Using Freelancer Sites to Outsource Work

As a lot of the blogs you read here are brain dumps of my day to day business, I thought I would write once again about using freelancer websites to outsource work. Despite being experienced in outsourcing work, there are still some contractors that will be surprisingly bad and those that are worth more than their monies worth.

Here are some more tips and what to expect when you Outsource:
1.Contractors Asking for More Money for Basic Jobs

Probably one of the worst things about outsourcing is constant request after 2 or 3 months of hiring someone to give them a pay-rise. This can be frustrating and tiresome. I have recently asked someone to post blogs in websites for me.

The blogs are pre-written, and images or videos are provided. This is literally a job to open a website, put in the user name and password, and post the blog. Now I hire several people to this kind of job and have had some working for me for over 3 years.

However, this one particular worker decided not to post any blogs at all. Then when I asked what the problem was, it was of course money. Rather than tell you he wanted more money, he left me high and dry – or shall I say late, and my customer not happy.

As you can imagine, he was sacked, bad feedback left for his way of doing business, and all my passwords had to be changed. I quickly hired someone to replace him for the same money.

2.Contractors logging more hours than the job really takes
Another bad experience I had, which in hindsight was my own fault, was someone that logged 3 hours for creating a Web 2.0 website.

My mistake here was not making it clear what I was willing to pay. Now after the first 3 were done and he charged me $70 for 3 Web 2.0s, I then had an issue with his work.

Now, he already had the images and content. I even provided usernames and passwords as well as email addresses with account names for my customers who wanted to use these Web 2.0s to project their brand image.

I once did this job myself. It took me no more than 20 minutes to create an account, post content, and then post an image or video in the content. This guy was charging me 3 hours.

What was my mistake?

In my brief I made an assumption that the guy I hired would take 20 minutes maybe 30 minutes to create the Web 2.0. Note that work ‘assumption’. Never assume when hiring contractors.

What should I have done?

It was so simple really. I should have asked him ‘How long will it take you per web 2.0?’. I would have waited to see what questions he would ask, then let him know I already provide emails, content, and images.

For the new person I have hired to create Web 2.0s it costs me $8 per hours, and he gets 3 completed per hour. He also posts content on those Web 2.0s so my clients have a social presence. Per post her takes 8 minutes to 10 minutes. The success of hiring this contractor came from the questions I asked.
3.The Phantom or AWOL Contractors
Read people’s feedback carefully if you are hiring someone from a freelancer website. Most of the time there will be little clues that tell you how reliable that person is. Literally, my new rule is, I only hire people if they have 5-star feedback.

Here some more rules:

  • Check to see if any mentioned the contractor is always on time with work
  • Check to see if there is any mention of lateness

Here are some I have learnt to avoid:

  • “name of contractor: quality work although not always on time
  • “We got there in the end”
  • “It was worth the wait”

Do not hire these contractors if work is time sensitive. Usually, in own experience, these people deliver high quality work, but they tend to also disappear.

The only reason I would hire this type of person is when I have a pretty long deadline and I have a team of contractors on the job. If the contractor goes AWOL, I will send a message saying, ‘I have removed XXX from your work load’.

I then assign the work to another contractor. This usually gets the contractor moving quicker with any remaining work.

Contractors that go completely AWOL and never contact you again, but deliver high quality work are usually worth keeping on your list. However, use them sparingly and only when you really need them. Also, make sure you always have a backup.
3.Problems with Outsourcing Dealt With!

There you have it. 3 issues I have had with contractors over the last couple of months that I have had to adapt to. The second problem I had was something that could have been avoided.
I was too complacent and by not asking the right questions, ones I knew I should have asked, I made a newbie mistake and let a rouge contractor take advantage of my lack of questioning. For someone so experienced with hiring, I should never have let this happen.
Needless to say, the contractor also left me bad feedback for not communicating to him the time the job should take. Quite cheeky, but he was obviously frustrated as he thought he had hit the jackpot.…

Play Suduko online

Sudoku is the latest puzzle based game. If you browse through different sites that talk about this game, you will find that many people take this game as challenging as that game of Rubix Cube. If you were in childhood by 80’s it is difficult to overlook the six-sided and six hued square, however Sudoku is doing the similar concept.

