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eHomeMakers.net - Working From Home Community Revealed

"We are South East Asia’s only community network that promotes working from home, teleworking and the running of SOHO businesses through the use of information and communications technology."

image eHomeMakers.net is a work from home community. It mainly focuses on running business using informatio, communication technology and telemarketing. This web portal offers varieties of work opportunity that can bring a nice balance in professional and home based income stream.

You have to be a member of this web community in order to enjoy all the full resources. To be an effective user, the membership is free. The overall appearance of the web site is quite relaxing and helpful. Here is the few sections worth reading:-

Scam

This section is listing all kinds of related issues about scams from articles to a list of scam sites, extremely in depth. Perhaps, I will share some of my scam tips with them.

Home Based Profile

Here have a lot of useful articles :- tips on home based business management and ways to improve the overall business procedure of a running business.

HomeBiz Innovation

The following sections also gives a detail approach in home based business and also provides a helping hand on how to use the technology to reap the maximum benefits.

Singles

This section is dedicated to Singles who have concerns with issues like financial planning, civil and syariah laws, general issues and relationship matters.

Domestic Issue

This section shed light on various social family issues. Alongside different consumer related case studies have been presented and there is a sub section which encourages the kids to involve in more creative activities in their spare times; it outlines various ideas and tips on how to start.

Safety and Health

The next section details out the health issues, by providing tips on balanced diet, nutrition and other general areas. It also includes a who sub-section dedicated to women’s health. After that it has a mini section on environmental discussions and current developments.

The web portal is actually more than a work from home platform as by going through the following section. It is evident that ehomemaker.net can be used for many other purposes.

The portal, beside all those useful stuffs, hosts a comprehensive list of part-time and full-time work, with clearly outlining the requirements and contact details. The listed jobs are also quite well-off in most cases. Overall the web portal can be of great advantage to anyone looking for a foothold on the field of work from home business fields.

10 Obstacles In The Way of A Flourishing Freelance Career

freelancer's obstacles Freelancer’s career can be a very prosperous over a regular job. But to make it really happen, you should be aware of few issues. This article will detail out some of the backlog that can hinder your growth in this area:-

Not Defining Success

You must know what is your objective of selecting this career. This way, you will be able to keep your target on a particular focused point. It will be easier for you to cease any new opportunity that comes along your way.

Not Drawing a Boundary Between Personal and Business Fund

It is vitally important that you keep your business and personal fund separately. Don’t misuse the fund allocated for business. Ups and Downs regarding money matter in freelance work is common at the start.

Not Organizing Receipts and Invoices

This is a severe mistake many novice freelancers do. What it incurs is not only a problematic patch in the work and money management  but also customer dissatisfaction.

Not Developing Multiple Skills

The market will not be always same. Recession will happen in your chosen field of skill and that time you need to have secondary qualification to get some work. Focus on one main area, then develop few others with time.

Not Reinvesting

Treat your freelance work like a business, therefore it is important that you invest some of the money you earn back into your business, by learning new skills, buying advertisement and software etc.

Not Taking a Break

Continuous work for long hours will not make you extra productive, in fact, the extra may very well be a waste at the end. Therefore, don’t miss family and friends in the middle, and take a break whenever you feel stressed out. It will refresh your mind.

Not Asking for help

Howsoever expert you may be are, sometimes you will need clarification or help in your chosen field. Do not waste your time on ego issues and ask for help from your fellow freelancers or friends.

Not Asking for Referrals or Testimonials

Referral is a considerably important issue on freelance business. After when you have satisfied your customer, don’t hesitate to ask for more referrals from them if they have any. Check out the 10 Essential Ways to Expand Your Referral Network for Your Freelance Business.

Not Having Backup

Always keep a sound backup system in terms of spare Internet connection, client projects and power supplies such as UPS. Failing to do so may have damaging effect on your work.

Not Knowing the Marketing Tactics

Even if you are an expert in your field, you can’t do much if people don’t know about you. So take the time to learn the marketing skill before you step on your journey.

Following the above tips, you can safeguard yourself from a possible disappointment in your freelance career.

10 Essential Ways to Expand Your Referral Network for Your Freelance Business.

Freelance Referral Maintaining a steady income-flow is of utmost necessity for a freelancer. And the only way to achieve this to always have clients in hand. Therefore many freelancers spent their valuable work time looking for clients here and there and some just hopes for the best. Instead of looking everywhere in a blunt way will not read any advantage.

