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Working From Home - The Physical, Virtual and Psychological Aspects

Monita Mohan, an Elance provider in the Admin Support and Web & Programming categories, has maintained a home office in her Bay Area home for more than 15 years. Recently, I sat down with Monita to learn her work-at-home secrets.

From the physical workspace to the psychological and family aspects of working from home, Monita shares how she’s become a work-at-home pro:

Spotlight on Providers From Around The World

Providers on Elance come from all over the world and from a wide range of industries. Today we're highlighting three newly hired providers: Xander Bennett, Maria Fernanda Cassias and Ross Glenn, who hail from Australia, Brazil and South Africa.

Enhancements to Teams and Business Terms

We launched several changes to the website today, including:

  • Enhanced visibility for Teams from provider profile pages
  • Simplified Business Terms process for employers and providers
  • Change in hold time for payments made by employers to providers



Teams

Teams, launched earlier this year, is a new way for Elance providers to organize as a team and work together, making it easy for multiple individuals to work together and manage jobs within one provider account.

Top 10 Skills in Demand

As an Elance provider, you quickly become aware of the popular skills requested by clients. You may have all the skills you need for the work you want to do, but could you be missing out on something? Is there room for you to expand your knowledge and open up new job types?

Easy SEO for Joomla and Drupal

In most cases, a website content management system (CMS) is not just an option for success of a website, it’s a requirement. Two of the more popular CMS choices around today are Drupal and Joomla.

But how do you make sure your CMS system is configured properly for search engine marketing (SEO)?

Read below for a short SEO to-do list that will help draw traffic to your Drupal or Joomla website.

Investing in Technology: Investing In Your Business

Barack Obama and John McCain differed on many things – social issues, economics, foreign policy and more. One of the things that also differentiated their campaigns was their use of technology. What can your business learn from how two politicians, in the most closely watched contest in most of our lifetimes, used technology?

Traditionally, Republicans have led Democrats in the use of technology to reach and organize local organizers to drive “get out the vote” campaigns. However, in this election, according to all “Monday morning pundits” one of the reasons the Obama campaign was able to rally an army of volunteers and voters was due to its superior use of technology.

What about your business? Are you investing in the right technology and strategically using it to maximize productivity in your business?

Here are some technologies you should be investing in and planning to maximize for 2009:

Make Every Proposal Count

Your profile, portfolio, credentials, references, and feedback establish your credibility and showcase your skills - but, in most cases the first (and possibly the last) impression you make on a potential client will be through your bid proposal.

Whether you submit a proposal on one job or 100 jobs, you’re only looking for one outcome: to be hired. Here are some ways to make every proposal count:

Recession-Busting Tips for Small Businesses

It’s an understatement to say that the current economic slowdown has created some uncertainty about the future.

To manage this uncertainty, small business owners are probably taking rational steps to protect their business, such as trimming excess expenses and eliminating unnecessary spending.

However, cost-cutting isn’t the only strategy survival – rather, businesses can also focus on maintaining current revenues and priming the pump for future revenues.

But how can a small business do this?

Kick-Start Your Sales Team

Do you want to increase sales? Yes? Well, you’re not alone. In all likelihood, you’re limited by the amount of time you can spend finding, targeting, and building relationships with prospective customers. Give yourself – or your sales team – a boost by hiring an elancer to do your legwork so you can connect with your customers.

Show Your Customers You Care

Showing your customers that you care and value their business is more important now than ever. But how can you do this credibly, and genuinely? The key is to have a reason to communicate (other than just simple appreciation). 

Read on for a few effective ways you can show your customers you care:

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