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Posted on November 22, 2014 at 1:05 AM

A freelancing contract protects both the freelancer and the client by providing clear guidance concerning the work to be performed and the compensation that will be paid for that work. Before performing any service for a client, it is important that a freelancer have the client’s signature on a contract, obligating him or her to pay a certain fee for the services in a specific manner and period. To create your freelancing contract, follow the steps below.

Create a title for your contract. The title should be descriptive of the agreement, for example, Independent Consulting, Independent Contractor Agreement, or Freelance Web Design Contract. Center your title in bold type at the top of the contract like this:

Name the parties to the contract. After each name, include the nickname or title by which you will refer to that party throughout the contract. For example:

“This Independent Contractor Agreement ("Agreement") is made and entered into by and between, John Doe ("Contractor") and Jane Smith (“Client”;)” or John Doe (“Contractor”;) and Jane Smith (“Client”;) agree as follows:”

Describe the work to be performed. This can be done in any manner you choose, so long as it functions well for you, in your particular business. Some things to consider when creating this section of the freelancing contract:

Leaving a blank space to write or type in. If a short job description consisting of three or four sentences works best for the particular service(s) you provide, you may want to say something like, “Contractor will provide Client with the following services:” and then leave some blank lines or space to either write or type in short job descriptions for each new client. This works best for business that provide services, which can be summarized in a brief paragraph. For example, a social media consultant might describe the job as “Setting up and maintaining social media accounts for Client with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Developing and implementing social advertising campaign, and training current staff to continue with social marketing efforts.”

Describing the work in general versus specific terms. If you are confident there will be no dispute over what work is to be performed, you may want to use general terms for this section of the contract. Using general terms will allow you to leave this section unchanged from contract to contract, thereby reducing errors, and speeding up the process of producing a contract for each client. An example of general, instead of specific, terms would be to say ‘paralegal services,’ ‘secretarial services,’ or ‘consulting’ instead of describing all of the functions of a paralegal, secretary, or consultant.

Attaching project plans and specifications. If you provide a service that relies heavily on technical or design specifications, describing a project in your Freelancing Contract may mean your contract is several pages long and changes drastically from one client to the next. For services such as this, you may want to describe the job as providing client with “services described in the attached project plan.” You can then attach each client’s personal project plan to his or her contract. This will allow you the flexibility of describing each job in detail while providing you with the convenience of not having to change your entire contract for each new job.

4Specify what compensation you will receive and in what manner and time frame it is due. You may choose to use either flat or hourly rate methods, or include both. For example:

 

______ Client shall pay Contractor $ _____ per hour due on or before the first Friday following the end of any week in which Contractor performs services for Company.

 

OR

_______ Client shall pay Contractor a flat fee of $__________ as total compensation for the project described below. Payment shall be made as follows:

a. $_________ due before work will begin, and b. $_________ due upon receipt of final deliverable.

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5Include a description of the work relationship. Specify that you are a freelance or contract worker and will perform the services at the time, place, and in the manner of your choosing. Because employees and contract workers are treated differently for tax purposes, a description of the working relationship such as this will help ensure that no mistake is made regarding whether you are a freelancer or an employee.

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6Describe who will own any product you create, produce, or invent. Forms, recipes, research, memorandum, graphics, and software are generally owned by the client. You want to be clear and specific about who owns what. “Including but not limited to” is a good phrase to utilize in this section of the contract. For example, “all documents produced by Contractor, including but not limited to memorandum, research notes, correspondence, e-mails, pleadings, and reports in the course of his work for Client, shall be the property of Client and Contractor shall retain no ownership, interest or rights therein.”

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7Determine if you will need a nondisclosure or confidentiality clause. If you will be performing services that make you privy to information which is confidential such as legal or medical files, secret formulas or recipes, or a clients financial or personal information, you should include a confidentiality clause. A typical confidentiality clause contains the definition of “confidential information,” states that you agree not to disclose confidential information to anyone or use it any way other than for the purpose of performing your duties to the client, and provides an exclusion so that you may disclose confidential information if you are ordered to do so by a Court.

