instructions.  These clients are more then welcome and also encouraged not to pay for an article they do not want.

When I have written articles for clients (not through iWriter) that were $40 an article, they didn't expect the world.  If they wanted something reworded, they told me nicely.  Cheap clients are more demanding and will try to get out of paying, especially when encouraged to do so like at iWriter.

Clients are the Ones Who Rate and Review You


The same clients who are demanding the world for a cheap price are the ones that rate you.  I have got some very bad reviews that were completely inaccurate.  This leads back to the client asking for something in the instructions and then rejects it stating that they didn't want this or that they asked for something else.  That is what I thought was the most irritating! I can handle rejection and I know that I am not a perfect article writer, but when you lie about what you wanted in my review to make me look bad because you didn't want to pay for an article - I have a problem with that.  And again, iWriter encourages clients not to pay for articles they don't want.

Is iWriter Worth Writing For?

I would have to say no.  I don't even like the concept of buying articles from there after seeing how some of the writers get treated.  There are much better places for freelancers to work at home writing articles.  I cannot agree with the way that writers are treated here.

If you are looking to work at home as a freelancer, I will be posting sites that pay better and treat their contractors better within the next couple days.  I am working on compiling the list today.

This is all based on my experience.  I was not paid to review them or write any of this, just looking out for my readers.








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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Hackers Get Login Details for Over 400,000 Yahoo Users

Have you been a writer for Associated Content? They were a great site to write for but then Yahoo bought it and it became Yahoo! Voices.  I have not written much there since the purchase.  The big problem right now and I am sure that you got an email about it, but hackers were able to get over 400,000 users email address and password details.  Once Yahoo took over Associated Content, they made you use your Yahoo email to login so you may have already changed your Yahoo login information, but it is recommended that you change passwords to any site that used your Associated Content email address to login.  There is a good chance that your email and password information were hacked.  If you see an email from Yahoo! Voices, that is probably what it is about.

I actually got emails from Twitter, LinkedIn and a few other sites that they disabled my account and I had to change my password before I could login.  I think that was quite cool of them how quickly this all happened.  Of course it did worry me when in less then 8 hours I got emails from 4 sites telling me that I could have been involved in a phishing scam and my account was locked until I changed my password! Yes I was a bit concerned at that time, I thought I was hacked into even tho my passwords were not the same for each site.

I thank the people at these sites like Twitter, Amazon, and LinkedIn that disabled my account as soon as the email addresses were released! Sure it was a pain, but it saved me from a bigger headache.  Google also gave out a warning to App owners if your address was linked to one of your domains.  I am glad these sites reached out as quickly as they did, great job guys and gals!

According to Yahoo! Voices, it was login information from when it was still Associated Content and according to them most of these login details are outdated.  That is the most of what I know at this time.

Keep your information safe.  Now of course in this case there was nothing we could have done, the hackers claim that it was easy to get in and get this information from Yahoo.  But go change your passwords to the sites that are important.  You may have already been locked out of some of your accounts, but change your passwords for any site that has similar login details just to be safe.

When changing your password, make it something hard to figure out.  According to a report on Forbes there were many passwords that were weak and easy to guess from that list.  Don't use 1234 or something common.  I also wouldn't recommend using something out of the dictionary and never use personal information as your password.  Don't use anything that somehow somebody could find out about you for a password. Change it up with a mix of numbers, letters and other characters.


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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Staree is a Great Place to Share Photos and Earn Some Money Online

Have you heard of Staree yet? It is a really cool idea from IZEA for people to earn a little extra money from sharing their pictures with their social media fans.  It is a bit different from other "paid per view" picture sites, in my opinion it is a lot cooler!

There are many stars on Staree and it is now open to the public as well.  You can copyright your photos as you upload them and share them with Facebook and Twitter.  At the moment Staree has a review process to join, you submit an application and they review it before letting you know if you are able to join.  It took me a few weeks to hear back so they must be getting pretty popular!