History

If you believe that Sudoku is another out of the box game  you would be off base. Truth be told, it was  first created in 1979 and distributed in an American puzzle magazine.

The game was created by Howard Garns, a previous draftsman. The craze hit Japan in 1986 yet did not take the middle stage until 2005 when sites, puzzle books and even significant media coverage influenced Sudoku to game an overall sensation.

By mid-2005, each paper in Britain contained a Sudoku puzzle and there was no getting away. Indeed, even little nearby papers were getting in on the popularity of the puzzle. The daily papers started to contend with each other, with both The Times and Daily Mail both claiming to be the first to include this puzzle.

2005 was truly the year that Sudoku captured the imagination of the British people. The daily papers distributed increasingly Sudoku puzzles, even Teletext got in on the demonstration. And after that at last in July 2005, the satellite station Sky One facilitated the world’s initially live TV Sudoku appear. But of today it can be played through online.

Popularity

If you search Sudoku game on internet you will discover that  it has many  followers . The Internet has turned into a perfect sanctuary for those logically motivated sleuths committed to filling in the crates and illuminating puzzles. There are huge amounts of sites committed to the game.

There are additionally challenges where competitors can really win cash or prizes. Challenges, however, normally must be done face to face on the grounds that there are PC programs accessible that can illuminate Sudoku game puzzles in a snap.

Sudoku is really a shortening of the Japanese expression suuji wa dokushin ni kagiru. Translated, it means the digits stay single. Ordinarily, a customary Sudoku game puzzle is a 9 x 9 matrix separated into nine 3×3 subgroups. A portion of the cells have numbers and pieces of information in them.

Others are void. The objective of the game is to pencil in the missing numbers in a logical manner, yet recall, each main through nine can be used just once.

Levels

The difficulty levels of Sudoku game are varied. Puzzles can be created to fit exceptionally experienced players or unadulterated tenderfoots.

Indeed, even the extremely young can get in on playing Sudoku game. If you got yourself an enthusiast of the Rubix Cube back in the 1980s there is a decent shot the Sudoku game craze would be up your logical rear way. Try it out and who knows, you may get snared!

Last note

Sudoku, as a puzzle, has captured the brains of a huge number of people. It’s a puzzle that is digging in for the long haul, however be warned, once you lift Sudoku up, you may struggle to put it down once more.

Where to play

This game can be online through http://www.websudoku.com/

Sudko in Action

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Strategy Games for Better Productivity

There has long been an argument as to whether gaming is good or bad for our brains, with some saying too much can be damaging while others say that in moderation it can be extremely beneficial. So who is right?

Are they both right in certain ways?

 Well yes, too much of anything can be bad for you and this is the same with computer games but if played moderately each day, they can actually be of great benefit in many areas of our brains. This can lead to benefits such as better concentration, focus, reaction times, cognitive ability and it can even help to prevent mental disorders such as depression.

With all that in mind, let’s go and take a look at some of the games where studies have actually proven that they are beneficial to us and can make us far more productive. Each of the below games have been shown to have some form of benefit to our brains when being played regularly but in moderation.

Halo 2

 Games that offer up intensive action might seem like they’re not going to do a child any good but studies have actually shown that they can improve their attention span and focus. Games with violence are usually thought to breed brutality in children and while there might be a case for that, a study has shown that players can have physiological benefits such as being able multi-task faster than those that do not play the games. See how to play Halo and this guy has a donwload file available for you.

Peggle

 All those free mobile puzzle games that you can play on your tablets and cell phones such as Peggle and Candy Crush, will not only help you to pass the time, but they will also help you to decrease the likeliness of getting mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.

Any regular player of these type of games that commits at least 30 minutes of game time a few times a week, will reduce their chances of showing the symptoms by almost 60%.

Call of Duty

 Action games like Call of Duty are also known for providing some benefits to players. Who would have thought that running around shooting others on FPS games would have much benefit? Well, you’ll be surprised to learn that they do, as a study revels.

