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Preview of The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Preview: The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle.

"It's no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light.

In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, "the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death."

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Preview: The Freelancer's Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams - On Your Terms Kindle Edition by Sara Horowitz and Toni Sciarra Poynter

The Freelancer's Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams—On Your Terms Kindle Edition by Sara Horowitz (Author), Toni Sciarra Poynter (Author).

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"Amazingly, one-third of the American workforce is freelance—that’s 42 million people who have to wrestle with not just doing the work, but finding the work, then getting paid for the work, plus health care, taxes, setting up an office, marketing, and so on. Now help is here, and consultants, independent contractors, the self-employed, “solopreneurs,” and everyone else living a freelancer’s life will never be alone again but instead can be part of a strong and vibrant community.

Written by the authority on freelance working, Sara Horowitz, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and founder of the national Freelancers Union and, most recently, the Freelancers Insurance Company, The Freelancer’s Bible will help those new to freelancing learn the ropes, and will help those who’ve been freelancing for a while grow and expand. It’s the one-stop, all-encompassing guide to every practical detail and challenge of being a nimble, flexible, and successful freelancer: the three essentials of getting clients and the three most important ways to keep them happy.

Five fee-setting strategies. Thirteen tactics for making it through a prolonged dry spell. Setting up a home office vs. renting space. The one-hour contract. A dozen negotiating dos and don’ts. Building and maintaining your reputation. Dealing with deadbeats. Health Insurance 101. Record-keeping and taxes. Productivity, including a quiz: “What Is Your Ideal Day?” Building a community. Subcontracting and other strategies for taking your freelancing career to the next level. Retirement plans, plans for saving for education, and how to achieve financial freedom."

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Preview of The 9-to-5 Cure: Work on Your Own Terms and Reinvent Your Life by Kristin Cardinale

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Here is the preview of The 9-to-5 Cure: Work on Your Own Terms and Reinvent Your Life by Kristin Cardinale.

"The 9 -to-5 Cure is a ground-breaking new guide outlining an immediate and practical strategy for being abundantly employed in any economy. Learn how to insulate yourself from sudden and total job loss by following the practical advice detailed in each chapter. Earn a good living in any economic environment by learning how to create an exceptional number of career opportunities and then select the offers that are most attractive to you. Create your own schedule and choose when and where you work. Discover a new way to review your skills and the best ways to market them to employers. Work on your own terms and reinvent your life - today!"

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Effective Writing Techniques that Work

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Preview of the Kindle eBook Get Your Money's Worth From Prime Shipping, Movies & TV, Music, Books and More by Steve Weber

This is a preview of the Kindle eBook Get Your Money's Worth From Prime Shipping, Movies & TV, Music, Books and More Kindle Edition by Steve Weber.

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"Here's a concise guide that simply explains how to get the most bang from your Prime bucks.

Way back in 2005, I received an email from Amazon.com announcing a new program called "Prime." It was a simple proposition: If I paid $79 a year for the annual membership, I'd get free two-day shipping on most of my orders. Plus, I could upgrade to overnight shipping at a huge discount--just a few dollars perorder.

I'm plenty thrifty, but Amazon didn't need to twist my arm before I coughed up my $79 fee for a Prime membership. It was a no-brainer. I order something from Amazon at least once or twice a week--books, groceries, electronic gadgets (the list has grown every year). So I didn't need to scribble the numbers on the back of an envelope to see that my annual Prime membership would pay for itself within a few months. Easily!"

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Preview of The Top 25 Mistakes Freelance Writers Make (And How to Fix Them) by Courtney Herz

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"Wish you could find out all the roadblocks to a successful freelance writing career? You can! In this book, I have compiled the top 25 mistakes freelance writers tend to make when starting out that cost them time and money. By avoiding these pitfalls you can set yourself on the fast track to freelancing freedom. Drawing from my own experience and the input of other freelancers, this book is a great way to get your freelancing career started on the right track - or to correct it - so you can keep writing and watch your business grow!"

