سلسلة دروس كيفية الربح من الانترنت بالعمل على موقع فايفر (الجزء الثالث)

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سلسلة دروس كيفية التسجيل والعمل على موقع فايفر

الجزء الثالث(الترويج للخدمة وطلبات المشترين)

أولا طلبات الخدمات Buyers requests

قلنا قبل كدة إن بالرغم إن الأصل فى موقع فايفر إن الفريلانسر هو اللى بينزل خدماته على هيئة Gigs والعميل اللى هو المشتري بيدور على الخدمة الأنسب ليه ما بينهم. إلا إن الموقع بيسمح فى نفس الوقت للعميل اللى وقته ضيق إنه ينزل طلب خدمة فى صفحة إسمها صفحة طلبات المشترين Buyer requests والفريلانسرز بيدخلوا يقدموا عروضهم عليها.

بس مهم هنا نعرف إن طلبات المشترين اللى بتظهر لك فى صفحة ال Buyer requests بتكون فى التصنيفات فقط اللى انت عامل Gigs فيها. يعنى مثلا إحنا عملنا فى الجزء الثانى Gig لخدمة تصميم لوجو. بالتالى لما ادخل على صفحة طلبات المشترين كل اللى هيظهرلى الطلبات المتعلقة بتصنيف التصميم والجرافيكس فقط. عشان كدة من المهم إن كنا نتقن مهارات لاكتر من تصنيف اننا نعمل Gig لكل منها ونتيجة لده هيظهرلك فى صفحة طلبات المشترين عدد أكبر من طلباتالمشترين.

عشان ندخل على صفحة طلبات المشترين Buyer requests من الصفحة الرئيسية لفايفر هندوس على قايمة Selling  من أعلى يمين الشاشة زى ما فى الصورة 1 ونختار Buyer requests.

Buyer requests
صورة 1

هتفتح صفحة طلبات المشترين وهتبقى بالشكل اللى فى الصورة 2

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صورة 2

عشان نقدم عرض على أى طلب منهم هنقف عليه بالماوس هيظهر على اليمين كلمة Send offer زى اللى فى الصورة هتدوس عليها.

هتظهر شاشة زى الصورة 3

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صورة 3

فى الصورة هيظهر كل ال Gigs اللى احنا منزلينها وهنختار منهم ال Gig اللى من نفس نصنيف الخدمة الخاصة بتصميم اللوجو.

بعد ما نختار ال Gig اللى هنقدم على أساسها العرض هتظهر الشاشة ديه (صورة 4)

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صورة 4

وهنكتب فيها تفاصيل العرض بتاعنا ونختار الوقت اللى هسنلم فيه الشغل والمقابل المادى ونحدد عدد مرات المراجعات والاضافات اللى هيشملها العرض.  فى الاخر هندوس Submit Offer وبكدة يبقى احنا قدمنا عرضنا على طلب المشتري. وزى ما قلنا قبل كدة لينا حدود نقدم على 10 طلبات يوميا فقط.

ثانيا الترويج للخدمة ونشرها

شوفنا قبل كدة فى اخر الجزء التانى ازاى بعد ما بنحط Gig جديدة بننشرها على الوول بتاعنا على الفيس بوك.

وده كفيل انه يخليها تظهر لكل الاصدقاء على الفيس بوك. لكن نادرا ما بيكون بين الاصدقاء عميل محتمل انه يشترى الخدمة بتاعتك. بالعكس ده ممكن يطلبها منك كخدمة بدون مقابل لانكم صحاب بقى وكدة.

الطريقة الأفضل لإنك تنشر الخدمة بتاعتك واللى تطرقنا ليه بشكل سريع فى اخر الجزء التانى هى انك تعمل حساب ليك على كل مواقع التواصل الاجتماعى الي شوفناها فى الصورة ديه.  وهى فيس بوك وتويتر وجوجل بلس ولينكد ان.

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صورة 5

ولأن الفيس بوك هو من اشهر مواقع التواصل الاجتماعى واكترها انتشارا واستخداما فى التسويق اللكترونى فهيكون اكتر تركيزنا عليه.

الترويج للخدمات على الفيس بوك

مبدأيا كدة متفكرش تنشر الGigs بتاعتك على صفحتك الشخصية إلا لو كان حساب الفيس بوك بتاعك ده انت عامله لغرض الشغل اصلا ومعظم اللى عليه ناس بتتاعمل معاهم فى شغل وا عملاء محتملين لشغلك. غير كدة اصدقائك هيتخنقوا منك ويعملولك Unfollow أو حتى Unfriend  والاتنين هيكونوا حاجة مضرة ليك بعد كدة. ممكن تعمل حساب جديد يكون خاص بالشغل بس تضيف عليه بس الاصدقاء اللى شغالين معاك فى نفس المجال او اى عميل اتعاملت معاه عن طريق الفيس بوك او الاعضاء فى الجروبات المهتمة بنفس الشغل.

الاستراتيجية اللى هنمشي عليها هى بسيطة جدا لكن فيها جزء صعب شوية.

ببساطة هنبحث عن كل الجروبات الموجودة على الفيس بوك اللى ممكن تكون مخصصة لنشر الـ Gigs والترويج ليها. وهنبدأ بتقديم طلب انضمام للمجموعات اللى فيها عدد اعضاء اكبر عشان لما ننزل بوست عن الGig بتاعتنا نضمن يوصل لاكبر عدد ممكن.

