Working Online? Be Aware of Internet Scams

internet scamVenturing into an online career has always been very tempting especially for those people who always stay online. With several clicks on different ads and links that often promote easy money while browsing the Internet there is the possibility that people would bite into it even without further proof that such offer is legit.

Being a newbie into this kind of Internet trend is not an excuse to get you scammed by people behind illegal sites. You have the prerogative to investigate first and ask if the deal seemed vague or unclear to you. We would not want you to be another victim of scammers around the net so better take note of these following tips:

1. If a certain company requires you to shell out money, let’s say for registration purposes or for a membership fee before they offer the job—think again. There are huge and legit outsourcing company who seeks online workers for free so why would they? It is acceptable though if a certain percentage from your earnings is cut off by an outsourcing company, provided you got the job first before the deduction occurs.

2. If the job offers sounds too good to be true—stay away from them. There are lots of people who got scammed because of this. Remember, nothing comes for free nowadays so why some companies would offer you a hundred dollar just by reading e-mails or lousy surveys? Your instinct should be working by then. It is either they would use your account for illegal purposes or it could be a real business but the amount is way behind the agreed payment, yes, not the resounding $100.

3. If there is only a single mode of payment. Credit cards and other money transferring companies are sprawled around the Internet nowadays. Why would they give you a single mode of payment if they really are legal companies? When in fact, it would be both for your own good when flexible payment schemes are available. From here you could sense if the company cares for your service fee or would leave you hanging if payment is delayed.

4. If testimonials or feedbacks are not available. Companies offering jobs online usually take pride on giving work to people through the Internet therefore testimonials and feedbacks from their present and previous workers should be visible on their sites. If there are none, then try doing your own research and seek feedbacks on the Internet. Just by simply typing the company’s name would lead into thousands of results, read them carefully and find out if it is legal or not.

There are lot of scammers in the real world, what more in the virtual world where almost anything is possible. Be assertive and wise before you jump on a tempting offer to avoid being scammed.

 

Google Drive Review

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Hello Dropbox, here’s a big challenge for you!

It is quite obvious how meticulous running a Virtual Assistant company is. Collaboration between our clients and our group of staff is imperative and needed to be organized to come up with productive results and of course with satisfied clients. Any kind of applications especially those that are released by Google itself are being tried and tested by our staff, just like the freshly released Google Drive (previously known as Google Document)

Google Drive is like a one-stop shop where you can store all your pertinent files, videos, photos and the list could go on and on. They could all fit in one place- into your Google Drive. To create and share important data had just been made better and easier especially for those people and companies on the go.

The usual scenario at Virtary: we or the staff, creating and collaborating on several projects for our clients whether we are in the office or on the road. Time is essential to us and with Google Drive, not single minute goes to waste. We could collaborate and response real time to any of our staff or client’s inquiry. Google Drive is like a heaven sent to most Virtual Assistant as we can store everything that are important to our work and can be accessed with any kind of devices—desktop, laptop and through mobile devices. We could literally bring our work anywhere we go! We didn’t even have to scram our way in search for a particular file because such task can be done by simply typing the keyword or even just a word from an actual article, adding up to that is their image recognition which is yet another milestone for Google Drive.

Our experience with Google Drive was made possible with their 5GB free storage! Well, that was enough for us to transfer several important files and documents into it and to be able to come up with this review. It was indeed another superb invention from Google and as of this writing we, at Virtary, had just upgraded to 25GB for $2.49/month and will probably upgrade more. We were also surprised when upon upgrading our Gmail account storage also expands up to 25GB.

As Google says, this is just the beginning of Google Drive and there’s a lot more to come. 

