Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Working from Home Jobs: The War between Working Online vs. Traditional 9-5 Office Work

The landscape where to earn your next dough since the start of the millennium has been altered by the coming-of-age of the Internet as a venue not only for sharing data but also as a source of income for many people. It used to be people has no choice but to leave their homes and be employed by a company to grind from 9-to-5 working-hours just to earn their income. Now there is a choice on working from home jobs mainly propagated by the advancement of the uses of the Internet.


For some people, or old folks for sure, they will surely question the existence of available jobs online giving the possibility that you can comfortably do it inside your own home. For them, working means waking up in the morning to take a bath, don a nice suit or working clothes and travel all the way from home to your workplace. When you say you have a job online and doing it at home, their sure reaction is to raise their eyebrows.


Nevertheless, what is the advantage of working online compared with having a job like most everybody else? Let’s list them down so we can gauge with clear comprehension the benefits of working online.


First. Working online means you hold your own time. You own your time. Unlike the traditional working structure of going to a workplace, an employee or a worker has to be in the location for a specific period of time. When one has an online job, he can tell when he will work or not. Of course, part of the deal is that he can have a break anytime that he wants to without worrying about the watchful eyes of a superior.


Second. You can earn as much as you can online. The amount of your income depends on how you market yourself as a writer for example. The cash coming in in your bank account depends on how productive you are. In short, the possibility of earning a lot of dough is in your hands. In the structure of the traditional 9-to-5 office jobs, you are limited to a certain amount. More than that means either you have to spend extra hours at work or be promoted, which as many know is something that does not happen everyday.


With these two points advantage of working from home jobs created by the Internet, it is not at all unexpected that many are straying from the traditional jobs and opt instead to stay home and have their jobs there.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Western Digital Hard Drives: The Best that You can Get

Gone are the days when humungous mainframes ruled the Information Revolution. Right now, this is the coming of age of the hard drives. The space capacity of today’s hard drives is the reason why tech-geeks and common computer users can not get out of the fever of trying to absorb the avalanche of information from the Internet. Herein where Western Digital hard drives gets in the picture to give in to the hunger of computer users, gamers and net geeks alike. Western hard drives deliver to the promises that they would provide huge storage capacity and reliability.


If in the early days of Information technology, only a file cabinet can be stored in a hard drive, now almost high-rise building can be stored in today’s high-capacity hard drives. And Western Digital hard drives prove to be a maverick in this aspect since they are releasing products that defy the imagination of public consumers.


Here is the two classifications of Western Digital hard drives:


Internal Hard Drives


As far as 2003, Western Digital was the leader of the pack in satisfying the thirst of computer geeks and gamers by introducing in the market the its Raptor series. The Raptor Series of Hard Drives were designed to deliver high performance, speed and class. Its first series is a 36 GB hard drive. This hard drive took off in the market as a perfect hard drive with an impressive 10K RPM spindle speed and 16MB buffer size. Nevertheless, Western Digital had no intention of stopping with this achievement. As quickly as the next of year after that release, it once again introduced in the market the 74 GB with the aim of letting users get more space for their storage needs.


Right now, Western Digital internal hard drives of remain to have 16 MB buffer size and 10K RPM spindle speed. This is only the basic which it has set for its product. Western Digital internal hard drives have now able to develop more storage capacity as large as 300GB for its products. Even with large space, these hard drives still offer high performance in the aspect of access time and sustained data transfer rates. What is even amazing with Western Digital (inspite of doubling its hard drives capacity and interface speed) is its achievement of keeping down the noise level and temperatures of this marvelous hard drives.


External Hard Drives


Understanding that there is a unquenchable thirst from computer users to store their digital photos, videos, mp3s and important documents, Western Digital raise to the occasion of this challenge by introducing a series of external hard drives that will address this issue. Known for what they achieved in expanding the storage capacity of an internal hard drive, this is also true in external hard drives.



Since there is a vast space for storage in a Western Digital external hard drives, the concern that a user can be lost with all the space that is in his hands, each product is installed with software like My Book TM Essential EditionTM. This gives the user the ability then to manage the content of his hard drive with ease and comfort. This is a blessing for computer users since a downloaded file of mp3 music album of one’s favorite artist for example can be as huge as 1GB. With these installed software, the user then has an easy task in handling his files.


What more, these external hard drives are known for their sleekness and user-friendly. One of these comfort that the fact that the user need only to plug these hard drives the USB 2.0 port and the user is ready for his digital experience.


If a user is conscious of his hard drives data storage, what else should he get but the best. And it is Western Digital hard drives. 