 ولحسن الحظ فى عشرات من الجروبات ديه وتسهيلا عليكم انا جمعت قايمة بمجموعة كبيرة تضم اكتر مجموعات الترويج للGigs من حيث عدد الأعضاء. وإليكم القائمة:

قائمة بمجموعات الفيس بوك المخصصة للترويج لخدمات فايفر
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyFiverrGigs/https://www.facebook.com/groups/FiverrGigsNetworkhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1762397437372875/https://www.facebook.com/groups/FiverrPakistan/https://www.facebook.com/groups/fiverrhelpbangladesh/https://www.facebook.com/groups/fiverr.help.2015/https://www.facebook.com/groups/fiverr007/https://www.facebook.com/groups/1462836250599476/https://www.facebook.com/groups/Fiverrnetwork/

– وده جروب جديد انا عملته لما لقيت فيه مجموعات متقسمة حسب البلد ففكرت اعمل جروب يبقى عليه المصريين بس هم اللى ينزلوا اعلانهم واى جنسية تانى ممكن يدخل الجروب كعميل محتمل لكن مينزلش اعلانات لل Gigs  بتاعته

https://www.facebook.com/groups/408381842578765/

كل جروب من اللى فى القايمة ديه فيه اكتر من 10000 عضوا يعنى مجموع الاعضاء فى الجروبات ال 10 اكتر من 100 الف عضو. فاذا فرضنا ان نسبة الاعضاء المتفاعلين على الجروبات ديه هى فى المتوسط 5% مثلا فده معناه ان البوست اللى بتنزله على اى جروب منهم فيه ال Gig بتاعتك بيوصل على الأقل ل 5000 عضو. طبعا ده افضل 100 مرة من انك تنزل الGig بتاعتك على الموقع وتسيبها منغير تسويق.  ولاحظ ان انت المفروض تنزل بوست كل يوم او بوستين فى اليوم على الجروبات ديه كلها يعنى مش اول مرة وخلاص. ده بيزود فرص ان عدد اكبر من العملا المحتملين يشوفوا بوستاتك.

طيب دلوقتى لو لاحظنا ان الجروبات اللى فاتت ديه عملها اصحابها عشان ينشروا عليها ال Gigs لكن نتيجة لده عدد العملا المحتملين عليها قليل نسبيا. بس ده مش هيمنع اننا ننشر خدماتنا عليها. لكن …

المجموعات الآخرى التى يمكن النشر فيها

كل مجال من مجالات العمل الحر ليه جمهور العملا بتوعه فمثلا اعمال تصميم الشعارات وكل تصميمات الى تندرج تحت هوية تجارية للشركة من تصميم كروت تعارف لتصميم لوجو وأظرف وجوابات وبانرات واغلفة صفحت سوشيال ميديا غالبا بيكون جمهورها من اصحاب الاعمال الناشئة حديث او فى طور الانشاء. رسم الشخصيات الكرتونية والحيوانات  على الكمبيوتر بيكون جمهورة فى الغالب مؤلفين قصص الاطفال وروايات الاطفال. وهكذا.

المهم دلوقتى اننا ندرس المجال اللى احنا شغالين فيه ونعرف مين هما المهتمين بشراء الخدمات اللى فى المجال ده ومين هما اللى بيدوروا على حد يشتروا منه خدمات زى اللى انت بتقدمها. وبعد كدة هتعطلع الكلمات المفتاحية اللى هتبحث بيها عن مجموعات الفيس بوك الخاصة بالناس ديه وتعمل طلب انضمام ليها.

بس خلى بالك كويس فى الحالة ديه النشر مش هيكون بنفس طريقة المرحلة اللى فاتت لان فى المرحلة اللى فاتت ديه كلها كانت جروبات اصلا هدفها انك تنزل اعلانك عليها لكن المرادى انت هتدخل على جروبات غالبا النشر فيها ممكن يكون ممنوع او عليه قيود. فلازم هنا تقرا اول مرة بس قواعد كل مجموعة تنضم ليها. وحتى المجموعات اللى بترفض الاعلانات ممكن تتابع البوستات اللى عليها من وقت للتانى بحيث لو لقيت بوست بيسأل عن خدمة من اللى انت بتقدمها ممكن تدخل تعرض خدمتك وتحط تحتا لينك لل Gig بتاعتك. وده مفيش ادمن ممكن يعترض عليه. وهتلاقى بعض المجموعات بتسمح بنشر الاعلانات بس بقيود فمهم تقرا وصف كل مجموعة عشان تعرف قواعدها.

طبعا انا مشهقدر احط هنا قايمة بكل المجموعات الخاصة بكل تصنيفات الشغل لان التصنيفات ديه اكتر من الف لوحدها. وطبعا نا معرض غير فى المجالات اللى انا مهتم بيها بس. لكن فى الغالب معظمكم هيكون عارف مين ممكن يكون مهتم يشترى الخدمة اللى بيقدمها. وحتى اللى ميعرفش الامر مش هيكون محتاج اكتر من بعض البحث على الانترنت وده اللى انا بعمله.

كيفية النشر من فايفر على جروب على الفيس بوك

طيب السؤال دلوقتى اذاى انشر ال Gig  بتاعتى على جروب فيس بوك اصلا ؟

هنرجع للصورة رقم 16 من الجزء التانى والخطوة اللى نشرنا فيها الخدمة على الوول على صفحتنا الشخصية على الفيس بوك. (صورة 6)

Post Gig to Facebook
صورة 6

المرة اللى فاتت ضغطنا مباشرة على Post to Facebook دلوقتى قبل ما هنعمل كدة هنضغط على القايمة اللى فوق على الشمال تحت شعار الفيس بوك اللى مكتوب عليها Share on your own Timeline. هتفتحلنا القائمة اللى فى الصورة 7

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صورة 7

وهنلاقى فى القايمة هنا اننا ممكن ننشر على الصفحة الشخصية لاحد الاصدقاء او ننشر فى جروب انت عضو فيه او فى ايفينت او حتى فى رسالة خاصة لصديق او مجموعة اصدقاء. هنضغط على Share to Group.

اكتب اسم الجروب وبعدين اضغط على Post to Facebook.

هتظهر لك الشاشة اللى فى الصورة 8

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صورة 8

عشان تنشر على باقى المجموعات من الصورة اللى فاتت هندوس على السهم اللى على يمين الشاشة بجوار ال Gig ونختار share. هتفتحتلنا صفحة ال Gig نفسها هندوس على لوجو الفيس بوك على اليمين هيفتحلنا نفس الشاشة اللى فى صورة 7 تانى وهنكرر نفس اللى عملناه بعد كدة مع تغيير اسم الجروب كل مرة لحد ما نكون نشرنا فى كل الجروبات اللى احنا عايزينها.

