Tips To Land That Online Job

Tips To Land That Online Job

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Something that I am e-mailed a good amount about is how a person can land an online job.  I have had a decent amount of online jobs, and I’m always out there looking for new ones. I feel like a professional in applying for online jobs!

I believe that obtaining an online position is similar to an offline position, and should be treated similarly.


Do people even know what you do?

If no one knows what services you offer, then how are they supposed to find you and hire you? Yes, word of mouth is important, but you should have a website or SOMETHING that lists your services. It makes things so much easier!

Ask those in your network.

Saying this in public may mean I will be buried in e-mails, but I occasionally am asked if I know anyone who provides high quality work in things such as website design, blog related tasks and so on, and I tend to dish them out to those who are awesome and are looking for freelance jobs.

Your network is your friend. If you are looking for a job, then I am sure there is some job out there that fits what you are looking for.

If you regularly talk to those in your network, then they might refer others to you.

So, always stay in touch with your network!

Keep in mind that there is a line between being annoying and asking nicely. If you ask your network (such as posting on a forum) 100 times per day, then you might be pushing your luck and you may actually push people away. Find a healthy balance and approach people correctly.

Search yourself.

Even though it is an online job, are you still professional with the way that you conduct yourself online? For example, if you run a business and you are constantly rude on your business Twitter account (such as yelling at people for no reason), then this will probably make a potential client run in the other direction.

Pick up the phone.

Even though e-mail may be easy, occasionally you will need to actually talk on the phone, have a video session, or meet in person. Many people prefer the phone because they want to know who they are talking to – makes complete sense!

Dress the part.

Even though you are working online, you might occasionally have to attend meetings. Or you might even have a Skype session. Showing up in unprofessional clothes (such as pajamas!) definitely won’t help you at all.

Follow up.

Just like with an offline job, you should follow-up with a position that you have applied for. You never know, your e-mail may have been lost.

What tips do you have for someone trying to land an online job?

Should an online job be treated differently than an offline job?


How Can I Become A Full-Time Blogger?

How do I become a full-time blogger? This is a question that I hear a lot.

I’m not sure if you could say that I’m a full-time blogger, but most of my services do revolve around blogging and managing other companies’ websites.

Blogging is a lot of fun, but there are many things that go along with making an amount from blogging that you can actually live off of.

I personally would not feel comfortable just living off of my blog income alone, and that is why I try to keep myself very diversified with my online services and the clients who I work for.

Many of the steps about how to blog full-time also apply to freelancing full-time:

Do you already have a blog?

Before you decide that you want to become a full-time blogger, you should of course try blogging. I think many people view blogging in the wrong way. Many think that you can just sit down, type an article in 10 minutes and be completely done.

I have seen many people tell me that they want to blog full-time and they really believe that it would work for them. However, soon after trying it out, they find out that blogging is not for them at all.

That’s what’s great about blogging though – it’s super cheap to determine if it’s for you!

There are many things that go on behind the scenes of blogging. It’s hard to explain how time-consuming it is unless you actually start a blog!

Do you have something that people want to read?

If you want to become a full-time blogger, then I do think that you should have something that people want to read. If you don’t, well, I’m not sure how you could make enough of an income to live off of.

Determine what you will write about and what your niche will be. Will you be a mommy blogger? Lifestyle blogger? Personal finance blogger? There are many niches out there.

How will you make money from your blog?

If you want to become a full-time blogger, then I am going to assume that you will need to find a way to make money from it.

There are many different ways to make money from blogging full-time. You can place affiliate links on your website, sell advertising, place Adsense or Blogher ads and more. You could even write an eBook.

And, if you want to branch out a little from your personal blog, you could provide services to other bloggers such as staff writing, commenting services, and website management.

Are you able to keep yourself motivated?

If you become a full-time blogger, you most likely will not have anyone there to tell you what to do. Will you be able to keep yourself motivated or will you become lazy?

Are you fine with working by yourself?

Working by yourself can be pretty lonely. Luckily, in my previous day job I hardly ever had human interaction, so it was something that I was used to. I knew that working by myself would not bother me.

However, for others, this is a big negative to blogging full-time. You need to figure out what will work for you.

How are your finances?

Before I switched to freelancing, I made sure to have enough in my emergency fund. The blogging world is not stable, and I wanted to be prepared just in case anything happened.

I also wanted my student loans to be gone. I had around $40,000 and paid them off this past Summer. If I wouldn’t have paid those off then I do think it would have been really hard to leave my stable day job.

You need to determine what kind of financial situation you are comfortable with.

Do you want to become a full-time blogger or writer? Why or why not?

What tips do you have for someone who wants to become a blogger? 


Why Credit Can Be Good For Your Finances

By G Castañeda

Credit can be used as a tool for financial success. Just like other tools, it has its pros and cons and the cons pile up when a tool is used improperly. Taking out a home loan is a good example of using credit to acquire a very useful resource. This is especially beneficial if your monthly home loan payment is lower than your monthly home rental payment.

Taking out a student loan is another example of using credit for a good purpose. While estimates of how much more a college graduate earns compared to someone who graduated high school differ, what is clear is that college graduates earn more over their lifetimes than those who finished high school only.

So while arguments for the general benefits of a home loan and a student loan can be made, the benefits of having a credit card – a more common credit vehicle – can also be laid out. It must be stressed though that using a credit card carries with it certain responsibilities for the lender such as paying the credit card bills diligently. Swiping your credit card to take care of needs and not wants is also critical for the responsible use of credit and good financial management.

Benefits of Having a Credit Card

A credit card can help you build a credit history. This credit history is then used to calculate your credit score which lenders will use among other factors to determine your interest rate when you decide to take out other loans. Getting a good credit score will help you get lower interest rates and this has a huge impact on the amount you pay for the monthly loan payments. This is also where paying for your credit card bills diligently makes an impact because this helps increase your credit score.

Most credit cards also offer a lot of rewards to card holders. Many credit cards out there let the cardholder earn reward points that can be exchanged for a variety of things such as air miles that can go towards an airline ticket to Malaysia for example or gift certificates to many large retailers. Some credit cards will provide cashbacks for purchases.

Having a credit card is also convenient especially for frequent travellers. Credit cards are accepted widely around the world so it’s easy to use your card for your hotel stay. It’s also easy to use your credit card to book for your trip on many online travel websites like Expedia or Orbitz.

Other benefits that credit card holders also get to enjoy are extended warranties for valid purchases, price protection, and other special offers. Credit can be used as a tool for unlocking many benefits. Home loans can help you get a home and save you from the costs of renting while student loans can help you get an education that will help you get a high paying job. Credit cards too have many benefits such as helping you build a credit history that will help you get lower interest rates for larger loans.

G writes for Compare Hero, the most comprehensive financial comparison service in Malaysia.  Compare credit cards, broadband plan, and others at a competitive price.