Top Four Reputable Outsourcing Companies

You are starting a web-based business and have begun to create a website. You have limited funds, time and are overwhelmed. So, where do you start? The simple answer to this question is “outsourcing”. Choosing the right company at the right price can save you hundreds and cut your time in half. Here are 4 reputable online companies to help you get started:

1. Elance – Hire qualified professionals to work online for you. Get assistance with designing your website, create a marketing plan and much more.You can also provide your skills and talents and get paid.

2. oDesk – Build your own office team. Contractors are ready to get your job(s) done for you. You only pay for verified work time, not hours spent. Select professionals based upon work history, feedback ratings…and pick the best contractor to fit your business. Start your interviews!

3. Freelancer – Prides themselves on being “the worlds largest outsourcing marketplace, empowering entrepreneurs & small businesses worldwide”. You can hire your very own virtual assistant. Marketing, advertising, article writing, direct/internet marketing and website creation are just some of the things a Freelancer can do for you.When the job is done, you only pay if you are totally satisfied with the work that has been completed for you.

4. Virtual Office Temps (VOT) – Post a project, apply for a position, and/or get certified training yourself in several fields. VOT operates worldwide!

So there you have it. Four great and reputable outsourcing services that will take the load off your shoulder and get your job done! If your funds are limited, do some research to find a worker(s) to fit your budget.

For a couple of dollars to a few hundred, you can hire a contractor for just about any job(s) you need done. Hire per assignment, a few days, a month or ongoing. It’s up to you. If you’ve been leaving projects on the fence, now there’s no excuse. Pull up your sleeves, get the interviews going…and start hiring!


Glenda Coker is a Network, Internet and Affiliate Marketer. She is a Coach, Innovator and most importantly, a Mother full of integrity and love. Glenda is inspiring, enjoys traveling and connecting with like-minded individuals worldwide!


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Elaborating on Outsourcing

In a previous article I wrote, I was asked by one of my readers for more on the subject of “Outsourcing”. Well I decided to write more on the subject. I want to thank the reader for reaching out and connecting…

You may be wondering if outsourcing is for you. If you are like a lot of internet and network-marketers, at times you will find yourself overwhelmed. Posting articles, posting in forums, social media sites, advertising and prospecting can be a chore if you don’t start to put things into perspective.

What can you do about becoming overwhelmed? One simple word, take the time to “Outsource”. Let someone or a team of workers do the work for you. Yes, you can pay to have someone do your advertising, call your leads, post in social media sites about your business and much more. In my previous article, I posted the top 4 outsourcing companies on the web…

== > http://glendacoker.com/marketing/top-4-outsourcing-companies/.

When outsourcing work, you may also provide your worker(s) with private passwords and email addresses per project if needed. This way, you and your worker will have another way to communicate outside of the main platform.

Outsourcing is an excellent way that allows you to get more things accomplished during your day.

You can hire a worker relatively cheap…

For as little as $3 dollars US per hour, you are really getting a great deal… There is no need to worry about quality either. Some companies allow you the option to see your workers live as they work on your project. This way you know your money is not being wasted and your work is actually getting done. The company Freelancer is one of those companies. They are also backed by a money back guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the work done, you can request for the worker to make corrections or obtain a refund.

On the flip side, if you are looking to make some extra money, you can apply and take on a few projects that you are skilled in. It’s a win – win situation for all.

So, I’ve just provided an overview of how outsourcing will benefit you and take care of your business needs. The bottom line is, if you need to outsource one or two of your daily tasks, don’t hesitate to do so.

Glenda Coker

Network Marketing Professional


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E-Commerce Made Easy

E-Commerce Made Easy

In a previous e-commerce article, I discussed the components needed to start and operate an e-commerce website. If you missed the previous article titled, “Entering the E-Commerce World”, you can read it here:

http://glendacoker.com/business/entering-the-e-commerce-world/.

In this article, I will discuss and compare two types of e-commerce platforms. I will provide you with resource links to each of these services.

There are two main types of e-commerce platforms. Each of them have their pros and cons.

Let’s go and explore exactly what they are…

Open Source

Open Source is a software platform used to construct and host e-commerce websites. This software is created not by one individual, but several who each deliver a part of their expertise. They make sure the code is solid and that the software is easy to use.

Documentation for this software is not hard to find and there are plenty of “how to” books that make designing and developing fun and easy. Count on regular updates and continual improvements from the designers themselves.

Open Source systems allow you to see what makes the software tick. You can even change it to suit your needs. However, because of the popularity of the open source platform, many people are familiar with its source code, which creates a higher risk for hacking and viruses. Open Source software is usually free, but there are also paid options available.

