Home Based Jobs

Recently, I have received an enquiry from Rossa Deken.

I need to find a home based job because I am tired of office hours. Would you advice me what should I do?

Rossa, if you are reading this, this would be my reply to you.

The truth is everyone is tired of office hours.

The reason I become a freelance writer is because I hate working hours (9am to 6pm or similar working hours).

As I said, I used to work in retail stores and offices. I know it is difficult to work according to a set of working hours. If you work for yourself, at least you get to set your own working hours. The best part would be to go on a holiday at anytime you want.

I would suggest you to give freelancing a try, but don’t quit on your day job because:

  • If you quit now and your freelance work is not successful, you will be having a tough time because you won’t have enough money to support your living cost until you get a new job.
  • If you quit now and you can’t find any freelance work to do, at least you can still earn money from your current day job.

If you are sure you want to start freelancing, be sure to have enough money to support you for at least six months. Otherwise, don’t think about it at all.

As to finding a freelance job that is suitable for you, refer to this article.

I hope you can find the right path towards your dream career.

Regards,

No Home Office

I am going through a tough period.

With no home office, I can’t seem to work properly.

This is why, having a home office is very important.

Since I work at home, I definitely need my own working space.

Now that I am working all over the places, I can’t even update my blog as frequent as possible.

Can you imagine me working in the living room, on the bed and even in the kitchen, in a house of 6 people.

Ideas seem to get stuck in my head, can’t get them out.

Hopefully I will be able to get my home office real soon.

Why Dog is the Best Companion for a Writer?

Sometimes, being a writer can be lonely. You might be married and have a family but there are writers who are single and live alone out there.

Imagine having to write at home, alone. Watch TV alone. Eat alone. You have to do everything alone. Life sucks although you are making big money from your writing career.

If you are a writer, living in an apartment alone and wishing to have somebody to accompany you while you work, consider adopting a dog (or a cat but I prefer dog so I am going to talk about dogs only).

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The reasons why dog is the best companion?

  1. Dogs are comforting. You get tired, you look at the dog, you feel better. You need to relax? Go down to the park and play fetch. This way, you get some exercise too. You can even jog with your dog. Remember the dog in Rocky’s movies?
  2. Dogs don’t talk. They bark and yet you get peace while working although once in a while your dog might break the silence with a bark.
  3. Dogs do what they do best, guard. It is an added security for your home.
  4. Give your dog a hug when you need a hug.
  5. Share noms (food) with your dog. Watch TV and share snacks.
  6. Dogs never complain. They are content with the food you give them. They are happy to see you. They are happy to have a place to live. They are thankful. Occasionally they might want a bone or two. Just give in to them if they behave well.
  7. They walk on 4 legs. They are funny to look at. They are cute. They give you puppy eyes. They know what to do when you are sad. They make you happy. You can never resist a smile when you look at them.
  8. Dogs are loyal. Loyalty is important. They won’t leave you for no reason.

Why not get a dog now if you are lonely? Once you get a dog, your life won’t be so lonely anymore.

Adopt a dog

20 Revenue Sharing Sites – Written Content

Revenue Sharing: People working together and registering online in a way similar to that of a corporation, and sharing the proceeds.

What you need to do?

Write content, submit content, wait for content to be reviewed and published, and earn royalties (Google Adsense) based on page views (different sites might have different methods to calculate the earnings).

There are 20 revenue sharing sites that are worth checking out.

It is time to earn some extra money.

If you know any other revenue sharing sites that are not in the list, feel free to add in the comment.

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1. Triond : I have talked about how you can make money with Triond.

2. Bukisa : Similar to Triond. Check out how you can make money with Bukisa.

3. Associated Content

4. Ehow.com : If you love to write how-to articles, this is your best choice.

5. Hubpages

6. Squidoo

7. Suite 101

8. Xomba

9. Thisisby

10. Pakt

11. About.com : If you are really good at certain topics, you can be a guide on About.com.

12. Helium

13. Oondi

14. LaunchTags

15. Scratch Projects

16. GreenDoc

17. Daytipper

18. MeshPlex

19. Digital Journal

20. SoftwareJudge

Note: 16.09.09 – Serena from RevShareSites shared a list of 52 (and growing) revenue sharing sites and information about each of them. Some of the sites are listed above. Others are unknown to me, but I guess it is worth checking out.

Update 29.12.09: Ryan from Info Barrel would like to add his site to the list. I have looked at the front page of the site. Look promising but you will have to learn more from his site.

Disclaimer: I will not be held responsible for any wrong information listed on RevShareSites.

Laptops For Writers

If you are using a laptop for work, I am sure you would prefer to have a laptop that provides comfortable keypad and sufficient hard drive capacity for all your files. Usually, when you buy a laptop, you should always go for the fastest RAM, highest hard drive capacity, largest screen, longest battery life and the most accessories port.

However, not everyone can afford these as they cost a bomb. Bear in mind that it is very difficult to upgrade laptops. Not to mention that you should get a laptop that is of high quality to avoid constant break down which in turn will ruin your work schedule and delay your work. If you can afford, invest in a good laptop so that you can use it for a long time.

Today, we are going to have a look at two laptops that are suitable for writing.

Most people prefer Apple. I would recommend the Apple Macbook Pro 17″.

Apple Macbook Pro

Yes, it has a large screen which is easier for you to read whatever you have written.

Other specifications:

  • 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB Hard Drive, DVD SuperDrive
  • Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Operating System
  • NVIDIA Geforce 9400M + 9600M GT Graphics, 17 inch LED Display

Basically, this is an ideal laptop for online business entrepreneur or writers. With this gadget, you will be smiling throughout your working hours. You get soft keypads, which provide comfort for your fingers. The UI is absolutely amazing and easy to navigate. You can bring your Macbook along to anywhere you want to go. This is a luxury and of course, you will need to sacrifice in order to get the best.

Apple MacBook Pro MC226LL/A 17-Inch Laptop

Apart from Apple, Microsoft powered laptops are also popular. Windows have always provide reliable OS and the latest they have is Windows 7. However, I am using Windows Vista and it never gives me any troubles at all. I am using a rather old laptop: Acer Aspire 4710 that comes with Windows Vista Home Basic.

Acer is a popular brand offering high quality products that you should check out.

Introducing Acer Aspire Timeline AS4810T-8480 14-Inch Aluminum laptop.

Acer laptop

Specifications:

  • 1.4GHz Intel Core2 Solo SU3500 Processor
  • 4096MB Dual-Channel DDR3 1066MHz Memory
  • 320GB SATA Hard Drive, 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
  • Windows Vista Home Premium (64 bit, SP1), Over 8 Hours of Battery Life (6-Cell 5600 mAh)
  • 14″ HD Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit Display, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD

This is a divine gadget for any writers and it is cheaper than Apple Macbook Pro 17″. You get high quality laptop at an affordable price. Work comfortably without having to break your bank account. This is for those who are looking for cheap laptop.

Acer Aspire Timeline AS4810T-8480 14-Inch Aluminum Laptop – 8+ Hours Battery Life

With two examples of laptops, I am sure you will be able to make the best decision when it comes to buying a new laptop to start your writing career.

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