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Most clients are often taken aback as soon as they find out the hourly rates of a freelance worker and insist on the possibility of getting a cheaper pay in other online companies providing outsourcing services.
Freelancers Aren’t Actually More Expensive
It is necessary to inform clients why freelancers are cheaper compared to employees putting an emphasis to the fact that employers necessarily have to pay for insurance, employment taxes and all sorts of other expenses for the privilege of a wage earner.
In most cases, companies are eliminating employees in favor of freelancers in order to cut costs these days and getting the actual value of their money’s worth. Not to mention the fact that freelancers provide their own equipment and internet connection.
Aside from these, most employers nowadays have been considering freelancers based on things they find out upon hiring an employee from an outsourcing company based on what has been earlier discussed on Outsourcing Outrage : Why Most Resort To Freelance Jobs.
Freelancers Saves Money
Freelancers may seem like they cost higher than they should compared to wage earners based on their hourly rates — but once an employer sees the justification of other involving factors, Freelancers are actually cheaper in getting their money’s worth.
A properly-designed website can benefit your business greatly. Any business, whether large or small, can enjoy the advantages of an attractive custom website design. For the best possible results, business website designs are better left to companies or freelancers who specialize in producing professional website designs. Amateur website design can scare off potential customers — or even existing ones.
Custom website design is a thriving business because companies are turning to these professionals at an increasing rate. Having a custom website design made for your business is one of the best ways to produce effective results and increase bottom line profit. Rather than creating a custom website design that looks amateurish, hire a freelancer or a custom website design company to do the work for you. A professional appearance is the only way a customer is going to return to your company for its services.
To reach a growing number of customers, professional website designs will broaden your marketing horizons. Not only can you reach more people with your custom website design, but it also gives your business a more professional reputation that your customers will feel comfortable with. Your page’s website design is often the only impression potential customers will get of your business until they contact you, so a custom website design is vital for making them want to return. Not only that, a custom website design will help you compete against other companies that offer similar products and services.
A wider advertising market means more potential income. You can reach that market by getting a custom website design for your company. It does not matter if your business is large or small because a custom website design will undoubtedly help it grow in many ways. Since your website design is what your potential customers will see first, you want it to be both professional and unique, so they will remember you. Emerge victorious from your competitors, a custom website design is one of the first places to start.
If you cannot afford to have a website design company or a website design freelancer create a page for your business, you can find a wide-array of software programs to help you. Many website design software programs are designed to help individuals with no experience create their own business website designs and professional web site designs. These are an inexpensive alternative to hiring a company, but you will not get custom web site designs from a software program. Generally, website design software programs will have several options and templates that you can choose from. This inhibits your individual preferences and creativity which means your website design will be the same as many others.
Custom website design is not easy at it always seems. It takes training and time to learn how to create effective and unique websites that will benefit your company and its goals. With a professionally-designed custom website, you can enjoy the benefits of a greater customer base and an increased potential for income.
Virtual Administrative Assistant -SEO/Company Research Analyst
(optimizing search engines for both US/EU online business owners)
I work for both US/UK companies who owns another division of their business i.e. B2B commerce and some are LLC’s, With what I do, With my line of business, I get the chance to work with entrepreneurs, coaches, gurus etc… In the I.T. industry we are called Search Engine Optimizers, the technical administrative virtual assistants who manipulates the search engines (yahoo/msn/google) to make these companies lead among the millions of sites that they are competing with on the search engines to enable to generate sales, visibility, popularity etc. through the usage of several software applications…
Being a Virtual Assistant can be a challenging yet compensating job. Not only that it can be financially compensating but rather a very good inspiration for those who are seeking a much focused personal growth incentive that this business can provide throughout the process. Each day is a fresh learning strategy that helps you provide a better service to your clients and the needs they require.