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How to Work at Home and Manage your Kids

mom and kidIt is such a privilege for home makers of today’s generation to land a job online and be able to manage their homes and families at the same time. Home-based jobs had reached a large number of people who used to stay at home and had no source of income at all. A person can easily land an online job if he/she has the skills and knowledge needed by most outsourcing company. Since home-based jobs clicked mostly on stay at home parents, their career transformation from plain home makers to work at home moms or dads is often questioned by some narrow minded people who cannot believe that such kind of job is possible. The primary reason of working at home is to be able to take care of their children, earning is only secondary.

Now, allow us to share some tips on how to work at home and manage your kids from a personal experience of a work at home mom who has three children aged 7, 5 and 3.
Set up a working schedule- while working at home seems to be a flexible job, sticking to your own work schedule would do you a huge favor as well as to your children. You can do all your household chores and motherly duties during your off-hours and be productive during your working hours

1. Spent time with your kids before setting yourself up on client call

It is observed that children seek attention from parents when they feel they are being neglected or taken for granted. Most of the time, tantrums occur when they see their parents busy on the phone or with their laptops. Therefore, play with them first, prepare their meals or ask beforehand what they would need while they are watching television or playing with their siblings. If you see that they are already comfortable without you around, then that would be the time for you to set up a conference call with your client without them disturbing you.

2. Seek help with other family members or relatives

While most employers understand how it is to be work at home parents, they are still your clients who pay for your services. Hence, meeting deadlines or attending important calls from them should also be your priority. Asking help from your partner or close friends is not a bad idea. Let your kids spend time with them while you do your work or allow them to have play time with children around the neighborhood. The more quite your home is, the earlier you could finish the job and call them back to your house.

Working from home could only work for those people who have excellent skills in multi-tasking. That is doing their role as wives/husbands or mother/father to their children while they aim for a profitable career online.

The Best Android Apps for Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistants are basically people who work through the power of the Internet. Traditionally, the only way to get connected with their client is to stay in front of their computer or lap top 24/7 just so they can keep up with time differences and be at their client’s back whenever they need them. Thankfully, Internet capable phones were invented along with different apps that can be incorporated to help Virtual Assistants do their job effectively and efficiently. Below are the best Android Apps for Virtual Assistant:

  •  beOrganized- If you are accustomed in using Google Calendar to record your personal activities and Microsoft Exchange when it comes to your work, then this is an app where you can combine both. With an eye friendly interface, meaning a well organized view from your screen and large fonts, adding tasks or event is easy with a simple touch or click. And since most Virtual Assistants are skilled when it comes to multi-tasking, its accurate voice recognition is highly appreciated. In addition to that, an icon can be placed on the very screen so when you execute a voice recognized command, like adding task, it can come in handy. Syncing will only take a matter of seconds then update is done—what a preposterous way of Google integration. As Virtual Assistants’ daily mantra—seeing in one glance what they have to accomplish in a day is their cue to start working.

With the use of beOrganized app, instead of stuffing all the info on one screen, you just need to simply scroll down to view the date you are looking for. No need to stress yourself especially when client is on the phone waiting for you. Highlights of beOrganized are the following:

  • Speech Recognition for adding tasks or events
  • Easy viewing of to do’s list and events in a single glance
  • Number of taps results into actions
  • Google tasks are synchronized
  • Color Coded Calendar
  • Simple organizing and re-organizing of tasks in a day

original android link :   https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pimsystems.pro&hl=en

  •  Time Tracker- Virtual Assistants normally work on hour basis. Time Tracker is perfect in monitoring how much time they spent working and of course how much they should bill their clients. With a simple click on their phone, time is clearly monitored. What we found best on this app is that it doesn’t use Internet in storing data which is a relief especially when insightful data are at stake plus you can track your working hours wherever you are. Now, for Virtual Assistants out there, here are just few reasons why you should love Android Time Tracker App:

 

  • User friendly- no need to look at any manual—install and you are on the go
  • Reliable- if you forgot to charge your phone and it suddenly dies on you just right after you punch in—the app will continue to work and you’re still on track
  • Got questions?- superb customer support are waiting to answer your query.
  • Easy and most basic features- punch in and punch out, pause and resume, password protection, choose among 33 most used currencies, configurable first day of the week, multiple clients/projects/tasks and more..