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8Determine what standard clauses you wish to include. Some common contract clauses include:

Choice of law. The choice of law clause states which laws shall govern the contract. This is generally the laws of the Contractor’s state of residence. A choice of law clause may look like this:

 

Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the United States of America and by the laws of the State of Indiana. Each of the parties irrevocably consents to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in Indiana, as applicable, for any matter arising out of or relating to this Agreement, except that in actions seeking to enforce any order or any judgment of such federal or state courts located in Indiana, such personal jurisdiction shall be nonexclusive.

Severability. A severability clause provides that if any of the terms of the contract are found to be unenforceable by a Court, all other terms shall remain intact. A severability clause may look like this:

 

Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is held by a court of law to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, (a) that provision shall be deemed amended to achieve as nearly as possible the same economic effect as the original provision, and (b) the legality, validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall not be affected or impaired thereby.

Specific relief for breach. Service contracts commonly contain a specific relief clause which allows Client to seek an injunction, should Contractor attempt to disclose Confidential Information, in breach of a term of the contract, or an order for specific performance, should Contractor refuse to perform some duty under the contract which causes the Client irreparable harm. A specific relief for breach clause may look like this:

 

Injunctive Relief for Breach. Contractor agrees that his obligations under this Agreement are of a unique character that gives them particular value; Contractor's breach of any of such obligations will result in irreparable and continuing damage to Client, for which there will be no adequate remedy at law; and, in the event of such breach, Client will be entitled to injunctive relief and/or a decree for specific performance, and such other and further relief as may be proper (including monetary damages if appropriate).

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9Include the date. This should be the date the parties will sign the contract. If you are unsure of the exact date, leave a blank line where necessary, so that the day, month, or year can be hand written in at execution. For example, “Agreed to this ___ day of February, 2008.”

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10Create a signature block. Each party should have a line to sign on, plenty of room to sign, his or her title listed, and his or her typed name below the line.

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11Format your contract. Each section of your contract should be numbered, and have a section title in bold type. See the sample contract for examples of bold section headings.


How to Find Freelance Work

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Finding freelance work requires research, planning and a proactive approach! There are a number of effective ways to find freelance jobs depending on the type of freelancing you do. Use these tips and advice to help you secure the freelance opportunities you want.

Write for greeting card companies. This can be a rewarding way of earning income as a freelancer. There are over 3000 greeting card publishers in the US, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia and many outsource work to freelance writers. Greeting card companies each have their own particular guidelines for submissions and these can be found on their websites. A reputable list of greeting card companies to submit samples of your work to can be found at the The Greeting Card Association website or in The Writers Handbook which usually can be found in your local library. The trade magazine "Greetings" also lists company information for freelancers.

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2Do freelance proofreading. There is a growing amount of work available for proofreaders especially due to the massive growth of websites but the competition for this work is tough. Effective ways of finding freelance proofreading jobs include printing your own promotional material such as flyers and business cards and then distributing them to your likely target market. This includes college students, local companies that produce marketing and advertising material, publishing firms and print shops. You can advertise your proofreading services in the Yellow Pages and in relevant online directories. There are a number of freelance market websites such as Elance where you can bid for online proofreading jobs.

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3Find freelance writing jobs. Many freelance writing assignments are available from business writing to sales writing to technical writing and the ever growing demand for writers by websites. Again online bidding sites give writers the chance to bid for freelance writing jobs. Try Guru and Elance. There are websites that list freelance writing jobs such as freelancewriting.com and getafreelancer.com. There are a number of big freelance writing companies looking for new writers such as textbroker.com. You can register with them to access their job lists. You can also approach local companies directly with samples of your sales, technical or brochure writing. Make a list of possible clients from the Yellow Pages. Approach magazines and newspapers. Magazines are often looking for freelance writers to supply the 50 -300 word blurbs that they use in the front and back of magazines.