This is an exciting new way to earn money online from your pictures and get more interaction from your social media fans.  It is completely free to join and there is no referral link here.  I am not being compensated for sharing this awesome new site with you.

If you are interested in joining Mario Lopez (Staree Ambassador), several stars and also some other cool people - like me haha - you can fill out an application here at Staree.com.  After getting your confirmation that you are accepted, you too can start to earn money online and have some fun!

I just finished my profile recently and plan on uploading many more pictures, but my profile there is: http://staree.com/dawnconklin/ hope to see you there!
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Work at Home Community Live

A new work at home community is live today, get your questions answered and meet some wonderful work at home parents. We started a community called Dawn's Work at Home Community to discuss work at home tips. We will have live chats where you can ask questions about working at home, blogging or anything else. The live chats are not scheduled yet, but they will be coming soon. There is also a forum where you can post questions, share tips and advice and you can respond to other members. You do not have to participate in a live chat to get answers to your questions. This is set up for anybody looking to work at home, but is focused a lot around work at home Moms. Please make sure to keep the conversations clean and no spam. You are welcome to share information, but any scams will be removed from the community. It is a friendly place for all of us to help each other, make some online friends and get some advice! Come join the community today and grow with us! Ask me questions you would like the answers to and don't forget to have some fun while you are there.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Just a Test Code For Technorati

This is just the claim code for Technorati after I realized that I still had the old domain on Technorati.   I thought I changed it previously, but I guess I forgot! This is not a regular blog post.
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Opinions and Advice on Pinterest

English: Red Pinterest logo
English: Red Pinterest logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I received my invite to Pinterest a little over a month ago and I am now learning about how important it is for bloggers and anybody who is working at home! It is still by invite, but you can go to Pinterest.com and request an invite.  It takes a couple days or so and you should get your invite.  It can be linked to your Facebook so this can be a great concept.

When I first received my invite, I rushed over and started to tweek my account there.  I didn't really do anything with it in the beginning and kind of brushed it aside.  At first glance, I didn't get the concept behind how this would be so great.  I have been talking with others who are using it and loving it, and also seeing the "pin it" button all over people's sites and blogs.  They made me realize that if I don't start using it now, I may be missing out on a wonderful concept!

Are you on Pinterest yet? I am not an expert on it and if anybody has experience that they would like to share with us, please feel free to share.  Whether you add a comment or looking to do a guest post, I would love to learn more about this! I am learning the ropes, but I know I have plenty of room to learn more.

If you are not on Pinterest yet, you really need to get moving over there.  Anybody who works at home, especially if you have a blog, can benefit from this.  Anytime somebody shares a picture from your site, your url is shown above it.  If somebody likes what they see, they will probably visit your site to find out more about the picture.

If you have information to share with my readers and would rather post instead of leaving a comment, please email me at dawn@dawnsworkathome.com.  I will be learning more myself and sharing what I have learned once I get to know more of what I am doing there.

Have a wonderful day!
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No More Wednesday's Online Business Mistakes For Now

Hello everybody, hope we are all having a wonderful week with our work at home adventures! I am sorry to announce that at the moment there will be no more Wednesday's Online Business Mistakes.  Mainly because I covered most of the mistakes I can think of for the moment.  I am open to ideas if anybody would like to share any mistakes they have made or have seen others make.  You are welcome to email me and if you would like to do a guest post with an author's bio about a mistake or if you would like to share a mistake and have me post it, I can credit you for the idea.

We will continue to offer work at home advice here on Dawn's Work at Home Blog, I am just not going to be posting a mistake every Wednesday for now.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Making Money With Your Blog

English: BlogFrog Logo
English: BlogFrog Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Blogging is a fun way to earn extra money, share your ideas and interact with other people.  Many people are into blogging now and some are making a full time income (and even more) with their blogs.  There are many ways to do it and many people have different ways to earn from it.  This also depends on your niche.