للنشر على صفحتك الخاصة اللى انت ادمن فيها هتروح للبوست نفسه فى اى جروب من دول او من صفحتك الشخصية ان كنت نشرته عليها وتعملها شير وتختار Share in بنفس الطريقة هيظهرلك اختيار جديد اللى هو share in a page you manage. دوس عليه واختار الصفحة اللى هتنشر عليها ودوس Post to Facebook.

معلومة: يفضل انك تنشر الاول على صفحتك الشخصية ومنها تنشر على صفحة الفيس بوك اللى انت عملتها لنشر الخدمة عليها ومن الصفحة تبتدى تنشر على الجروبات اللى اتن عايزها. بكدة هتقدر تجيب تفاعل اكتر لصفحتك وده هيساعد انها توصل لعدد اكبر من مستخدمى الفيس بوك .

معلومة مهمة: سياسة الفيس بوك بتسمحلك بالانضام ل  6000 جروب بحد اقصى. لكن لو عملت حساب جديد متبعتش اكتر من 10 طلبات انضمام لجروبات فى اول مرة لحد ما يترد عليهم ومع الوقت ابعت اكتر عادى. لو بعت عدد كبير من طلبات الانضمام لمجموعات ممكن الاكاونت بتاعك يتوقف اسبوعين لو كان جديد. اما لو قديم مفيش مشكلة.

النشر على جوجل +

هنضط على شعار جوجل اللى على اليمين هتظهر الشاشة اللى فى الصورة هنضغط Post.

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اانشر على تويتر

بالضغط على شعار تويتر هتظهر الصورة 10 وهنا ممكن نعدل على النص الموجود باضافة هاش تاج (#) للكلمات اللى ممكن المستخدمين يبحثوا عنها وليها علاقة بالخدمة بتاعتنا زى Logo مثلا نحط قبلها #. والهاش تاج اللى ميعرفش وظيفته فى تويتر هو اداة لما بتستخدمها بيتم وضع التويتة بتاعتك فى قايمة بعنوان الكلمة اللى حطيت قبلها الهاش تاج. يعنى لو كتبت فى موقع تويتر فى صندوق البحث (Fiverr#) هتظهرلك كل التويتات اللى اتكتب فيها نفس الهاش تاج ده. وبكدة انت بتساعد الناس اللى بتدور على اى حاجة متعلقة بخدمتك انهم يشوفوا اعلانك او تويتك من ضمن نتايج البحث. عسي ان يكون منهم من يبحث عن حد يصممله لوجو او يقدمله خدمتك ايا كان نوعها.

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كدة يبقى خلصنا الجزء الثالث وإلى أن ألقاكم فى الجزء الرابع الخاص بسحب الأرباح من الموقع.

دمتم فى رعاية الله

وتمنياتى بالتوفيق والنجاح للجميع.

أتمنى إن وجدتم أى معلومة أضافت إلى علمكم شيئا من هذا الدرس ألا تنسونا بالدعاء.

رابط الجزء الأول (مقدمة عن الموقع وفتح حساب جديد عليه)

رابط الجزء الثانى (إنشاء خدمة جديدة مميزة)

 

Upwork: we plan to extend the “waiting period” to retake a skill test

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Upwork community manager announced at earlier time of January 2017 that Upwork is planning to extend the “waiting period”  freelancers should wait to retake an Upwork skill test.

Introduction

Although Upwork skills tests is one of the most powerful advantages as a remote work platform. Not only because there is tests for most of the skills but also because its free of charge. Other freelance platforms like freelancer.com charges fees on skills tests . “We have a couple of options in mind for the new “waiting period”, 90 days and 180 days. This would mean that after taking a Skill Test, if you tried retaking that same test, you’d be blocked from doing so until either 90 days or 180 days have passed.” said  , Upwork community manager

 

Upwork Community members sample reviews

Freelancers reviews 🙁

“The skills tests are hopelessly outdated. Making us wait longer to retake them won’t change that. All of the Adobe software tests, for example, are at least three years behind, and don’t reflect any of the new features of the Creative Cloud model. The basic English language tests are available by a quick Google to get 100% without any effort.” “Hello. Kindly leave the tests’ wait time the way they are. Do not extend the waiting period so outrageously.” “Wrong direction. 30 days is way too long. One week, or 10 days is plenty of time. ”

Clients reviews 🙂

“In general I don’t find test results that useful as a client. I glance at them but rarely use them to make a recruiting decision, because I find they’re not very indicative of skill at the moment. So improvements to the test system across the board would be welcome.” “I like the 90 day option because it could, indeed, encourage the freelancer to improve their skills.  I also like it because it might be effective in discouraging wannabe freelancers who probably don’t belong on the platform in the first place.”  

Our review

It seems that the free concept is resulting in lazy testing system. Everyone can notice that questions are not changing for long while. That was the reason Upwork set a long waiting time of 30 days before a freelancer can retake the same test. But instead of developing the tests adding new questions, Upwork team came up with a poor idea. The brilliant idea is to extend the already long “waiting time” 3 time or 6 times longer. Freelancers in Upwork used to retake skills tests for two reasons: 1- if they failed in a test. 2- if they wish to get a higher score. The time extending idea might be reasonable only in the second case. Freelancers who passed the test would face no problem waiting a bit longer to enhance their score. But in the first case it is completely unfair to make freelancers wait even for 30 days. Given that some skills may only take two weeks to learn.  

Conclusion

Extending the test retake time to 90 days instead of 30 would make no difference. The best thing Upwork can do at this point, is to increase the pool of questions. Or may be Upwork should use a third party to have a professional testing system.   Related topics:
The 20 fastest growing freelance skills., US Q4 2016 on Upwork
http://freelancers.city/test-post/
Upwork verifying freelancer’s profile details by video chat
Upwork release the: Future work force report – 2017

Transcription work: 17 freelance transcription job websites for beginners

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1- http://www.accutranglobal.com/

Established in 2002, AccuTran Global is a full-service Canadian transcription company providing services to clients around the world. With our established network of North American transcriptionists and editors, AccuTran Global is a proven and reliable partner for all your transcription needs. Our high level of accuracy and ability to meet tight turnaround times make us the right choice for all your outsourcing projects. Whatever your requirements are, AccuTran Global takes pride in providing personal service to meet your individual needs. Pay rate is by the word ($0.005 to start).

