Weekly business rail, with tips on freelancing, a BBB warning about the BBB label and more.
Tip of the Week
"Graduates these days may find freelancing either as meat and potatoes or whipped cream for their professional diet," says career services director Mary Kate Robinson at The Art Institute of Houston. Freelancing either provides the sole compensation (meat and potatoes) by working for multiple employers for different projects, or it adds to existing employment compensation (whipped cream).
Some of the best freelance job opportunities come from professional associations, alumni, teachers, postings from the career services department and just plain recognition/visibility in the community. In essence, freelancers are sharing their skill set by all forms of communication, ranging from verbal and nonverbal presentations, an interactive Web page exhibiting work with satisfied clients available for referral, handing out business cards at a chamber breakfast/lunch or other event, and always sharing the passion of their work with everyone.
Interestingly enough, some freelance jobs have potential to become full-time job offers. That is why no matter what the size of the job, the freelancer should give 110 percent attention to time, talent and customer service as their next job may quickly come from a successful conclusion of a recent project.
Recently there have been e-mails stating that a company in Hong Kong needs help in collecting money from businesses in the United States and Canada. It will give companies helping it collect the money 10 percent of the collected amounts. It goes on to note that it obtained the names of companies receiving the email offering from the Better Business Bureau.
This is a scam and businesses are warned not to become involved, nor should they send any information to the address listed on the email. Information being requested is often the first step in identity theft.
"We want our all businesses to be on guard for these kinds of messages and alert people in their organizations not to respond to these emails," said Steve J. Bernas of the Better Business Bureau.
For more information on this and other similar scams, visit www.bbb.org.
Forbes.com recently released their annual “miserable cities” list, which looks at quality-of-life factors such as commutes and tax rates. Here are the top 10 worst cities:
2. Stockton, Calif.
3. Memphis, Tenn.
5. Flint, Mich.
6. Miami, Fla.
7. St. Louis
8. Buffalo, N.Y.
9. Canton, Ohio
Number to Know
$3.25: Experts say gas prices will rise above $3 this summer again, but they expect them to top out at a national average of $3.25.
GateHouse News Service