How to Become an Accomplished Online Freelancer

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 1:05 AM

A job without inhibitions, restraints and above all freedom from the Boss-employee relationship: you didn’t think that such an opportunity ever existed, right? Well, say hello to the huge world of online freelancing!! Learn about Freelancing.The concept of freelancing is very simple in its essence: You have a skill and you use it to complete the various tasks posted by people all over the world. The tasks can be as simple as suggesting the title of a book or as involved as writing an entire novel or designing a complete website

Identify your skills. Figure out what tasks you can do well, and which of those you excel in. Pick out the things that you can do better than others and the skills that you have the most confidence in. As long as you have confidence in your abilities, you'll be able to find work online that fits your strengths, no matter what they are.

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3Join Freelancing portals. Freelancing portals are where Freelancers from all over the globe meet and search for suitable jobs related to their skill sets. Register yourself at as many of these websites as possible. Check out guru.com, elance.com, odesk.com, and other sites like these.

Using a reputable freelancing portal helps guarantee your employer quality freelance work and ensures that your payment will be on time.

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4Build a freelancer profile on each site. Keep in mind that this is not your Facebook profile, so make it professional and add all your past achievements and future plans. Add a profile picture, but make sure it's professional and classy. Include descriptions of your skills with example work where possible. The portals also let you select your skill set and these will be displayed to any potential employer.

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5Make and upload a CV to your profile. This is crucial in marketing yourself as a professional and skilled freelancer. Make sure your CV looks good and is helpful and informative.

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6Display your talents. Like any other job, freelancing employers always look for unique and talented individuals. As they won’t be able to meet you personally your CV and Profile are the next best reflection of your professional image.

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7Start working. You will almost immediately find many jobs to your liking but it is advisable to apply for those that are close to your area of residence so that payment does not pose any problems.

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8Submit proposals for jobs that interest you. Your proposals must be detailed without being fancy or over professional. Put suitable effort into your proposal. Its quality and completeness should reflect that of your work.

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9Keep an eye on the credits counter. Some credits will be deducted for every proposal you submit, so don’t go on applying for every job you come across. Instead, focus on those jobs which you feel most confident about or interested in.

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How to Work on the Internet As Freelancer

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Million of people around the world has moved from doing offline work to work on the Internet as freelancers. Freelancing can be a very profitable job for those who have a good skill or knowledge.

Discover what you can offer online. Can you be more competitive in prices & services to the other freelancers who have been in the market much older than you ?

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3Start small, when you join a freelancer website, it doesn't matter what job you do, or how cheap it is. Your main target is to get feedback and build a reputation

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4Create your own portfolio (Your portfolio should be a separated website), and not on the freelancer website, this way you can share it on different freelancer websites.

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5Expose yourself to different market. You don't have to stuck to one freelancer website or marketplace.


How to Protect Your Ideas As a Freelancer

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 1:00 AM

As a freelancer, you must share your ideas with others in order to make a living. Any time you pitch a feature concept to an editor, brainstorm at a board meeting or otherwise communicate your original thoughts to a third party, your ideas become vulnerable to theft. Be aware that you cannot legally protect freelance ideas; rather, you can only legally protect your unique, tangible expression of those ideas in the form of a finished product (articles, websites and program coding, etc.). For example, you can protect an article about dog walking with a copyright, but you cannot stop other people from acting on the idea to write about dog walking. Therefore, you must take careful measures if you are concerned with protecting freelance ideas. Here are steps you can take to protect your ideas as a freelancer.

Avoid giving away any details when pitching your ideas to third parties. Otherwise, you may pitch your idea, only to find that it was developed by someone else, who was then given total credit for it.

Instead of expressing the complete who, what, where, when, why and how of your ideas, provide only a broad outline of your concept during your initial pitch in order to protect freelance ideas.

Don't ever give away the sources you plan on using to back your ideas. Instead, just assert that you have reliable, verifiable sources.

For example, when writing a query letter to an editor about your idea to investigate a black market ring operated by XYZ Enterprises, provide only vague details of the article you want to write: "I would like to uncover the alleged shady business practices of one of our county's largest retail manufacturers."

