• Freelancing- Is It Right for You? (Infographic)
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    Many experts are calling freelancing the job of the future and say that the U.S. is moving toward a primarily freelance work force, but how do you know if Freelancing Right for You. The 42 million Americans already working as freelancers currently comprise about a quarter of the U.S. work force. By the end of the next decade, experts predict that as much as 50% of the U.S. workforce could be freelance contract workers and telecommuters. The benefits of being your own boss appeal to many people who choose freelance professional jobs over working 9-to-5 in a traditional office setting, but the

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  • Unintentional Entrepreneurs Find Satisfaction in Self-Employment

    High unemployment rates have spurred the growth of unintentional entrepreneurs and Self-Employment. Frustrated by months of fruitless job hunting, people who lost their jobs during the recession have been reinventing themselves as self-employed entrepreneurs. For many, what started as an act of desperation has become a more enjoyable alternative to the corporate 9-to-5 rat race. Eric Ewald of Cary, North Carolina is an excellent example of these unintentional entrepreneurs. Profiled by Bridgette Lacy on NewsObserver.com, Ewald is a former environmental engineer for the petroleum industry who launched a pet sitting service and couldn’t be happier. “Self-Employment was a very organic transition,” Ewald

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  • No Job? Make Money as Self-Employed Zoondy Entrepreneur






    As noted in our previous post, most of the new jobs being created are either low-paying jobs or part-time jobs. So how do you make the money you need to pay your rent and put food on the table if you’re unemployed or underemployed? Becoming a self-employed entrepreneur on Zoondy offers people flexible options. On Zoondy you can use your work or personal skills to earn money while you keep hunting for a job or a better job. But Zoondy also offers you the opportunity to become your own boss by opening a home-based business on our new employment marketplace.

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  • How to Adjust Your Interview Skills to Get Virtual Jobs






    Interviewing for virtual jobs isn’t that much different than getting a job the traditional way, but you do have to tweak your interview skills if you want to be successful. As we noted in our previous post, if you’re selling your services on Zoondy (click the link to find out how Zoondy works), you should be prepared to treat every new contact with a potential client, either by phone or online, as a job interview. To put your best foot forward and make a good impression, use the following tips to transfer your interview skills to the virtual employment arena (see our

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  • Sharing Economy Lets You Monetize Your ‘Stuff’






    If you’re looking for a way to make some extra cash, look around your home. You probably have a lot of “stuff” you don’t use anymore or use only occasionally. Think of it as maximizing your return on investment. For example, a cordless drill purchased for $100 and used twice costs you $50 per use. If you share your drill with 10 people, the daily use cost drops to $10. If you charge each person $15 a day to borrow your drill, you not only recoup your $100 investment; you make $50 profit. The more times you share your drill, the more money

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  • Entrepreneur Opportunities: Businesses with Low Start-Up Costs






    Money is one of the biggest stumbling blocks when you are trying to start a business. Finding the start-up money to realize their dreams has stopped many entrepreneurs in their tracks. If you don’t have a tidy nest egg to draw on, crowdfunding is one way to raise start-up cash. Some people go into credit card hoc to finance their business, but high interest rates and fees make that an extremely risky choice. Your best option may be to start a business that doesn’t require a hefty up-front investment. As long as you’re willing to make a sizable investment in sweat equity,

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  • Measure and Evaluate to Fine Tune Social Media Strategy






    To maximize social media rewards, you need to develop a social media strategy (see our previous post). As implementation of your strategy begins, it is important to track response with online metrics and evaluate results regularly. As with any marketing campaign, don’t expect to hit a homerun right out of the box. Social media marketing requires regular maintenance and periodic tweaking. If you have decided to start a new business or sell your services on Zoondy, you have to expect a certain amount of experimentation until you find a social media mix that successfully reaches your target audience and starts to attract

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  • Create a Personal Brand to Market Your Skills on Zoondy






    Corporations like Coca Cola and Ford spend billions of dollars to create, market and maintain a certain image of their company and products. Why? Because branding works. By strengthening consumers’ associations between a corporation and certain desirable values, branding enhances corporate image and drives sales. People striving to create demand for their skills and services on Zoondy can benefit in much the same way by creating a personal brand that immediately identifies them and what they have to offer. Branding is a way to establish yourself as an expert in your field, enhance your employment value, and drive demand for your

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  • Boost Your Income with Seasonal Jobs






    At the height of the recession with unemployment pushing double digits, an interesting phenomenon occurred that illustrated the desperate circumstances in which many people found themselves. Teen-aged workers disappeared from fast food counters, retail cashier lines and even bagger posts at grocery stores; replaced by jobless or underemployed adults. One of the noticeable signs of recovery has been the return of teen workers to the drive-up windows and other entry-level jobs that have traditionally served as Americans’ first work experience. Despite the improving economy and job climate, many families still need a little extra to get them from paycheck to

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  • American Entrepreneurs Will Drive Future Job Creation






    We may have to be “back to the future” to jump-start a new era of job creation in the U.S. We were once a country of entrepreneurs, individuals pursuing their dreams with their own two hands and skills learned from experience. Mom and pop stores dotted the economic landscape only rarely expanding outside the family when additional hands were needed. Gradually, success grew into stores, factories and corporations, moving job creation into the hands of fewer people. But despite changes in how Americans define “work,” the Horatio Alger story is alive and well. Websites like Etsy, Zoondy  and Kickstarter give testament to the

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