2- Appenscribe 

Appenscribe offers global transcription jobs online. So if you are fluent in multiple languages, you will have more work available to you. To get started, you will need to create an account and pass two small transcription tests. Contractors report different pay rates, but you can expect a rate of about $0.005 per word. Payments are made twice a month. Work is not always available through Appenscribe, but when work is available, you can claim it any time day or night! Rate of about $0.005 per word

3- Bam!

We have openings in our transcription department for high quality corporate and legal transcriptionists, doing audio files for Social Security, Veterans Affairs, Immigration, as well as legal and corporate clients. We do not do any medical transcription. Rates of pay depend on the job, turnaround time, and the quality of your work. The upper range of the scale will be given to those with 99% accuracy consistently.  

4- CastingWords

CastingWords has two ways for transcriptionists to find work: The CastingWords Workshop and Mechanical Turk. Through their Workshop, they offer has transcription jobs online in 66 countries. Through Mechanical Turk (MT) you’ll never know what you will find–sometimes there are a ton of HITS (MT lingo for jobs) and other times, there is hardly anything. The pay rates vary from job to job, but all you need is $1.00 in your account to request payout.

5- Crowdsurf

CrowdSurf is a dedicated community of freelance transcriptionists working to create video captions for deaf, hard of hearing and second language viewers. We offer short transcription tasks, available day and night, so that you can work anytime, anywhere! It’s free to sign-up, you’ll be paid instantly, and we offer several opportunities for growth and promotion. Once your Work Market account is set up, apply to join CrowdSurf as a new CrowdSurf transcriber, review the guidelines, and take a brief assessment to join the CrowdSurf group. Once you’ve passed the assessment, we will create a new account for you on the CrowdSurfWork platform. This usually takes 3-5 business days. When your account is ready we will send login instructions to your Work Market email. Just follow the instructions in your email. All of your work will be available on the CrowdSurfWork platform.

6- Daily Transcription

Daily Transcription has been providing quality transcription and translation services for over a decade. Our history shows the thoroughness with which we work for our clients, accomplishing their needs. We have transcribed millions of hours of footage for thousands of clients.  In fact, you might say we have perfected the art of transcription and translation.  So much so that our competitors have tried to copy our systems. What sets us apart is we don’t outsource overseas, we use real American transcribers and we pay a living wage. We don’t use bots or voice recognition software either. This enables us to have the top transcriptionists and translators in the country. We pride ourselves in providing the highest level of customer service to every client. Our goal is to provide you with excellent customer service and the highest level of quality – no matter how big or small the job.

7- Get Transcribed

Get Transcribed offers transcription jobs online and reviewer positions, too. Of course, you have to work your way up to the reviewer/QA positions, but if you do, you can earn $0.12 per minute you review on top of the $0.23 per minute you transcribe. Payments are made once a month via PayPal, but you need to have earned at least $100.00 otherwise your earnings rollover to the next month.  

8- GMR Transcription

GMR Transcription was founded in 2004, and we’ve been fortunate enough to experience tremendous growth since then. Our driving mission is delivering high-quality transcription and translation services at affordable prices. We provide a unique personalized service to ensure your every need is accommodated.

9- Neal R. Gross 

Neal R. Gross & Co. is a Washington, DC based court reporting and transcription company. We have been in business over 35 years and provide verbatim court reporting and transcription services to a broad range of government and private clients. REQUIREMENTS:
  • MUST TYPE AT LEAST 60 WPM
  • EXCELLENT COMMAND OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE
  • MUST BE ABLE TO WORK A MINIMUM OF 30 HOURS PER WEEK
If you type over 60 words per minute and need to work from home, you may be what we’re looking for in a legal transcriber. No transcription experience necessary, but you must be willing and able to work on overnight delivery. Timeliness is a must, as are excellent English language skills. Please apply only if you can transcribe at least 5 hours of audio per week.

10- RNK Transcription

For over 10 years, RNK Productions has taken pride in providing quality services at competitive prices. With over 20 combined years of experience in both production and post-production, we are aware of the importance of accuracy, timeliness, and attention to detail when it comes to our clients’ needs. We specialize in entertainment related transcriptions, including but not limited to one-on-one interviews, OTF interviews, reality show transcriptions, field tape transcriptions, B-Roll logging, As Broadcast Scripting and Continuity Scripting. We can also accomodate psychiatric as well as legal transcriptions. See our Transcription Services page for complete details.

11- Scribie

Scribie.com offers a great opportunity to augment your income by transcribing audio files for us. The work involves listening to the audio files and typing or dictating it as accurately as possible. You just need to go through a test process and get certified as a transcriber. Once certified you will be paid for the files you transcribe on an audio hour basis. For each submission, your Scribie.com account will be credited with the appropriate dollar amount. Your earnings will accumulate and you can transfer it to your PayPal account anytime. From PayPal, the funds can be transferred to your bank account. There are no monthly commitments or minimum withdrawal limits. Payments are made once a day. If you are an experienced transcriber and have spare time, then Scribie.com can help you to fill that up. If you are starting your career as a transcriptionist then you can gain valuable experience and hone your skills on Scribie.com. We have transcribed more than 1,979,277.18 minutes of audio since 2008 and have paid around $869,450.46 to our certified transcribers. Around14076 home-based freelancers from all around the world have have successfully cleared our transcription test till date.

12. Tigerfish

Tigerfish offers flexible transcription jobs online. They have a ton of different project types available (focus groups, interviews, law enforcement, documentaries). You will have to complete three five-minute tests in order to be considered for paid projects. These five-minute tests should take you about 20 minutes each to complete (if you are going way over the 20-minute mark per test, transcribing may not be worthwhile for you).

13- TranscribeMe!

TranscribeMe! posts transcription jobs online for English and Spanish typists. The first step is filling out a form. After that, you will be directed to take a test. If you pass, someone from their Operations Department will contact you within 48 hours to discuss the next steps (don’t worry, if you fail, you can retake the exam in 24 hours). Transcribers get paid per audio hour. Payments are made every week.

