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Online Outsourcing: 4 Options

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014

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No one is debating the value of online outsourcing. However, one of the biggest challenges facing outsourcers is the ability to recruit and staff up quickly with quality workers. In this article we’ll take a look at a few options for reducing your risk and making an informed hiring decision. In today’s marketplace there are essentially 4 options at your disposal. The “Learn by Doing” Model The “Bought...

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Make a Living on oDesk?

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014

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Is it really possible to make a living on oDesk?  This question is a hot topic among aspiring online workers. In fact, many of our subscribers have submitted this question for further discussion. If you follow oDesk’s LinkedIn group, you’ll see a variety of answers and opinions. Allow me to set the record straight. Yes, It Is Possible I’ve been an oDesk contractor since 2008. Since then, I’ve billed...

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Instant Message Jargon for Online Workers

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014

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“Did u ping me re: that issue w/ GA?” Confusing, right? Out of context, I’m sure that sentence makes absolutely no sense. But believe it or not, that’s actually a message I sent to a colleague the other day via Skype. As a freelance marketing consultant, I spend a lot of time chatting with clients on instant messaging services. Skype, Google Chat, Microsoft Lync, Apple iMessage, and Facebook Chat are...

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Set It & Forget It: Make a Todo Last Forever

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014

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When I say the name Ron Popeil, what comes to mind? As a kid growing up in the 80s and 90s, I fondly remember his infomercials and the over zealous audience yelling “Set It and Forget It!” Wouldn’t your life be easier if you set and forget things? If you work remotely or manage virtual workers, you’re no stranger to a common problem. Much of what needs to get done probably happens (or should happen) on a recurring basis. If...

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Entrepreneur.com Features Matt Keener’s Work-from-Home Myths

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014

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Entrepreneur.com recently asked me to weigh in on the biggest work-from-home myths floating around the web. In this article, I set the record straight and lay it all out there. Here’s a preview of the myths I de-bunk in the article on Entrepreneur.com: 1. “Only IBMers can work from home.” 2. “You can’t make real money.” 3. “It’s a scam.” 4. “I would never be able to stay focused on work.” 5. “My kids would never leave...

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