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Hack Upwork: How to make Real Money as a Freelancer by Danny Flood

This is a preview of Hack Upwork. How to make Real Money as a Freelancer by Danny Flood.

"To really succeed on Upwork, and be one of those few, we need to buck conventional wisdom and find an unconventional way to give ourselves an unfair advantage.Once I really committed to success on Upwork, I resolved to reject all conventional advice - and find a unique and different approach to business as usual.Fortunately, my experience as a hiring manager on oDesk served me well. I started doing things differently by first focusing on obtaining only the right type of clients, and ignoring the 95% of bad jobs out there that I didn't want to do."

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Amazon Summary of Pricing Basics for Copywriters & Consultants: Meet Your Income Goals — Guaranteed! (Copywriters Pricing Bootcamp Book by Chris Marlow)

Amazon Preview: "Pricing Basics for Copywriters & Consultants is Part 1 of a 4-Part e-book Series arising from the Copywriters Pricing Bootcamp. In this meaty ebook, you will discover...
  • How to use a Planned Income Goal to meet your income goal this year?
  • A proven formula for meeting your Planned Income Goal,
  • The kinds of clients who can help you meet your Planned Income Goal,
  • The most common Hourly Rate for experienced copywriters. Not my “opinion,” but statistically-relevant rates from surveying nearly 400 working copywriters!
  • The various pay conventions you can employ in your business, and why you must know them to maximize your income,
  • Understanding the concept of “profit” in copywriting — how to make it work for you,
  • When to use an Hourly Rate versus a Flat Rate — and when not to?
  • What to do when your client changes direction after you’ve done some work (so you don’t eat it!)?
  • Whether or not it’s a good idea to use Estimates?
  • How to price large or very large jobs without fear (or total, unmitigated disaster)?
  • What a “Day Rate” is and when and how to employ it?
  • The standard convention for travel expenses — who pays? And what’s covered?
  • Should you ever charge by the word? The definitive answer?
  • The (thank god I know this) truth about Retainers, and how to make sure they don’t actually cost your money or turn you into a wage-slave employee!
  • The mitigating factors in pricing — and should they make you ever come down in price?
  • The #1 chronic problem of pricing your work and how to banish it forever,
  • How to successfully handle awkward “on the spot” pricing question?
  • Simple but powerful productivity tips to add $10,000 to your income each year,
  • “Scope creep” — what it is and how to avoid it?
  • How to take control of the client and the job and work the way you want to?
  • An easy, simple process for up selling your client into new and ongoing work."
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Summary of The 33 Golden Rules: Burnout Prevention for Freelancers: Practical Methods to Avoid Exhaustion, Breakdown, Depression and Emotional Collapse.

"Are you exhausted? Are you depressed? Do you feel overwhelmed by all the demands life is putting on you? Look around you and when you take close look at the people rushing about all around, you'll come to realize that they are probably running in the same race as you.

Juggling multiple roles and trying to excel at every one of them is impossible. After all, we’re human and humans are built with imperfections. If that weren't true, we wouldn't have this fascination for superheroes now, would we?

It's very normal to feel like giving it all up and running away. And that is what this book is all about. One moment! I am not going to tell you how to run away. I am only going to show you how to eliminate the need for running away.

This book has a set of awesome, 33 Golden Rules that will show you how you can pull yourself back from the brink of depression and emotional collapse. Because these are only the stepping stones to the huge problem you have looming in front of you. BURNOUT!!

When you read this short description, you will have taken the first step to changing your life.

Believe me: the set of 33 GOLDEN RULES in this book, can turn your life around!“ by Elizabeth Thompson (Author)

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Review of UNJUGGLED: Lessons from a Decade of Blending Business, Babies, Balance and Big Dreams by Jana Kingsford

Amazon review: "Unjuggled" is about creating the time and space to go after your big dreams of a leveraged life - even with a heap of kids. Jana Kingsford was a high school dropout, teenage mum with a low IQ working as a shoe salesgirl before going on to become a University grad (with kids in tow), start-from-scratch business builder and now a mother of 3 with a Bachelor Degree under her belt and living an Unjuggled life.You can download a copy or read the index of the Kindle eBook by clicking on the image below:


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Freelancing Can Help You Repay Housing Negative Equity

Freelancing can help you repay your housing negative equity

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Review of Creative Visualization

"Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life."

