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Mobile Monkey CEO Larry Kim shares his tips for staying productive while working remotely.

It can be hard to make the most of your time when you’re working from home, especially when you're wearing a lot of different hats and trying to complete a lot of different tasks. There are others who have been there, and they've found some methods to improve productivity.

Keep reading for tips on how you can up your productivity while working from home.

1. Have a single focus

If you're someone who wears a lot of different hats at work, multitasking might seem like a good idea. Whether you're doing multiple things at once or switching back and forth between tasks, chances are, none of the projects you're working on are getting the attention they deserve. It might feel like you're being more productive, but in reality, you're diminishing your productivity and stressing yourself out. Research suggests that multitasking actually negatively affects productivity and brain health. Being "in the zone," so to speak, has a psychological term associated with it—flow. A flow state is simply a mental state in which you perform whatever activity you are doing while extremely focused; you are fully involved in the process and completely immersed. You want to reach your flow state at work. So, drop one (or two, or three...) of those tasks, and just focus on one at a time. It'll improve the quality of your work and help you manage stress.

2. Block out distractions

We're all guilty of this—after all, distractions are everywhere. Sure, breaks are a necessity, but sometimes we let these things get in the way of our productivity. It's far easier to block out distractions than it is to pull yourself back to the task at hand after getting sidetracked.

Here are my tips to stay on task while working from home:

  • Take breaks as necessary
  • Close the chat windows
  • Put your phone on silent
  • Put in some headphones
  • Move to a quieter location

It can be easy to become distracted when you're not sure what tasks you have to complete. Using the Action Method by Behance is a good way to block out distractions and make sure you're getting projects done by organizing all of your ideas on paper. There are templates available that can be used in whatever method is most helpful to you. Eliminating distractions will make your productivity skyrocket, and you'll be able to get more done quicker in the end.

3. Set a time limit

Do you have a lot of tasks to complete, and no idea how to manage them all? We already discussed working on one thing at a time, but the reality is we sometimes have too much to do. It can be almost impossible to do only one thing from start to finish when we are incredibly busy at work. Here’s another solution: Set a time limit for each task you work on.

A great example of this can be found in the Pomodoro Technique. The Pomodoro Technique is when you break up your tasks into 25-minute focused blocks of time. After each block, you take a five or 10 minute break, but after four blocks (equaling one hour total of focused work time), you take a longer break, around 15 to 30 minutes. With the Pomodoro Technique you can eliminate multitasking while getting more done. This will help those of us who are wearing multiple hats at work to manage our various responsibilities, while keeping up the quality without getting overwhelmed.

4. Set up productivity rituals

What are productivity rituals? They are whatever you want them to be. As a busy worker, you know what does and does not work for you. So why not make a ritual out of it?

Rituals aren't quite like routines. While routines are typically a specific set of things done at the same time every day, rituals are more like malleable versions of routines that you can do any time of day to help boost you forward. They don't have to be specific to work, either; you can have rituals for all parts of your day and week.

Here are some examples of rituals that you can use to increase your productivity at work:

  • Have a breakfast that you enjoy and that energizes you
  • Write down your most important To-Dos
  • Meditate as a break from projects
  • Go for a quick walk
  • Brew a cup of coffee or tea

One way you can incorporate rituals into your work week is by following the lead of David Allen's book, “Getting Things Done.” This method involves moving tasks and projects out of the mind by recording them in a physical list and then breaking them into actionable work items. List making in the GTD method can be a ritual that you do when you need to consider which tasks need completing. Rituals help us shift our focus from task to task and improve productivity through an element of magical comfort.

"Rituals aren't quite like routines. While routines are typically a specific set of things done at the same time every day, rituals are more like malleable versions of routines that you can do any time of day to help boost you forward."

-Larry Kim

(Photo credit): Gettyimages.com/agrobacter

5. Get up early

It might not be what any of us want to hear, but it's true: Waking up early can improve productivity. Aside from the simple fact that waking up early gives you more time to accomplish more tasks, it also gives you more time to care for the most important part of your day: you.

Some very busy people might be tempted to wake up early and finish up some work tasks that they didn't have time for the day before. And, sure, this will make you productive—to an extent. What will make you more productive during your actual work day, however, is taking the extra time in the morning to unwind, prepare for the day, maybe exercise and eat a nutritious breakfast.

6. Group your interruptions

We spoke already about blocking out distractions to increase your productivity at work. But sometimes blocking out distractions until you finish the task at hand simply isn't realistic. You've got a phone that's gathering notifications, you've got a grumbling stomach, and you've got coworkers that want your attention, either because they need something, want to ask a question, or simply want to chat. You can't just block all of these out all the time; we're not robots. What you can do, however, is group your interruptions so you deal with all of them at the same time.

For example, dedicate a portion of your day to checking your phone for messages and notifications, checking your personal email and dealing with coworkers' requests. If a coworker interrupts you while you're working on something, kindly ask if they can send you an email or speak to you during whatever time you allocate to your interruptions and distractions. Then, take that chunk of time during the day to deal with all of it at once. This will allow you a break from your work and a chance to catch up on non-work-related tasks or issues.

