4 Best Work At Home Forums Part 3: Work-At-Home Mom Support Forum

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We are down to our last work at home forum in this 3 part article series. So far, we have discussed Digital Point Forum, Warrior Forum and Why Do Work Forum. In case you have not yet found the forum that you want to join, you may find better luck with the last one.

Work-At-Home Mom Support Forum

Work-At-Home-Mom support forum is a popular site the specifically cater to mothers who wish to find an online career. WAHM provides the job support page where you can search for the best Internet-based careers in your state. Another thing that you can find here are business job posts that you can select from. You can get professional tips and advice from the site through blogs and articles.

The forums and discussion threads also provide announcements about site-related issues – most of which can be found in their Getting Started forum. If you have started your online business, you can promote that online by posting, advertising and displaying your social network links. WAHM has a Professions forum where you can browse job opportunities by specialization. It will allow you to narrow your search by focusing on discussion threads of the niche that you want to look into.

More than that, there are also discussions about sales in different categories, saving money, and WAHM life. You can get tips from actual experiences of the other members and you can return the favor by submitting your own experiences too. The site also has a help forum where you can specifically post questions to help you maximize the tools and resources available online.

That caps off the 4 work at home forums that you might want to look into for help as you embark on the wonderful world of online freelancing.

Always remember that these websites are discussion forums and that means you must abide by the rules of each site. To keep yourself from being banned or considered as a spammer by the administration, you have to fill out important details about yourself. These are done in the strictest of confidences. Feel free to join different forums and just be honest about your information to avoid being marked as a spammer. Read the rules, be sincere and observant as you go through each thread. Forums can be a gold mine of information – you just have to know how to look for them.

When you think about it, these forums will not only give you the information that you need about online jobs, it will also help you make a lot of friends. Joining a community board is like joining  a club. You are entering a group that share the same interests as you are in hopes that you can enjoy and enhance your skills with those who share your passion.

Work at home jobs help you set up a very promising online career. In order to find online opportunities, you need to be patient in exploring the web.  Discussion forums are a great source of help for someone looking for an online career. So pick a forum and join in on the discussion. You don’t have to limit yourself to the 4 forums that we have discussed in this article series.

Good luck!

4 Best Work At Home Forums Part 2: Warrior Forum and Why Do Work Forum

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This the the second article in the 3 part article series about work at home forums.

In the last article, I shared with you a review about Digital Point Forum and how it can help you jump start your work at home career. As promised, let’s discuss two more forums that you may want to look into for information as you start building up your earning capabilities at home. See if your specific interests and requirements will be satisfied in these forums.

Warrior Forum

Warrior Forum specializes in Internet Marketing. Here, you will see various ideas and information about the constantly changing rules and techniques about online marketing. The thing about being an Internet Marketer is you need to make sure that the site, products and services you are promoting online will always be visible in search engines. If you are looking for information from people who are really doing the “legwork” – go to Warrior Forum.

The members of this website consists of web experts that will help you solidify your career online. They have been there, done that and are continuing to explore this ever changing domain. So if you want to keep abreast of Internet developments, you might want to be a member of this community.

Typical discussions include social media marketing, mobile marketing, writing, advertising and other popular ways to make money online. There are also private forums available are specifically for registered members only.

Posts about Warrior Forum events, support and plug-in profit site support are also available here. So if you are very interested in Internet Marketing, you might want to hang out in this forum.

Why Do Work Forum

Why Do Work forum is a bit of a quirky name but it is still one of the best communities online. The work topics are categorized properly and among them include work from home advice, tips and support, and business discussions. There are also general chat forums and an introduction category that will help you maximize the benefits of the forum.

There is a job leads category where you can discuss your skills and hopefully find work as a freelance writer, transcriptionist and other virtual office related jobs.

You can ask questions about different employers too – and you can very well expect honest and sincere answers. This will help you when you are doubtful of the credibility of a client. Scam reports and scam prevention are aslo topics that you can find in Why Do Work. While the opportunities are great, there are malicious employers online who will run away with your output without paying you. This forum has a specific category to help educate you on how you can keep yourself from being a victim.

Why Do Work Forums also provides tips on how to make money online, advertising and promotion of your business products and services, webmaster resources and advice. You can also find articles with the special offers – but this is mostly available only for the registered members.

In the third part of this series, I will be discussing the last (but certainly not the least) of the 4 work at home forums. I will try to keep the wait from being too long for this third article.