This is a top selling book on Amazon.com and this is what the review says:

"As introduced by Shakti Gawain to more than seven million readers worldwide, creative visualization is the art of using mental imagery and affirmation to produce positive changes in your life. Gawain’s clear writing style and vivid examples make Creative Visualization easy to read and apply to your personal needs and wants. This groundbreaking work has found enthusiastic followers in every country and language in which it has been published, and Gawain’s simple yet powerful techniques are now used successfully in many diverse fields, including health, education, business, sports, and the creative arts. Whether you read it for general inspiration and empowerment or to achieve specific goals"

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Explain Yourself!: How To Do Explainer Videos The Right Way Kindle Edition

For those readers who want a fast and easy way to learn how to make your project successful, look inside this 5 star eBook: Explain Yourself!: How To Do Explainer Videos The Right Way

It will help you avoid big mistakes and wasted efforts while creating the best project for your needs.
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Freelance Retirees- 12 Tips On How To Make Your Money Last Longer

Freelance retirees can make their money last longer by deciding to retire part time.

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Social Media Optimization: The Essentials You Need to Know

Social media optimization makes website content better support your social media presence. Your business should have an actively maintained social media such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Quora and LinkedIn. That is accomplished through two primary focuses: social media features within the content and social media promotion through links to and from your social media accounts.

Social Media Optimization

The Two Types of SMO

Social Media Features Within the Content - It boils down to linking: you provide a link; the user clicks on that link; the link establishes a virtual customer/business relationship. The best way to do that is to link your website, and all its content, to your social media sites.

Every web page, every post, every update should provide the user an opportunity to know your company better through social media websites. This is social media optimization at work.

Social Media Promotion - Social media promotion means actively networking the business through social media platforms.

Your website content and blog posts on other blogging websites in the same market sector, back linking to your business website.

Your business website promotes through Twitter follows. This type of social media optimization is like leaving pamphlets on potential customers' doors, an aggressive form of online promotion that contributes to your total web presence.

The important distinction is that social media is inbound marketing rather than traditional outbound marketing.

Online Reputation Management

Social media website promotion comes with its risks.

All of your social media websites will be piped in and aggregated into an easy to use interface that gives you a global overview of your online presence. It will help you gauge how well your social media optimization tactics are working and manage the accounts.

Inbound Marketing Assessment

Have you had an assessment of your inbound marketing?

It is important because inbound marketing has been shown to cost up to 50% less than the traditional outbound marketing.

Social Media Marketing Management (SMMM)

SMMM is very time consuming It is smart business to use the best social media management tools. We recommend that you should trial the following the tool we use every day:

HootSuite: Social Relationship Platform

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SEO PowerSuite: Boost your Google rankings

If you wish to be a success at internet marketing you have to learn this truth right from the start because it is fundamental to getting traffic to your website, blog, Facebook Page or any other platform on the internet. It is the links and interactions that you build that will determine your success or otherwise.

It follows that you need to build your links and interactions with the internet with the best tools. This in itself produces a problem because there are so many tools in the market place it is difficult to choose the correct one. There is one criteria that stands out based on the number of users and that is SEO PowerSuite because it has 2 million users.

SEO PowerSuite consists of four modules or software. These are:

  1. Rank Tracker
  2. WebSite Auditor
  3. SEO SpyGlass
  4. Link Assistant

These software are included as a package in SEO PowerSuite though one can download them and use them separately too. This is what each of the software modules does:

Rank Tracker is aimed at locating where your website ranks in the search engines for your keywords. This is fundamental to tailoring your strategies and content to your target audience. Learn more here:

Track Google rankings

Website Auditor targets your website structure and optimizes it to improve your rankings. This empowers you to locate any shortcomings in your website structure and layout and correct any errors. Find out more here:

