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Is Your Office Killing Your Productivity?

There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when we talk about how to be productive at work. Office productivity can be affected by the tools you use, the communication channels you employ. It can be your health and it can also be the office environment where you do your work. Most freelancers, including me, never really started as a freelancer. I worked as a call center agent and eventually became a freelancer, and therefore an office environment in the home is non existent. I worked in a crammed space where the bed, my office table, computers and

Jotform Review

JotForm is a web based form builder founded by Aytekin Tank in 2005. It offers a WYSIWYG drag and drop builder interface with lots of features up its sleeves. This JotForm review may not be able to cover everything but I'll make sure you get to know some of the outstanding features that this tool offers. If you haven't seen it, let me give you a few things to get you excited about using this powerful tool. Price   JotForm has 3 tier membership options. You can choose from Basic (FREE), Premium membership for $9.95/month, and Professional membership for $49.95/month.

Should Pinoy Freelancers Ask for a 13th Month Pay?

13th Month Pay is one of the most awaited December perks for everyone who works in the Philippines. And for someone who's just started with freelance work, this may be something you have been used to receiving every end of the year. But now that you are a freelancer, should you demand for this benefit from your clients? Truth is, I have asked myself that same question before. And there are some points to consider why you should and why shouldn't ask for this benefit. Let me explain. You shouldn't ask because you are a freelancer not an employee Terminologies

Why Thinking Like an Employee is the Worst Freelancing Mistake You Could Make

Most Filipino freelancers suffer from what I call "The Employee Mindset". And this is preventing them from getting clients who treat them with respect, consult them on their opinions, and are eager to pay them higher rates. But before I dig deeper into the effects of the Employee Mindset, let's start by exploring what it means. What is the "Employee Mindset"? When you're a freelancer, it's very easy to think of yourself as an employee. After all, that's what most people are - they go to a company, get a job interview, wait for return calls, and get hired. Then,

Best Collaboration Tools for Online Freelancers

Here's a list of must have collaboration tools to help you not only finish the job, but increase your teams productivity. Some are free while others are paid. But still it's worth every penny if you truly want to get the work flow smoothly.

Five Things You Thought You Knew About Freelancing

Work as a freelancer and you can earn a six figure income! Get paid in dollars. Never have to commute to go to work. And yes, you can do it at your own home. That sounds a lot like an advertisement on the newspaper or website. They sound good, but they may not be entirely true all the time. So today, I'll give you some reality check on what a freelance life is all about. Some of you may already know most of what entails being a freelancer even before you started reading this, but there are things you will

Smart Bro Rocket Wifi Review

Smart Bro's Rocket Wifi Plus is a step ahead of the old prepaid USB stick we used to enjoy on a single laptop. But in this age where most of us have not just one but three or more gadgets that requires internet connectivity, getting a device that allows multiple connectivity is an absolute necessity.

This Week’s Updates

There are two new tools that i've been playing around this week, Podio and Blogsy. And i'll definitely write a review for the two because my praises won't fit this limited space.

Freelancer’s Relocation Checklist

Many of you are probably on the same boat where I am right now, renting a place where you have your office and family in just one roof. But let's admit it, there will come a time when you're family will grow or the business grows or sometimes both of them (ideally both of them) and you have to find your new nest. Do you just go ahead and choose whichever? That's what I'd like to share with you in this post, based on my personal experience. What exactly do you have to consider? Am I Under Any Contract? Before

How Not to Lose Sleep and Still Meet Your Deadlines

Staying up late is not always the best solution to ensure you meet your deadlines. You simply couldn't rely on stretching your work hours just to get the job done. Unfortunately, you are most likely in the same boat just like many other freelancers are. But as they say, if it's being done by many, it doesn't necessarily mean its right. And losing sleep for the sake of a project deadline's completion is one of those exemptions. Common Reasons for Rushing While there are instances when clients specially long time ones would come to you at very short notice and

How to Transfer Paypal Funds Using Instant Paypal Remittance

Last year's introduction of this site's Instant Paypal Remittance was well received. I didn't really realize that there are so many freelancers and online shoppers who are in need of their Paypal credits but are left with little to no option of withdrawing their earnings or credits without having to go through the hassle of coursing the money first to the bank. This actually inspired me to create a more structured system with the instant Paypal transfer. Here's how it works. The verification process is the security measure applied by The Peso Club to thwart scammers. So to get you started, here’s the

How to Subcontract a Project With Another Freelancer

If you are working more than 10 hours, working even on weekends, holidays then you have to think again why you work as a freelancer. Is it not because you wanted to be free? To break from the bondage of your desk? Stop being a superman! I know there are instances when workloads seem to be at the peak and working alone is not practical. You need to duplicate yourself. And subcontracting is one way to do it. One good thing about having a network of fellow freelancer is the opportunity to be a blessing to them by handing a

Increase Productivity by Using Dual Monitors

Productivity in the workplace is a common mystery that everybody wants to have a crack at it. Until now, it's been one of the many things I'd like to master as a freelancer. And so in my quest to be an effective freelancer, I guess I found one thing that I can stick and one thing that I would definitely recommend my readers to follow. Go ahead and get yourself another monitor if you are only using one! Here's a few things I've found out that I would like to share with you. When I first started out with my freelance

Checklist for A Wannabe Freelancer

Deciding to go on a full time freelance work takes more than just the guts to go on a career adventure. There is a massive financial risk involved and a ton of preparation that needs to be settled before you can fully say that you are ready and good to go. There are more factors in the package than what meets the eye. And realistically, freelance home based job is not all good times. If you are just starting today, that is even of greater concern because the risk is twice than the risk involved if you have started probably

Why You Should Switch to Thunderbird and Trash Outlook

I have a few email accounts from various email service providers like Yahoo, and Gmail. There are also client provided emails that I used for customer service purposes. But my biggest challenge, is not with the inboxes or accessing the webmail. My main concern have been the desktop email clients that i've been using to manage these emails. I have been running both Outlook 2010 and Thunderbird on my computer for quite some time now. There are times that I use Outlook and there are other times that I use Thunderbird. But after last weeks update to Thunderbird version 8.0

Six Things I’ve Learned as Freelancer

I started as a full time freelancer on August 19, 2009 and yes, I’m still alive and kicking and looking to better years ahead. I had a scary start primarily of financial nature, fear of the unknown and doubts of getting a work that can sustain our family’s needs (and wants). And nearly six years after that crossroad, I’m looking even more exuberant of the year ahead. Let me share a few things I’ve learned as a full time freelancer. These are practical things that helped me survive the years, from family life, to work ethics, and social life which

How Do You Reward Yourself?

If you have worked in a call center before and is currently into freelancing, one thing you will miss about call center life is the great perks and incentives that are up for grabs for a good performance. Rewards system in the call centers (based on my experience) is simply unmatched. And they are there for a good reason, no less than to keep you motivated to hit all those KPI's, be the best call center agent you can be and contribute to your company's success. Steve Jobs shared his candid opinion about rewards systems when he said: "The only

10 Ways to Freelance Effectively

When your  clients don’t get what they want, don’t see the results you have promised, this is a sign that you are being ineffective. And who does want to be told they are ineffective? Not one in his sane mind would desire to hear these words. But they do come, sometimes subtly. Let’s face it, you’ve (actually we’ve) messed up with one or two of our projects in the past. Whether it’s bigtime or not, we’ve had our days when we are ineffective and complacent. It’s not a secret. And being on this page is a proof why you want

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