 

  •  GDocs- There’s no way a Virtual Assistant can be left behind even when he/she is on the go and setting up a laptop is impossible with one hand alone. Mobile phones are their second most needed companion and it intensifies its purpose with GDocs app. Your Google Docs now come handy in a notepad where you can view, edit and sync documents just as if you are using a laptop. You can also create, import/export and send documents with this app on your Android phone. Pros and Cons of GDocs are the following:

 

  • Can edit Word and Notepad documents but unfortunately not Power Point and Excel on the App itself.
  • Syncing of Google Documents for editing and viewing purpose but cannot directly open documents coming from emails or SD Cards.
  • Impervious kind of Android App, simple tap can download document while having two taps would open and prepare the document for editing.
  • Color-coding assigned for different kinds of document

original android link : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs&hl=en

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Say No When You’re Overload

overloadPursuing a successful career online does not happen in a blink of an eye. Just like any jobs, a worker is expected to have the right attitude and perseverance in order for him to be established in this kind of industry.

If you happen to have a continuous supply of job requirements from clients then it simply means that they trusted you and that they are confident enough with the kinds of deliverable you produce for them. While multi-tasking is one of the top skills that any online worker could have in order to keep up with his work schedule, there is also a limit when it comes to how many you could complete.

It is understandable that most online employees work at home where lots of distractions are possible to happen. There could be children crying on the background, some cars passing by, mail man knocking at your doorstep and a lot more. The point is there could be days when you will be less productive and that is something you should take into consideration.

At this point in time, you should know the art of saying no. Indeed, any kind of tasks offered to you would signify as an additional income but never let yourself drown with overflowing work. Remember, career online is far different from office-based jobs. There could be no one to look after you unlike in an office where a superior could easily call your attention if you are on the wrong track. Getting yourself to work on assignments beyond your capacity could only ruin your reputation in giving top quality outputs and consistency in work schedule. It would be better to decline a project if you know your regular client would suffer the consequences. Establishing a relationship with your recurring clients is important rather than pleasing new ones.

While saying no often times connotes a negative reaction in some situation, it is not when you are dealing with online jobs especially if your intention is to better your craft and satisfy your customers.

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Websites Like Review

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Life has never been easy without the invention of the Internet. Large number of household and businesses nowadays rely on useful search over the worldwide web. In just few clicks, what a person needs and wants are displayed whether it is information, products, services, images and lots of endless results.

There are instances though that what we are looking for over the Internet seems to be aloof or is simply no longer there. So an individual just scratch his head and leave, but not anymore because WebsitesLike.org has come its way.

WebsitesLike.org helps in finding similar, related or alternative websites all in one place. With its clean and neat interface there’s no reason for you to get lost. If you have a particular keyword or website in mind, you can simply type it in and voila! For about fifty results you will surely find what you are looking for.

WebsitesLike.org is perfect especially for people who work online. Tasks line blog commenting, forum and guest posting are made easier with the help of this site. With just a keyword, your will be led to the same niches that you are working on. If you are wondering how they do it, simple—algorithms.  Just like the popular Google, they look at different factors like website popularity, Alexa Rank, Google Page Rank, keywords and user contribution before they present similar or alternative websites. Though WebsitesLike.org aims to give their customers the most pertinent results, a 100% outcome is not just possible because of some websites insufficient information.

I personally tried this site in search for images I could use on my blogs. I simply typed a keyword like photos, and it resulted to websites where I could find images that are unique and not commonly seen by other Internet users. I love tweaking photos and since I was overwhelmed by my first query, I type another keyword which is photo editing and I was more amazed to see the results WebsitesLike.org has given me. Now, I must say I have found a new site that could cater my needs both for my work and personal requirements.

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