6 05, 2015

Upwork Messenger App for Android – Review

oDesk has relaunched and rebranded as Upwork. And with it’s new brand comes this new messenger app. Check out the features in this first version and let me know what you think about it.
If you haven’t seen the update about the rebranding, go to http://certifiedfreelance.com/upwork-the-new-odesk/

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Upwork Messenger App for Android – Review
5 05, 2015

Upwork – The New oDesk

oDesk, then oDesk-Elance (or Elance-oDesk) and now, uPwork. If you’re an oDesker, don’t be surprised if you login today or tomorrow and find that you’re getting redirected to the new website. If you haven’t had the chance to check your email, here’s what’s waiting in your inbox, the full content of the email sent by Elance-Odesk CEO, Stephane Kasriel. Stephane has recently taken the helm of the Elance-oDesk and apparently, he’s taking over Upwork.

Upwork - the new Elance-oDesk

So what exactly are the things to look forward with this update:

1. New website – obviously, the oDesk website will eventually be replaced with upwork.com. However, it’s been noted in the email that: You’ll see familiar oDesk functionality and your existing profile, with a new mobile-friendly and simplified design.

2. New Upwork Messenger – there’s now a new app available for download that’s available for both iOS and Android users. So if you haven’t downloaded it, go ahead and check it out. I’ll post a review of the app as soon as I get my hands on my phone and will post it immediately here. Check out the Upwork Messenger App first look and review.

Upwork – The New oDesk
24 04, 2015

How to Choose the Right Computer That Suits Your Freelance Work

For someone whose bread and butter relies on one machine, choosing the right computer for your online work shouldn’t be left to the sales guy to decide. You need to know what specification suits your freelance work. While this may be a daunting task for someone who’s just starting out with freelancing or not really into computers, there are a couple of things that you can consider so you can make a better choice in purchasing your computer without wasting and money.

What’s your line of expertise?

The best way to determine your computer configuration is to be able to identify the line of work you perform or plan to engage in. For someone who’s doing data entry and VA jobs, I would highly recommend getting dual monitors. There’s been studies that the use of dual monitors has increased productivity to about 40% and I can attest to that as I’ve been loving the dual monitor setup (and have no plan on going back to single monitor) when I’m at home.

To give you an idea of what I’m using, here’s the full specs and accessories on my main desktop.

  • Specs: 2 Samsung 21′ LED monitors
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4670 CPU @3.4GHz
  • Storage: […]
How to Choose the Right Computer That Suits Your Freelance Work
30 03, 2015

oDesk Connects and Membership Plan and What it Means to You

March 31st will be a historic day for freelancers on oDesk when the new membership starts to roll out. And just as expected, this new oDesk membership scheme marks another tell tale sign of what I call, the “Elancipation of oDesk“. Remember, they told us that it will be two separate platforms, but they never said that they will continue to work on the same scheme, that is, FREE and equal membership levels on oDesk versus upgrade/paid options on Elance.

So tomorrow, when you log in to your account, you’ll have a choice, either you keep a free, basic account or upgrade to freelancer plus plan. The big question is, what is it really for me to be on a free or a paid membership account? If I have been successful with the free account, how can the paid membership be any different? Will I earn more, or get more jobs, have less competitors?

oDesk provided an overview on what to expect come that fateful day and here are they with a few of my personal insights on the issue.

Free Vs Paid

There are two classifications of Freelancer memberships, there is Freelancer basic or the free account and there is also the Freelancer Plus account […]

oDesk Connects and Membership Plan and What it Means to You
28 03, 2015

20 iPad Productivity Apps for Freelancer on the Go

If you’re planning to go on a road trip or a vacation to the province, be sure to have your iPad ready as a backup to make sure you have a hassle free and stress free bonding time with your family. While the iPad will not be able to fully replace what a laptop can do (at least for now), these apps will surely help you get a lot of things completed, pretty much like you’ve done it on your laptop or desktop.

In this connected world, this simply means that you don’t have any reason not to be productive. Whether you’re on a laptop or on your tablet, you can get things done (slowly).

So here is a list of my favorite apps that has really made a big impact on the way I work, especially when I’m on the road. I’ve listed both the free and paid apps and by the looks of it, I’ll probably keep these for a while until I find a new substitute or if you can recommend other alternatives that are free or at least, low cost apps.

  1. Todoist ($29/yr) todoist_logo

    It’s the all and be all of to-do apps I’ve tried. […]

20 iPad Productivity Apps for Freelancer on the Go
21 11, 2014

Freelance Tip #3 Be Quick

If fast food and instant noodles are not good for your health, one thing that will sure have a good effect on your freelance career is to be quick, be fast. Don’t be just on time. Be early. Be an efficient freelancer. And I will guarantee you’ll see a big difference in many aspects of your freelancing.