Website Auditor

SEO SpyGlass gives you an unfair advantage over your competition in your target market because it allows you to locate which are your best competitors and why. This empowers you to clearly identify what you have to do to beat them and the software helps you do it. Learn more here:

Check your backlinks

Link Assistant helps you locate high quality backlinks to your website in a search engine friendly manner. It does this, firstly, by helping you identify which websites are already ranking high in search engines for your target keywords and helps you in getting linked to these websites. Find out more here:

Link Assistant

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HTML & CSS - FELIX

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COPYWRITING AND FREELANCE WRITING - DAVID

David used a tragedy to rethink his life and answer the question, “What do I want to do with the rest of my life?” The answer to that question was to take classes through Udemy and become a freelance Copywriter with the intention of fulfilling his desire to write and have travel the world. Read his full story here.

Copywriting secrets - How to write copy that sells

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP - HARSH RAJ

New skills in hand, Harsh landed a great job at a startup in the education technology industry. “I credit the courses I found on Udemy with opening the doors to help get me a new job at a startup in a completely different industry and providing the tools to execute new my job function well,” he explains. Read his full story here.

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WEB DEVELOPMENT - RYAN

Ryan says: “I am tired of having to rely on other people to make my ideas happen. Udemy has helped me develop the skills I need and has allowed me to do so in an efficient, convenient, and cost-effective way.” Read his full story here.

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WORKHOPPERS - Matching site for Freelancers

Workhoppers is an innovative site where freelancers are matched with the right job. No auction. No commissions. Companies post their needs and the algorithm

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I think people underestimate some work from home opportunities because of what others say

You cannot go off of articles like so. How about look up the business, ignore all those scam opinions. Because in all honestly, you pay for a business

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How to Become a Self-Employed Freelance Specialist or Solopreneur

How to Become a Self-Employed Freelance Specialist or Solopreneur Even if You Have No Idea How to Get Started.

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15 Effective Time Management Strategies for Freelance Success

Time management strategies that helps you maintain the right balance between work and personal time.

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Exploring Freelance Journalism Opportunities

Learn about the options for freelance journalism, and what you need to know to get started as a journalist.

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Paid Market Research: Helping Businesses to Analyze their Target Markets

Paid market research can provide a variety of job opportunities in the marketing industry.

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Sitemap of Freelance Work Guide

Sitemap of Freelance Work Guide

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Building a Freelance Illustration Business: Tips to Get Started

Freelance illustration is a rewarding career, requiring flexibility, good management, and planning.

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Setting Freelance Rates and Getting Paid

A simple guide on negotiating freelance rates and payment methods for getting paid.

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Are You Getting Paid What You Are Worth, as a Freelancer?

How to make sure that you are getting paid what you are worth for your freelancing work.

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Life Work Balance and Its Positive Characteristics

How freelancing can help achieve a healthy life work balance.

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9 Stress Management Tips for Freelancers

9 stress management tips to reduce stress in your freelancing.

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Google+ Checklist

Beginner's Guide to Google+
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Career Change Advice -- What You Need To Consider

Career change advice for when you are thinking about changing your career.

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Tips To Grab the Reader's Attention Through Your Writing Skills

When you want to make an impact through your article, you should make sure that the article has the proper mixture of all the ingredients. It is important

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About John Cosstick and Freelance-Work-Guide.com

About John Cosstick... my journey to self employment and why I built this website.

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Useful Social Media Sites for Networking

Social media sites like Facebook and other social networking websites.

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Best Work at Home Jobs for Professional Writing

The Best Work at Home Jobs gives you a review of the different professional jobs that you could do from home.

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Social Media Marketing Inisghts and Power Tips

Discover essential power tips for social media marketing

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Social Media Marketing For Freelancers

Social media marketing and social media optimization requires freelancers to use social media services and tools

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Web Content Writing - Use Freelance Writing Skills Online

There is a growing demand for web content writing skills. Learn how you can benefit.

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Freelancers Need To Monitor The Changes In Facebook

Have you noticed that the posts of your friends, business acquaintances have decreased? This is because Facebook has changed the way that it is selecting the posts that you see. You can expect more changes to occur in the future that relate to increasing the revenue from advertising.