7. Outsource chores

If you're someone who's running a business, you're just starting a business, or you're simply very busy all the time, you might want to consider outsourcing some of your tasks. Outsourcing isn't reserved for huge corporations that can afford to hire people overseas or send jobs elsewhere. Realistically, outsourcing is paying someone to do a task that you can't or don't want to do yourself. And if you don't have enough time in the day for all of your to-do's, it's a great option to boost productivity.

 

There are a number of tasks that would be good to delegate, such as design work, research, managing phones and setting up appointments. The most common method of outsourcing is, of course, hiring people to do these tasks. But sometimes, busy entrepreneurs don't have the means to hire straight away. Consider using a chatbot as a virtual assistant to outsource tasks that would normally be done by a personal assistant or office manager, such as answering client questions, booking appointments, giving you reminders, and more.

8. Set up email rules

Email eats up a lot of time, especially when you have hundreds of emails coming in a day. But there are solutions to help you increase your productivity. Email rules will help you manage the beast that is work email and allow you to get more important projects done with your time. To start, consider scheduling a couple times each day to check your email.

For example, you could check in in the morning, just after lunch and before leaving for the day. You can also turn off your email alerts, so the constant noise notifications don't create distractions.

Consider setting up rules in whatever email service you use; this will help by flagging emails and automatically moving certain emails to various folders.

Finally, don't send emails that you don't have to send! Could it be sent in an instant message if your company uses something like Slack? If you're sending emails, think through the process and make sure that the emails you're sending are straightforward, necessary, and serving a purpose without simply decreasing your productivity level.

9. Learn from others

The best thing that anyone can do for their productivity is to try new things and see if they work. Not everyone is the same, so these tips might not work equally across the board. But there are people that have been there already; there are people that have started businesses, grown businesses and worked their way up the ladder. Those people have been through it all, and they likely have different insights as to what works and what doesn't. Learning new productivity tips from others is a great step towards increasing your own productivity.

10. Gamify productivity

People perform best when there is instant gratification, rewards, or feedback—that's why people enjoy video games so much. You complete a task in a game, and you're instantly rewarded for your efforts. How great would it be if that was what happened while you were at work? Gamification at work isn't necessarily about turning work into a game, but more about creating an environment of fun and enjoyment at the job. It builds bonds between employees and gets them having fun—and employees who have fun on the job are more likely to perform better.

There are a number of existing apps that are used to boost productivity through gamification; consider exploring some options to make work fun for your employees and improve overall productivity.

Perfect productivity takes practice

Nothing good comes straight away. Like anything else, managing your time and improving your productivity takes practice. You'll likely need to try a number of different things before you find the methods that work for you and help you boost your own productivity. Just keep practicing. Finding the tools to work with will benefit you for the rest of your life.

[Source: This article was published in eastwestbank.com By Larry Kim - Uploaded by the Association Member: Jasper Solander] 

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These are the stocks that are winning because you're working from home

The novel coronavirus closed offices around the globe in March. Ever since, we’ve all been working from home. Demand for remote work solutions has soared. So have work-from-home stocks.

Make no mistake. Working from home is not a fad that will go away once Covid-19 disappears. For many, remote work is a permanent lifestyle change that will stick around long after this pandemic is old news.

Why?

Because it’s 2020. Because we have the internet, smartphones, tablets and computers. All of which can be installed with cloud-hosted productivity and communication software. And this software enables employees to do all the work they were doing in the office from the comfort of their own homes.

And if those employees can be just as productive at home as they were in the office, then why would a company pay big dollars for office space?

It’s a win-win situation. Employees get to stay home. Businesses get to cut expenses.

Of course, not all companies will embrace the work-from-home trend. Many physically cannot. Think restaurants, retail shops or hotels.

But enough will that today’s work-from-home stocks will stay red-hot for the next several years.

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at 10 work-from-home stocks that are beating the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020:

  • Slack (NYSE:WORK)
  • Zoom (NASDAQ:ZM)
  • RingCentral (NYSE:RNG)
  • Twilio (NYSE:TWLO)
  • Okta (NASDAQ:OKTA)
  • Inseego (NASDAQ:INSG)
  • Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
  • DocuSign (NASDAQ:DOCU)
  • Dropbox (NASDAQ:DBX)
  • Atlassian (NASDAQ:TEAM)

Work-From-Home Stocks: Slack (WORK)

A Slack (WORK) sign on the company's headquarters in San Francisco, California.
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One of Wall Street’s favorite work-from-home stocks has been Slack.

The enterprise communications software provider has seen demand for its services soar thanks to remote work tailwinds. Last quarter, the company reported 28% customer growth and 50% revenue growth.

Wall Street has cheered the results. Year-to-date, WORK stock is up 44%.

But chasing this rally here and now seems risky.

Work-from-home tailwinds will persist over the next several years. But from where they sit today, they will likely moderate in the back-half of 2020 as some offices reopen. Indeed, Slack’s second-quarter guide calls for decelerating revenue growth to  roughly 43%. Worse yet, the full-year guide calls for revenue growth to slow to roughly 37%.

Amid slowing growth trends, the extended valuation on WORK stock (26 times forward sales) may start to rear its ugly head.