  • Your clients will be amazed and you’ll most likely get another project from them
  • The wow experience will get you a bigger chance of referral
  • Your client will likely keep your service even if you increase your rate
  • You’ll get rave reviews of how awesome you work

Isn’t that great? It sure is. But of course, you’ll have to do the work. Here’ are some areas where you can start being quick.

1. Be quick to submit your proposals

If majority of your projects come from sites like Elance, oDesk, Freelancer, you most certainly have experienced how a certain project get’s a swarm of proposals just a few minutes after it’s been posted. And if you’re the snail type of person, you might end up losing possible business by simply being slow in submitting your proposals.

My personal goal is to be always the first to submit. And based on my personal experience, if I’m […]

Freelance Tip #3 Be Quick
26 08, 2014

Freelance Tip #2: Be an Expert

If you’re working as a freelancer, think of yourself as a doctor. You are someone who provides a solution, a recommendation, or a prescription. But there are a lot of doctors. You can either be a general practitioner or you can be a specialist. And if you put two doctors’ side by side, one a general practitioner and the other, say a dermatologist, when you have a problem with your skin, who would you choose? Definitely, it will be the dermatologist. Why? Because he’s the expert in that field.

In today’s Freelance tip #2, let’s talk about why you and I need to be an expert in the service we offer.

Bianca Forbes writes, “When you pick a specific niche or group of people to work with, being an expert gets much easier”.

It can’t get any “truer” than that. And I can personally attest to the veracity of that statement too. Let me tell you about my story.

In 2009, when I started with my freelance work online, I wore the hat of a VA. Then, as a VA, I did data entry, research, audio editing, phone management, social media marketing and WordPress. I can basically apply for any role under the administrative and office […]

Freelance Tip #2: Be an Expert
25 08, 2014

Freelance Tip #1: Follow up

Whether it’s a past client or a prospect, follow up can do wonders on your business acquisition and retention strategy. Unfortunately, follow up is something that most freelancers ignore, neglect, and forget or probably don’t even know. If you’re guilty of this, I don’t blame you.  As Kelley Robertson, author of The Power of Follow up, points out “Many people have never received formal sales training and have not learned why they should follow-up and how to make this happen.”  

Needless to say, follow up is an essential process that every business more importantly, freelancers should implement. If you’re a novice and still finding your way on how to get more and retain more clients through follow ups, here are few things you need to know why you should follow and what tools can help you do it effectively.

Benefits of Follow ups

  • Follow up is a simple, easy, and effective way to keep yourself within your client’s radar.
  • It’s a good way of creating an impression of professionalism
  • It offers you a quick way to evaluate and reassess your client or prospect’s needs
  • Your prospect will take your follow up efforts as a sign of reliability and seriousness in how you conduct business
  • Get paid faster 🙂 This is probably […]
Freelance Tip #1: Follow up
16 08, 2014

Getting Started: How I got my first PC through loan

This is a first in a series of Getting Started articles I am compiling. This may not be applicable to all since computers are a common household appliance these days. But when I was still starting up as a freelancer, I didn’t have my own computer. I was using the pantry computer at work to apply for jobs. On some occasions, I’d go to an Internet café near our boarding house just to submit my articles and communicate with client.

During my early days with doing online jobs, my first few projects involved a good amount of writing. And since I was doing two jobs, one as a call center agent, the other as freelance gig, what I do is write at my workstation while waiting for calls to come in. Before I sign off from work, I save my drafts on my company email then access it from a webmail so I can continue with my assignment. When I’m on break or when I’m on a day off. The pantry was one of few places I’d hang out because that’s where four units of PC are available for employees to use for free.

After getting my first payment from those writing gigs, I knew […]

Getting Started: How I got my first PC through loan
12 04, 2014

Freelancer Messenger App Review

Freelancer.com has freshly released it’s Messenger App and if you haven’t seen it, here’s a brief rundown on what to expect. Unfortunately, the app is only available to Android users at this time. So iOs users will have to wait and see when the iOS version will come out. And hopefully it won’t be too long. The current version requires Requires Android 2.3.3 and up. Currently the app is enjoying a very good review rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

The user interface looks great. It’s simple and easy to use. The app works for it’s purpose, and that is to be able to keep in touch with your client or your freelancer.

Let me just reiterate that it’s a Messenger App. So don’t be frustrated if you’re not able to browse for jobs or submit proposals using this app. As what they have noted in the app description “This messaging app is just the first step. More functionality like bidding and posting projects will be coming soon!”

I have been personally waiting for oDesk and Elance to have their own app so I guess with the release of the Freelancer Messenger App, […]

Freelancer Messenger App Review
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