Before I give you the link to Jay Baer's article "3 Ways to Fight Facebook's Algorithm and Customize Your Feed" I recommend that you view the Get 10,000 Fans free video training on "The Perfect Facebook Ad”. You can see this video, by cutting and pasting this link into your browser: http://bit.ly/TlF6ul

This is the link to Jay Baer's article"3 Ways to Fight Facebook's Algorithm and Customize Your Feed”:

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Social Media News Release: Breaking News Fast

Social Media News Release is the latest trend in press release.

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Resources for Freelancers and Freelancing Tools

Here's a wide selection of resources for freelancers, freelancing tools for both new and established freelancers to build and market a business online.

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Top Apps For Freelancers

By Hannah Mason from Hungry House, the UK's leading online takeaway delivery service for Indian, pizza and Chinese food delivery.

Whilst the advantages of freelancing are many and varied, with the opportunity to set your own work hours, work from home and take on a variety of projects being just some of the benefits; with no boss looking over your shoulder the freelance life does mean that you have to be incredibly strict in regards to time management and efficiency. Luckily these days there's hundreds of online tools available to help you out. I've been a freelance web content writer and online marketing specialist for a while now and have worked my way though many-an-app in an effort to maximise on my productivity levels. Here's my rundown on one of the best out there.

For the freelancer writers out there - be it a blog article, short story or full-blown novel, Manuscript is a great project management tool for your writing. It contains an in-built dictionary and thesaurus along with essential access to google and wikipedia so you can research and plan your writing easily. Users can start from scratch or import work already written from google docs. Then, once completed, you can export your work via email or google docs. For writers who travel or commute a lot and are sick of having notes and work drafts all over the place, Manuscript is a great app for consolidating everything ensuring you don’t lose the latest version of your work. It’s available from the Apple store and you can download it for your ipad, pc as well as mac.Comment on your favorite application here: http://bit.ly/qAUgaZ

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Top Apps For Freelancers

Top Apps for Freelancers

by Hannah Mason from Hungry House, the UK's leading online takeaway delivery service for Indian, pizza and Chinese food delivery.

Whilst the advantages of freelancing are many and varied, with the opportunity to set your own work hours, work from home and take on a variety of projects being just some of the benefits; with no boss looking over your shoulder the freelance life does mean that you have to be incredibly strict in regards to time management and efficiency. Luckily these days there's hundreds of online tools available to help you out. I've been a freelance web content writer and online marketing specialist for a while now and have worked my way though many-an-app in an effort to maximise on my productivity levels. Here's my rundown on one of the best out there.

Evernote

Evernote is a fantastic tool for amassing and sorting ideas and sources of inspiration as you come across them. A 'note' can be anything from a text document, handwritten ink note, audio memo, webpage or photograph. Notes can be sorted in to folders, annotated, archived, tagged, edited and exported. The service can be used on a number of operating systems including Windows, Mac and Android and it's free or you can opt for a paid premium membership which offers more storage space. Whatever your line of business, Evernote is likely to be a useful tool in some way if only to ensure everything is gathered in one place rather than across a number of different spaces scattered across your computer and smart phone. It's probably the app I use the most and would encourage every freelancer to give it a go. I will review others over the coming weeks.

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Freelance Work Guide... Practical Tips and Advice for Freelancing Your Skills

Downsized or unemployed? Don't despair... Use your business knowledge and experience to get freelance work and build your own home-based business, and be your own boss. Tips and advice shared here.

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Useful Time Management Tools

Time management tools to track your time usage and improve productivity.

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Website a Good Idea (Elance also a Great Idea)

This is a very good article with excellent tips. I'd like to agree with your assertion that a website is a must in today's market. We don't sell in the

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SUPERB ADVICE

Superb advice to always visit the Fair Trade Commission before paying ANY money to a potential money making business. Remember the old adage--if something

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The Mighty Egg Timer

My best time management advice: the mighty egg timer! I am a freelance writer with loads of different projects on the go. My assignments are generally

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