Till then! :)

4 Best Work At Home Forums Part 1: Digital Point Forum

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Nowadays, work at home jobs are in greater demand.  A lot of skilled workers are trying to build a part time or full time online career. Why? It is because of the higher opportunity to earn more at your own time and in your own pace. At least that was one of my reasons.

In developing your online job, you need to have a starting point wherein you can gather basic information, advice and tips. When I started my freelancing career, I knew next to nothing about working online. I had a good friend (who is now my sister in law!) teach me the basics but I still had to do a lot of self studying. She introduced Odesk to me and I while I got a lot of useful information from her, we worked on different niches. She couldn’t really help me develop the specific skills I needed to be an effective online writer. That is why I had to seek out other sources of information that will help develop my knowledge of writing in this domain.

One of the portals that really helped me are work at home forums. A forum is a social networking site or community board wherein you can exchange ideas and information with people who share the same interests as you. Naturally, I gravitated towards online writing forums.

In this three part article series, I’d like to discuss in detail 4 work at home forums that you can look into while you are starting your online career. These websites have a high page rank that makes them an authority site for remote workers.

Digital Point Forum

Digital Point forum is a website that receives a lot of traffic or visitors every month.  In order to sign up at Digital Point, you need to use your existing Facebook account – at least, if you want to automatically fill in your information. Of course, that will link the forum to this social network site and you can see updates from the forum even as you browse your Facebook account. If you don’t like the link, you can simply put your preferred email address instead and fill in the details needed manually.

After registering, you are obliged to read the rules of the Forum. I really suggest that you read them because failure to comply could get you banned from participating.

In this site, you can start new forum topics and search for the necessary information about online opportunities such as advertising, business, marketing and other online freelance jobs. The topics are categorized, thus it is important that you post your topic according to the appropriate category. Otherwise, your topic may not be approved by the admin and you could lose the information that you can get from the other professionals in the forum.

Also, you can also chat online with the other members of the site. That will help you increase your network and possibly even gain you friends. At Digital Point forum, you can view the different posts about payment processing, social networks, SEO, ecommerce, affiliate programs, pay per click advertising and many more online opportunities. Digital Point product and tools, reviews and feedbacks are also available so I highly recommend it to newbies.

In the next part of this series, I will be discussing other forums that you can look into.

Till then! :)

oDesk.com Review

Odesk.com: My Personal Review

As promised, I am bringing you my oDesk.com review so you can gauge for yourself if this is the right platform that you want to use to launch your work from home career.

I started working on oDesk.com in early 2011. I had to try it out first before I fully resign from my day job to make sure I do not seriously compromise our finances when I shift careers.

Being a part time endeavour at first, I only took fixed projects so I have the leisure of working on them anytime. While you can still do that in hourly jobs, a fixed project is usually a lot more flexible. Of course, that would really depend on your employer and the details of the job.

So on to my rating for oDesk.com.

What Makes oDesk.com Work

Just to be clear, this review will be based on my personal experience with this particular outsourcing site. I will base my review on 4 categories: job opportunities, work convenience, payment processing efficiency and contractor guarantee. I will rate each category with 5 stars – 5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest.

Job Opportunities
In terms of job opportunities, I have mentioned before that I never ran out of jobs on oDesk. Even as one employer ended a contract, I always find myself employed by another almost immediately. Of course, that may be because apart from IT jobs, a writing job is really in demand on the Internet.

oDesk.com ReviewApart from writing, there are a lot of vacancies in web development. Feel free to browse through the job categories. I am sure you can find a job that you are qualified for.

Based on this experience and the opportunities that they have, I give this category a rating of 4.5 stars.

Work Convenience
I must admit that working for either a fixed project or an hourly job had both its pros and cons.

As mentioned earlier, fixed projects allowed me maximum flexibility in terms of working hours. I can work for 30 minutes, stop and continue after an hour or so. It allowed me to maximize my free time when I still had my day job. As long as I met my deadlines, the employer didn’t really care what time I worked and how many hours I spent working on a project. The downside to this job type is it is very difficult to ask for more money when the project proves to take a lot more time to accomplish than you intended.

Hourly jobs are still flexible if your employer is not strict about what time you log in. The Team Room and Work Diary tools of oDesk.com are simply amazing. It gives contractors proof of the hours they worked on a project and each hour you spend working on a project will be paid – unless the screenshot is not work related. That can be grounds for a dispute by the employer against the contractor. Overall, the guarantee that the Work Diary gives to hardworking contractors make this job type preferable that fixed projects.

