Five Things I Hate About Elance

Reasons I hate being a freelancer for Elance

Elance was one of the first places I turned to when I started working from home as a freelancer. I landed a few gigs and even had a few long-term clients for about a year. However, just because something is good, doesn’t mean it will last forever. Elance has some great things going for it, but here are 5 things I cannot stand about Elance. #1. Waiting for money I’m not going to lie. I did a few social media updates and a blog post for a client and I’m still waiting on that money. This can be so very frustrating because I worked for that money and I want it now. Perhaps J.G. Wentworth can help me out. Just kidding. I’ll let you know when I’m 85 and Elance finally releases my money.   #2. Clients expect the world No client on Elance (that I know of) wants to pay you what you're worth. The quality of jobs have become very similar to oDesk. It’s amazing if you win a bid for a job and actually get paid what you’re worth. I’ve had to lower my overall price several times just … [Read more...]

Eight Things You Should Never Put on a Resume

Eight Things You Should Never Put on a Resume

If you're like most people, when it comes to finding a job you probably start by updating your resume. You find a copy of the document somewhere on your computer, add your last job, and begin the uncomfortable process of networking with co-workers you haven't spoken with since the last time you were in the job market. While most experts would advise you to create a targeted resume for each job, making sure your resume doesn't contain information that would lead a potential employer to throw it in the trash is a good place to start. Before you submit your resume to the job of your dreams, make sure you haven't put one of the following eight pieces of information on your resume. 1) Weird email address. While [email protected] is certainly a memorable email address, it's doubtful it will help you land your next job. Before you send an unintended message, consider creating a job-specific website address that will send the right message and help you keep track of your career search … [Read more...]

Are Multi-Level Marketing Companies Legitimate?

MLM scams

If you don't mind investing a little money and time, one way you can earn money from home is by working as an independent distributor for a multi-level marketing (MLM) company. Though I personally haven't done this, I do realize that the opportunity is out there.  I also realize that there are pyramid schemes that try to make themselves look like legitimate multi-level marketing companies, however - this post will provide information on how to distinguish a legitimate MLM opportunity from a pyramid scheme.   What is multi-level marketing? Multi-level marketing is a marketing structure where the sales people are rewarded not only for their personal sales, but also for the sales of people they personally recruit into the company - these people are referred to as their downline.  Multi-level marketing is also called network marketing and referral marketing, and it has often been criticized because the structure is similar to many pyramid schemes, which are … [Read more...]

How To Make The Most of Work At Home Trade Shows: 4 Good Tips

work at home trade shows

Are you in the process of attending a work at home trade show? If so, and if it’s your first, there are things you can do to make the event literally pay off. Trade shows are known for being great networking events along with excellent sources of products and services. But did you know they can do even more for you than that. Let’s take a quick look at ways to turn that upcoming work at home trade show into a one of a kind money making, friend creating, relationship building juggernaut. 1. Have a Goal - One of the most important things you can do when attending a trade show or any similar business networking event is to have a goal in mind, before you ever step foot in the door. This can be to find a reputable new source for your product, it could be to land a major new client, or it could simply be to shake hands with as many attendees as possible. Whatever the goal, you won’t meet it - if you don’t create it in the first place. You can make it a grand goal or a series of … [Read more...]

When Serendipity Redirects Your Work-at-Home Plans

Sometimes on the way to the dream you get lost and find a better one

Have you ever started on one path only to find yourself on another? Have you ever accidentally stumbled upon an idea that was even better than your original idea? Have you become more fulfilled with another business or job than the one you thought that you wanted? Then you, my friend, have experienced serendipity. Hopefully, it has brought you great peace, and you are experiencing the perfect work-at-home (WAH) job or business.   What Exactly is Serendipity? Webster's Dictionary defines serendipity as a seemingly gift for finding something good by good fortune or accidentally. In other words, you started looking for one thing and found something better. Think of it as being able to "dip" into life with "serenity". In other words, working with passion and purpose.   What Does Serendipity Have to Do With Working at Home? First of all, let me say that over the years, I have seen many people begin businesses both traditional brick and mortar as well as home … [Read more...]