We Debunk 5 Popular Myths About Working From Home

We Debunk 4 Common Myths About Working From Home

Do you work from home? If you do, you may have encountered these common myths about working from home. Here we debunk 4 of the most popular myths surrounding working from home.

The myth – There isn’t much money in working from home.

The truth – There are many legitimate websites offering jobs you can do from home, such as Odesk or Elance. The pay may not be great to start with, but if you work diligently and build up a portfolio, you can decide how much you want to charge. Being freelance means you can choose your own rates – but if they aren’t realistic, you may not get many clients.

The myth – It is difficult to stay focused while working from home.

The truth – It can always be difficult to focus on work, whether you work from home or in an office! If you have an office area you only use for work, getting dressed in the morning and sitting in your work space will often get the creative juices flowing. If you’re still struggle to focus, social media can be the devil – but most freelancers I know love their jobs too much to stay distracted for too long.

The myth – Most work from home jobs are scams.

The truth – There are thousands of scam jobs online – and thousands of legitimate jobs, too. Peopleperhour offers legitimate jobs, and you can find clients in your area who are willing to pay you real money for your work.

The myth – My clients won’t take me seriously if I work from home.

The truth – As long as the product you’re creating is good, your clients won’t care where you’re working from. It is very rare you will even discuss your working environment with clients – normally you will only discuss the work you are completing for them, just as you would in an office environment.

Do you work from home? What are the most common misconceptions about working from home that you have heard? Comment your suggestions below!

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30 Small Things I Do Every Day To Improve The Quality Of My Life

Hey everyone!

Would you like to be happier on a day-to-day basis? Sometimes the little things drag me down, but if I am in the right mood, the little things can make my day much better.

I thought I would share an article with you guys that I wrote for Lifehack, called “30 small things I do every day to improve the quality of my life.” If you’d like to, check it out here and let me know what you think:- http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/30-small-things-every-day-that-improves-the-quality-life.html

I hope you are all having a great day so far! 🙂

4 Ways People Mess Up Telephone Interviews

Have you ever had a job interview over the phone? Most people have been through a few, but there are many pitfalls to phone interviews that most people don’t consider.

Check out 4 ways that people mess up telephone interviews.

They Are Unprepared

Many people answer the phone to interviewers when they are halfway through cooking dinner or looking after their children, making the interview stressful for everyone involved.

It is better to not answer if you are busy, and to simply call back later. Interviewers will leave their name and number, so hold off if you are busy and give them a ring back when you can give them all of your time and attention.

They Forget The Important Details

This has happened to most people at least once – they have answered their phone to a job interview, and because they have applied for so many jobs, they have no idea who they are actually speaking to.

This can be tough to deal with, but a good way to do so is to keep notes on all of your applications. Note down important phone numbers, and when you get the call, it is much more likely you will know who is on the end of the line without having to ask.

They Sound Disinterested

As the interviewer cannot see your outfit or face over the phone, you have to use your voice to seem interested, enthusiastic and professional.

Many people struggle with either sounding disinterested or fake and over the top – a good way to deal with this is to take a deep breath to calm you down before you answer. Focus on being clear and coherent, rather than agreeable or excited.

They Don’t Do Their Research

When people first apply for jobs, they often do some research into the company and what they do. In interviews, they use this knowledge to make themselves appear interested and keen – but many people forget to do this during phone interviews. While phone interviews often seem much more casual, it is still important to seem like you are interested in the people you may be working for in the future.

Try to do some research into the company you are working for, and write it down. This way, if you receive the call, you can simply pick up the piece of paper with all of the information you need on it. Good luck!

Do you have any tips to help people improve their telephone interviewing skills? Thank you – as always – for checking out my blog and reading my posts! 🙂

15 Things Independent People Don’t Do

Hey guys! Today I thought I would share another article I wrote for Lifehack called “15 Things Independent People Don’t Do.”

I think it is really important to be independent in some aspect of your life. It is nice to know that you are in control, and you only have to rely on yourself!

Read it here :- http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/15-things-independent-people-dont.html

What did you think? Do you think you are independent? Thank you (as always) for reading! 🙂

How To Start A Successful Freelancing Career

Are you trying to break into freelancing? More and more people are becoming their own boss and setting up work from home.