Zoom Video Communications (ZM)

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Another one of Wall Street’s favorite work-from-home stocks has been Zoom.

When offices closed and business people stopped traveling, Wall Street recognized that demand for video teleconferencing software — which allows companies to conduct business without travel — would soar. Zoom is widely considered the leader when it comes to high-quality enterprise video teleconferencing software. Consequently, Wall Street bid up ZM stock with a fervor over the past six months.

Year-to-date, ZM stock is up about 280%.

Much like the rally in WORK stock, the rally in ZM stock has come too far, too fast.

Yes, video teleconferencing software is on its way to reaching global ubiquity. Also, yes, Zoom is the leader in the market, and will see its customer base, revenues and profits soar over the next several years.

 

But this is now a $70 billion company that’s slated to do less than $2 billion in sales this year.

That valuation is simply too rich. Eventually, the story here will show some cracks, probably as demand trends slow thanks to more widespread office reopenings in the coming months. When it does, today’s valuation friction will rear its ugly head, and Zoom stock will drop.

RingCentral (RNG)

The RingCentral (RNG) mobile app is displayed on a smartphone screen.
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A cloud unified-communication-as-a-service (UCaaS) company, RingCentral has won big in 2020 as enterprises of all shapes and sizes have pivoted toward digital communications amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the first quarter of 2020, RingCentral reported impressive 33% year-over-year revenue growth.

This demand surge won’t slow anytime soon. The future of enterprise communication is digital. The cloud UCaaS space will continue to see significant growth over the next several years, long after Covid-19 passes and offices reopen. Companies like RingCentral who provide cloud UCaaS services will continue to see their platforms grow.

Having said all that, the valuation on RNG stock is rich. At 23 times trailing sales and 300 times forward earnings, RNG stock is not cheap.

Investors can probably wait for a better opportunity to buy into this red-hot growth stock.

Twilio (TWLO)

The Twilio (TWLO) logo is displayed over a white background on a smartphone screen.
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Cloud communications leader Twilio has morphed into one of the strongest work-from-home stocks in the market because demand for its cloud communications APIs has become increasingly mission-critical to enterprises in a world where physical offices are shut down.

On the back of increased demand, TWLO stock has risen 130% year-to-date.

I think this big rally can continue. For two big reasons.

First, fundamental growth trends will remain strong. Twilio’s cloud communications APIs allow for enterprises to seamlessly and instantaneously communicate everywhere, all the time. That’s a huge value add. Both today, in a world where offices are closed, and in the future, in a world where offices reopen. Thus, Twilio is less of a work-from-home play, and more of a “making enterprise communication more efficient” play.

The former tailwind may moderate. The latter won’t. Thus, by aligning itself with the latter, Twilio is guaranteeing itself strong growth for the foreseeable future. The news flow will remain overwhelmingly positive. Earnings reports will continue to smash expectations. Management’s guides will continue to impress. The company will broadly keep firing on all cylinders.

Second, the valuation on TWLO stock isn’t extended enough to offset robust fundamental momentum. Sure, the 24 times trailing sales multiple is rich. But many of the other work-from-home stocks on this list — like Zoom — trade at 50-times-plus sales multiples.

TWLO stock should be able to shake off minor valuation headwinds over the next few months and keep pushing higher.

Okta (OKTA)

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Okta has essentially created a novel cloud security platform, dubbed Identity Cloud, which is the perfect security solution for enterprises in the work-from-home environment.

Okta’s Identity Cloud is built on the idea that all you need to do to secure a workplace, its data and its workflows, is secure its employees. So, as opposed to building a castle of security around a company’s data and workflows (which is the traditional security standard), Okta uses its Identity Cloud solution to outfit each employee with their own body armor.

Why do this? Because it enables employees to leave the “castle” and still be safe. They can securely access important company workflows and information from anywhere, at any time.

Of course, in today’s Covid-19 world, this security solution is mission-critical. But, bigger picture, once Covid-19 passes, Okta’s demand tailwinds will remain robust, because employee mobility and workflow flexibility are of increasing importance to the enterprise.

To that end, Okta will see demand for its breakthrough Identity Cloud platform soar both now, and for the foreseeable future.

At present, OKTA stock isn’t richly valued enough to offset these favorable long-term growth prospects. Consequently, OTKA stock should stay in rally mode.

Inseego (INSG)

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Inseego is different from the other work-from-home stocks on this list in that the company actually provides hardware which enables a more seamless work-from-home experience for employees.

That is, Inseego makes things like fixed wireless access (FWA) routers and mobile hotspot devices which improve at-home WiFi and internet connectivity for employees.

Obviously, demand for these devices is surging as remote work trends gain traction.

But, the more interesting upside driver here is 5G. Inseego is a specialist when it comes to making 5G FWA routers and 5G mobile hotspot devices. Demand for these devices will surge over the next few years, boosted both by remote work trends and increasing standardization of enhanced 5G connectivity.

Inseego has a bright future over the next few years. During that stretch, INSG stock should outperform.

Microsoft (MSFT)

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The biggest company on this list, Microsoft, also doubles as one of the strongest work-from-home stocks in the market.

