Benefits of Being Your Own Boss

If you’ve ever considered doing freelance work, starting a small business, etc, you’ve probably thought about the massive benefits of being your own boss. There are many, and they extend far beyond being able to take a day off when you want. Let’s take a look at some of those great benefits.

Flexible Hours – If you’re your own boss, you have much more flexible hours, because you can set them. So, you want to be there to take your kids to soccer practice, catch your son’s football games, or even have dinner with your family. All of these things can be done when you’re your own boss. You can schedule your work time for when it’s convenient for you. Most people with ‘normal’ jobs can’t say this.

Make Your Own Salary – As your own boss, you can easily create goals for the amount of money you want to make, and take actionable steps to achieve those goals. With a normal job, you’re often limited to how much you can make because of salary restrictions and company heads being stingy with overtime. It’s also a lot easier to make more money per hour or week than with a normal job. You can basically write a paycheck to yourself for whatever you want if you’re willing to put in the extra work.

You Get the Credit – If you build a company or a practice up to high levels of success, you’re the one who’s going to get the credit for it – not your manager, your boss, the owner of the place you work. Because you’re all of those things! When you are your own boss, your accomplishments belong to you!

Being your own boss is exhilarating, fun and challenging and it can be extremely rewarding if you have the drive and dedication to make it happen. I became a freelance writer over 10 years ago and I can honestly say that it is the best thing that I have ever done for my family and I – won’t you join me into the wonderful world of freelancing?

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Tips for Choosing an Elance Provider to Help You With Your Project – Outsourcing 101

When you’re in need of assistance with a project because you’ve either taken on too much or you simply can’t finish it, you should consider hiring another Elance provider to assist. This way, you’ll save face with the client and won’t succumb to negative feedback because you didn’t exceed your client’s expectations. In this article, I’ll teach you how to take on the role of the employer so that you can choose the best provider for you.

Check the Provider’s Feedback – As you know, a provider’s feedback covers the quality of the work, their timeliness, communication strategies and professionalism. By checking the provider’s past feedback, you can determine past project posters’ levels of satisfaction with that particular provider. If they have a high score – in the 90’s preferably – you can be fairly sure that you’re getting a great provider.

Check the Provider’s Samples – While involved in the selection process, providers are likely to send you samples of their past work so that you can see their style and ability. It’s important that you check the samples of the providers that you’re considering. You can determine whether their style is close to the style you need, what level of skill they have, and whether they meet your standards or not. By checking their samples, you can probably narrow down your choices a good bit.

Communicate with the Providers – For the providers you’ve shortlisted, it’s important to communicate with them via the site’s private message board. Let them know a little more about your project, what you need and what you’re trying to accomplish. Good providers will get back to you in a timely manner and will let you know what they can do to help you achieve your end goals.

Pay Attention to Price – You get what you pay for – that’s what they say, isn’t it? This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to choose the highest provider, but you have to wonder about the individuals who are offering to do the work for the absolute rock-bottom prices. Although you do want to make a profit on the outsourced work, you also want to make sure that the provider can get it done. So, ask yourself these questions: Will they truly deliver quality projects? Will you have to fix any errors? Will you have to spend additional time on the project. In most instances, you will likely get further choosing a mid-level price or even one that is a bit higher than the average. These are usually providers who know what they’re worth and who want to be paid fairly for quality projects.

As you probably know, there are many other aspects of choosing a great provider, but the ones above are the most common and should be looked at first. While there’s no guarantee that you’ll get precisely what you want, taking the steps above will help ensure that you choose the best provider for you!

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Warning Signs that Project Poster is Bad News

As a freelancer, it’s important that you’re able to determine a potentially great client from a potentially bad one.  Using your instinct and common warning signs can help you avoid headaches in the future, as well as being scammed out of your work and pay.  Below are some common warning signs that a project poster is bad news.

  • Bad Feedback – If there is a consistent record of bad feedback, you should automatically feel wary of the individual.  One bad feedback may not mean much more than a disgruntled freelancer – but 3, 4 or more…that’s when you know there’s a problem with the project poster.  Be sure to look at the feedback in-depth.
  • Asks for Custom Samples – Project posters should be able to get all the information they need regarding the quality of your work and talents from past samples.  If they’re asking for custom samples from every freelancer, and state that the samples will be owned by them upon completion, you need to be wary.  This means that they’re getting free projects from every person who bids on their project, so why would they need to pay?  Never create a free custom sample for a potential client – give them excerpts from past projects.
  • Illegal Activity – The project poster asks you to engage in illegal activity of some sort, such as plagiarism, taking advantage of a system when it’s clearly against the rules or something similar.  This is a very bad warning sign and you should take it as such – and avoid the project poster.  This also goes for project posters that want you to write about unethical, cruel or illegal activity.  These guys and gals should all be avoided.

Using the warning signs above and your own instincts should help you weed out the bad project posters and stick to those that really want to do an honest business with you and pay you fairly for your work.

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