A bunch of people who were not gamers were used for this study, with half of them playing 50 hours of Call of Duty across a week and the other half not gaming at all. At the end of the week they were asked some timed questions.

Now, while both sets of people scored about the same in accurateness, the gamers on average answered the questions 25 percent faster. Essentially, this shows that gaming can prove reaction times and allows them to make faster decisions.

Brain Age 2

 Brain training games like Brain Age 2 are a little less of a surprise when you consider they are actually designed to help improve the cognitive abilities of children. However, its still always nice to find out that they are actually working.

One recent study showed that kids who played the game for at least 15 minutes a day before going to school, did better in a math test against non-playing children. A math test was also conducted before the start of the study and it is shown that the gamers were those that improved the most in the test that was held after the study.

Unreal Tournament

 Another benefit of intensive action games such as Unreal Tournament, is that they can sharpen up a players vision. Pre and post visual exams were conducted on a group of people that were split into two groups.

One group played Unreal Tournament for an hour each day and the others did not and when the final test results came in from the post visual exams, the players, on average, were 20% better at recognizing characters at distance compared to the pre test.

Rise of Nations

Players that love to play classic strategy games probably do not realize that they could actually improve their ability at making executive decisions.

Studies have actually been shown that games such as the classic Rise of Nations also saw improvements in being able switch between tasks in a more efficient manner. Additionally, its has been said that the more a player plays, the further this improves.

Tetris

Even the classic puzzle game Tetris has big benefits for our brains after a study showed that those who play the game will actually get a bigger brain. The study centered on about 30 adolescent girls, with each of them being asked to play 30 minutes of Tetris a day for three months.

Each of these girls as well as a same number that did not play the game had MRI scans before and after the exercise. During tests, the girls that had played Tetris showed a much more efficient brain function as well as an increase in the size of their cortex.

Baccarat

There are plenty of ways to play baccarat online. It is a game of skill and luck. As long as you use the right strategy, you should be able to reduce your losses. Now you can win at this game if you go on long run of upswing i.e. you hit some great variation. This gives you the chance to win real money if you wish to play for real money at an online casino.…

Dota 2 MMR Carry or Support

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One of the hardest things to do in DOTA is to get out of the 1k MMR bracket. If you are an amazing player already, then you will obviously calibrate well into the 3k and 4k MMR brackets where your contribution will really make a difference as an individual.

However, down the lowly depths of 1k MMR play there are some very bad players which means you must be several notched above them.

A lot of players ask whether they should be supporting in 1k MMR to get out of it. After all, supporting means you will help your carry get fat. If your carry is fat, he/she will destroy the other team. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth in most cases.

Most of the time you will make your carry fat yes, but then the carry has no idea what to do with their sudden massively improved farm.

As a support, you will have made your carry fat (well farmed with a lot of items and XP). An experienced or knowledgeable Dota player will take that farm and use it to win the game. A non-experienced player tends to feel invincible and runs into every fight without planning.

The problem here is that your carry with all the farm is supposed to wait for the back-up of his/her team. In reality, a lesser player tends not to do this. The result is your carry ends up dead most of the time allowing the other team the time to take down your towers and win the game.

What Is the Solution For 1k MMR Players?

Literally the only way in my experience to get out of 1k MMR in Dota is to become a good carry. Forget supporting other players because it rarely works and a lot of effort goes to waste.

Choose 3 – 5 decent carries and learn them inside out. Figure out a routine that allows you to always farm quickly. Wraith King is great one to win games because you start in the jungle and get fat very quickly if you master the first 10 minutes of your farming.

Axe is another game winner. He is a little harder than Wraith King to master though. Despite being a super strong hero, you cannot just expect to charge into fights with him and win. If you can play Axe as a carry and be smart about it, you will win a lot of games.

Phantom Assassin is another is another carry that wins games. She is one of the easiest heroes to master in Dota. The great thing about PA is that once you have figured out how to farm and level quickly enough with her, then you will be a game winning carry.