Across the entire work-from-home spectrum, enterprises provide cloud-hosted solutions which enable and optimize the remote work experience. This includes cloud-hosted infrastructure through Azure, cloud-hosted productivity solutions through Office 365 and cloud-hosted communications through Teams.

Demand for all these solutions is currently soaring and will continue to soar for the foreseeable future.

As it does, Microsoft’s overall cloud business will continue to fire on all cylinders.

Historically, as go Microsoft’s cloud businesses, so goes MSFT stock. I suspect this will remain true for the foreseeable future. If so, then MSFT stock will keep grinding higher on increasing cloud momentum.

DocuSign (DOCU)

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As offices across the globe have closed over the past several months, enterprise demand for DocuSign’s digital contract management solutions — which enable companies to digitally create, edit and sign documents — has soared. In the first quarter of fiscal 2021, DocuSign reported 30% customer growth, 40% revenue growth and 60% billings growth.

These strong demand trends have paved the way for DOCU stock to rally 165% in 2020 to all-time highs.

 

But such strong demand trends will likely weaken over the next few quarters for two big reasons.

First, demand here is front-loaded. It’s now been five-plus months since offices have closed. Most savvy enterprises have already signed up for digital document solutions by now.

Second, the global economy is slowly normalizing. In places where the virus is “under control” — like New York City — employees are returning to the office, albeit slowly. This gradual flow of employees back into the physical workplace will somewhat undermine the company’s strong remote work tailwinds that were unobstructed for several months.

As such, over the next six to 12 months, I see DocuSign’s growth narrative meaningfully decelerating from where it was in the first quarter. That’s a problem for DOCU stock, which is trading at 33 times trailing sales, 270 times cash flow and 420 times forward earnings.

In other words, DOCU stock is priced for absolute perfection. Meaningful deceleration is not absolute perfection. Consequently, the convergence of slowing growth on a rich valuation could cause significant pain in DOCU stock over the next six to 12 months.

Dropbox (DBX)

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In my opinion, the best work-from-home stock to buy right now is Dropbox.

That’s because, despite its secure storage and project management solutions being very important to the remote work environment, Dropbox stock has significantly lagged peer work-from-home stocks in 2020. Plus, it trades at a significantly discounted valuation to the group.

The likes of Atlassian and Slack are up more than 50% year-to-date. Twilio and DocuSign are up more than 100% year-to-date. Zoom is up more than 250%.

Dropbox, by comparison, is up just 13% in 2020.

Meanwhile, DBX stock trades at 28 times forward earnings. WORK stock trades at nearly 30 times forward sales. TEAM stock trades at 130 times forward earnings. ZM stock trades at 205 times forward earnings. DOCU stock trades at 420 times forward earnings.

In a sea of richly valued work-from-home stocks, DBX stock stands out at as the one attractively valued name in the group.

This attractive valuation coupled with year-to-date underperformance lays the groundwork for Dropbox stock to outperform meaningfully in the second half of 2020.

Atlassian (TEAM)

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Last, but not least, on this list of strong work-from-home stocks beating Covid-19 is Atlassian.

The Australian enterprise software company has seen demand for its digital workflow management tools — which broadly help companies manage and collaborate on projects, regardless of location — soar amid physical office closures.

In the big picture, this is a winning company.

Atlassian sells huge value-add solutions. At a time when demand for those solutions is soaring. The business model, built on word-of-mouth recommendations and a land-and-expand growth strategy, is genius. The financials are attractive, with gross margins up above 85%. So is the market opportunity, as Atlassian has identified 1 million businesses who could use its solutions (and the company only has roughly 171,000 customers today).

But TEAM stock is also richly valued. This is a $40 billion company that’s slated to do less than $2 billion in sales next year. So beware of valuation risks. And don’t let fear of missing out drive you into the right stock at the wrong price.

Luke Lango is a Markets Analyst for InvestorPlace. He has been professionally analyzing stocks for several years, previously working at various hedge funds and currently running his own investment fund in San Diego. A Caltech graduate, Luke has consistently been rated one of the world’s top stock pickers by various other analysts and platforms, and has developed a reputation for leveraging his technology background to identify growth stocks that deliver outstanding returns. Luke is also the founder of Fantastic, a social discovery company backed by an LA-based internet venture firm. As of this writing, he was long TWLO, OKTA and MSFT. 

[Source: This article was published in investorplace.com By Luke Lango - Uploaded by the Association Member: Jasper Solander]

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This press release was orginally distributed by SBWire

Singapore -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/11/2016 -- The evolution of the Jobs Bank was announced on the tenth of October, 2016, by the government's minister for Manpower, Lim Swee Say.

According to Say, the Job Bank will be transformed and will become a one-stop, non-stop marketplace which is available via the Web. Users will be able to check out career options and look for listed positions via the site's internal search engine. This is easier than waiting for upcoming job fairs. Since it will be more convenient and loaded with appealing and practical features, this Jobs Bank opens up a whole new world of possibilities for Singaporeans.

You'll find that it will provide access to plum jobs, as well as rank-and-file jobs. It will be easy to register for and it will provide a range of services which help you to find a job or market and refine your skill set.