One great way to earn some extra income from your blog is with BlogFrog.  This is a great way to create a community on your blog, interact with people and meet new people.  This is especially great if you are a Mom Blogger.  There are many people on BlogFrog, not only moms - but there are more moms then anybody there.  If you are a work at home mom or a Mom Blogger, you can interact with many other moms and get advice or offer advice.  You can also have a general chat about whatever you like!

Now you don't have to be a mom or a Mom Blogger to join or experience this.  It is perfect for the work at home moms tho or anybody who is looking to earn extra income from their blogs.  It is free to join and it is not a get rich quick kind of thing.  You create a community and get paid for so many pageviews to your community.  This community can be embedded onto your blog so people can stay on your blog to chat here.

I don't have a community for Dawn's Work at Home, but I do have one on my Mom Blog - Daily Adventures of a Work at Home Mom.  We have a lot of fun discussing various topics, sometimes about life and sometimes about blogging.  It is a great place to connect advertisers with bloggers! I love it there and I am sure if you are a blogger that you will too.

There are no strings attached.  I am a member there and have a community there on my blog, but I am not actually affiliated with them.  I do not earn any commissions for recommending them.  My community is located here: Daily Adventures of a Work at Home Mom, it will give you an idea of the kind of community you will be building.  Stop in and say hello, ask questions and share advice! Just please no spam in the community or it will be removed.



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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Some People Will Lose Internet on July 9th 2012

Yes, some people will lose Internet on July 9th 2012.  This is after the FBI had caught some people that were distributing malware that infected computers.  Tho the FBI caught them, many computers are still infected without people knowing.

I came across a great article about it that I would like to share with you.  Kim talks about what happened that caused this problem.  She also talks about how you can safely find out if you are infected and how you can fix the problem.

If you are infected and do not fix the problem by July 9th 2012, you will not be able to access the Internet until your computer is fixed.  She shared a great tool that webmasters can use to alert visitors that are infected and how to fix, but I am not sure about using it here.  I love the idea and love the fact that I can help readers, but the banner that pops up (I saw a test of it) looks like things that I would warn you not to click on.  Even tho this one is legit, it comes up like a banner that you should avoid.

I am still playing with the idea of adding it, but I am worried that people will think it is a virus itself.  But if I do decide to use it and you see a banner pop up, email me and I will let you know if it is valid or a problem.  I am trying to figure out the best way to do this!

I highly recommend you read Kim's post about this issue and how to fix your computer if you are infected.  She has some great information for us!

Why Some Of Your Readers Will Lose Internet On July 9th 2012
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Monday, May 21, 2012

London Prepares for Remote Working

As London prepares to receive the Olympic torch, the capital’s businesses are preparing to put business practises in place which should help to ensure that commerce and public transport will not grind to a halt during the games.

Image: Ell Brown





London’s top financial firms, particularly those based in East London have been encouraged by the Cabinet to implement remote and flexible working practises to alleviate travel congestion during the Olympics. The transport network is expected to be flooded with excited tourists, so to ensure that businesses continue to function over the summer, many are implementing new work procedures including remote working, staggered starting times and flexi-time.

The transport authorities in London want to reduce the number of commuters using public transportation during the Games by 30 per cent. They hope this will help to ensure that the transport network can cope with the massive influx of visitors. It means more remote working and altered shift patterns for many of London’s professionals. Companies based in Canary Wharf are likely to be most impacted, as it is just three miles from the Olympic Park.



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But it’s not just financial firms who are gearing up – many civil servants are also being encouraged to work remotely during the games. It led to the Daily Mail accusing civil servants of receiving “a gold medal for skiving” for being allowed to telecommute for the summer. There were also concerns from some business leaders about the amount of useful work which can be done by civil servants under the policy.

Despite the evidence that remote working can boost productivity for many individuals, many are sceptical about it, concerned that it will have a negative impact on the country. Research by the Trade Union Congress has found that there’s been a 25 per cent increase in the number of people working from home over the last ten years, to 3.8 million.

