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Under Bidding Just to Get a Project?

under-bidAs the industry of online outsourcing keeps on rising and improving, the competition goes tough as well. More and more people try their luck in pursuing online careers hence the demand and supply for such services become unbalance. If we look back at the statistics before it would show that there are more companies in need of reliable online workers but only few people were brave enough to engage in online jobs. The tendency was employers offered generous amount just to have the tasks done and these were grabbed and enjoyed by online workers during that time.

And since change is the only thing inevitable in this world, the scenarios transformed and both online employers and employees were affected. Well, on the employer’s side this had been an advantage because the more online forces available the wider choices he could make and with the most favorable professional fees at the same time. Now, the sad part is— aspiring online workers bid below their respective rate just to get a project.

But as neutral as we could be, allow us to share the pros and cons of under bidding just to get a project.

Pros:

Underbidding  can bring first client- It is understandable for a newbie to find difficulty in landing his or her first job. Therefore, bidding below the rates of his competitors would give him a chance to come up with his first ever client.

– Payment is only secondary- Since most employees would want to hire employees with experience/s on a particular task it is obvious why some online contractors would trade below their rate over the experience they could get by working with their client. Basically, these neophytes in online industry are more after the experience rather than money.

-Perfect starting point- since under bidding could give them their first client and an experience they could include on their resume this could be the perfect starting point for a newbie.

Cons:

-Bidding below your respective rate would give negative impression on your craft- if you are willing to be underpaid then perhaps your craft is not with high quality. Perhaps you got nothing to lose after all.

-Among your competitor you bid the lowest maybe because you are not that serious in doing your task. This could psyche your employer’s mind if he would compare your bid among the others.

-You’ll drag yourself below your capability to perform your task instead of improving your craft- you will feel unmotivated if you know you are working on a project who will give you insufficient payment.

Either way, it is up to the online workers on how they would market themselves and be on the edge of competition.

 

 

 

 

Hostgator Review

People are very much accustomed in using the Internet almost 24/7 that’s why even mobile phones nowadays are made capable of surfing and browsing the worldwide web. And for some Internet junkie, building their own blogs or creating websites for their businesses had always been an option.

While there are free platforms where you could start creating your personal blogs for free or build a website at no cost, there would come a time when you would want to take your endeavor to a higher level. This is where you would purchase for your own domain name and hosting site.

Speaking of hosting sites, Hostgator had always been on the top list among bloggers and website owners. There are more than enough reasons why they choose Hostgator among the rest. We couldn’t have the nerve to write this review if we are not a Hostgator user, so yes, we are among those who give full trust to this hosting site. Why we love Hostgator? Here’s why:

1.  We actually came from another host and the switch from them to Hostgator was a smooth experience. We thought it would be that difficult but they guided us all through the transfer—for FREE

2.  We’ve been in the business for few years now and never did we experience any downtime on our sites (truly a 99.9% uptime guarantee). For us, to have our website up and running all the time is imperative to make sure nothing escapes any single chance of giving our business the right amount of traffic and boosts on our online presence.

3.  Hostgator’s customer services are up and about 24/7, 365 days a year! There is no big or small inquiry for them, just call their hotline and they will gladly be of your service. This is what we actually love the most about them. You could relay your dilemma to a customer representative, receive a loud and clear response plus they would try to fix the problem right then and there.

4.  Accessing and understanding Hostgator’s control panel is so easy. There are occasions when we would hire a new member on our team and being a newbie, we allot time on teaching them how to manipulate our sites. But with Hostgator’s user friendly control panel, we are often spared from tutorials, no need for that since it’s as easy as 123. So, we all go straight to our actual task.

From time to time Hostgator offers discounts and promos to new and existing clients so it would be better to visit their site more often. And if you finally decided to give it a try, ease yourself from any worries because they have a 45 Day Money Back Guarantee in case you didn’t liked their service (which we doubt 100%).


Instagram Tricks for Small Business

I couldn’t agree more how people literally sleep and wake up with their smart phones nowadays. With powerful built in cameras, capturing and sharing photos had never been better. Perhaps this is the reason why more and more applications related to photo sharing with photo enhancement are popping out in the market these days.

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Be Inspired but Do Not Copy

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Be Inspired but Do Not Copy


Going out in an outfit which you personally mixed and matched for your self is something any of us would love to flaunt. But when you bumped into a friend or an acquaintance who is wearing exactly the same fashion as yours— how would you react? Furious, betrayed or in some extent you would feel robbed.

This is just a simple and clear manifestation on how plagiarism affects the person being copied. In the blogosphere, coming up with your own writing ideas is a must. While it is pretty obvious that the Internet is a black hole, there are certain limitations on the extent of your curiosity. If you find any kind of writings that inspires you, then remain inspired. You could, however, talk about the same topic but rely on your own thoughts and feelings.

Always put yourself into someone else’s shoes.

You worked hard in writing a review or a post, you probably even wrote it during wee hours when you felt you were more inspired and creative and then someone out there would only copy and paste your article and let others think that it is their work. In less than five minutes your ideas were robbed.

Now that’s when you could say “it sucks!”