Friday, January 23, 2009

An Online Freelance Writer? Be Aware of these Financial Pitfalls

There are many articles and information out there that tackles about how to start up becoming an online freelance writer. You may have had a large dose of this and probably reeling from the same information being rehashed over and over again. Nevertheless, this article is not for beginners but for those who have successfully boarded the bandwagon of SEO, SEM article writing, research and copywriting.

So, you already bagged a contract, on the way of doing a gig or employed by an online site primarily hired as an online freelance writer. You have been into this business for several months and most probably you can tell the difference of your earnings compared if you are working in a traditional 9-to-5 office work. Your bank account is probably having a good load of dough because of many wire transfers and paypal withdrawals.

When everything is going well , we all have this illusion that everything will last forever or just the same pace of work will be like this until infinity. You will bid and buyers will pick you for their projects. Your online company site gives you research projects beyond your capacity to do it all. Your editor throws you bulk jobs that there seems the mirage of years of future work. In short, you are a successful start up freelance writer.

 If you are a serious freelance writer, be aware and realistic that nothing last forever. This does not mean to frighten you that you will lose your online writing jobs or what. It is merely a reminder that it is not all that time that this will be the pace of your work when you just starting your way as a freelance writer.

In a random survey of freelance writers working for online sites, there is a finding that three months averages as the employment period of any start up freelance writer. This may be caused by many factors. The site is new and no new projects that are arriving. Miscommunication between editors and writers is prevalent due to the limitation of instant messaging. There is also the issue of regulations that the site impose on the writer that either the employer or the freelance writer cannot function harmoniously.

When this happens, your bank account’s fund starts to deplete. There is also a possibility that the remaining site you work for as a freelance writer pay late, so this adds up to the pressure of your savings deflating faster than the time you earn them.

It is then an advice for any start up freelance writer who has not established a reputation and loyal clients to take care of their financial health. It is not uncommon for a beginner to experience a windfall of dough and then in the next day suffer a life of a pauper because there is no job available for him.

The intelligent thing to do then is to save as much as you can while the pace of work is pouring in. Do not be disillusioned that the day when there is no work for you to do will never come. Save at least three times of your expenses for a month in your bank account to avoid any unfortunate financial event.  This buffer savings will save you the headache of scrounging for funds when bills starts to come in and when your food shelves are devoid of supply.

Since there are still many jobs online for a freelance writer, this three month buffer savings will ease your way of comfortably waiting for the next gig or contract or employment for a site. Try to observe this and be calm when the windfall of dough comes and you will be ready to face the circumstances of any financial draught.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

A Background on Online Jobs and Must-do for Start-up Freelancer

To say that there is an oasis of dough in the Internet is already a common knowledge for those who are right now scouring sites for writing jobs, web designing and the likes. Most of them, freelancers, are probably busy right at this moment completing a task, a gig or a contract. Some even have tremendous loads of work in their list that they are already outsourcing works to other people to do their projects.


This may sound too sunny for those not in the know what is instored for them in the Internet. Yes, the Internet is not only a place for online home business but a place too for online jobs.  To know the basics of how to get around or start participating in this underground/online industry, it is better to check out the hundreds of articles written about it. To give you a hint, try visiting article directories for informative guides.


Nevertheless, working as a freelancer is not fraught with difficulties. There are many different sites that will accept you as a freelancer writer or a programmer, but this does not assure you a-walk-in-the-beach path. First and foremost, starting up is the first stone that a freelancer will have to hurdle.


Securing a contract or being accepted by a site to work for them most of the time takes sometime. With the large number of veteran freelance writers, programmers and other professionals online, that first gig or contract may come later than expected. As days and months go by, the competition to bag that big contract is becoming more difficult.


It is enough to say that applying or bidding online for a contract is not at all different from the traditionally job hunting. There will be rejection and a lot of hours spent trying to convince a prospective employer.  But do not be frustrated.


Length to find an online job does not mean to say that a starter has to go through a hole of a needle just to grab that elusive online work.  Yes, it may take sometime but sooner or later that much-awaited e-mail  will arrive and bring the good news that you are now a freelance writer or a programmer.


This is the two basic things that a starter must do go against the odds.


Build Your Portfolio


One of the main criteria of buyers and online employers is whether the applicant or provider can deliver. Building one’s portfolio is the means where to show your talent. These sample of works are important tools wherein online sites or buyers can evaluate your talent. If you have nothing to present to a prospective employer, what then is the reason for him to hire you. without this one can never be a online freelancer writer or web designer.


Be Patient


Similar with other endeavors in life, patient cannot be over-emphasized in this case. The Internet is a wide virtual world where lots of opportunities are there awaiting your presence. Bid, apply, send samples and sooner or later you will reap the benefits and will become in the list of freelancers doing online works.