Saturday, August 15, 2009

Top 10 Signs that You Can Work From Home

1. You have a computer with very good specifications – a processor of 1.40 GHz and a memory (RAM) of at least 512 megabytes. To check your computer's specifications, click START >> CONTROL PANEL >> SYSTEM. You should be able to use your computer at least eight hours a day.

2. Although not all work at home jobs will require this, it will be best if you have a headset and a webcam. Many employers want to engage in online voice or video conferences.

3. You have a reliable and fast internet connection. It doesn’t really matter if it’s a DSL or a broadband connection. What counts is that you have an internet speed of at least 384 kbps. However, some freelance jobs (like web designing) may require faster internet speeds.

4. You know how to use instant messaging programs like Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live, or Skype.

5. You know how to use web mail systems like Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, and Hotmail.

6. You have a workstation at home that’s fit for a real job. Like regular office jobs, your workstation must present a healthy working environment that’s well ventilated and free from ambient noise.

7. You don’t have too much tasks on your everyday to-do list and you really have the time to work – seriously. Keep in mind that most work at home jobs will require you to do actual work for forty hours every week. The work schedule is often flexible but employers will make sure that the job you do fits the amount they pay you. Some may even ask you to install spywares.

8. Working in front of the computer for eight hours - everyday - does not bother you. In fact, that’s your way of life.

9. You have the means to get paid – even by overseas employers. You have a PayPal account or an active bank account where your salary can be wire-transferred.

10. You can really manage a work at home job. You are organized and you have excellent time management skills. You are responsible and you don’t need strict supervision.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Where Can I Find Work-at-home Jobs and Freelance Jobs Online?

Thanks to Leonard Kleinrock who first presented his ideas on packet switching, we now have the internet. This technological development gave way to a host of life changing opportunities to people around the globe. Now, not only can many people talk instantaneously even when they are miles apart. The World Wide Web also made outsourcing possible and people can now work at home.

Contrary to popular misconceptions, there are millions of work-at-home jobs available these days (I work at home, full time as well). Although traditional employees may think less of a home based work opportunity as compared to those which are office based, the truth is that most of the time, the only difference is the workplace. Many work-at-home jobs come with definite work schedules, regular payments, and employment contracts. Moreover, some home-based employees even earn more than what most office workers get.
If you want to try working at home full time or part time, you can check this link list of freelance and work-at-home job sites for work opportunities that fit your skills:

Sunday, August 9, 2009

FREE SOFTWARE REVIEW: Byki Express Japanese Language Software

I have a cousin that lives in Japan now and I am very much interested in learning Japanese. That is why I was on the hunt for Free Foreign Language Learning Software this morning. Fortunately, the search was not that hard. There are dozens of free programs that teach the Japanese language. One of those which I downloaded is the FREE Byki Express Desktop Software.

Basically, Byki is not merely focused on teaching the Japanese language. Rather, it is a language learning system that you can use to learn sixty-four different languages (Afrikaans, Albanian, Altai, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Belorussian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Buriat, Chechen, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Haitian, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malay, Mirandese, Mongolian, Norwegian, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Scottish, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajiki, Thai, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, and Zulu).

After downloading the software, you can now download a list of flashcards containing words written in Japanese matched with their English translations. Lists vary in the number of flash cards that they contain. Some only contain six while others are composed of fifty. You are free to choose which lists you will download and you can preview the list on their site (Byki List Central). The lists are made by Transparent Language (the product distributor) and other Byki users. You can download lists in multiple languages, and you can also download all the languages if you want to.

An important feature of this language learning software is the fact that you can review and study your downloaded lists anytime you want. You can do this even when you’re offline. The flashcards come with a “native speaker sound” functioning so you’ll know how the words are properly pronounced. If you can’t understand it, you can also slow down the sound and adjust the sound volume. You can also choose between text only cards and video with text cards.

With Byki’s language learning system, you can also track your progress through its Step 2: Recognition Test. You will be asked to identify the English translations of the words and then record it through the program’s Self Reporting Recognition Mode or Written Recognition Mode. Basically, this process is like an on-the-spot test and you will be able to check your total learned items presented in a pie graph. Another test, Step 3, will help you perfect your skills. If you are done with your downloaded set, you can delete it and then access more lists for more words to learn. I guess this program is perfect for people who want to study a second language at their own pace and schedule.

DETAILS: Your computer should have Windows Vista, Windows XP SP 2, Windows XP, or Mac. The total file size (excluding the lists) is 21.23MB.