Major cool moment I tell you!
In related news, Chris Cairns is great to work with!
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Sunday, March 22, 2009 | 3 Comments
I should have done it before. At the very least, I should have mentioned it. Unfortunately, housekeeping is not my strongest point.
I'm moving the base to it's own .com. I had hoped to do the transition without stopping writing here but it seems I don't have enough super powers to do both things together.
I'm also in the process of sorting out my 2 week trip to India next month. Aside from the fact that it takes me four tries and one week to pack everything, I want to move to the new .com before I leave, set up a blog-content calender for the entire month, then write that content, put a call out for guests posts on both my blogs (I haven't told you about my other blog have I? I will soon, I promise.) and figure out work details.
Now the kicker is that getting a visa to India is difficult considering which country I'm from and since the political relations are tense between the two countries (to put it mildly), there's going to be a lot of wheedling, talking to the right people and general waiting around to be done. Sometimes I wonder if anything in South Asia gets done without "talking to the right people". It also means that there's a chance I may not be going at all if I don't get the visa.
This will be my first trip to India so I'm super excited and can't wait to get there! Of course the drawback is that I won't have an Internet connection. At least not a reliable one through which I could reply to comments and emails. I was looking into buying a local cell phone connection there to check email through GPRS. For two weeks only though, it doesn't seem feasible especially since I probably won't be going back for a number of years. I'll also be busy attending two weddings, taking care of the long 'from India' wish list my sisters have emailed me - not to mention my own(!) and sight seeing, so I doubt if I'll want to. Plus, I'm not taking my laptop with me.
A two week cut off from the internet and work- eek! But oh-my-god, India!
(You see my dilemma?)
I'll be back on April 1st with the happy news that the new place is set up. Till then, I really really hope you'll stick around.
I will of course be keeping an eye here, so don't hesitate to contact me or leave a comment!
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Sunday, March 15, 2009 | 2 Comments
Every freelance is the new fish in the pond at some point. We all go through the first few rocky months and confusions of setting our rates, how to deal with clients, and the worst - getting paid.
This week I'm posting a few excellent resources for the two. In the coming weeks I'll be doing a post on freelancers who are pure gold in terms of helping other freelancers out.
Freelance Switch has done an overview of How To Set Your Freelance Rates.
My favourite trio who fell in love with a girl and broke their pact to each other, posted The Last Ditch Letter That Might Help You Get Paid. The men have used it twice themselves and according to them, they got paid both times!
They also discuss The Big Secret No One Talks About. Yeah, you guessed it. Freelancer rates.
Chris Bibey of Freelance Writing talks about Managing Invoices and Payments as a Freelance Writer.
Before you accept a Freelance Writing Job, its important to do these four things to save you future problems.
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Sunday, March 08, 2009 | 1 Comments
Freelancing is a lonely business. You work alone, probably eat alone, and on a typical day, you clear your throat before answering your phone. If you've just started out, it's possible that you're working in your kitchen perched on stool or chair. No matter where you work, in your home office, in your bed or your kitchen, we all get accustomed and dependant to a few factors that make up our work environment.
Sounds - or Lack Thereof
There are those of us who enjoy working in silence, then there are those who can't work without some music playing. A lot of web worker play music while working. It's our companion of choice and head phones are as important to us as our printer. For the silent workers - the headphones are for VOIP.
Background noise doesn't register until it goes missing. The chirping of the birds nesting in the tree outside your window. A fan whirring. The radio playing on low volume. Your neighbour's lawn being mowed at 10 am. All these sounds are registered but not recognized. Until the birds fly away or you close the window and can't figure out why it doesn't sound right anymore or the lawn mower is turned off abruptly
When you're starting your work day, you only have eyes for your work space. There are all kinds of freelancers. The neat freaks, the unorganised and those who call their mess organized chaos. Whichever category you fall into, things around the place you work have to be the way you're used to before you can focus on your work.
If you're a neat freak, cluttered stationary would distract you. Messy? The table which you, in a moment of madness cleared out, would irritate you. Believer of organized chaos? God help you if you actually put something in its rightful place!
We boast of having the ability to work from anywhere as long as we have a laptop and Internet. The truth however is that we're happier working in our own space and place. One that we call our own even if it's just our bed, sofa or kitchen table. It is 'ours'. We know ever nook and cranny of it. We're comfortable in it. We can conquer the world from it.
So I'm curious. What is your workplace like and how would describe them in terms of sounds, background noises, visuals and space?
Me? I don't have a formal workplace. It's coming in next week - I finally placed an order today [pumps fist up in the air].
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Wednesday, March 04, 2009 | 0 Comments
Since I've just completed a series on Twitter, it is only logical to do a round up of twitter related blog posts I found useful. Or not.
- The Best Article Everyday is a site that updates everyday with an article it deems best of the day. They chose PC Mag's post "Top 10 Twitter Tips For Beginners" a few days ago. On a side note, Best Article Every Day is using the new WordPress theme released by Smashing Magazine a few days ago. Looks neat!
- Confident Writing stays true to its theme and talks about "How Twitter Can Help You Write With Confidence".
- There are manners to be minded and etiquettes to be followed in any social setting. Twitter is no different. Beyond the Rhetoric lists the "Top 10 Rules of Twitter Etiquette". How many of these do you follow? BTR only lists 5 rules. Find the rest of rules at Design is Philosophy.
- Word Count comes to the rescue of all twitter newbies (and the not so newbies) and lets them know that "There is No Such Thing as a Dumb Twitter Question". Phew! That's good to know!
- All Freelance Writing wonders, "Is Immediacy (Re twitter and Blogging) a Good Thing for Writers?"
- While we're still learning the ropes of Twitter, Problogger is telling the Secret to Writing Posts That Go Viral on Twitter. Which is why he's the guru and we're the minions.
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Sunday, March 01, 2009 | 0 Comments