Hypocrisy aside, there are certain topics that a writer would find uninteresting but need to come up with something to write hence they go over Google or other query sites to find inspiration and ideas. At that point there is nothing to feel guilty about. If you are keen in writing, a phrase or two could be enough for you to make the same topic more flowery, interesting and make it sound as YOU.

Be spared from the temptation of plagiarism, here’s how:

1. Be proud of your works

Make yourself your number one fan. If you believed you are good with what you do, then there’s no need to steal idea from the others. You are the best, remember?

2. Go out in the real world and refresh your mind

There could really be a time when you might experience a “writer’s block” for some, this is when they plagiarized, but you don’t have to. Go out and unwind—after that you would be surprised at how ideas would flow in naturally as you write.

3. Take your time

There’s nothing more humiliating in submitting works you just copied than delayed projects which you patiently wrote on your own. Being labeled as plagiarist once is more than enough to ruin your reputation in writing especially in the blogosphere and in pursuing a career online.

Remember, there is nothing wrong in being inspired, just make sure that you could come up with a much inspiring post—yes, way better than your source.

 

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VA Tips: What Happens When They Don’t Pay?

paymentWhat Happens When Client Doesn’t Pay?

So, you got a new client who would probably keeps you busy for at least a month or so based on the tasks he/she assigned to you. The job lasted for more than a month and you have been friends all along— you promptly submit reports and you got paid right after that. But as another month comes in and you did the usual routine of submitting reports of all your finished tasks—your client becomes silent, as if he/she totally forgot all about you. That would be okay but what if you were left hanging— unpaid?

Sad to say, this scenario happens in the virtual workplace and not just for newbie but even for those who have been in the business for a long time. Instead of sulking because you don’t see any chances of getting your client to pay you for your hard work, you can take some humane actions which might stir guilt on his/her side and pay you after all.

When your client doesn’t intend to pay
, here are things that you can do

1. Gently remind your client of his/her accountability

Perhaps like you, he/she had been caught up with a busy family schedule or he/she is busy dealing with new clients or workers. Politely tell your client that you had sent your invoices for him and that he might over looked them.

2. Give a firm reminder

Albeit friendship had built up as you work together, be firm in asking for your payment. Tell him that you had done your part and though you have been disappointed of not receiving payment from him despite of several reminders, you are more than willing to accept late payment than being not paid at all.


3. Be consistent during collection

If the first two tips didn’t work then double your effort when it comes to collection. Send invoices and email twice or thrice within the day. If you can, call your client personally on the phone. Tell him that as much as you would want to be diligent in asking for payment, you also have personal bills to settle and you need to be paid the soonest. By showing him how determined you are to collect, you will be on his top list of priority in case he really is having a hard time thinking of whom to pay first among his collectors.

If all else fails and payment is far from possible, tell him that you will then seek help from an attorney. But of course, you could just do this as a bluff (it may or may not work anyway). If what you are collecting isn’t that much to cause you from trouble of filing a case or even hiring an attorney, then forget it. Just block him on your list and if you have affiliations, report him/her as a bad client to prevent other online workers from dealing with him/her. Just think of this line “charged it to experience”.

Like in any kind of industry, amidst good clients, there are bad too. It is all up to you how to handle negative people, who would, at some point in time, would test your patience and would try to run before you. Be cautious and remember we, as online workers, work for a living and not for free.

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Twitter as Marketing Tool

twitterTwitter had made its way to be on top among the many social media networks in the Internet nowadays. With only 140 characters, a person can convey much needed information to the whole Twitter world. No wonder it does not only clicked to people who care for their personal lives but to most businesses as well. Check out a business card and aside from names, phone numbers and company website, it also contains the company’s official Twitter account. It may sound funny at first thinking that social media were only made for fun and personal socialization, but with the way it affected the whole world, with message as short as 140 characters—Twitter is now being used as a marketing tool.

How to use Twitter for business? Simple, consider your business as an individual who also wants to connect with other people. Businesses use Twitter to have a connection to their target market, competitor and even to people who have nothing to do with their venture. It may sound absurd but still they are people who have connections, whether on second or third degree to the business’s target market hence they are still important.

Competition in any kind of industries is brought on the worldwide web therefore making use of Twitter is just perfect. It’s like having an advertisement and promotional tool in a virtual scheme. Remember how businesses paid for audio and visual advertisement? Today, advertising for an ongoing sale or future brand expansion is simply announced via Twitter! Doesn’t it sound so cool? What used to be a one minute television ad can now be relayed through typing 140 characters and millions can be reached as well?

But of course, keep in mind that making Twitter as your business’s marketing tool doesn’t start and end on merely creating an account. You have to build followers and interact with them as they will be the lifeline of your Twitter account. To make this marketing tool effective, you have to choose who to follow and what to tweet. While your followers and people you are following might be on the same niche as your business, it is still possible that you won’t interest them. Therefore you need to exert extra effort, be creative when delivering tweets on your timeline and do not annoy them as well by flooding theirs with your advertising lines.

If utilized properly, Twitter can increase your business’s sales and recognition both in the real and virtual world.

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