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Getting Started with a Side Gig

11 Nov

How to Freelance Your Way to Financial Freedom


If you haven’t heard of the
gig economy yet, you soon will. The so-called “gig economy” refers to the current rise of popularity and success in short-term, contract, or freelance work. This is in stark contrast to the traditional economy, which primarily depends upon salaried workers and employees with steady jobs. With the job market so uncertain lately, many Americans are finding creative ways to make money and pay the bills. Many people are seeing success with freelancing, taking short-term jobs and contract work, or even starting their own businesses.

Whether you’re working from your bed or the beach, these jobs provide freedom from the corporate world while also paying well and allowing people to make ends meet. Best of all, it is possible to work multiple freelance contracts or “gigs” while also continuing to search for a full-time job, if desired.

If you’re looking to break into freelancing, take the leap away from corporate America, or simply pick up a side job for additional income, keep reading for some tips on how to get started in the gig economy.

 

Start With Your Talents

When it comes to picking up freelance work, there are limitless possibilities. You may consider starting with what you’re already naturally good at. Do you enjoy art and design? You might consider picking up some freelance design work, which is always in demand. If you enjoy photography, see if you know anyone who would be willing to pay you for headshots or family photographs.

 

Know What’s in Demand

In addition to considering what you’re good at, you should also consider the demand for the services you’re trying to offer. What services would benefit people in your local area? Is there a shortage of Uber or Lyft drivers, for instance? Do you have a room in your home that you could put up for rent on Airbnb? Ideas for stepping into the gig economy are all around you, if you’re willing to look for them.

 

Set up a Workspace

Working from home has its advantages and disadvantages. While it’s great to work from a place where you feel the most comfortable, it can easily disrupt productivity if you don’t get organized — and stay that way. With this in mind, it’s important to set up a workspace somewhere in your home that’s dedicated to your job. Consider it your personal office, even if it’s just a corner of an existing room. Invest in some quality equipment, get your supplies in order, and treat it with respect. Keep distractions to a bare minimum and make sure you remain on top of clutter. After all, this is where you’ll be earning your money.

 

Learn a New Skill

When it comes to finding new work, why limit yourself to skills that you already possess? Whether you’re looking to leave the corporate world and start your own business or test the waters for an entirely new career direction, treat this as an opportunity to learn something new. There are many high-paying freelance or contract jobs that do not require degrees. Why not use this as an opportunity to learn a new skill? You never know; this might open up the doors for you to embark upon an entirely new career path.

 

Ask Your Friends

When you’re just starting out, it can be difficult to find clients. One way to start making some money is to ask your friends and family if they’d be interested in any of the services you are offering. We live in a world where we’re always connected thanks to social media, mobile devices, and the internet, and social channels are a great way to get the word out about the products or services you offer. Facebook is a great place to start, since it’s free to use and you can connect right away with people you know; check out this ultimate Facebook advertising guide to get started. However you decide to do it, go ahead and put the message out there that you’re offering a service and/or looking for new clients. Perhaps even offer an introductory discount just to get the ball rolling.

 

Get Advice from Experts

One final note about the gig economy: it’s not for everyone. Running your own business can be hard, and you’ll want to talk to a business lawyer about setting up your business and an accountant to learn about any tax implications. An accountant may also be able to help you decide if you need a small business loan to get the ball rolling, and explain the difference between the options, including startup, short-term, and SBA loans. You’ll also want a mentor and maybe even a consultant to help you streamline your processes. More importantly, the real experts are your customers. Once you get established, reach out to your client base for advice to steer you in the right direction.

That being said, working when you want, where you want, and for whom you want can be deeply rewarding. By following the tips listed above, you can start building your own successful gig-based business.

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Gasoline Cars Banned by 2040?

19 Apr

In a move that aims to improve the quality of air, the UK Government has announced that it plans to ban the sale of gasoline and diesel-engine cars by 2040 because of the amount of Nitrous Oxide given off by these types of vehicles. Do you think this movement could spread world wide? We have seen more electric cars on the roads these days. This piece explores what is happening in the UK, could it happen in the US too?

https://www.selectcarleasing.co.uk/news/road-to-2040.html

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Finding Places To Charge Your Car

24 Aug

Do you have an electric car? Did you know that PlugShare is a good resource for finding places to charge. You can also sign up for EVGO and Chargepoint so you can access the fast chargers. If you don’t want to sign up, then you may find charging stations at Walmarts and Dunkin Donuts. However you’ll have to check stores individually because availability varies from location to location. Where do you recommend charging your vehicle?

https://www.plugshare.com/ 

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Where Do You Dispose of a Car Seat?

