Archive for April, 2009

AsiaParttime.com is now lightning fast!

I don’t normally contribute to the blog but the recent upgrade and server tweaking that has happened has made the site much faster and responsive. We have a small VPS and to achieve such speed i am really happy and proud of having.

We cannot afford to go any bigger server because we not rich and not enough honey from NuffNang so thats the best we can do is make the software as fast as possible for you all. Enjoy and best wishes..

Man beind the tech :-)

Why I Want To Be A Blogger

This article is by guest blogger Sarah Lam and moderated by Wong Sook Chin.

So, you have finally decided to be a blogger. Do you know the real reason why you want to be a blogger. For some people, it might be because they want to have an online diary to express themselves while others want to share their hobbies such as reading or playing games.

There are actually several reasons why one wants to be a blogger.

1. You want to earn money

Many people start a blog in the hope to earn money through the blog. The only problem is they might not know how they can earn money from their blog except by using Google Adsense. Money being a factor to start a blog is either a make or a break in the blogosphere.

2. You think you know something

It is obvious that when you blog, you are sharing knowledge with people. In this case, you must have known something that you can teach other people about. For example, you know how to play World of Warcraft and increase your character’s level faster than anyone else so you start a blog to share your tips.

3. Learn something

You will be surprised at how much knowledge you can learn when you start to blog. Imagine having to integrate writing and communication skills when you blog, thus helping you to improve your writing skills and communication skills at one go.

4. Inspire someone

Are you a cancer survivor? Perhaps you can start a blog and talk about your journey through recovering from cancer from surgery to chemotherapy. This will inspire other people with the same fate as you and motivate them to be strong so that they can heal just like you did.

5. The love for writing

You love to write and share it with the whole world about what you have written. You can have a blog to store all your great masterpieces, be it the next ‘Harry Potter’ series or simply poems and short stories that you have written. Mind you, someone might approach you to publish your work if you are lucky!

6. Freelancing portfolio

If you have a website dedicated to your services, that would be great but if you just want a small space on the web to promote your portfolio, a blog would be convenient and easy to set up. Whether you want to showcase your latest designs or writing samples, create a blog and spread them around to your potential clients and friends.

Have you found the real reason to have a blog?

Wishing you all the best from us.

More Sites To Help Freelancers Get Started

This article is guest blog by Sarah Lam.

Freelancing is not as easy as it seems. From quitting your day job to finding freelance projects that pay well, you need be careful in everything you do. Since freelancing is rather new in Malaysia, you might not know that there are many sites that you can try your luck in getting the best projects.

Common Malaysian sites such as Lowyat Forum and AsiaPartTime provide local opportunities but what if you want to try international projects that can be more difficult and yet more fulfilling, where do you go?

There are sites that require biddings while others are more flexible in terms of applying for the projects.

If you want to try bidding for projects you never dreamed of working on before, Elance is the best place to start.

Why Elance?

  • Elance provides three free bids for you every month. Upgrade your membership if you want up to 20 bids or more. (It is not compulsory to upgrade since registration is free).
  • Elance is using escrow to process payment so you are well protected from scammers.
  • Elance has a huge database with thousands of projects to choose from so you can browse through the projects and pick the best three to bid on.
  • Elance connects you to international clients and if you are successful, you stand a chance to have a long lasting relationship with your clients.

Other bidding sites include:

However, apart from having to apply for projects, you can get potential clients to approach you in a simple way.

By using Malaysia Craigslist, you can advertise your services and potential clients will be able to contact you should they be interested in your services. While this is not a guaranteed way to score freelance projects, but it is worth a try. At least I managed to get a job through my ad on Malaysia Craigslist.

The key is to post your ad in the suitable category and the right country (I.e.: Malaysia).

Wish you all the best form us.

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