Archive for April, 2008

How to Save Phone Bill as a Freelancer?

This post is summarized from the How to save money on cell phones. Photo by CompareStorePrices.

imageMobile phones can be one of the most critical tool these days. An absence of this tool renders someone, specially a freelancers with some notable inconveniences.  But alongside this, the more concerning factor is the price you have to pay for using one. And thus there are many individual who have decided to stop using this mobile phone technology or even if, using it in a very moderate way.

This article will shed some light on how to minimize the use of cell phones and still function properly regarding the freelance business you are dealing with.

Know Your Job

If your are spending most of the time on your business outside of your home, then the use of cell phone justifies its cause. If you are a home based freelancer, then connecting with a Land-Line is much cost efficient and hazard-free.

Strike a PrePaid

Even you are working from home, you may decide to have a mobile phone. In fact, just get the cheapest model and arrange a PrePaid contract. There are plenty of prepaid packages in the market. Back to 10 years ago, my first-ever prepaid contract cost me RM128. Now, you just pay as cheap as RM6 to get a very good package.

Don’t Give Your Mobile Number to Your Clients

Let the client contact you through your Land-phone or through email. And if you are expecting some important call from them, you’ll be near your Land-phone, otherwise it is not that important at the first place. Don’t forget to divert the land-phone call to your cell. Don’t also print your cell phone number in your business card.

Don’t Use the Cell Phone While Driving

This is actually is more of a common sense than anything, you should not use cell phone while you are driving. As it diverts your attention from the road and thus end up throwing you into complicated quagmires. Also, in many cities around the world, if law-enforcement officers see you in that position, they may fine you a decent amount. End up, you are working for the fine but not money.

Always Remind Yourself As a Freelancer

The reason you quit your 9-5 job is to enjoy flexible lifestyle. Don’t let your client disturbs you when you’re off playing football.

These were few of the ways that you can adopt to keep your cell phone cost in a lower minimum or decide to disband the need to use cell phones at all.

Freelance Job Site Review - SosKod.com

Last week, I received a review invitation from Wei Tat, the co-founder of Soskod.com. We always happily to share the new source of freelance jobs with the community. Here is our review:-

image Freelancing has become a great boom to many individuals who has the zeal and capacity to go along with this fast-paced mode of independent occupation. The Internet has also become a real powerhouse to back this freelancing flourish and as such many freelancing web portal has stepped on the scene till now. Soskod.com is a recent addition in this ongoing trend.

It’s a Malaysian based online freelance portal dedicated to all kinds of IT related freelancing jobs opportunities such as Programming, Software, Framework and API, Multimedia, Technical Writing etc. Besides all these you can find other non-IT areas of freelancing such as Accounting, Legal Advice, Quality Assurance, Advertising, Surveying, Data Management, Copywriting, Blogging, Proof Reading, Translation etc.

Though the design and the colour scheme of the web portal is not so attractive at the first look, but content-wise the portal is very deep. Moreover, there is no chance of scamming, as there is no service fee associated to either post jobs or become a member as a freelancer.

However, Soskod.com will not guarantee the quality of service as it claims just to be a platform between the client and the service provider. If the client and the service-provider (the freelancer) are happy, Soskod.com urges them to help spread the name all around. Signing up requires a valid email address and in fact the member gets a free copy of an eBook called “PC protection Guide”.

The FAQ section is generally quite detailed and contains all the major customer queries. It has a mini news section that includes all the latest churn-outs regarding online marketing and freelance issues.

The portal has partnered with different other freelance sites such as Webbies Resources, Career Site Links, Free PHP Scripts to name a few. If any member of Client breaches the terms of uses the account, their account will be deleted. Moreover, all the other partners of Soskod.com will be informed about the particulars of the perpetrator’s account.

Though the Web portal is a recent annexation and yet to take off for the league of big players in the field of freelancing work providers. As a partially competitor for them, AsiaPartTime wish them all the best and have a success in this freelance industry.

Freelance Job Site Review - GoFreelance.com

Last week, we received a request from Siddhartha as below:

"I want to know about the organisation called GoFreelance.com which is earlier known as freelanceworkexchange.com.Is it a fraud or genuine
organisation?" from Siddhartha.

We sent our fraud Investigation Team to review it. Here is the Report:

GoFreelancer.com - Freelance Community GoFreelance.com (Previously known as "Freelance Work Exchange") - Launched in 1998, it’s a freelance job search portal for freelancers. It is running by an effective group of freelancers by themselves. Companies requiring work done in the area of graphic design, programming, data entry, web development, article writing, copywriting or other freelance areas can easily find the right person for their work with great ease and in a very cost-effective way.

To start off, you need to be a member of the site. Membership fee is $2.95 and you end up getting a bunch of other free stuffs as well. To get an instant feel, you can go through the Job Search Page and can find out how many job postings are there on your chosen area of expertise. It has a whole section dedicated to writers about the immediate writing prospects and also postings from other clients.

Besides the regular contents, the web portal has good articles and some job pointers on how to initiate a home business, work at home trends, telecommuting, photography, videos and engineering.

For people who want to post jobs, it is free for them. What needed is few minutes to post a job and wait for the freelancers to pick up the offer. However, the client can always cancel the project if she/he is not satisfied with the freelancers proposed criteria.

Normally the freelancer’s base is extremely huge and extends to all form of freelance works. The client can easily go through the list of freelancers available and check out their particulars such as experience, expertise, minimum rate of payment etc.

It has quite a detailed section dedicated to customer queries and questions. In fact the common customer problems have already been discussed quite nicely in its Help section. You have to gain a ticket to get the full customer support.

Overall this web resource is a fantastic one-stop shop for clients looking to get their work done and a great platform for freelancers all over to find the project of his choice in a great number. Up to this point, this site is as genuine as AsiaPartTime. You should give a try.

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