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3Agree to provide complete details of a proposed work only once a commissioned deal has been arranged. This may be difficult to do unless you have a rapport with the entity you are submitting an idea to, but you should definitely attempt to procure an assurance of compensation for your finished product before you expound on the details of your idea. For example, you may present a concept outline, then offer to deliver an original work if, and only if, you are offered a contract with terms you agree to.

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4Request confidentiality agreements before you reveal your ideas.

Confidentiality agreements, also called non-disclosure agreements or secrecy agreements, are contracts that 2 or more people enter into, in which they agree that certain disclosed information is kept confidential by all involved parties. These agreements can be used for protecting freelancing ideas, as well as for protecting any other type of intellectual property.

You can find confidentiality agreement templates online, on sites run by copyrighting agencies like the Intellectual Property Office, and use them to protect freelance ideas when you are pitching concepts to potential clients.


What you should earned from starting out as a freelancer

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Making the decision to leave corporate America and take a chance on owning my own freelance business did not come lightly, especially in this economy. It was just days before I gave my notice when I saw a Facebook status shuffle that gave me the boost I needed. It read, “You have to make the choice to take the chance in order for your life to change.”

 

In the last few years, I’ve had ups and downs, but I’ve been fortunate enough to have more ups than downs. I’ve gained some great clients and lost a few. I’ve had some not-so-good clients that made work unbearable at times. I’ve had to learn my craft on my own, through books, independent courses and the help of some great peers in the industry. But through it all, I’ve learned some great lessons on how to be a great freelancer and a better person.

 

Don’t underestimate your talents

 

When you first begin the freelance life it’s easy to assume everyone else bidding on a project has more experience than you. You may find yourself second-guessing your work and questioning its authenticity. That’s not always the case. You may have more practical applications for the job at hand or have a more thorough grasp of the concept. You may find that you connect personally with the project manager or client, and we all know how important relationships can be in business.

 

Don’t under value your work

 

My time, intellect and skillset are valuable. Not everyone can do what I can do. They may think they can, but in reality, they can’t. When I first started out, I would consider accepting the $10 projects, but I quickly realized that my time and my services are worth much more than that. Now, I will pass on projects that I feel are below my expectations. Is this arrogance? No, it’s confidence.

 

Be flexible

 

Whether it’s with your schedule, your finances or your self-defined niche, be willing to bend a little. Just when you think you have it figured out, someone’s bound to throw you a curveball that will have you reeling to figure it all out again.

 

Monday’s still suck

 

I found this to be really odd. It didn’t matter if I worked all weekend long to meet a deadline, Mondays still seem difficult and Fridays still rock!

 

Be strong

 

Will power is an essential characteristic of the most successful freelancers. There are no more time clocks telling me when to work or when to take a break. On a beautiful spring day it may take all I have to sit down to finish a project, even though the deadline is looming. But, I’ve learned that your work ethic is defined by you, and you alone. There is an upside, though: I can always take my laptop to the park to experience the best of both worlds!

 

Enjoy life

 

There is nothing greater than being able to create your own destiny. Having two small children, I am now able to keep them home with me a majority of the time. I can accompany them on preschool field trips or simply watch them as they grow. However, there are times of sacrifice, when a job must get done and a trip to the zoo is pushed to another day. Fortunately, my family seems to understand the tradeoff and is willing to just as flexible with me as I am with work.

 

I’m not going to sugarcoat it, being a freelancer is hard, hard work. I’ve been doing this a few years now with many sleepless nights wondering where the next job is going to come from. Fortunately, I’ve always had a job come to fruition just when I need it to. Is it luck? Maybe. But I’d like to think it’s because I have proven myself and offer quality work. My drive and dedication have served me well, but the freelance lifestyle isn’t the right move for everyone. Self-sacrifice is a tradeoff for the many rewards, but it’s up to each individual if it’s worth it to them.

Being a freelancer or being a professional freelancer

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 11:30 PM

For the hobbyist freelancer, scoring an occasional project or assignment may be merely a way to make some extra cash. You may be helping a friend or business acquaintance out with a fresh website design or taking photos of your cousin’s kids just for a little extra spending money, or to keep your skill set fresh. But for the freelancer who is building his career one project at a time, each and every assignment is an opportunity to build a portfolio, gain networks and experience, and earn a living.