In terms of work convenience, I rate oDesk with 4.5 stars.

Payment Processing Efficiency
The only thing that I have against the payment processing is it takes a very long time for your work to be paid. It takes 2 weeks before you can actually withdraw the work you did. For instance, the job I did for the week of April 23-29 will only be paid on May 9. That time frame is only to credit the payment in your oDesk “wallet” or financial account. That does not include the processing period when you actually withdraw the account. That will take another 3-5 banking days – longer if there are holidays both in the US and in your country.

I find that really slow. I wish they can speed things up a bit so contractors can receive payment a lot faster.

Because of all these points, I give this particular category a rating of 2.5 stars. Still passing but there is much room for improvement.

Contractor Guarantee
With the presence of the Work Diary, payment guarantee in oDesk is quite high. In fact, this is what they call the oDesk Guarantee.

If you work with an hourly job type, you are guaranteed payment from oDesk. As long as the employer does not dispute a screenshot entry in the Work Diary, you get paid for every minute you worked on the project.

Fixed projects are more of a risk because there is no guaranteed payment. You really have to rely on the honesty of the employer you work with.

Based on the other three categories, the outsourcing site did the best they could to protect both employer and contractor. As far as I can remember, I never encountered an employer that did not pay me – even those in the fixed project job type.

I believe that can be credited with my own employer qualifications. I am extremely picky about the jobs that I apply to. So based on my own personal experience, I want to give this category a rating of 4.8 stars.

Overall, my review of oDesk.com as an outsourcing platform is 4 stars.

Various Reviews About oDesk.com

Though this account is based on my personal experience working with oDesk, trust that I tried to make it as objective as possible. I came across some bad comments about this outsourcing site and I find it unfortunate that some contractors have problems with some of the employer hiring through this site.

How that happened is something that I have yet to explore so I can give you a more objective point of view. I should probably list a couple of comments about oDesk so you can gauge if it is the right platform for you.

Nevertheless, let me know what you think about my oDesk.com review. Your comments are very much welcome!

Top Outsourcing Sites - How to Choose

Top Outsourcing Sites – How to Choose

I assume that you are researching on top outsourcing sites because you want to explore the possibility of earning from home. It really is something that you can venture into.

Well I have good news for you! There are several sites out there that can help you. Some of them cater to a particular profession, like writing or web development, while there are bigger sites that cater to any kind of career that can be remotely done.

When you begin working online, there is one thing that you should be most concerned about: security. It is not even the job opportunity.

Online, the demand for quality talent is endless – believe me. Even when my employer suddenly decides to end our contract, I realized that I can find a replacement immediately. Some of you may think that I have good luck on my side, but I say it is proof that there really is a need for good and talented people online.

So setting aside the demand problem, you are faced with security issues. This issue refers to the assurance that you will be paid for your work.

This is where top outsourcing sites come in.

There may be a lot of sites that will help you get a job but the problem is, are the employers honest enough to pay you once you turn over the finished output?

Choosing the Right Outsourcing SitesTop Outsourcing Sites - How to Choose

I have come across several forums and comments wherein contractors (and even employers) are complaining about not getting what is rightfully due to them. Even the top outsourcing sites have their own share of complaints.

As great as my experience is online, it would be dishonest of me to paint you a picture of green meadows here. There are scammers out there and outsourcing sites are not immune to them. There are contractors being scammed out of their hard work without getting paid. The same is true for employers paying contractors in advance without getting the quality output they are expecting.

The key is to search for the top outsourcing sites that will give you security and a great work platform online. I believe, the best candidate for that are the top 3 outsourcing sites namely: Elance, oDesk and Freelancer.

These three, based on reviews are considered to be the best platform for remote work to happen. This is where both contractors and employers can transact safely.

I will give you a detailed review of oDesk.com as I have been working with this outsourcing website for almost a year now. For the other two, I want to work with them first so I can give you a review of how they operate and how beneficial they are for contractors. At the very least, I will research on reviews about them and I will post it on this site. Nevertheless, I’ve done enough research to assure you that these two (together with oDesk) are really worth checking out.

Of course, you need to trust your judgement when you are transacting through these top outsourcing sites. Some scammers can still penetrate these sites, but they have the best verification systems in place that will assure you that you are protected. These verification systems will be discussed extensively with each outsourcing site review.

That gives me an idea actually. I should probably write about how I stayed away from scammers all this time.

Keep posted!