Singapore is definitely an island city-state which believes in progress. The government is always trying to improve quality of life for its citizens and this new initiative is just one example of how it is working to make things better. The Job Bank is designed to target those from an array of age groups. It's perfect for those who've just received University degrees, or for those who are older and want to stay active via employment, whether it's full or part-time.

 Workers will be able to hone their career skill sets by utilizing the Skills Framework found at the Jobs Bank. As well, employers who use the Jobs Bank will need to post jobs for Singaporeans before they allow foreigners to apply.

The Minister didn't set a firm date for the marketplace's launch. However, its primary iteration is already in place. During a recent career fair, five hundred job vacancies from fifty-one employers, who offer information technology and communications technology, populated the first iteration with their job positions. Companies from bio medical, professional and aerospace niches are also posting on the website.

The success of this initiative is virtually guaranteed. In fact, success is already measurable. Job placements which are successful have gone up by twenty percent and workers are making more money in Singapore, even in lower-tier positions.

How to Learn More

The Jobs Bank is a government initiative, so keeping tabs on official Singapore government websites and media releases will be a great way to stay in the loop. As the Jobs Bank is perfected and moves closer to launch, you'll likely be hearing a lot about it via Singapore-based websites and newspapers.

This Jobs Bank is for everyone. It will be loaded with positions and help features which make it possible for Singaporeans from all walks of life to access the career support and opportunities that they need. For this reason, this new initiative is something to get excited about.

Author:  Morris Edwards

Source:  http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3171600

 

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Whether you have a great job you love that just doesn’t pay a lot, you need to find a new job or you need some extra money to tide you over during a tough time, freelance jobs can be a great way to make up the difference. Believe it or not, there are a lot of ways to make extra cash and very few of them require any special skills or training. Depending on your interests and what you have available to you, you can try a few different things or concentrate on one. Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up with a new career.

1. Social Media Guru

Believe it or not, your time on Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites can actually pay off. Offer your services to businesses as a social media expert — assuming you are one and understand the types of social media out there – you can write blog posts, Facebook posts, Tweets and other messages for companies that don’t have time to keep up with their social media platforms. Check out just what you need to be a social media guru here. A social media guru can charge per post or per month, often as much as $150 per brand per month.

2. Yard Work

Post a sign on the board at the grocery store, post in groups on Facebook and let everyone know that you can weed, mow, weed whack or whatever. Those who do yard work for a job often charge by the job, so call around and find out what others in your area are charging and adjust your prices accordingly.

3. Trash to Treasure

Do you have a flair for turning something old into something new? Start refurbishing old furniture and other items. Add knobs to old dressers, paint them bright colors and resell them for a profit. You’d be amazed at how much you can make at a local flea market doing something like this. An old dresser you buy for $20 at a yard sale can turn into a $200 item.

4. Teach

Can you play the piano? Knit? Take brilliant pictures? Offer classes. Talk with someone at your local library or community center and set up class times. Piano or other music lessons are frequently about $20 per half hour. If you’re not sure what to charge, look up similar classes in a nearby town.

5. Babysit

Parents always need extra help in this department. If you have some time available in your day or night, you could offer babysitting services for local families. Make sure you are familiar with first aid and CPR first and then hang out your shingle. If you want to do something more permanent or long-term, check with your state about laws for child care. Babysitters make different amounts in different areas but can charge between $5 and $10 an hour depending on where you live and how many kids you are watching at once.

6. Petsitting/Walking

Dogwalking is a great service to offer those who are away for a long time during the day. It’s also a great way to stay in shape. You can also add petsitting services and if you’re not squeamish, dog poop scooping services. Dog walkers frequently get about $20 per hour, depending on location. Petsitters often charge per visit – usually about $20 per day depending on what your duties will be.

7. Head to the fair

Summertime is fair and festival time. Do you have a craft you make that you would be willing to make a lot of? Do you bake or make fudge? Try your hand at making fudge and bring it to the fairs and festivals in your area. You could make hundreds of dollars — maybe more — over a weekend, depending on the festival. Make sure to investigate your state rules first regarding cottage food industries if you are making edibles.

8. Tutoring

Were you a math whiz in high school? Do you understand the intricacies of chemistry? Many students could use a helping hand in a lot of these subjects and you might be just the person to help them out. You could make $10 or so an hour and be a real boon to a student who is struggling.

9. Videographer/Photographer

Have a flair with a camera? From weddings to parties to receptions of all sorts, many organizations need someone to photo or video their events. Become familiar with your equipment and offer to do the first one or two jobs for the cost of gas and you will have a portfolio upon which you can build.

10. Running errands

Moms, seniors, folks that work out of town often, frequently need someone to help them get those little things done. You could drive senior citizens to appointments or go shopping for or with them. You could pick up someone else’s dry cleaning while you drop off someone else’s prescriptions. Put up flyers, post on Facebook and Craigslist. You’d be amazed at how much people are willing to pay for an extra hand now and again. Start by charging a basic rate – $5 per errand, for example, depending on the errand – or $20 for an hour of shopping plus delivery. Adjust your rates as you run more errands and find more need for your services.

