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It is a greeting card for an eco-friendly Deepavali. It requests you to care for global warming, warns about the hazards posed by firecrackers, cautions you to “think fast, before the heat spreads…” and is partially burnt at the bottom to drive home the message. “We printed the cards and burnt them manually,” says T. R. Vijay Anand, creative director. This student-turned-entrepreneur says this is his creative expression of a safe Deepavali. “You need to think out of the box to get noticed, especially if you are working for global clients,” he adds. Vijay Anand is a regular user of >www.freelancer.com, a one-stop option for creative projects. At a given point in time, more than 17-lakh creative professionals are out there on the web looking for creative services. This is a bonanza for job-seekers. If you are buzzing with creative ideas, just log on. Here, even a Class XII student gets an opportunity to design a logo for an international client. For homemakers, who have plenty of time at their disposal, it is a dream come true. However, talent and core competence matters.

A win-win situation

There are some 75 categories to choose from — writing, copywriting, advertising, logo designing, telemarketing, banner designing and so on. It is as good as working for an MNC but within the comfort of your home. A win-win situation, where small-time entrepreneurs get quality services at a better rate and freelancers get lucrative career options and quick bucks. This entrepreneur with his creative designs for websites and logos makes Rs.25,000 to Rs. 30,000 a month. He is ranked 277 out of more than 17 lakh users of freelancer.com.

To get started, register as a service provider, create an account and a user name. Become a free member or a paid one at US $25 per month. When a service buyer posts his requirement (to get his company logo designed at a particular budget), all the registered service providers can place their bids. For every single job, there are hundreds of competitors. Paid members get more visibility. They can bid for about 300 projects in a month, while there are limitations for a free user.

Work from home, full-time

“Websites such as www.rentacorder.com, www.elance.com and www.scriptlance.com are some of the other options,” says R. Pradeep Kumar, who is into computer programming and runs Buzee Webtech. “You can become a full-time employee from home. Freelancer.com has a wider reach with representation from the U.S., the U.K. Australia, Beijing, Islamabad, Belgium and other places. At elance.com, there is restricted access (you cannot bid for American projects), specific verification procedures, and an online test too for your ranking.” At freelancer.com, one has to bid for a minimum of US$30 projects, whereas on scriptlance.com, you can start off on projects as small as US$10.

One gets a bouquet of job offers — from content writing and DTP work to graphics, data entry work and a number of long-term projects. This includes visual basic, technical writing, artist illustrations, 3D field, mechanical and CAD/CAM too. One needs to be patient in the initial months. “You have to sit up late in the night, between 12 midnight and 7 a.m., to cover the time zones of Australian and American clients. They will be online which ensures that you get quick replies (a ‘yes' or a ‘no') immediately,” he adds.

To ensure payment, there is www. escrow.com, an online bank that works as a third party that allows you to raise a dispute when a client fails to make a payment and vice versa. Other options are a 50:50 mutual understanding, and money transfer is through paypal, western union, wire transfer and www.xoom.com.

“It's a good deal for start-ups who are passionate about work. Interacting with offshore clients groom their over-all personality and brings a lifestyle change. International clients value time, and once impressed with your work, they treat you like family. They send gifts, get well soon e-mails when you are sick, and festival wishes too. These incentives are a big thing for a freelancer. You get to learn about their culture and language too. It is a cool business,” sums up Vijay.

Know more at

>www.freelancer.com

>www.rentacorder.com

>www.elance.com

>www.scriptlance.com


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