This is essentially how to get out of 1k MMR. Become a game winner! It is not easy to get to a level above your other 1k MMR counterparts, but with some effort it is very doable.

Are there any other tips?

Play mid – if you are a good player, then insist that you will play mid when you start the game.

What is the Solution for 2k+ MMR Players?

When you get to 2k MMR, you will find a real mix of good and bad players. It’s quite tough at this level too. Although, the nice thing about 2k MMR is you generally have team mates that know a thing or two about how to play Dota and the strategy side to the game.

If you play support at this level assisting your carry in getting fat, then your carry will appreciate it. Often, your carry will know exactly what to do with a well farmed hero and use the hero to your team’s advantage.

How do you become a good support at this level?

  • Learn how to stack creeps
  • Learn how to ward properly
  • Make sure you de-ward
  • Collect bounty runes (Leave your carry in the lane to get more XP)
  • Pull creep waves so the other team’s lane is denied XP
  • Become a master at denying creeps

Other Tips to Improve your MMR

  • Use YouTube as a resource for watching other players
  • Watch your game again and see where you could have done better
  • Watch games you lost where you saw the other teams carry win the game
  • Control your temper – getting angry will just make you make bad plays

Dota Boosters

We do not recommend using any type of boosting for Dota 2 simply because this is unfair on better players. What tends to happen is people think or feel they are better at the game than they really are. They get a booster to boost their account’s MMR.

This is like putting a rookie football player in a pro team. The difference will be quickly spotted. In team games where you are relying on every position to play their role to the same level as the rest of the team it, it means being as good as those players and as experienced.

Re-calibrate Every Dota International

There are obviously a lot of people that get frustrated with Dota. They have become better players, but the rest of the team is letting them down. This is especially true at the 1,000 MMR level. Boosting is one option. However, this means you will not be the super carry that you need to be to get yourself out of the 1,000 MMR level.…

The Most Popular Online Games Of Recent Times

Some people enjoy and prefer playing single-player video games so they do not have to play with other gamers. Then there are those who are fond of and prefer the opposite. The gamers happen to be die hard fans of online games and there are many of them today. They enjoy taking on the challenge of the more competitive gameplay and often they are even able to play with their friends as a team. Whether you are already one of such gamers or you would like to get a first-hand experience of online gaming, then here are the most popular games at the moment that you can play.

1. League of Legends

League of Legends, or LoL, is currently most popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game available today. This game was released by Riot Games back in 2009 and it happens to be free-to-play, so you will not have to buy it. Unlike typical MOBA games that have been out there, the thing that sets LoL apart is the fact that it offers players a combination of real-time strategy, role playing and tower defense gameplay. The more competitive this game will become, the more addicted you will get to it, and you will have your own unique Champion to control and level up.

2. Dota 2

Dota 2 is another very popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) that is free-to-play. Learning how to play this game will prove to be relatively easy, but mastering it can be be quite challenging and hard. In Dota 2, you will have to choose from 111 playable Heroes, each with its own unique abilities, attributes and playing styles. You will then have to battle as that player as a part of the team and lead your team towards victory by defeating the other team. Overall, Dota is a very balanced MOBA game.

3. World of Warcraft

Unlike the above two titles, World of Warcraft or WoW is a massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) that was released back in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment. Over the course of the past twelve years, World of Warcraft has received numerous awards. When it comes to the best MMORPGs, World of Warcraft tops the list. The franchise is nearing its 12th anniversary and the sixth expansion for the game was released last year, which is titled “Legion.” As of now, WoW offers players a very rich and satisfying online gaming experience, especially if you are a fan of MMORPGs.

4. Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is nothing like any of the above online games because it is a first-person multiplayer video game. Gamers who are familiar with the original Counter-Strike, which was merely a modification for Valve’s Half-Life, likely have an idea of what to expect from CS:GO. However, it is still quite advanced and difference from its predecessors. When it comes to games on Steam, it happens to be the second most played one. Much like the previous installments, CS:GO pits the teams of Counter-Terrorists and Terrorists against each other a wide range of new maps.