Author : Michelle Kennedy Hogan

Source : http://www.lifehack.org/articles/money/freelance-jobs-anyone-can-easily-make-extra-money.html

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This story originally appeared on LearnVest as "Cyber Side Gig: 5 Easy Ways to Make Extra Cash at Home."

Want more money in your pocket? You could walk dogs, pick up shifts at Starbucks SBUX -2.21% or even rent a clown suit and work kids' birthday parties. Or, you could just kick back on your couch and flip open your laptop.

Okay, it’s not exactly that easy. But thanks to the exploding gig economy and the enormous reach of the internet, there are more opportunities than ever to watch the Benjamins (or at least Abrahams) roll in during your downtime from the comfort of your home.

To start making money online from home, check out these five digital side hustles. They may be a little out there, but they require no special skills, are totally legal (we swear!) and will give your bottom line a solid boost.

Be a Virtual Bridesmaid

From caterers to bands to florists, saying “I do” is big business. And now there’s a new niche in the $58 billion wedding industry that could score you a little dough. Bridesmaid for Hire provides professional services for brides. While some of the tasks involve helping out on the big day (or even standing with the wedding party as an actual bridesmaid), many responsibilities are handled remotely via emails and social media.

Responsibilities include things like organizing the bridal shower and bachelorette party, managing RSVPs and serving as an on-call therapist and peacekeeper when wedding drama gets heated. “I look for people who are problem solvers, can handle chaos with a smile on their face and have experience working with strangers,” says founder Jen Glantz.

Sound up your aisle? Fill out an application through the site, which pairs brides and bridesmaids based on personality and location. You could make between $200 and  $2,000 per month, says Glantz, working anywhere from a few hours a month to a couple of hours a week, and you'll generally handle everything on nights and weekends. Most projects—er, weddings—require between 3 to 11 months of your time.

Sell Your Skills

There are plenty of freelancing websites where people put their talents up for sale. But Fiverr is the go-to spot, thanks to its millions of users and brilliantly simple premise. “Rather than acting as a labor market, Fiverr works like an e-commerce platform, where services are offered as products,” says Aimy Ngo, Fiverr’s business development and marketing strategist. “This makes it easy to control what you will provide and how much to charge.”

With more than 100 categories to choose from, there’s a market for nearly every skill, from graphic design and web development to songwriting and astrology reading. When posting a “gig” (Fiverr lingo for your service), include details about the scope of your offering, your availability and pricing.

While many gigs start at just $5 a pop (Fiverr captures 20% of the fee), “sellers can create a tiered pricing model for a single service, offering good, better and best options,” Ngo says. “After a gig is delivered, the buyer leaves a review, giving you credibility and a reputation.”

Your paycheck will vary widely depending on your experience and free time. “Fiverr’s marketplace caters to the freelance moonlighter with 10 hours to spare a week, along with the professional who’s relying on this as a primary source of income,” Ngo says, noting that some top sellers make over $100,000 annually.

Get Paid to Hang Out Online

It’s called search engine evaluation, and if you regularly find yourself poking around the internet during your downtime, this can be a sweet gig. What's it about? Google GOOGL +0.06%Yahoo YHOO +1.07% and Bing rely on complex algorithms to provide accurate results. But they also run the results by humans to make sure they’re relevant.

For example, if you type in “banana bread recipe,” search engines should pull up recipes from major sites first. Posts from smaller blogs or recipes for other, related dishes—like zucchini bread—should fall toward the end of the list. As a search engine evaluator, you’ll be asked to enter specific words or phrases into a search engine, then assess how appropriate and informative the sites it pulls up are.

LeapForce and Appen Butler Hill are two major firms that hire search engine evaluators. (Appen also hires social media evaluators, who analyze the relevancy of a company’s social media news feed.) Appen has potential employees complete an application (project-specific screenings and language proficiency tests may also be required), and LeapForce asks candidates to take and pass a three-part qualifying exam. Both companies also require that you have a new computer, smartphone, high-speed internet, anti-virus software, certain operating systems and be a little internet-savvy.

Although the sites don’t publicly disclose salaries, GlassDoor estimates their hourly rate to be in the $13 to $14 range. The work isn't super consistent, but it can be a decent side gig.

Help Kids Ace Exams

Online tutoring sites such as TutorSkooliWyzAnt and Chegg are looking for patient, creative people willing to use their smarts in a particular academic area to help school kids, college students or adults master that subject.

To get hired, you fill out an application and take an exam to test your knowledge. “If you pass, you go through a mock session with an experienced tutor who assumes the role of student and evaluates your creativity, empathy and teaching skills,” says Cindy Hamen Farrar, Ph.D., senior director of academic tutoring at Tutor. “We look for people who know their subject matter and who can break it down and communicate effectively.”

Once you’re in, you’ll be matched with a student who can submit questions, essays or homework problems they need help on. You’ll work together in an online classroom, sending files back and forth and having discussions using a shared white board. The work is part-time, and you make your own hours.

GlassDoor estimates that teachers at Tutor earn $9 to $14 an hour. “Depending on the subject mix and number of hours you work, you could make between a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per month,” Farrar says. Chegg’s rates start at $20 per hour, estimating that tutors can make up to $1,000 a month. WyzAnt’s rates run $24 to $36 per hour, according to GlassDoor.

f you live in a major city and are lucky enough to own a parking spot, you can make extra cash by letting other drivers rent your space while you’re at work or on vacation. To facilitate, there’s ParqEx in Chicago, Spot and SpotOnParking in several U.S. cities and ParkingSpotter nationwide.