The TUC has been urging business to trial new working practises including flexi-time, remote working and working from home. The research also revealed that 20 per cent of those who are not permitted to work from home would like to do so. Despite technological advances and the evidence that remote working is more productive, employers are still reluctant in trusting their workers.

The Olympics is a great opportunity for employers in the capital to implement flexible and remote working practises. Specially designed hardware and software is available to allow managers to accurately monitor home workers, as well as to communicate with the team and provide access to up-to-date documents and data.

Alan Cairns writes on a number of subjects including project management and mobile workforce management.






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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wednesday's Online Business Mistake - Keep Your Business Real

Happy Wednesday! It is time for another Wednesday's Online Business Mistake.  Today i would like to talk about keeping your business real.  This can be for any business whether you work at home or run an offline business.  I thought of this one after a recent wake-up call from my ex wireless phone carrier.  Yes, I just made the switch from Verizon! I was with them for 10 years and realized that I had enough.  They do not treat their customers like they value them.  They act more like they are the biggest phone carrier and you will deal with them.  That is the vibe I have got from them over the last 10 years of being a high paying customer who had never been shut off.

Now with keeping it real, I mean a few things.  If it is a work at home business, make sure it is a real business.  Don't be scamming people with any work at home scams.  Many online businesses are legit and a work at home business can be for real.  This is not the main point that I was reaching with this topic, but it is a good point of keeping it real!

I will use the example of phone companies for the main point.  When I say keep it real, I mean to keep it simple and make sure you do not get high and mighty.  As I said, I was a Verizon customer for 20 years.  I noticed that they have got worse over the years.  First they used to make sure their equipment would work properly, they also had competitive rates.  Now it seems that it is "not their problem" if equipment is not working.  They will not drop the service fees for whatever service is broken on your phone tho.  So now you are paying for something you can't even use.  I have experienced this a few times over the years.

They keep upping the rates of things and figure that people will just pay that because they are a big company.  Well, the competitor has better service, will make sure your equipment works and also works with you to make sure that your bill is going to be where you can afford it.  They talk you into staying with a certain package by upping the price and letting you know that if you drop the service now, you will pay more later as the price went up.

There is so much of a bad experience I have had with them, tho they are not all bad.  I am not trying to bash them, I have had good experiences with them in the past.  It just seems that the bigger they grow, the more they seem to think that people will just "deal with it" because they are the big company.

Whether you have an offline business or a work at home business, do not let this happen to your business.  Keep it real and keep it competitive.  Don't get the mentality that your business is too big for people to not do business with.  There are always competitors, no matter what business you run.  Keep your work at home online or offline business real and you will have success.  Customers would rather be treated as customers then they would as just having to deal with you.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wednesday's Online Business Mistake - Disclosure on Site

Happy Wednesday! Time for another Wednesday's Online Business Mistake.  Today I am going to keep it real simple.  It is not a mistake that I made, but many people who work at home as an affiliate are making.  This is something that can get people in legal trouble and this is adding a disclosure.

In 2009, the government started to require an affiliate disclosure in all emails promoting stuff and or websites that are promoting anything.  It doesn't matter if the product is work at home related, if you are an affiliate of any product you need to have a disclosure.  I had mine up on Dawn's Work at Home Blog since 2009, as soon as I heard about this.  I don't add it to every post, but I also do not earn a commission on most of the information that I share or recommend.  It is in the sidebar of my blog and has been there since 2009.

This disclosure is supposed to be on your site, in a post where you are going to be compensated for sales or in any emails that you are promoting a product.  So if you work at home as an affiliate, you need to have this disclosure so you do not get into legal trouble.  How do you know if you need a disclosure? This is easy.  If you are going to earn any kind of commission when somebody buys the product that you are recommending, you need to disclose that you will earn the commission.  If you are doing a paid review, you need to let them know that it was a review sponsored by the product or company.  You should note with a review that the opinions are yours, but it was sponsored by the company.

