Friday, May 27, 2011

A Little Off Time

I just wanted to post and let my readers know that I may not be posting for a little while. My husband and I recently bought a house and have been working hard to remodel and get it just how we want it. The time has finally come for us to move IN to our new house next weekend, which means that I am running around like a headless chicken trying to pack and clean, clean and pack, not to mention painting, and oh yeah, kids are out of school now and driving me bonkers! I'm taking a little hiatus from this blog until we get moved and settled into our new home!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Live Work; For Freelancers

While searching for new work at home opportunities, I came across Live Work. After looking it over, I decided to sign up and see what opportunities there were here. Basically, with Live Work, you first make your profile which includes work experience, education, skills, and a portfolio. This part can be a bit time consuming, but it is an important step to make sure you finish thoroughly. You can also list any and all types of freelance work that you are willing to do and how much you wish to be paid for it. You then have the opportunity to search through job listings and "apply" for the job. When you apply for a job, you are committing to doing the job if you are chosen. The client posting the job will look through the profiles of everyone who has applied and choose which ones they want to do the project. These projects can be anything from answering emails, to giving phone support. The jobs that are posted however, are not the only possibilities out there. If your profile catches the attention of a client, you may be asked personally to complete other projects with them, as well.

I've talked to a few people who have been very successful through Live Work and have received continuous work opportunities via clients on the website. Personally, I just really haven't had the time to commit to working on this right now. I am moving in a few weeks and my time has been spent packing, cleaning, painting, college work, and kids. Once I get moved, I will put more effort into Live Work as there seems to be some good opportunities here.

Do any of you have any experience with Live Work that you could share with us? Remember, it can be good or bad!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tone A Day: Opinions Needed

I've decided to start asking my readers for their own opinions on the various money making strategies I post about. I'm asking that if you have had your own personal experience with the subject of this post, please leave us a comment and give us your own personal opinion and/or experience with them. This way, other readers can get various opinions about it before they jump into it head first.

Tone A Day sounded easy enough. I heard some others talking about it, saying that you could make $200 a month with it. I remembered that I had signed up for them quite awhile ago but didn't get anywhere with them because there were not many phrases to rate. When you rate a phrase for Tone A Day you are given a short sentence, or maybe just a snippet of a sentence, as if it were sent to you in an email from someone else, and then you rate it with how the words make you feel, such as anger, enjoyment, embarrassment..etc.. It really is that simple. You do have to pass a test when you first join just to ensure that you understand basic English words. When I first joined up last year some time, you got paid so much for every phrase you rated. I don't remember exactly what it was at the time. I decided to try it again as it seemed to be very busy and always had phrases ready and waiting. I spent a day rating phrases, but then noticed that the amount I was making had not increased. I did some more research, only to find that Tone A Day had stopped paying per phrase, and now you have to continually rate phrases to increase your "rank" and THEN you get special invitations to work on special projects where you will earn money. So basically, you will have to initially spend hours rating phrases for free until you have a high enough rank to be eligible for special projects. I guess this would be good for someone who doesn't have any other source of online income because you really wouldn't be losing anything besides the time it takes to begin rating phrases, but for those of us who make money other ways, this seems like not only a waste of time, but also some lost $$ when you could be doing something else.

If you have any kind of experience working with Tone A Day please tell us about it, good or bad. All opinions are welcome!