Setting up a listing is a cinch. On Spot, you pin your parking space on the site’s map, snap a picture of it, establish your availability and rate (most sites will suggest a general estimate) and provide a payment method, like direct deposit or PayPal . When your spot gets rented, the site takes a commission of around 20%. And you’ve fattened your wallet by barely lifting a finger.

Help Kids Ace Exams

Online tutoring sites such as TutorSkooliWyzAnt and Chegg are looking for patient, creative people willing to use their smarts in a particular academic area to help school kids, college students or adults master that subject.

To get hired, you fill out an application and take an exam to test your knowledge. “If you pass, you go through a mock session with an experienced tutor who assumes the role of student and evaluates your creativity, empathy and teaching skills,” says Cindy Hamen Farrar, Ph.D., senior director of academic tutoring at Tutor. “We look for people who know their subject matter and who can break it down and communicate effectively.”

Once you’re in, you’ll be matched with a student who can submit questions, essays or homework problems they need help on. You’ll work together in an online classroom, sending files back and forth and having discussions using a shared white board. The work is part-time, and you make your own hours.

GlassDoor estimates that teachers at Tutor earn $9 to $14 an hour. “Depending on the subject mix and number of hours you work, you could make between a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per month,” Farrar says. Chegg’s rates start at $20 per hour, estimating that tutors can make up to $1,000 a month. WyzAnt’s rates run $24 to $36 per hour, according to GlassDoor.

If you live in a major city and are lucky enough to own a parking spot, you can make extra cash by letting other drivers rent your space while you’re at work or on vacation. To facilitate, there’s ParqEx in Chicago, Spot and SpotOnParking in several U.S. cities and ParkingSpotter nationwide.

Setting up a listing is a cinch. On Spot, you pin your parking space on the site’s map, snap a picture of it, establish your availability and rate (most sites will suggest a general estimate) and provide a payment method, like direct deposit or PayPal . When your spot gets rented, the site takes a commission of around 20%. And you’ve fattened your wallet by barely lifting a finger.

Source : http://www.forbes.com/

Author : LearnVest

Categorized in Work from Home

If you're in the market for a new job, you'll want to check out this list of the top eight best job search engines on the Web. All of these job search tools offer unique features and can streamline your employment search efforts so your efforts are more productive.

Monster.com

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Newly redesigned Monster.com is one of the oldest job search engines on the Web. While some of its usefulness has been diminished in recent years due to a lack of good filtering and too many posts by spammy recruiters, it's still an important site on which to conduct a job search. You can narrow your search by location, keywords, and employer; plus, Monster has plenty of job search extras: networking boards, job search alerts, and online resume posting

Employers can also use Monster.com to find employees for a nominal fee, a useful tool for those looking to expand their hiring repertoire.

Indeed

Indeed

 

 

Indeed.com is a very solid job search engine, with the ability to compile a resume and submit it onsite for employer searches of keywords, jobs, niches, and more. Indeed uncovers a wide variety of jobs and fields that you wouldn't normally find on most job search sites, and they do a good job of making their job search features as easy to use as possible. You can subscribe to job alerts via email; you can set these up for a certain keyword, geolocation, salary, and much more.

 

In addition, Indeed makes it as simple as possible to keep track of jobs you've applied for; all you need to do is create a login (free) and every job you've applied for from within Indeed.com or that you've just expressed interest in will be saved to your profile.

Daily and weekly alerts can be created with notifications going to your inbox; criteria include job title, location, salary requirements, and skill sets.

USAJobs

USAJobs

Think of USAjobs as your gateway into the huge world of US government jobs. Navigate to the USAjobs.gov home page, and you'll be able to narrow your search by keyword, job title, control number, agency skills, or location. One particularly interesting feature is the ability to search worldwide within any country that currently is advertising a vacancy.

Just like many other job search engines on this list, you can create a user account (free) on USAjobs.gov, making the application process for government jobs extremely streamlined and easy.

CareerBuilder

CareerBuilder

CareerBuilder offers job searchers the ability to find a job, post a resume, create job alerts, get job advice and job resources, look up job fairs, and much more. This is a truly massive job search engine that offers a lot of good resources to the job searcher; I especially appreciate the list of job search communities.

According to the CareerBuilder website, more than 24 million unique visitors a month visit CareerBuilder to find new jobs and obtain career advice, and offers job searches in over 60 different countries worldwide.

Dice

Dice

Dice.com is a job search engine dedicated to only finding technology jobs. It offers a targeted niche space for finding exactly the technology position you might be looking for.

One of the most appealing features that Dice offers is the ability to drill down to extremely specialized tech positions, giving job seekers the opportunity to find the niche tech jobs that are sometimes elusive on other job search engines.

SimplyHired

SimplyHired

 

SimplyHired also offers a very unique job search experience; the user "trains" the job search engine by rating jobs he or she is interested in. SimplyHired also gives you the ability to research salaries, add jobs to a job map, and view pretty detailed profiles of various companies.