14-  Ubiqus

Ubiqus is a global leader in language, transcription, and event services with industry-leading divisions in the fields of translation, language interpretation, transcription of audio and video, audience polling, audio recording, and event badges. Through the integration of more than 16 companies across North America and Europe, and the ability to extend service coverage and flexibility globally, Ubiqus has been a partner to more than 21,000 clients worldwide. biqus is continuously searching for qualified, talented individuals to join our team of language, transcription, and event professionals. Whether you are seeking to start your career or interested in changing your current path, Ubiqus offers a range of opportunities. To be considered for full-time or freelance opportunities, submit your CV and cover letter per the instructions for each opening.

15- 1-888-TYPE-IT-UP

Formerly, Verbal Fusion, 1-888-TYPE-IT-UP pays the best starting rate for transcription jobs online for beginners. You must be a U.S. resident and fill out a short questionnaire to be considered. When they are hiring, you will be contacted and asked to take a short transcription test. If you pass, you can be hired on as a contractor. Keep in mind, it might be weeks or months before you are invited to test. So even if you think you might be remotely interested in this opportunity, it is best to get your application in ASAP!

16- Verbal Ink

We’re always looking for highly skilled linguists to add to our growing team. If you’re interested in applying to work for Verbal Ink as an English language transcriptionist, please email us at jobs@verbalink.com. Here’s an articlethat covers in detail what we’re looking for in a transcriptionist. If you are applying as a proofreader, copywriter, or editor, please indicate that in your email as well. If you’re interested in applying to work for us as a translator or foreign language transcriptionist, please email us at translation@verbalink.com along with the language you are applying for. In both cases, please attach your resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. We’re eager to hear from you and keep all resume submissions on file, but we may not be able to respond to you right away. No phone calls, please.

17- 3Play Media

We are looking for contract transcriptionists/editors to transcribe recorded audio and edit imperfect transcription using our proprietary internet-based software application. Since all transcription work is performed remotely, you will need a good computer and a high speed internet connection. As a contract transcriptionist/editor, you would decide which projects to accept, how much you work, and when and where you perform your work. To be a good candidate, you need to be able to provide expert transcribing services independently and be able to provide a quick turnaround on a finished work product (as a given project may require). In addition to the qualifications below, you are required to take and pass a series of proficiency tests to demonstrate your transcription skills prior to being engaged as a contract transcriptionist/editor. You are required to have Typing ability of at least 75 wpm

Freelancer Annual report of 2015: the most interesting spots

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Freelancer Annual report: the most interesting spots

Number of users

The number of freelancers and clients registered on freelancer.com reached 18.5 Million users.  In 2005 This number was about 2 Million users. So we can see that the number of users jumped about 925% in the past 10 years.
freelancer users (freelancer annual report)
The number of users in 2015 is about 9 times the number of users in 2005

Number of jobs

The total number of jobs and contests posted in freelancer was redefined in January  2016. Filtered for spam, advertising, test projects, or otherwise projects that are deemed bad and unable to be fulfilled.
Freelancer jobs (freelancer annual report)
The number of jobs increased about 16 times from 2005 to 2016

Investments

in  2015 more than 3 Billion US dollars invested in jobs posted with average job size of 156 US$. This makes freelancer.com one of the biggest online crowd sourcing platforms.

Other interesting facts

  • 65% of the jobs posted have received bids within only  seconds.
  • in  2015 freelancer supported 34 different language.
  • more than 900 different skills are available.
  • more than 700K user downloaded freelancer mobile app.

Contests

  • More than 8M contest entries have bid on More than 266K contests posted in 2015.
  • the number of contest increased by 51%.
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الإعتماد على المصادر الخارجية واثرة فى خلق فرص العمل الحر عن بعد

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الإعتماد على المصادر الخارجية على الإنترنت

ما هو الإعتماد على المصادر الخارجية ؟

منذ وقت طويل جدا وكانت الشركات والمؤسسات التجارية تلجأ إلى العمالة المؤقتة لإنجاز الكثير من أعمالها التى لا تحتاج إلى عاملين بدوام كامل لديها. وهو ما تم إطلاق مصطلح outsourcing أو Crowd sourcing لاحقا. فكثر من الأعمال تكون موسمية أو لا تحتاجها المؤسسة إلا من وقت لآخر على فترات متباعدة. وبالتى فإن الإعتماد على عمالة دائمة فى مثل تلك الأعمال سيكلف المؤسسات الكثير من الرواتب التى لن تستفيد بها فى باقى اوقات السنة التى لا تحتاج فيها من العامل القيام بتلك الأعمال. ومن هنا أصبح الإعتماد على العمالة المؤقتة – التى تكون بعقود عمل قصيرة المدة أحيانا وفى أحيان اخرى بدون عصود عمل – الحل الأمثل لترشيد النفقات. ومع التطور التكنولوكى أصبح من الإمكان ليس فقط الاستعانة بعمالة محلية لانجاز الأعمال بل من الممكن ان يستعين اصحاب الأعمال بعمال مهرة من اى مكان فى العالم لا سيم فيما  يتعلق بالأعمال التى لا تتطلب تواجد العامل فى مكان العمل أو تسليم شئ مادى ملموس.

الإعتماد على المصدار الخارجية عبر الإنترنت

بعد ان توسع مفهوم الإعتماد على المصادر الخارجية وأصبحت أكثر المؤسسات التجارية حول العالم تعتمد عليه. ظهرت بعض المشاكل التى أعاقت توسع مفهوم الإعتماد على المصادر الخراجية عبر الإنترنت والتى كان من أهمها عدم وجود ضمانات تضمن لأصحاب الأعمال مدى كفائة العامل عن بعد وكذلك عدم وجود ضمانات أن يتلقى هذا الأخير اللأجر المتفق عليه. ومن هنا بدأت تنشأ بعض الشركات ومواقع الإنترنت التى أخذت دور الوسيط بين الطرفين لتقدم الضمانات الكافية لكل منهما وسرعان ما كبر دور تلك الشركات وزادت ميزانيتها بشكل كبير وزاد كذلك عددها بشكل كبير فى السنوات الأخيرة. حيث رصدت إحدى المؤسسات البحثية أكثر من 145 موقعا على شبكة الإنترنت تقوم بتلك الخدمة وهذا الرقم قد يصل إلى أضعافه حاليا. 

