the Many Computer Tools Available for Freelancers by Chris King
agents, independent professionals and freelancers, we all make, or should
make, continual use of computers. Whatever range our careers span, we
can find many helpful tools to increase our incomes right at our fingertips
(using our mouse and keyboard). However, I don't
have big bucks to spend at this time. As a result of this and other e-newsletters
I receive on a regular basis, I have discovered and rediscovered some
truly useful links to exciting, informative and useful websites. In this
article I am going to share a few of them with you. Some you may know
of already. Some won't fit in with your goals. But, I do hope that some
will be of use to you.
Have you ever wondered if you are really cut out to be an entrepreneur?
I have been receiving several of the weekly newsletters generated by http://www.monster.com
for months. After having fun taking some of the tests, do take time to
click on some of the other links listed. I think you will be, as I have
been, quite pleased with all of the useful information and well written
articles housed on this huge site.
Visit this excellent site with legal information, books, software and
forms. As I get busier and busier, and wiser and wiser, I realize
the importance of having good contracts and legal backing for the decisions
I make. To find topnotch legalese visit http://www.nolo.com.
Not only do they include a whole section for independent contractors,
they also list many other useful books, forms and tools for small businesses.
I found that many of the books that interested me included a sample chapter,
all of which I read and proved to be enlightening. The book I found to
offer timely advice was Working for Yourself: The Good, the Bad and
the Ugly. Check it out.
This almost overwhelming site offers more information for freelancing
than one can even imagine. You will find it at http://www.allfreelancework.com.
You will not only find lots of jobs posted here, there is a plethora of
other freelancing information included. We could easily spend a week playing
and learning here. Another small business site that is well crafted, but
appears to lack recent updating, is http://www.soho.org.
If you want to sell a product on your website, but aren't ready for
the big-time shopping cart, here is an easy alternative. Look into
PayPal if you're going to handle only a few sales online. For a small
fee, the folks at PayPal http://www.paypal.com
can handle all the details of your getting paid, and you won't need to
set up a credit card merchant account. PayPal accepts your customers'
credit card payments and transfers the money to your bank account. The
PayPal system was originally created to process consumer-to-consumer transactions
for people using the eBay auction site. But PayPal now handles business
transactions as well. Small Web-based businesses with modest sales find
PayPal suitable. They provide a free pdf manual with directions for easily
setting up your shopping cart. I plan to use them until I get so big it
becomes too much to handle.
Need help with marketing your services? Be sure to check out this
site. I would be remiss if I didn't include Robert Middleton's Action
Plan Marketing site located HERE
. Be sure to sign up for Robert's weekly More Clients e-newsletter. It
is excellent. I have learned more about marketing from this man than anyone
Want to send out an opt-in newsletter, but don't know the fine points,
then visit this site. Have you ever wondered why some of your newsletters
come across easy to read, well organized and without glitches while others
have words all over the place? If you go to http://www.databack.com
you can sign up for a free e-mail composition class that will appear in
your e-mail. This highly recommended group provides list management for
your e-newsletters, which I may not need immediately, but which as I grow
will be the list management system in my future.
You are probably wondering whether any of the above sites will be of
use to you. All I know is that they made me start imagining many new
areas and ideas to explore. I plan to keep visiting them and others on
a regular basis to keep me on my toes and fingers.
I suggest setting aside some time every day to investigate and learn
something new that is available to you on your computer. You will be amazed
by what you will discover. You might even make a killing money-wise!
A brand new FREE eclectic e-newsletter, Career Success Planning, is on the way. I will be contacting former sbscribers to Portfolio Potpourri and all who have taken the Portfolio Career Self Test to subscribe to the new FREE e-newsletter. Use the form below to sign up!
When I started doing the research for this book, I knew that my own experience as a Portfolio Careerist (having more than one career at the same time) wasn’t going to be enough.
After all, those of us who love and maintain Portfolio Careers also love the variety and thrive on doing things our own way. So, I put out a call to those I knew have or have had Portfolio Careers and would be willing to answer a series of questions.
Thirteen Portfolio Careerists answered my call, so you will get the full story
that you live every week inspired, motivated and generating
more ideas than you can handle!
e-book that is a compilation and distillation of the themes,
tips and text found in Chris' bi-weekly e-newsletter, Portfolio
Potpourri, will help set the tone for each of your next
the plethora of IDEAS that will be flying
in and taking your life to a new level.
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Freelancing: Home-Based Careers
Running a home based business is the way more and more of
us want to work. This will help freelance designers, consultants,
writers, computer service providers, sales people or anyone
who wants to work for themselves.