 

According to the Freelancers Union, nearly 30 percent of America’s workforce is now considered independent workers. Some are just working for pleasure while others are striving to build a lasting career. The two groups seem similar enough but there are a few core differentiators: commitment, dedication and hard work.

 

 

 

Quality versus Quantity

 

When trying to build a robust portfolio, many freelancers are forced to settle for less-than stellar jobs. Unfortunately, these are often the same jobs that demand more of your time but pay you less than you’re worth. Professional freelancers just starting out accept such jobs in hopes of securing a bigger and better gig down the road, while many hobbyists would simply bypass this type of job. For the professional, the focus must be on the long-term payoff, often making taking projects that seem lower level or lower pay than you’d expect a worthy endeavor.

 

Brand Marketing

 

Professional freelancers need to build their brand. In most cases, word of mouth is simply not enough to cultivate a flourishing career. It’s vital to market yourself just as any company would. Whether you use digital media, attend trade shows or utilize the facets of traditional media, connecting with those who need your services is critical. For professional freelancers, the time, money and energy required to market themselves is a good use of resources. As you gain experience, you become more knowledgeable about how to allocate your time between the marketing that will help you tomorrow and the projects that you’re getting paid for today.

 

Education

 

In the competitive world of freelancing, keeping your skill set sharp and up-to-date is essential. When hundreds of self-purported experts are vying for the same job, it’s the freelancer with the most relevant education and experience who is most likely to land the job. Your skills and experience must be fresh and timely, especially in the ever-changing world of technology. Again, this often means sacrificing time that could be used for job searches or project management in order to keep abreast of any changing trends within your respective industry.

 

Further, many professional freelancers opt to invest in certification courses, seminars and trainings, in addition to upgrading their equipment and software, in order to stay competitive and continuously expand their skill sets.

 

The life of the professional freelancer isn’t always easy. There are moments and days when you’re wondering when you’re going to land your next gig. Sometimes you feel you’ve wasted time and energy on some meaningless task in anticipation of some ROI.

 

And yet, there are other days your calendar is filled with exciting projects and potential clients knocking at your door. For the hobbyist, down times usually aren’t a big deal. But for the professional, downturns can be frustrating and devastating, and it’s in these circumstances many freelancers can feel the urge to give up. If you’re a dedicated professional and you can weather the storms while continuously pushing forward, you will ultimately reap the benefits of your hard work.

 

 

Questions each freelancer should ask a potential client

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Freelancers face numerous potential problems when dealing with clients. A quick Internet search reveals horror stories of non-paying clients, personality conflicts and unreasonable demands. Forward-thinking freelancers can gauge the worthiness of potential projects and clients by asking the following critical questions in advance of signing an agreement.

 

 

 

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Long-Term Vision

 

What are your long-term goals? Knowing the long-term direction can help freelancers develop strategies and tactics that can be built upon to continue advancing a business toward its goals.

How do you see contract talent as a part of your long-term vision? This helps you set your expectations — and your calendar. You will be able to determine whether this has the potential to be a long-term project for your or if you will be seeking new work within the next few months.

Working with Freelancers

 

Have you worked with freelancers in the past? What was your experience? Companies that have never worked with freelancers and those with a negative prior experience often require that you spend more time and energy in building trust.

Have you ever completed projects of this scale in the past? If this is a client’s first go at an e-book, a social media marketing campaign or blog, you may need to anticipate some additional consulting hours to help your client understand the process.

How often do you expect status updates or reports on progress? Knowing upfront how frequently a client expects a check-in can offer both security to the client and motivation to you, the freelancer.

Project Details

 

 

 

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What’s the deadline for this project? Deadlines should be set forth in advance, and in writing, to avoid misunderstandings.

What is your budget for the proposed project? Budget projections can help freelancers develop a complete project plan, including the number of hours spent on specific activities.

How many words or pages of content or design does this project require? Specifics are essential for proper budgetary planning. Combine this with the questions listed earlier to come up with a firm outline for the amount of work that can be completed to meet client expectations within the client’s deadline.