Conclusion

If you are new to online gaming, then playing one or all of the above most popular online games of today will prove to be a great start and you probably will not even think about playing any other games.…

Online Gaming—Play on

An online game is a video game played on the internet or another computer network. The best online games are the action games.

Online games started in the early seventies and were originally confined to the internal network. Commercial games followed in the next decade as well as more graphical games. A game server hosts online games sessions. This could be a dedicated computer managed by the game company. The games can range from simple text based games to the complex graphics and virtual worlds. The importance of online components can range from minor features to being part of the core gameplay.

The gender display of online games:

Online games have always been male dominated and has remained accurate for years together. Males have dominated worldwide Online games in a ratio of fifty – two percent to the female forty- eight percent. In fact, it has been seen that women over the age of fifty have increased habits of playing Online games. The increase has been over thirty per cent in the year twenty – hundred and twelve. The current age of gamers is around thirty- one while there are twenty – nine percent in the age group of eighteen.

Forty – three percent of the gamers were above the average age and who were unemployed. Twenty-one per cent of the gamers were below the age of thirty. It was found that there was only twenty percent of the gamers who were students. It was also found that there was only nine per cent of the gamers who were educated and employed and were at the age of thirty.

Time spent on online games: 

This has become a worldwide craze as it was found that there were over a billion people playing Online games all over the globe. This figure is on a daily basis with an average three hours being spent each day on online games. Casual and social games were played by forty per cent of the people.

The puzzle board games and the trivia card games accounted for eighteen percent of the online games. The action and sports games accounted for eighteen percent of the online games. The multiplayer universe accounted for eleven percent of the online games, while the rest accounted for eight percent of the online games. The present figure is that over seven point four billion gamers are there the world over.

How has the gaming industry fared?

It was found that in America there were over fifty –nine percent of online gamers. They are the ones who played these online games on a regular basis. In fact, the total amount of money spent on online games was to the tune of twenty – one and a half billion dollars. It was found that China had the largest market of online gamers accounting for as much as three hundred and sixty – eight million users. And the industry was worth over thirteen and a half billion dollars. The online gaming market in China was to the tune of one point six billion dollars.

Incredible and Thrilling Online Entertainment

There are so many online entertainment sites today. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing. It is a good thing because you have many options to choose from when you want to get your entertainment online. However, it is a bad thing because the many choices make it quite hard for you to decide which website among the different choices you have is the best.

The truth is, there are entertainment sites that stand out more than others. A great example is Steam. This is a popular site that will entertain you and enable you to harness some of your skills. Below are some of the things you will get from Steam.
First and foremost, with Steam, you can be entertained anywhere at any time. This is because the steam application is accessible on numerous devices. Whether you want to access it through your PC, iPad or phone you can do it. This is very advantageous especially considering that there are a good number of applications that can only be accessed on PCs. These make it impossible for you to visit the sites when you do not have your PC.

This is however something you do not have to worry about with Steam.The other thing you get when you decide to get steam application is connection to a lot of people. The Steam community is quite large and it is made up of different people from different parts of the world. This makes it a great opportunity for you to make new friends who share similar interests with you. You might even end up meeting some of them who are close to your home. This is awesome for someone who just moved to a new place and they have not made very many friends. With Steam, making friends is very easy.

Steam also provides you with an opportunity to share content with friend and also create some content for them. This is perfect if you would like to have some improvements made to some of our favourite games on streams. You get to share your ideas and they might end up being considered and implanted in improving the games. This is something that can really benefit someone who is passionate about game development and loves playing games as well.

Last but not least, you have access to numerous types of games on Steam. Whether you are into indie games, action games or any other type of game, there are a number of games you can choose from in the Steam application. This makes your boring days more fun and engaging.

In conclusion, you do not have to be bored or run out of ideas of what to do when to you are idle. With Steam application, you can play some incredible games on and on. The games are constantly being updated and new games are always being added. You can therefore rest assured you will not run out of games when you start using Steam application. Join the community today and give yourself a chance to have the most fun you’ve had in a long time.…