This articles discusses few tips using which this attempt of referral business can be made a success:

Provide Quality Work

If you can furnish the client with supreme work of topmost quality, then they will be so pleased that they won’t hesitate to share their pleasant experience with you to their other friends and families, who, might be looking for a same kind of quality service. So they themselves will find you out. Without quality in product, it is nearly impossible to get referrals.

Customer Handling

The freelancers must be professional with the customer, he should communicate clearly and in a timely manner. Also it should be noted that he must take customer’s priority as his own and should be fully focused to see if the customer is having any kind of difficulty to go through the process.

Promise According to The Reality

Never over-promise to customer that is out of control or reach from your part. In this way if you later can’t meet the expectation, the client will be disappointed.

Ask for Referrals

After you satisfy the customer, ask them for anyone who is looking for the service you provide. Remind them that getting referrals is a big part of your own stability.

Business Card

It is vitally important that you have a business card clearly outlining your contact information and what kind of service you provide. And whenever you get a chance, don’t hesitate to distribute it also. In fact it shows more professionalism.

Clearly State The Services You Provide

May be you provide service in multiple areas, of which not all the clients are aware of. So, you make them informed about your other areas and they may see someone into their contact list looking for service that may fall into your areas of expertise.

Ask for Feedback

Ask for feedback after you have finished the project, questions such as how the work was, will the client will refer you or if anything in your area needs to be improved.

Thank Them

When someone sends you a referral, take the time to thank him at the earliest instance possible.

Develop a Professional Network

It is also extremely important that you develop a network with other freelancers, cause they might have clients looking for expertise in your area of knowledge, which your fellow freelancer might not have or they may find themselves busy at that time, therefore they can redirect the client to you.

Do Not Forget the Ex-Clients

When the job is done, and it is agreed that no more work of this sort is needed in near future, just don’t forget that client as they will remember you for you good service and in return if you can keep in touch with them, they will send referrals to you once they have any.

Following these tips can maximize the work result of referral business and in return can churn out great benefits to every freelance.

This post is summarized from The Freelancer’s Guide to Increasing Referral Business. Photo by GameRandy.com.

How to Save Money to Start a Freelance Career

Save Money for Freelance Life Becoming a successful freelancer takes time and effort. It is practically impossible to have a full-time scale income stream right at the inception.  Therefore, anyone who has an interest in earning a really good cash-flow out of his freelance career, must be willing to struggle a bit at the start and must be patient.

This characteristic of this work calls for unwanted events cropping up to inflict suffering to the individual. The worst of all can be inconsistency at getting the proper freelance job thus directly hurting the cash flow. Therefore, it is vitally essential to carefully plan before any attempt is taken in this field of work.

This article will shed light on one of this precautions, a cardinal one, that is, to develop a habit of saving money in case of extremity ever pops out. Here are some tips:

Invest in Liquid Asset

Your imminently required money should all be placed into some kind of “Online Saving Account”. Carefully read through the terms and conditions of each financial company, and choose the logically and practically sound one.

Draw up a long term plan

To keep yourself sufficiently afloat through number pf possible debacle. Hoard for keeping long time plan in mind, so that it is sufficient for saving your day in number of successive occasions, till you become a known player of the field.

Open a Separate Bank Account

Use a separate account for your tax paying channels (income and property).

Use a Safe Internet Connection

As a freelancer, you will always need to use Internet at any moment of the day.Thus, it is important that the channel of information is secure and is obviously not set up for any eavesdropping. Public Wi-Fis are still not that secure thus by operating portals like PayPal or your bank pages can invoke disaster.

Accept From Yourself

Though it may seem kind of a unnatural, but you should also pay to yourself at least a small amount each week or two, that keeps your mind fresh and prevent any unconscious attempt to germinate tiredness towards the actual work.

Open up a Spreadsheet for Financial Transaction

It also helps to keep a nice log of actual savings and expenses. Remember to update it in a regular basis. This can substantially help you to centrally moderate what is going on and in which area you are spending too much.

If you are able to follow through these tips, with time your savings will grow up pretty nicely and your earnings will be better spent.

This post is summarized from the How to Save: A Short Guide for Freelancers . Photo by GameRandy.com.

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