With this kind of business (which I treat it…and will explain later why it is a “business”), I oftentimes get the chance to encounter quite a number of Virtual Assistants who oftentimes trade themselves short. It is sad that some Virtual Assistants, especially those who are focused on Search Engine Optimization and online development do not get to see the value of their work due to that mindset that this is just like any other job that requires an 8 hour time in and time out that most clients require them of – a service without much involvement to their jobs. However, we cannot blame these team of virtual assistants since a wise businessman knows that there are people who simply work for their month’s end pay or hourly wage and some who really gets involved with the client’s business. In a particular area – such as traffic management, to which constant diligence and follow-up is necessary, people who have been able to understand the value of their role in the development field gets that high feeling whenever they get such traffic rate that they are expecting and share the same lows whenever the traffic seems to be staggering down the drains. These team of people do understand that their involvement to the success of their client’s business is not only a whooping bonus paycheck to look forward to, but rather the importance of how good they are with their craft and further studying strategies to enhance their personal development skills that can not only acquire them personal pride and satisfaction, but the trust of their client to recommend them to their network of people. And this, as I mentioned earlier is when an individual considered his job not as a sole 8-5 workload but as his own business and his passion where he/she not only commits to the job but to branding themselves as a service worth indicated.
Would you want to share your experience with a Virtual Assistant or being a Virtual Assistant yourself? I’d be glad to hear from you.
I have been working for a client named Cara McClure Black for quite awhile… At first she was comedic and funny which isn’t very new really with people that I get to work with online. I have had a few projects with her mainly doing banners and for awhile had the chance to do SEO for her.
She’s been fine despite the delayed payments for a week or so for three months that I’ve worked with her, but I have always been considerate enough with her reasons (which sounded like an excuse to me) not until she asked me to have a project for her son lately whom I have to do several projects with that amounted to about $280.00 which hasn’t been pad yet for running two months now. I have been skeptical with working with her with the last project since her last payment for her SEO requirements were delayed for over a week or so, however since I’ve been dealing with her for quite awhile. I just let it pass instead and considered doing the graphic projects as she required. She’s have had all the promises to even at a point gave me a specific date and yet didn’t cover it and instead told me that she just told me she’s covering it by then so she can shut me up. How professional is that?!! Some conversations we had over the matter hasn’t been saved since she’s never been on Skype a lot lately… if she were i wouldn’t knew but messages from facebook weren’t responded to and of course facebook chatbox doesn’t give you the privilege to save conversation history.
The reason I believe she’s not covering it (though she says the not usage of his son has nothing to do with the payment) is because her son ain’t using them at all, to which i mentioned that if there were any revisions, it could have been done, but over a month with no revision requests simply meant that everything in the project is simply fine… And it makes me wonder why would the “my son ain’t using it” reason would come up after a month? why would that even come up after a month then? I even asked as to why it has to be brought up after a certain period of time if that was the issue after all coz if there were revisions at some point, it could’ve been addressed earlier…
Going through this… i felt totally annoyed as it seems as if I am the one who’s being offensive when I needed to beg for a service I didn’t ask for. And going through the dates since the project started and the reasons she’s giving me, no professional would ever reason out that they have to sell chairs on Craigslist to cover for this and that like and make it sound like it is my problem that I did a project for her after all… To even at this point where it’s already the 7th of May, I still am not getting any decent action over the matter. She’s mentioned she’s covering for the invoice… but i guess i’m not getting it anytime soon. If you were in my shoe, wouldn’t you get angered as well… we all have dues and responsibilities… if you can’t be responsible with people you owe with, how much more can you put credibility on the business you’re proposing to other people… especially in the networking arena where credibility and trust to your upline head counts most.
Till now… I left a message on Facebook chatbox… the only one I’ve done a screen capture of… so far…
I have been tasked to create a logo for a client named Sheila Peake who owns LaFayeMonea Photography & Design. The conversation started when she requested to have me add her on Skype that later went into exchanging emails over the project on the 20th of March, 2011. I mentioned in my email about my charges to which I even agreed to create her a logo for $50 — YES! $50… after all, it could be that she’s on a budget. I’m pretty easy to talk to anyway.
