Saving Money Using Freelancers

December 27th, 2009 by admin

Can a business save money using freelancers? If you really check out your sources a business can save money using freelancers. Where do you find the freelancers? Below is a list of where freelancers can be found. Always check out first anyone you want to use. Get samples and business references you can call or email. Make sure you clearly spell out what is needed in writing before hiring a freelancer so no communication errors occur. I have used freelancers in my business. I have also been a freelancer. It can be profitable on both sides.

1. Elance.com – so far the largest online marketplace for free lancers and service buyers
2. Aquent.com – offers marketing organizations a wide range of services including consulting, studio solutions, project management, and translation/localization.
3. Adveres.com – another cool marketplace for freelancers.
4. Bidradar – recently merged with governmentbids.com and published mostly government-owned jobs for freelancers.
5. CGI Lance – largest marketplace for CGI scripts.
6. CTITjobs.net – most projects are programming and web design and even technical support for IT-related problems.
7. Codelance.com – custom software development and webhosting for companies outsourcing offshore.
8. Coswap.com – offshore marketplace for web design jobs.
9. Design Quote – a reputable marketplace for graphic and design jobs.
10. Developreneurs.com – an online marketplace where buyers looking for web development services can receive bids from dozens of qualified service providers.
11. Ework.com -delivers three outsourced value-added services— integration and implementation for eWork Enterprise 5, business process consulting to streamline contingent workforce business processes, and a comprehensive workforce staffing management service.
12. Freelance Auction – almost all services are offered here.
13. Freelance Auction Network – is designed to bring affordable high quality services to small business owners and provide freelance contractors from around the world a better way to market their services.
14. Freelance.com – a good place for independent professionals, freelancers, and service buyers.
15. Freelance Writers – the best site for non-fiction writers.
16. Freelancefree.com – the first and best free freelance website.
17. Freelancewriting.com – another great freelance site exclusively for writers.
18. Freelancewebprojects.com – all services offered and requires all freelancing talents.
19. Freelanceseek.com – available in 7 major European languages.
20. Freelancewebprogramming.com – another freelance site for webmasters and programmers.
21. Getafreelancer – this is my favorite freelance site so far. I am a member of this site and having some decent customers in SEO and writing.
22. Guru.com – Use Guru.com’s free service to search for and find freelancers. Post your project. Get free quotes within hours. Outsource your contract work today.
23. Hirecoders.com – not only a marketplace but also a general classified for job seekers and employers.
24. Ifreelance.com – huge freelance site for talented people.
25. Listbid.com – a very simple freelance site but has a bigger population.
26. No Agencies Please – is a free freelance site concentrating on programming and design.
27. NUJ Freelance Directory – the biggest freelance job board in UK.
28. OutsourceToday.net- is the online market place where buyers can post their projects. Businesses and consultants such as freelance programmers, copywriters etc will bid for the work you outsource and you can select the best one that matches your requirement.
29. Projectlance.com – One of the webs busiest websites

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Sanity in the Workplace

December 14th, 2009 by admin

A day of back-to-back meetings is exhausting and overwhelming. Running from meeting to meeting, you leave an inbox full of unanswered emails.
Stop the madness by insisting on 50-minute meetings. What can be done in 60 minutes can easily be done in 50 with some focus and discipline.
Defy the default in your calendar and send meeting requests that end 10 minutes before the hour. This will allow you, and everyone else, to take a quick break, check email, and restore some sanity to your day.
For more information see Harvard Business Publishing at http://view.ed4.net/v/37G0/JP5FR/QYE1TD/JESAE1/

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3 Ways to Instill Passion in Your People

December 6th, 2009 by admin

Passionate employees produce better results. The best way to spark passion in your people is to demonstrate your own passion, but you needn’t be a cheerleader. Here are three ways to authentically show your enthusiasm and inspire others:
Focus on the positive. Employees know when a leader truly cares about a company or a project. Passionate leaders can’t help but talk about what’s working well and try to find ways to fix what isn’t.
Don’t ignore the negative. Passionate leaders aren’t all about sunny skies — they address negatives in a realistic way and help people solve problems.
Set high expectations. This doesn’t mean unattainable workloads. Passionate leaders should inspire and challenge people to do their best, without overloading them.

For more information see Harvard Business Press Review

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