فدور هذه المواقع والشركات هو أن تسمح لأصحاب الأعمال أن يعرضوا أعمالهم التى يريدون إنجازها على تلك المواقع ومن ثم يمكن لأى من العاملين عن بعد “الفريلانسرز” أن يقدموا عروضهم على أصحاب الأعمال ليتم الإتفاق فى النهاية بينهم ويكون الموقع ضامن للطرفين بحيث يضمن للفريلانسر أن يتقاضي اجره المتفق عليه إذا قام بتسليم عمله كما هو متفق عليه وكذلك ضمان مصداقية الفريلانر لأصحاب الأعمال. وتستقطع تلك الشركات نسبة من أرباح الفريلانسر وبعض الرسوم من أصحاب الأعمال مقابل تلك الخدمات التى تقدمها.

مميزات الإعتماد على المصدار الخارجية

بالنسبة إلى الفريلانسرز

1- يمكنهم ذلك من الوصول لوظائف زات أجور مرتفعه نسبيا مقارنة بتلك التى قد يتقاضونها فى بلدانهم.

2- يمكنهم من العمل من المنزل

3- يمكنهم من تحقيق دخل إضافى إلى جانب اعمالهم الدائمة.

4- يمكنهم من إختيار مجال العمل الذين يحبونه بدون قيود.

5- يمكنهم من الحصول على وظائف جيدة حتى لهؤلاء الذين يحملون شهادات خبرة أو شهادات دراسية فى مجال العمل، بعكس الحال فى الوظائف المحلية.

بالنسبة لأصحاب الأعمال

1- يساعد أصحاب الأعمال على ترشيد النفقات.

فلا حاجة لدفع مرتب شهري لموظف لا تكون الشركة فى حاجة له إلا فى شهرين فقط فى العام أو لعدد محدود من المهام. كذلك حتى بالنسبة للأعمال التى تحتاج الشركة لمن يقوم بها بشكل دائم فإن اللجوء إلى من يقوم بها عن بعد يوفر على الشركة نفقات المنشآت التى كان سيعمل بها العامل إن قام بتأدية العمل من مقر الشركة.

2- سيوفر على الشركات الإلتزامات طويلة المدى إتجاه العاملين لديها مثل نظم التامينات وما إلى ذلك.

3- سيسمح ذلك للشركات بالعثور على العاملين الأكثر مهارة دون تقيد بحدود جغرافية.

4- سيسمح للشركة أن تحصل على أعمالها منجزة فى وقت أسرع حيث ان العامل عن بعد عادة يمكنه العمل فى الأجازات وأوقات متأخرة من الليل.

5- سيسهل على الشركة بشكل كبير تعيين عامل عبر الانترنت حيث قد يستغرق الأمر بضع دقائق فقط فى حين أن تعيين موظف جديد بالشكل التقليدى قد يستغرق أسابيع أو أيام بأحسن تقدير.

تحديات الإعتماد على المصادر الخارجية عبر الإنترنت

بالنسبة لأصحاب الأعمال

بالرغم إن معظم المواقع الإلكترونية وشركات ال outsourcing توفر انظمة اختبارات لمهارات الفريلانسرز. لكن ذلك لا يحقق الحد الأدنى المطلوب فى معظم الحالات. خصوصا إن معظم تلك المواقع لا تجبر الفريلانسر على اجتياز تلك الاختبارات قبل التقدم للوظائف. وبالتالى يكون أصحاب الأعمال مضطرين إلى اختبار المتقديم لشغل اعمالهم بانفسهم.

كما أن مدة تسليم العمل غير مضمونة كذلك لعدم وجود اشراف مباشر من اصحاب الاعمال فى معظم الحالات.

بالنسبة إلى الفريلانسرز

بالنسبة إلى الفيلاسرز الجدد من المحتمل ان يتعرضوا للنصب والإحتيال إن لم يتنبهوا مع من يتعاملون.

التحكم فى الوقت من اصعب التحديات وبصفة خاصة فى حالة العمل من المنزل.

من أصعب التحديات هى تجنب مصدار الإلهاء والتشتيت أثناء العمل.

تسويق أعمالك. عندما تعمل لحساب شركة لا تهتم أبدا بالتسويق لأعمال الشركة لكن عندما تعمل لحسابك الخاص كفريلاسنر يجب عليك أن تسوق لخدماتك لكي تتمكن من ايجاد من يشتريها.

الخلاصــــــــة

فى الإقتصاد الحديث تتوجه معظم المؤسسات التجارية والاقتصادية الكبيرة إلى الإعتماد على المصادر الخاريجة للعمل لا سيم عبر الإنترنت. بسبب ما يوفره هذا الأسلوب من مزايا ومنافع. ومن هنا تأتى الفرص الواعدة للفريلانسرز ليقتنصوها.

بالرغم من وجود العديد من الصعوبات والتحديات فى هذا الأسلوب، فإن ذلك لا يعنى أن العمل بدوام كامل أفضل بأى حال. فلا يزال الإعتماد على تلك المصادر زي جدوي اقتصادية افضل من الغتماد على الطرق التقليدية للتوظيف. كما ان تلك الصعوبات من السهل جدا التغلب عليها بالخبرة وإجراء بعض التعديلات البسيطة على انظمة الشركات أو المواقع الوسيطة.

أخيرا هناك الكثر من النصائح التى قام بكتابتها عملاء وفريلانسرز خبراء لمساعدة الآخرين فى تخطى  تلك الصعوبات والتحديات، نسرد بعضها فى المواضيع التالية:

     

India’s Freelance Economy is Booming in 2016

Burgeoning Startup Ecosystem in India
Since India has the second highest number of freelance professionals (about 15M), standing next only to the US (approx 53M). These 15M Indian freelancers take up a whopping 40% of total freelance jobs offered worldwide. Hence this clearly manifests the dominance of Indian Freelancers over their western counterparts.

Contract Hiring in India is Catching up

When we say that the US has 53M freelance professionals, it’s important to note that half of them work on contracts as consultants with one or more companies at a time. While India’s contract workforce is in nascent stages; however, India is catching up with the west as startups actively seek out senior professionals from various industries to work on contract – something they could not afford on full-time payroll .