From here on, the project went on for about 10 days when the turnover time could have only been 3 days at most due to the undecisive changes that led to several revisions based on her requirements on LM Fonts Final which was patterned from what I have submitted. She later decided to have a logo that finally fits her business which is this LaFayeMonea logo
As completed and approved, she later then required for another logo since she’s willing to pay for another for $25.00 which got me confused since we both have agreed on a certain amount of price. Well of course, $50 for a logo is really way to cheap to begin with… I clarified this matter and she mentioned she’s misunderstood it… and here’s the conversation we had on Skype clarifying my terms and fees.
The project went on since I have to keep my word of honor and finish the logo we’ve discussed with… she even required for the PSD which is so unethical to ask, but i didn’t mind and gave her the copy… Suddenly, everything turned around. The logo was forwarded along with the invoice and to my dismay, no response came from her either through email nor over skype over the matter after a few days since the project was completed.
Frankly, it’s only a cheap amount of money… but my point here is, if you can’t do business well with a penny, how much more can you do with big projects?
Up until the 10th and after this conversation I haven’t still gotten any response over the matter.
Finally, I got response and payment on the 16th of April which makes it more than a month since the completed material was forwarded.
It was just unfair for some of my regular clients who’s been paying diligently on time. However, we do meet some clients from time to time who simply cannot be diligent in terms of paying in a timely manner…. Lucky for me however, the small amount was covered even after a month… Though I do understand that we all are busy at times, but somehow we also have to figure out that though it may be a small amount of money, it can go a long way for those who are diligently doing their services among their clients for their bread and butter.
A lot of freelancers get to experience this from time to time… so if you are one of those, you may send your complaints to either over clients who are paying on delay and some are not being paid throughout. You can report your issues on IC3′s for criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime http://www.ic3.gov/ or you can email http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org/for any fraudulent acts.
This past few months I have been blessed with a lot of Facebook Profile Banner requests and Twitter/Youtube /MVT/Myspace customization that it’s just now that i am able to show some of the finished banners I’ve done so far… I even had logo requests coming from clients but at some point I have to turn them down since this really is not my Forte.
Here are some Facebook Profile Banners I’ve done for my clients.
1. Jennifer Mowatt
2. Gladys Jeanette Colon
…she liked this but then added a new set of banners that has a futuristic approach to which i did as well…
…. I even had the privilege to work for an ARMY-Businessman who’s currently in Iraq! You could just imagine how privilege I can be to of service to these peole…
3. Willie McIntosh
… not only that i was privileged to design his banner… he even gave me the chance to work on the banner of www.BailaCante.com which i believe is into ballroom dancing – and both his and the group’s logo.
4. Daryl YenCeo Yg Kingston
5. Jacqueline Mohair (repeat client)… i have been updating her page quarterly along with her husband H.T. Mohair
6. Naheshae Davis
8. Scotty Wilson
9. Beverly Feimster
10. Tamara Ervin
These are just a few of the clients i have been of service for the past month… I will try to put up the wallpapers I’ve done for them and the rest when i have time…
Have a great day!
Here are some Facebook Business Profile Pages I redesigned that kept my days busy after several hours of SEO sessions…
1. Cedric D. Penn
2. Adrian & Verenetta Warner
3. Cara McClure Black
4. H.T. & Jacqueline Mohair
This are samples from the latest weekend project I had for Jake Oliver… customizing both his Youtube and Twitter accounts.
Facebook Profile Banners
And Twitter Wallpapers
Feel free to visit his sites!
Here are just some of the banners I have done lately for blogs.
This is Andrea Bolder’s banner…
This is Cara M. Black’s banner…
This is Angelia Mitchell’s banner…
This is Cedric Penn’s banner…
This is Charles & Stacey’s banner…
This is Nicole Cooper’s banner…