Are there any fundamentals to setting up this project you require my help with? For instance, a client seeking web design services may not yet have secured a domain name or hosting account.

Contract Information

 

What are your typical payment terms for outsourced contractors (e.g., Net 30)? As a freelancer, you often don’t know where your next paycheck is coming from. But having an idea when to expect payment, especially from larger clients, is a major plus.

Is there a non-compete clause in the contract? Many businesses don’t want contractors to share their proprietary methods or inside knowledge with direct competitors. It’s not ethical to share information between clients; however, a non-compete clause could prevent you from working for a direct competitor during and for a period after your contract relationship.

Project Examples

 

Do you have specific examples of comparable websites, reports, presentations, etc. you particularly like? It’s always best to have a basic grasp of a client’s writing style or design preferences. You shouldn’t model past work precisely, but incorporate the right voice and tone in the materials you produce.

Can you provide samples of previous quality work, prior website design or content that can help me grasp the appropriate voice? When clients provide examples of other designs, content or projects that have resonated with them, it helps you develop a plan delivering the same level of satisfaction.

Taking on a new client is both exciting and nerve-wracking for freelancers. There are plenty of expectations to be met on both ends, but by asking the right questions upfront, freelancers can adequately prepare for the upcoming project in terms of budgeting and time commitment.

 

How FREELANCER use streamsend to do fast Professional Programming

Posted on March 8, 2014 at 6:50 AM

How does the web app look and feel to use?

The StreamSend website entices users with a fun environment enhanced by humorous photographs. Users are greeted by a sliding header depicting comic people with chat bubble comments while additional text explains the benefits of StreamSend. The site is also scattered with funny, color images, such as an open mouthed rabbit. The application is easy to use and StreamSend adds its own blend of professional organization and unique humor to the overall experience.

 

How does the registration process work?

Visitors to StreamSend can create an account by clicking the green “Sign Up” button in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The user is asked to select their desired membership plan before continuing. The registration form requires a first and last name, email address, password, phone number, company name, company website, address, city, state, zip code and country. The form also asks the user how they heard about the site, what their job function is, which industry they are in and an optional question asking what they will use StreamSend for. The user can also review their chosen membership plan along the left hand column on the same page before submitting their information.

 

What does it cost to use the application?

StreamSend gives users six membership options to choose from plus a free 30 day trial that includes 200 emails. The cheapest plan costs around $20 per month and includes up to 2,000 monthly emails. The next plan costs around $40 per month and upgrades to include 10,000 emails. After that, the user can choose 20,000 emails for around $60 per month. 50,000 monthly emails costs around $100 per month while 100,000 costs around $160. The most expensive StreamSend option includes 150,000 monthly emails for around $210. Large volume plans are available, but the user must contact StreamSend for a quote.

 

Who would you recommend the application to?

StreamSend is an option for users who want to run email campaigns. The application provides helpful features as well as six membership options to choose from. Users can also give StreamSend a try for free for 30 days.

 

StreamSend Features

Build customized sign up forms

Include an opt in confirmation option

Import and export lists using Excel

Add your logo and branding to emails

Upload your own custom email template or choose a premade template

How FREELANCER use campaign-monitor to do fast Professional Programming

Posted on March 8, 2014 at 6:45 AM

How does the web app look and feel to use?

Browsing the website is fully enjoyable, as it is excellently arranged. All the categories are very well organized, and also, the resources and support segments are very accessible, greatly simplifying things for a new user. The overall smooth interface will not cause any inconveniences, not even after extensive use. Support is always essential when working with applications like Campaign Monitor, and this was obviously considered. Tutorials on everything related to the application are available on the website, together with detailed API documentation, that allows the sync of the Campaign Monitor account with any website that a client might have. Email support is also easily accessible, if more in depth information is required.

 

How does the registration process work?

Setting up an account requires a valid email address and it is free. By registering, anyone has the possibility to create his own Campaign Monitor site address, where the account login will be done from. After receiving a confirmation email at the submitted email address the account is activated and is ready to be used right away.

 

What does it cost to use the application?