Many people do have the disclosures, but I have seen many people who do not.  If you work at home as an affiliate, or are affiliated with any company, you need to disclose this.  There can be legal action taken if you do not!

Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wednesday's Online Business Mistake - Taking Advice

Happy Wednesday! Time for another Wednesday's Online Business Mistake.  Today I would like to talk about taking advice.  When you work at home, you will see so much information about working at home from so many people.  Yeah I know you have to be careful not to buy every "guru's" book, I don't encourage you to run out and buy everything that will supposedly make you money online.  I also do not think you should run out and buy everything that says it will make your business grow.  So please do not think that is what I am going to tell you here.

Much of the best advice about working at home or running an online business is free, not all but you can get a lot of useful information free.  My mistake here was not listening to some of the bloggers and other people who are really making money working at home.  I mean people who really are and not just saying they are to get a sale or a referral.  

Bloggers like Darren Rowse at Problogger.net know what they are talking about and doing, these are the kind of people that I should have taken work at home and blogging advice from in the beginning.  He is really making money, not just saying he is in a quick sales pitch.  I love his blog and the advice he gives out.  I like to learn more (I learn everyday) from other bloggers and others who work at home still, but in the beginning it would have helped if I didn't brush the advice aside.  Some of it I figured I could do without or oh my blog is different, I don't need to do that.  

Granted I did learn a lot since I first started blogging in 2007, but if I had listened to the right people (not buying crappy information products) I would have been more successful early on.  Live and learn and yes - I have been learning from my mistakes! 

Long story short: If you find somebody reputable, somebody that is not just trying to sell you a work at home opportunity or scam, listen to their advice.  Chances are they are sharing tips that helped them be what they are today! This goes for any business, not just work at home businesses.  Don't run out and buy the latest and greatest opportunity, listen to the people who really know what they are doing.

Hope you are having a wonderful week!
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Work at Home Writing for iWriter

I have been on iWriter.com for a while now as a test to see how well it works.  iWriter.com is a website where you work at home writing articles for clients and after they accept your articles, you get paid for it.  There has been a lot of people saying that you won't make much money at this site, so I had to test it out.  Can you really make money with them?

The answer is yes you can make money with iWriter.  When you first start out, you will not be making as much as you will be a standard writer and the pay is quite low for standard articles.  You will be able to advance to Elite status once you have at least 30 ratings on your account and your average rating is 4.6 stars or higher.  Premium is an average of 4 stars after 30 ratings.  This allows you to earn more money per article.  When you write for them, you do all of your work at home.

There is no test to start writing, but I recommend you do your best to have correct spelling and good grammar or you will not get good ratings.  Ratings are given by clients, not the site.  There are a couple clients that are not specific with instructions and will give you a low rating if you do not realize they really meant something other then what they stated, but overall many of the clients are great to work with.  Just be careful if you write for somebody that has a lot of negative comments in their rating feedback.  Not saying they are bad to write for, just be careful.

I have had to email their customer support and have received a response within 24 hours, so they are dedicated to working with the writers and the clients.  They are free to join and write, they take a certain percentage of each article you write.  This is taken off before you see the "writer's earnings" next to the article, so what you see for the earnings is what you will get.

Another great thing about them is that you can choose to be paid every week.  They have a few options for payments.  You can choose every Tuesday, twice a month or even once a month.  You just have to have at least $20 in your account to receive payout.  If you select every Tuesday, as long as you have $20 in your account, your payment will be in your Paypal account early Tuesday morning- Eastern Standard Time.  Mine is usually in my account by 2 AM.  Many sites that allow you work at home writing articles do not pay out every week.

I am not compensated for sharing this with you, they do not have an affiliate program.  It is a legit work at home site and they do really pay.  I have found them to be a reliable place to write and earn money for articles.  They may not pay as well as some other places, but they are a place to earn quick money and get paid weekly!

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