18 Dec

Do you live in the Cleveland, Ohio area and have an old car seat you need to dispose of? Car seats have expiration dates and they only last a few years. Instead of throwing it out, have you considered recycling it? If so, here are some car seat locations in the Northeast Ohio area.

http://www.injurypreventioncenter.com/programs/car-seat-recycling-location

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Experts Advice at Mosaic Hub

9 May

Do you need business advice? Get advice and recommendations from like-minded peers and seasoned industry experts at Mosaic Hub. Follow the roadmap to success, get advice from experts and discover tools that can help make you better. At this time, the site’s top trending articles are focused on Millennials in Business, Conversion Rate Optimization, How To Build A Value Statement, WordPress Tips and Social Media Governance.

How will you move your business forward? Discover the secrets from industry experts at Mosaic Hub.
http://www.mosaichub.com

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Car Sharing with CityWheels

11 Jul

With today's economy, owning a vehicle is extremely expensive, between gas and car insurance. If you are looking for an alternative to your daily commute, then perhaps you should consider trying car sharing. City Wheels is a club for people who only need a car occasionally and can have convenient access to an entire fleet of cars when they need them. You only pay when you use them.

City Wheels covers the cost of gas, insurance and maintenance. You will need to pay to join the club. However once your approved, you can reserve a car near you, pick it up and you'll be ready to drive.

Wheels when and where you want them.
http://www.mycitywheels.com/

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August is Recycle Your Computer Month

1 Aug

Is that’s time of the year again where you have the opportunity to get rid of that outdated hunk of metal you call your computer and recycle it. Cuyahoga County residents can recycle their unwanted computer equipment at over 40 participating city service departments during this campaign.

Household equipment will be accepted including CPUs, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, terminals, modems, software, cell phones and accessories, and ink printer cartridges. No televisions or other electronics will be accepted. All equipment collected will be taken to RET3 job corp, a non-profit computer recycling and refurbishing company based in Cleveland.

RET3 has partnered with OneCommunity, a local not-for-profit broadband provider that works to give students technology skills for the workplace and, in turn, drive economic development in the region. OneCommunity Green Computing has a goal of putting 50,000 computers in Northeast Ohio schools over the next five years. Businesses with large amounts of computers to dispose of should contact RET3 job corp. at (216) 361-9991.

For a list of participating cities or additional information about Recycle Your Computer Month, log onto www.cuyahogaswd.org/residents/comprec.asp or call the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District at (216) 443-3749.

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April Is Recycle Your Computer Month

1 Apr

This month in Cuyahoga County you can recycle you unwanted computer equipment during Recycle Your Computer Month. Residents are invited to drop-off their personal computer equipment at over 40 participating city service departments during the month of April.

What Can I Drop Off?
Household equipment will be accepted including CPUs, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, terminals, modems, software, cell phones and accessories, and ink printer cartridges. No televisions or other electronics will be accepted. All equipment collected will be taken to RET3 job corp, a non-profit computer recycling and refurbishing company based in Cleveland.

The county has partnered with OneCommunity, a local not-for-profit broadband provider that works to give students technology skills for the workplace and, in turn, drive economic development in the region. OneCommunity Green Computing has a goal of putting 50,000 computers in Northeast Ohio schools over the next five years.

http://www.cuyahogaswd.org/residents/comprec.asp

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Need Software, No Cash?

5 Mar

Before making the next big software purchase, check out Source Forge.

You just might be surprised what you don’t have to pay for.

My Home Computers run Win XP, at work its Mac OSX. I even run Ubuntu at times. Sourceforge has software for everybody.

I needed to convert some video files and then make a DVD. At Work the Mac has built in options. At Home I needed solutions. I was able to find open source software at http://sourceforge.net/ for converting my video files and make the DVD with menus.

Everything was found, installed and going within a half hour.

George Jetson here I come.

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Sticky Screen: Virtual Post-it

26 Feb

Is your monitor or desk cluttered with yellow Post-it notes? How often do you wonder if you stacked up all the sticky notes on your desk, could they reach the ceiling from your cubicle? If you are looking for a change and you want to consolidate your notes, then you should consider doing them online with Sticky Screen.

Sticky Screen

  • You have room for up to three notes
  • It will remember notes even if you close your browser
  • You have up to 19 characters per line
  • Be green and save paper

The idea is to set StickyScreen as your homepage so that your ‘note to self’ shows up whenever you open a new tab or browser window.
http://stickyscreen.org/

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