No setup fees or monthly fees are required by Campaign Monitor. Payment is requested only when sending an email campaign to more than five people. Each campaign costs 5$ plus 1 cent per recipient. Significant discounts are available for big senders. These come in the form of prepaid credits that can be used at any time, and that never expire. These are intended for those companies that want to avoid dealing with many small transactions all the time. Also, the possibility of credit refund for credits that are not going to be used looks very appealing. The pricing goes as following: 50,000 credits - 1 cent/ credit. 50,001 - 100,000 credits - $500 + 0.8 cents for each credit above 50,000. 100,001 - 250,000 credits - $900 + 0.7 cents for each credit above 100,000. 250,001 - 500,000 credits - $1,950 + 0.6 cents for each credit above 250,000. 500,000+ credits - $3,450 + 0.5 cents for each credit above 500,000. The payment can be done with all major credit cards and with special internet services, such as PayPal.

 

Who would you recommend the application to?

Campaign Monitor is equally addressed to small or big companies and to leading designers that want a solid email campaign application, that combines all the essential features required, and that also offers flexibility. In other words, it is usable both for small and huge companies.

 

Campaign Monitor Features

Campaign Monitor allows any user to import custom HTML and CSS, in order to enhance the quality of the emails that he plans to send.

The management of lists and subscriptions is well covered, as all the messy stuff, such as unsubscribe requests, are handled automatically.

Detailed reports can be accessed within the application, which allow the exact estimation of the overall success of the campaign.

How FREELANCER use sendgridl to do fast Professional Programming

Posted on March 8, 2014 at 6:45 AM

How does the web app look and feel to use?

SendGrid is a solid application that works and go above and beyond the service-level agreements that it provides on its site. Many customers are happy with the app. There were no bugs or issues seen during this review. The app is designed in a clean, but no-frills makeup with a white background, black text and blue highlights and banners.

 

How does the registration process work?

To sign up for the SendGrid application, users can click on the "Sign Up" hyperlink located at the top right of the homepage. From there they can sign up for the pricing plan which best suits their needs. The registration page requests the following information from new users: username, password, an estimate of monthly email volume, email address, name, phone, company, country, address, city, state, and new users will need to accept the service's terma of service, privacy policy and their email policy.

 

What does it cost to use the application?

There are many different pricing plans for the SendGrid app. They vary from a standard lite plan of $.10 per thousand emails to a custom plan which is negotiated based on a business' needs.

 

Who would you recommend the application to?

SendGrid is a web app that IT Managers of any company may want to consider- particularly those of companies who do not have or are looking to do away with managing their own servers or keeping them onsite.

 

SendGrid Features

App makes transactional email easy

Businesses don't need to pay for and maintain an email infrastructure

SendGrid ensures that emails are delivered

API's are available to make integration fast and simple

How FREELANCER use Benchmark Email to do fast Professional Programming

Posted on March 8, 2014 at 6:40 AM

How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Benchmark Email website welcomes visitors with a very professional design that favors blue and gold. The stylish logo compliments the overall design, which includes five navigation buttons that run across the top of the page. Each feature is created with the user in mind. Colorful reporting charts and diagrams allow the user to quickly review campaign stats while vibrant, stylish icons add a unique flavor to the look of Benchmark Email.

 

How does the registration process work?

A new user can join Benchmark Email by clicking on the orange “Sign Up Free” button in the upper, right hand corner of the page. Doing so will direct the user to the registration form which requires a first and last name, company name, email address, phone number, login name and password. The user must also enter a verification code to prove that they are human and check the terms of use and user pledge confirmation box.

 

What does it cost to use the application?

Benchmark Email provides users with a long list of package options. The first is the Plan 600 which includes 600 emails sent per month and costs around $10 each month. The Plan 1K upgrades to 1,000 emails and costs around $13 per month. Next is the Plan 2.5K which includes up to 2,500 emails for around $20 per month. The Plan 3.5K offers up to 3,500 emails for around $25 per month. The Plan 5K costs around $35 per month and includes up to 5,000 emails. The Plan 10K is listed as a popular choice and costs around $60 per month for up to 10,000 emails sent. The Plan 25K allows up to 25,000 emails sent for around $115 per month. The Plan 50K costs around $200 and offers up to 50,000 emails sent per month. The most expensive plan is the Plan 100K which includes up to 100,000 emails sent for around $375 per month.