No matter what kind of freelancing you want to do, here are four useful tips to help start a successful freelancing career.

1. Check Job Boards Every Day

Often freelance work is snapped up straight away, with good work offers disappearing almost immediately. Give yourself an advantage and check job boards every day – multiple times if you have the time!

2. Apply, Apply, Apply!

The bigger your net is, the more fish you are likely to catch. Break down the time you apply for jobs so you don’t become disheartened; spend half an hour every morning sending out a few applications.

Don’t pin all your hopes on one application – there are hundreds of jobs available for freelancers, so keep looking for something similar!

3. Be Flexible

You may only want to write about music, business or travel, but it is beneficial not to be picky about the work you take on to start with. Every piece of work you take on will advance your portfolio, give you a reference, or put some money in your bank account – so try to be willing to write about anything initially!

4. Respond Quickly

Respond to job leads and emails straight away; companies expect freelancers to always be on hand, and you can seem unprofessional if you don’t reply, and in a worst case scenario you could even lose the gig. Reply straight away to anyone who seems interested in your work – the interest could pass in a matter of minutes!

Can you think of any other useful tips for people who are starting their careers as freelancers? Comment your ideas below J

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Debunking Myths About Working From Home

Do you work from home? Many people misunderstand what life is like working from home, so today I thought I would debunk a few popular myths about working from home.

Myth: People who work from home work less hours than people who work in offices.

Truth: We wish! Not having set hours can mean you really struggle to switch off from work. While it is true that we save ourselves a commute, there is still a set amount of work to do every day. If you’ve been working for nine hours and you still haven’t finished, you can’t clock out and go home. You keep working until you’ve finished – so many freelancers actually work around 50 hours a week.

Myth: People who work from home waste time surfing the internet.

Truth: Freelancers rarely get paid hourly – so whenever we take a break to surf the internet, we stop getting paid. Sometimes we check social media or some adorable pictures of cats, but mostly we work – just like people in offices do!

Myth: People who work from home rarely speak to their colleagues.

Truth: With laptops, tablets, smartphones, email and Skype, it has never been easier to get in contact with your co-workers. None of my clients or co-workers struggle to get in contact with me through these methods, and I try to always reply within the hour.

Myth: Working from home is like a holiday.

Truth: We do like to watch TV and eat snacks – once the working day is over! While freelancers do have the option to work in their PJs, they don’t have the option to not work –unless they don’t mind not getting paid. The environment is more relaxed, but the workload is the same.

Can you think of any more myths about working from home? Comment your ideas below – I’d love to hear them! 🙂 🙂

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Tips To Help You To Keep Your Clients Happy

One of the most important parts of a successful freelance career is to keep your clients happy. They give your job purpose and put money in the bank – so how can you keep them happy?

Check out four tips to help you to keep your clients happy.

1. Communicate With Your Client

Communicate with your client every day that you work on the project, if possible. It will reassure the client that you are putting in the time and effort as you work, and it means they can input into the project whenever they want to,

Remember you are providing a service – checking in regularly means that you will create a result that both you and your client will be happy with.

2. Don’t Over Promise

Don’t make promises to clients that you are unsure if you can keep. Don’t claim to be an expert if you are not – let your credentials do the talking. If the client is speaking to you, it is likely that they believe you have the qualities needed to complete the job.

Ideally, you will make fair and reasonable promises, but provide unique and above average results. These clients will remember you, and likely come back – but if you promise more than you can deliver, they may not be interested in your services again.

3. Remember The Client’s Needs

Every time you work on the project, re-read the client’s requests. Freelancers can occasionally get distracted with their own personal vision – one which may not suit the client. Re-check every time you work on the project and you will create something perfect for the client – rather than yourself!

4. Be Honest

During your initial conversation with a client, be honest about your strengths and weaknesses. Lots of freelance work is objective – you could write an article or pitch that some clients will hate and some will love.

Tell them that you can’t guarantee they will love you work, but you are going to try your best to provide something perfectly suited to the client.

Do you have any other ideas to help create great work for clients? Comment your ideas below – I always love to hear cool ideas from other bloggers! 🙂 🙂 🙂