Burgeoning Startup Ecosystem in India

India has the fastest growing startup ecosystem and the third highest number of technology driven startups worldwide, trailing behind only the US and the UK. Burgeoning Startup Ecosystem in India

Most In-demand Skills for Freelancers in India in 2016

  1. Cloud and Distributed Computing.
  2. Content Marketing.
  3. User Interface Design.
  4. Graphics Design.
  5. Digital and Online Marketing.
  6. Web Architecture and Development Frameworks.
  7. Perl / Python / Ruby.
  8. Data Presentation.
  9. Mobile Development.
  10. Algorithm Design.
  11. Social Media Marketing.
  12. Game Development.
  13. Shell Scripting Languages.
  14. Middleware and integration software.
  15. PR and Communications.
The growing startup ecosystem in India, consequently growing demand and affinity of people for contract hiring, abundance of skilled professionals in India. Followed by growing Internet penetration and skyrocketing number of Internet and Mobile Internet users along with India’s reserved pool of women workforce. These are clear indicators signaling that the year 2016 has potential to twirl and refresh the freelancing scenario in India.   By: Prakarsh @Payoneer Blog

SIA: We have identified 145 online staffing platform businesses around the world

Staffing platforms

staffing platform

  • We have identified 145 online staffing platform businesses operating around the world. This including 33 “witkeys” (the Chinese variant of online staffing). There are actually likely to a larger number of tiny platform businesses we have not detected yet.

Annual spends of online staffing platforms

  • In 2013, only a fairly small number of these online staffing business processed annual spend of more than $25 million, with the now-merged Elance-oDesk being the industry giant by far with combined spend of $750 million. In 2014, however, more platforms should cross the $100 million level of annual spend.
  • All platforms globally processed an estimated $1.4 billion-1.6 billion of gross spend (dollar value of work completed and paid for) in 2013. 2014 seems to be shaping up to be another year of very strong double digit growth in this segment.
  SIA (Stuffing Industry Analytics) is the Global Advisor on Staffing and Workforce Solutions

The Changing Place of Britain’s Workforce (by PeoplePerHour)

UK freelancers

Across Great Britain, the South West of England had the highest rate of home workers

Great Britain Workforce

The Changes in UK Workforce

The Office for National Statistics reported last year that there are now 4.2 million ‘home workers’ in the UK, which is almost double the number in 1998 when these figures first started to be recorded. This means that almost 14% of the UK workforce now utilities one of these more ‘flexible’ options. In fact, according to research we conducted in August 2015, this new generation of self-employed workers chose this type of role due to the flexible hours it offers, the freedom to be one’s own boss, along with the creative challenge and potential for success/satisfaction being key drivers. The growth in ‘home workers’ has also given rise to a dramatic change in where the UK’s growing ‘Creative Economy’ is able to reside. Gone are the days where freelancers flock to London in order to build up a network of contacts to ensure a regular stream of work. Meaning that workers are increasingly able to move from the shadow of the UK capital to live wherever they want.

The UK’s Anywhere Worker

The growth in the ‘Creative Economy’ has sparked a movement of workers from London and the South East to liveThe UK’s Anywhere Worker and work further afield around the UK, while still being able to provide their expertise to the capital’s economy – as well as extending their support to other areas of the country too.            

Most productive cities outside the capital

Most productive cities outside the capital

10 effective Tips to help you to be more productive (People per Hour Blog)

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10 Tips to help you to be more productive

1. Build a framework

Start off by blocking hours for work, rest and play. Plan a typical week based on your commitments so that you get a balance of work, rest and play. Why? Because you’ll become more productive.

2. The Habit Loop

When you have your structure mapped out, then you can start to build healthy habits into each and every day. Forming healthy habits helps you become more productive. In his book The Power Of Habit, Charles Duhigg breaks a habit into a three-stage process. I like to refer to these as the three Rs: • Reminder: Start with a reminder of the task you need to do; e.g. set a reminder in your calendar to work on a particular task at a certain time of day. • Routine: Follow a routine to complete that task; e.g. make a checklist of the steps you need to complete your task so that you have a consistent approach • Reward: Give yourself a reward; e.g. have a coffee or spend 5 minutes on social media – whatever floats your boat.

3. Work in your best time of day

If you want to be a productive freelancer, then you’ll have to find your best time for working. That’s the flexible thing about freelancing – you can choose your most productive hours. No more attending meetings or presenting lectures when you feel half asleep. If you’re not sure when you function best, then monitor yourself for a week.  Note down when you were feeling more energised, compared to when you were feeling more sluggish.

4. Focus on one thing – prioritise your tasks

When you start freelancing you soon realise that there is a heap of stuff to do. It’s not just a case of writing or designing or creating. Unfortunately, there’s admin, finances, and marketing to consider too. • Don’t get overwhelmed. • Don’t get bogged down with a long list of outstanding tasks. • Don’t try multitasking. Focus on one thing at a time. Look at all your tasks and ask yourself, “What is the most important thing I need to do right now?” There will only be one thing that is the most important. So do that first. You’ll feel empowered when you’ve completed it. Then, and only then, look at your list of tasks and pick the next most important thing.

5. Eliminate distractions

Once you’ve zoned in on your one thing, working at your best time of the day, then the last thing you need is a distraction. • Putting a sign on your door, then do it. • Switching off your phone, then do it. • Closing email and social media, then do it.

6. Set time limits on your tasks

When you allocate a specific time to a specific task, then you’ll become more productive. Rest, Here are three ways you can take a regular break:
  • The Pomodoro Technique For each Pomodoro (interval), you work on a task for 25 minutes and then take a break of 3-5 minutes. After four Pomodoros, you take a longer break of 15-30 minutes. 