 

Who would you recommend the application to?

Benchmark Email is geared towards small businesses that need a flexible email marketing solution. The application provides an enormous number of tools and customization options that allow users to create an original campaign that suits their needs, budget and industry.

 

Benchmark Email Features

Use professional email templates

Set up online surveys using Benchmark Email templates

Review reports that share details on recipient responses

Choose from nine membership package options

Import, export and manage emailing lists

How FREELANCER use TinyLetter to do fast Professional Programming

Posted on March 8, 2014 at 6:40 AM

How does the web app look and feel to use?

TinyLetter offers a simple service which is complimented by the application’s website design. The TinyLetter homepage uses a lot of open space with no clutter to get in the user’s way. All the main navigation tools are presented as soon as the user arrives on the homepage. They can visit the TinyLetter website and get right down to business creating a subscribe link and building their first newsletter.

 

How does the registration process work?

Registering for TinyLetter is very easy. As soon as a new visitor arrives on the TinyLetter website, they are greeted by a large Pick a Username field. The user can enter their desired username, which will make up the last portion of their subscribe URL (seen just below the field). The subscribe URL updates as the user enters their username. They can then copy their subscribe URL before continuing. After clicking the red “continue” button, the user is asked for a full name, newsletter name, and newsletter description. The last half of the form asks for the user’s email address and a password.

 

What does it cost to use the application?

TinyLetter offers a basic service at a great price: free. Anyone can visit the website and create an account at no charge. Users are not charged for creating and sending email newsletters, either. The user can send as many or few as they like and never pay a dime for doing so. This works well because it is a basic service, although a very helpful one for anyone that wants to make a newsletter but knows little about building and formatting one.

 

Who would you recommend the application to?

TinyLetter is a very helpful tool for users who are not skilled in newsletter creation, but want to send one out. Small businesses and professionals can even use it as a way to reach out to clients that is cost effective. Since there are no charges for sending newsletters, anyone can afford TinyLetter.

 

TinyLetter Features

Choose your subscribe link

Name your newsletter

Add a description to your newsletter

Create and send a newsletter anytime you like

Easily manage newsletter sending through Tiny Letter

How FREELANCER use MailChimp to do fast Professional Programming

Posted on March 8, 2014 at 6:35 AM

How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Mailchimp.com site has a very clean and uncluttered look and feel. The site is quite responsive, and the browser-based tools respond much like a dedicated desktop app. Page loads happen quickly, as do email or signup form editing. Navigation is intuitive, with a convenient top menu bar shown on all pages of the site. There is no advertising displayed on the Mailchimp.com site.

 

How does the registration process work?

Registration to Mailchimp.com is free and is required to use the site. The registration process simply asks for email address and password. Validation of the email address is required. A free account is limited to a list size of 500 addresses and 3,000 monthly emails. Registration for a paid account asks for email address, username, password and credit card information.

 

What does it cost to use the application?

Two types of paid pricing are available from Mailchimp.com – monthly and pay as you go. There are 5 monthly pricing plans available, all with unlimited monthly mailings and with list size limits ranging from 2,500 to 50,000. Pricing ranges from $30 to $240 per month. Contact Mailchimp.com for pay as you go pricing.

 

Who would you recommend the application to?

Mailchimp.com is recommended to any individual, small or large business or organization who needs a complete mailing list and mailing campaign management solution. The site provides a full-featured, turnkey service that is easy to use, yet flexible and powerful.

 

MailChimp Features

Complete, web based mailing list and campaign management solution

Create custom signup forms and custom HTML or plain text emails

Manage sending, processing replies and analytics of the entire campaign from start to finish

Paid plans for list sizes from 2,500 to 50,000

Free account limited to 500 user mailing list and 3,000 emails per month

Pay as you go pricing also available


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