If you're looking for a good job search engine that focuses on local job listings, SimplyHired can be a good choice. You can browse by town, by zip code, or by state to find the job that might be right for you.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn

LinkedIn.com combines the best of two worlds: the ability to scour the Internet for jobs with its job search engine, and the opportunity to network with like-minded friends and individuals to deepen your job search. LinkedIn's job postings are of the highest quality, and if you are connected to someone who already knows about that particular job, you've got a way in before you even hand in your resume. If you really want to dive into the inner workings of LinkedIn, check out How to Use LinkedIn, a detailed how-to guide.

Craigslist

Craigslist

There are all sorts of interesting jobs on Craigslist. Just find your city, look under Jobs, then look under your job category. Non-profit, systems, government, writing, etc. jobs are all represented here. You can also set up various RSS feeds that pertain to whatever job you might be looking for, in whatever location. One Craigslist caveat: because this is a free marketplace, some of the jobs posted at Craigslist are not legitimate (the vast majority are, however). Use caution and common sense when replying to job listings on Craigslist.

Source: lifewire.com

Categorized in Search Engine

As technology gives us the freedom to work from anywhere, more and more people are prizing the ability to do so.

Many companies are responding with flexible work schedules, and seeming to acknowledge the trend, the Department of Labor just announced that in 2017 it will resume its contingent workforce survey, which was last conducted in 2005.

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FlexJobs, an online service devoted to listing telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time and freelance work opportunities, is a prime resource for the segment of the workforce in search of such opportunities.

While one might find many spam emails or subway flyers promising work from home opportunities, FlexJobs offers up legitimate and professional listings for jobs in 50 career categories with positions ranging from entry-level to C-suite.

The third annual list is based on an analysis of more than 40,000 companies and the jobs they posted on FlexJobs in 2015. (Check out the 2015 and 2014lists, as well as the top 35 companies hiring remote part-time workers in the first half of 2016.)

Overall, the site saw a 36% increase in the number of remote listings, with computer and IT jobs topping the list of fields offering such opportunities, followed by medical and health, sales, administrative, customer service, education and training, and finally, marketing.

Some of the most popular telecommuting jobs included writer, engineer, marketing manager, healthcare consultant, case manager, development director and recruiter.

 

“These companies clearly understand that integrating telecommuters into their workforce is a smart business strategy,” said Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, in a statement. “Remote working is on the rise, and this acceleration is great news for anyone wishing to trade the office for a telecommuting job.”

Here’s the top 100 list. If you’re looking to make a financial overhaul, check out these 101 ways to save money, plus tips below the list on ways to make more money:

  1. LiveOps
  2. TeleTech
  3. Amazon
  4. Sutherland Global Services
  5. UnitedHealth Group
  6. Dell
  7. IBM
  8. U.S. Department of Agriculture
  9. Working Solutions
  10. Humana
  11. Aetna
  12. Intuit
  13. Kaplan
  14. Kelly Services
  15. Cactus Communications
  16. Westat
  17. Salesforce
  18. PAREXEL
  19. CyberCoders
  20. American Express
  21. VMware
  22. SAP
  23. Xerox
  24. First Data
  25. US-Reports
  26. Oracle
  27. CACI International
  28. A Place for Mom
  29. Anthem, Inc.
  30. Dell SecureWorks
  31. World Travel Holdings
  32. ADP
  33. Aon
  34. University of Maryland University College
  35. Allergan Inc
  36. K12
  37. U.S. Department of Transportation
  38. CSI Companies
  39. Robert Half
  40. Nielsen
  41. Red Hat
  42. Adobe Systems
  43. Overland Solutions, Inc.
  44. BCD Travel
  45. Connections Education
  46. Deloitte
  47. Apple
  48. McKesson Corporation
  49. Thermo Fisher Scientific
  50. Precyse
  51. Haynes & Company
  52. Pharmaceutical Product Development Inc.
  53. IT Pros Philadelphia
  54. Cigna
  55. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  56. Sungard Availability Services
  57. Infor
  58. Sodexo
  59. About.com
  60. Altegra Health
  61. GE – General Electric
  62. Western Governors University
  63. Grand Canyon University
  64. Walden University
  65. Vivint
  66. BroadSpire
  67. Covance
  68. Ellucian
  69. HD Supply
  70. Perficient Inc.
  71. Teradata
  72. Wells Fargo
  73. Symantec Corporation
  74. Real Staffing
  75. Science Applications International Corporation – SAIC
  76. AmerisourceBergen Corporation
  77. Appen
  78. Hartford Financial Services Group
  79. RetailData
  80. SYKES
  81. SRA International
  82. Citizens Financial Group
  83. CVS Health
  84. Healthfirst
  85. American Heart Association
  86. BMC Software
  87. hibu
  88. inVentiv Health
  89. Rosetta Stone
  90. Erie Insurance Group
  91. Worldpay
  92. CleverTech
  93. Achieve Test Prep
  94. Deluxe
  95. DataStax
  96. CDK Global
  97. Teleflex
  98. Aquent
  99. Parallon
  100. U.S. Department of the Interior

Source : forbes

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