Whatever work and break interval you choose, make sure you do something different in your break
  • The Rule of 52 and 17 A recent study showed that people were most productive when they took regular breaks. Although the numbers seem a little random, it turns out that working for 52 minutes, then taking a break for 17 minutes, before getting back to work, returned the best results.
  • The Power Nap Scientists have proven that taking a 15-20 minute power nap can boost your energy levels. If you find yourself becoming sluggish and unable to think clearly then maybe a power nap will help you

7. Get your sleep

We’re all different. Some people need 8 hours sleep each night so that they can function properly throughout the next day. Others can manage on much less. The key is to make sure your body has the right amount of sleep so you can maintain your energy and concentration levels throughout the day.

8. Maintain a healthy diet

Food plays an important part in maintaining your energy levels. If you eat too much food, then your body has to work harder to digest it, and as a consequence, your energy levels drop. And then you become less productive. When you start to feel sluggish, it’s easy to think a quick fix of coffee and chocolate is the answer. But there are plenty of other foods which are proven to boost your energy levels (without expanding your waistline).  

9. Drink plenty of water

Opinions vary on how much water we should drink each day to stay hydrated. The health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 litres, or half a gallon.

10- Exercise your body

In short, when we exercise, our brains produce chemicals that make us feel good. And when we feel good our energy levels rocket, which means we become more productive. by  Danny Donchev  

Guru: 10 Profile Mistakes That’ll Cost You The Gig

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As a freelancer on Guru.com, you really are one in a million. One in 1.7 million, to be more precise! How can you stand out to employers and win more jobs? Start by avoiding these common profile mistakes and you’ll be miles ahead of the competition.

Mistake #1: Viewing Your Profile As An Afterthought

Providing employers with an accurate profile is the first step of getting hired. If your profile is lacking, employers have no way of judging whether you have the skills and experience they need. In fact, if you don’t add any services, you might as well not have an account because employers won’t be able to find you on Guru! Help clients get to know you as easy as possible by providing a profile that has character. Upload a quality profile photo (logos are OK but not as effective). Introduce yourself and your company, and spell out what you can do for employers by adding services. Remember to include keywords so your services show up for relevant searches.

Mistake #2: Letting Your Profile Get Stale

Once you’ve completed your profile, you can’t simply let it set. Your profile should reflect your current skills and best work at all times. If you haven’t updated it in over a year, it’s probably out of date. Keep your profile fresh to attract new employers. Add new work collections to your portfolio and attach them to your services. Revisit your work terms regularly. Ask employers to leave you feedback every time you finish a job. Expand your offerings by identifying current in-demand skills and taking skill tests to prove your knowledge.

Mistake #3: Writing Generic Titles & Descriptions

If your services look identical to everyone else’s, you will have a difficult time getting hired. Focus on why you’re different or unique. How do the services you offer relate to your unique vision? Anyone can master a skill, but not everyone can offer the expertise that you’ve built up in your body of work. Put yourself in an employer’s shoes. Use the same language they would when looking for a freelancer like you. Search for jobs that interest you, and see what keywords employers use in the descriptions. Make sure you include those terms in your service descriptions. The more you use a given keyword, the higher you’ll rank for it! You can also take a look at what other freelancers are doing. Search for services that are like yours, and study those that are ranking well. Finally, attach work collections to your services so employers see an image alongside your services.

Mistake #4: Lack of Personal Brand

Your profile is where you get to express who you are and how you work. The language you use is important when developing your brand, and pitching incorrectly will cost you clients. Too informal and you could come across as unprofessional, while too formal could prove too impersonal for some employers’ tastes. Keep your intended audience in mind. How do they want to be talked to? Try to write in a way that speaks to them and their needs. If you want to work with larger companies, a formal tone is a safe bet. However if you work in a creative industry you can use a more informal tone.

Mistake #5: Empty Portfolio

Unless you show examples of your work, an employer may not feel confident in hiring you. The work collections in your portfolio help attract attention to your services. Attach a work collection to a service and its cover image will show next to that service in search results. If you don’t have any previous freelance work to show, get creative. You can create work examples just for your portfolio. For example, if you are starting a freelance writing business you can write a sample blog post even if an employer didn’t hire you for it. If the type of work is not visual, you can create a work collection and upload a word document, PDF or video explaining the work you did. Talk about the employer’s needs and how you met (or exceeded) their expectations. For the work collection’s cover image, design a simple image that spells out your service or represents it. For example, if you offer accounting services you could upload a photo of coins on top of a book.

Mistake #6: Cluttered Portfolio

On the other end of the spectrum, putting everything you’ve ever done in your portfolio isn’t the best strategy. If you show too much, employers could be overwhelmed and miss your best work. Select the work you display in your portfolio with care, and organize it by project or client. Try to represent each of your services with at least one work collection. You should be equally proud of each and every piece you add. Quality over quantity!

Mistake #7: Grammar Errors

The quickest way to scare off an employer is to use poor grammar on your profile. They might assume you are as careless in your work as you are in your writing. Not to mention, poor grammar can make it hard for employers to understand you. Communication is key to success as a freelancer, so you need to be able to clearly state your work terms and expectations. Proofread everything you write on your profile and check for these common grammar mistakes. Not a native English speaker? Consider asking a fellow freelancer who specializes in English translation to help.

Mistake #8: Lack of Confidence

If you don’t believe in yourself, who will? Employers want to work with freelancers who assure them that they will deliver quality results. While you shouldn’t pretend to have skills you don’t, never talk down about your abilities. Prove your skills by taking skill tests and adding your best work in your portfolio. Avoid using phrases like, “I’m just getting started” or, “I hope to one day achieve…”.

Mistake #9: Charging Too Little For Services

It is a common misconception that freelancers have to price their services low to succeed. Many freelancers begin by undercharging for their work — and then get stuck in an endless cycle of mediocre gigs. Charge what you are worth! To start, take a look at what other freelancers are charging for similar quality and type of work. Then figure out what you need in order to support the lifestyle you want using this handy calculator. As long as you’ve completed your profile, an employer will have plenty of proof that you can do what you say. The more information and work collections you add to your profile, the easier it will be to justify your fees.

Mistake #10: Marketing Yourself as “We”

If you are a one-person shop, make sure your employers know this even if you run your freelance business under a corporate name. You don’t want to give the impression that you have an entire staff working on various roles when it’s just you. Be clear on who you are, what you do, and what you don’t do.   By:

Anna Bassham

Communications Manager