Current news announcements for the site
are located on the home page. Older news items are archived here.
July 29, 2011:
New Page: I've just added a new page
to the site, called Hiring Me, and added a link in
the navigation column on the left. I have about 300 freelancing projects
completed so far and a spotless record of happy clients. I work in a
surprising number of areas, so if you need something done,
please take a look!
Endorsement: If you're a freelancer
who works on Elance, and especially a writer, I encourage you to take a look
at 72tips.com. Hayden Jackson's new
90-page e-book is filled with valuable information that can help you
graduate more quickly from the online freelancing school of hard knocks.
May 18, 2011:
April 28, 2011:
Welcome! I'm very pleased to announce
the launch of the Online Freelancing Guide! This initial release includes
two chapters of what will eventually be seven in total, with the rest to be
published over the course of the next year. Don't be fooled by the word
"chapter", though -- these chapters contain much more information than a
typical chapter in a book. Here's a brief summary of the two chapters, with
Introduction - Online Freelancing Overview, Options, Opportunities and
Challenges: This chapter introduces and describes online
freelancing; it will be especially useful for those new to the industry.
I define online freelancing and compare it to traditional employment and
conventional freelancing. I look at what disciplines make the most sense
for online freelancing, and help you understand whether this is a
potential good fit for your line of work. I outline some of the
challenges associated with being a successful freelancer, examine
alternatives for establishing a freelance career, and present important
trade-offs for you to consider.
An Analysis and Review of Popular Online Freelancing Marketplace Sites:
A very big part of being an online freelancer is understanding how to
select and effectively use online freelancing marketplace sites.
Accordingly, this large chapter contains the most thorough analysis and
review of popular online freelancing sites ever published. Each of the
“Big Five” sites—Elance, Freelancer.com, Guru, oDesk and vWorker—is
analyzed in extensive detail using a set of thirteen standard criteria.
I also grade each site in each of the thirteen areas, and analyze how
much each site costs to use in a variety of site use scenarios. Shorter
reviews are also provided of several other sites.
A Note About Searching: There will be
a search box on the left hand side of each page of the site that you can use
to search for text on any pages within the Guide. This won't work until
Google has indexed the site, which I hope will be within a week or so of
launch. Thanks for your patience in the meantime.
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