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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