Closed Source

Closed Source software usually has a support system and security. I say usually because some systems do no provide support at all. The software construction team may consist of very few people or just one person, which makes the barrier to entry very high. The smaller the community, brings a greater risk for a decrease in experience and collective knowledge.

So, if you come across a problem with the software, getting support and assistance may become a hassle. Support and assistance may be non-existent and is not always included with the software. You may have to come out-of-pocket to pay someone for their expertise…

If support is present, most likely it will come with a much higher price tag. There is a good book out called E-commerce Get It Right! It walks you step-by-step from building to launching an e-commerce website. This book also gives you the heads up on advertising. Before you proceed down the road to creating your own e-commerce website, it would be a great idea if you check out the book below…

E-commerce Get It Right! Essential Step-by-Step Guide for Selling & Marketing Products Online. Insider Secrets, Key Strategies & Practical Tips – Simplified for Start-Ups & Small Businesses

Just below, is a list of the top (5 each) open and closed e-commerce software systems.

Top 5 closed source e-commerce software systems

  • Volusion

           http://www.volusion.com

  • Shopify

           http://www.shopify.com

  • Shopping Cart Elite

           http://www.shoppingcartelite.com

  • Ashop Commerce

         http://www.ashopcommerce.com

  • BigCommerce

          http://www.bigcommerce.com

 

Top 5 open source e-commerce software systems

  • osCommerce

          http://www.oscommerce.com/

  • Zen Cart

            http://www.zencart.com

  • PrestaShop

           http://www.prestashop.com

  • OpenCart

           http://www.opencart.com

  • Magento

           http://www.magento.com

TIPS

If you purchase e-commerce software, you may encounter monthly fees for hosting. Pricing will vary roughly from $15 to $150 US a month depending on the level of service you want.

A good e-commerce store will include the following:

  • website templates and tools
  • hosting
  • traffic generator
  • shopping cart
  • sales and traffic reports
  • accept e-checks
  • credit card processing
  • PayPal acceptance
  • affiliate program
  • fraud protection
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • help and support at your fingertips

I have discussed the pros and cons of 2 software e-commerce sources. With the information given here and from my previous article, you should be able to make an informed decision as to what source you will choose for your business. Most people go with Open Source because it is usually free, easier to use and support is close by.

Keep in mind though, with open source, there is a high potential of website hackers and security is minimal.

Do a through comparison and weigh out the pros and cons for each. Only you can make the decision as to which software works best for your business.

 

Glenda Coker

Business Marketing Coach

 

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Are You Ready to Start A Home Based Business? – Should You Try It Out?

[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”][/pullquote]These are two BIG questions but are very beneficial. Many ponder on if they want to start and maintain a home based business instead of having to wake up daily to drive only to work for someone else.

I have asked myself the same questions I will ask you down below. It is really important to be straightforward in responding to each question. Your answers will tell you if you should make that bold step and get into being your own boss or not.

The primary reason why a home based business is pondered upon may be the importance of extra revenue streams, however your reasons may be different.

Consider these issues below before making any move toward your very own home based business:

Are you genuinely comfortable with the work you’re doing at the moment?

Is there enough time in your day to accomplish the things YOU need to your satisfaction? (not what is required of you)

Can you admit to really enjoying it?

Do you think working 8 hours or more each day is adequate time spent or do you find yourself missing time spent with friends and family?

Are your children and spouse happy with the quantity of time you spend with them?

Does the company, your supervisor, or coworkers have equally as much loyalty to you as you have for them?

Are your wages sufficient enough to pay your bills on time?

How many years do you see yourself in your current position?

Are you at ease asking for time off to attend an important family occasion or simply to tackle the needs of your spouse and kids? (Examples of this involve doctor visits, a best friend’s wedding or a dance recital with your twelve-year-old, etc.)

Are you putting things off into the future because you just don’t have the chance to break away or there just isn’t enough money saved to go on that long deserved holiday getaway?

Is your long-term savings sufficient for you to retire on?

In case you answered No or Not Really to any or the majority of the above questions, you may be all set to contemplate getting into your own home based business. My guess is that you basically responded with a lot of No’s and found a few of the questions literally hit home and got you really in deep thoughts.

Setting up your own home based business is never a fairly easy job. Where will you go from here? Where does one start?

My advice to you is to get a feel of the entire thing first. If you are currently employed, don’t leave your job immediately to start a home based business. Test the waters so you don’t have any regrets later on. Ask questions, stay focused and connect with like-minded individuals who are successful at running and maintaining their own business. Feel free to sign up for my marketing email updates.

Glenda Coker

Network Marketing Professional

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