Internet is my true agentWritten by Dessislava Oundjian
Internet is my true agent
You know type -- that doodling type. Every time there is a pen and paper on table, they will be sketching something down, with a mysterious smile, giggling quietly and making funny faces. Vlad Kolarov is no exception -- however, he has built a carrier out of his funny habit. If you are no Internet stranger, probably you have already seen his work. It might be a Yahoo ecard, or a funny cartoon on some web site, a greeting card or even his online portfolio (http://www.vladkolarov.com). Vlad has been around for some time.
Q> Why did you decide to become a cartoonist? R> I don't think I ever had a choice. Obviously I was born with cartoon gene - I've always loved to doodle and create my own little world on paper. As a kid at school I noticed that my cartoons made people laugh and brought me some respect. That's a nice feeling. So to get paid to do it is best. In spite of my law education (which I actually have never used), I decided to follow my stars and become a full-time cartoonist/illustrator. It turned out to be a very tough job but I also love fact that I make my own hours and work at home. And it's great having a job that deals with humor. Q> So how did it all start? R> It all started in 1989 (my God! That makes me almost as old as Triceratops). It was a very exciting time. After some time freelancing, I landed a job as a cartoonist for biggest Bulgarian daily newspaper "24 hours". Several years later I decided to expand my horizon and moved to Vancouver, BC with my family. Iíve been living and working there ever since -- I love place!!! Q> Vlad, how do you find new markets? Do you make any "cold calls" or do you wait for clients to call you? R> Finding new markets is key to being a successful freelancer. As an artist working at home you should be always looking for new clients. I contact magazines, websites, greeting card companies, etc... Also, they contact me. I find having a web site portfolio very useful (check it out - http://www.vladkolarov.com). A freelancer MUST promote himself in every way possible. If one simply waits for clients to come to him, they'll never make it. Q> Share a marketing secret with our readers. R> Always be creative! For example my latest idea is to use power of Internet and turn my fans into my agents. Anyone who recommends me and brings in a new client will receive 15% commission of what I get. So if you want to make some extra money -- spread my name around:) Q> You have such a wonderful drawing style! Do you have any art training? R> No. Iíve had some art classes, but I was not very good -- so gave up and started drawing what I like instead. I noticed that my style changed a lot during years, and eventually it is what you see now. I am a fan of simple forms, so that is what I am after. Less is more (except in bedroom):) Q> What is schedule of a man "working @ home"? R> My day starts at around 8AM. I start with answering my mail, then drawing cartoons and promoting my work. The nice thing is that each day is a new challenge with a different project and a different client, so I never get bored. This usually goes till 8PM -- six days a week. Freelancers must work as many hours as possible.
Make Free Money With GoogleWritten by John Baker
Make Free Money With Google By John Baker http://www.best-home-business-ideas.net
Have you received your check from Google? If you own a business web-site you should be receiving a check from Google. Why not accept a check every month from Google by placing their ads on your site?
Google AdSense allows you to serve text-based Google AdWords on your web site, (ads are relevant to your web site subject) and receive a share of pay-per-click payment. There are pay-outs of 50 cents or more per click being achieved through AdSense. It is simple to join and it's free.
Go to google.com/adsense and you should be serving Google AdWords usually within 24 hours.You can choose between either horizontal or skyscraper AdSense ads, and they also have a large variety of color schemes to choose from. After your site has been approved you will paste a code into your site and text ads will appear. Always backup your site before you paste your code, as you may decide to change your AdSense location.