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2 | P a g eUnleashing Your Harnessed PotentialCopyright 2013 by CertificationPoint.OrgAll rights reserved. No part of this...
3 | P a g eCreditsAuthor ProofreaderByron L. Giles Contessa L. CooperClaudia BryantReviewers Cover WorkRichard L. Giles Jr...
4 | P a g eDedication:To my parents Ronald & Jonnita, brother’s Curtis and Derek,daughters Jalena & Kayla, cousin Shauniel...
5 | P a g eI can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.- Philippians 4:13
6 | P a g eTable of ContentsPart 1: Starting a New Journey ……………………. Pg. 151. Introduction2. Join CertificationPoint.Org3....
7 | P a g ePart 4: The College Student …………………….… Pg. 9719. To Freelance or Not To Freelance While in College20. The Caree...
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9 | P a g eAbout the Author:Byron Giles is an IT Professional who set up his own firstcorporation in 2002 working in the a...
10 | P a g eHow Is This Book Organized?Part I – Embarking on a New Journey – This is where yourinitial journey begins. You...
11 | P a g ereservations with regards to jumping in of which we understandand can assist you in your initial processes.No ...
12 | P a g e Registration card for additional marketing tools used onthe website Over 300 Developer Scripts Over 100 Bu...
13 | P a g e3. Complete the web-based registration form4. You’ll need to confirm your account via email following theregis...
14 | P a g eCommunication (defined)The act or an instance of communicating; the imparting orexchange of information, ideas...
15 | P a g ePart I: Starting a New JourneyTo travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the truesuccess is to ...
16 | P a g eChapter 1Introduction to CertificationPoint.OrgThis book aims to assist not only with using theCertificationPo...
17 | P a g ecan incorporate into daily processes. Also included is a CD-Rom of free to use resources such as reusable scri...
18 | P a g efounders of CertificationPoint.Org saw a knowledge gap to befilled in the process of what was available to col...
19 | P a g eA Freelancers Experience20-year-old Terrance Byers has been using the site for the pastyear to hone his skill ...
20 | P a g eTerminology – Portfolioa sample of a service provider’s work or a virtual display used todisplay graphics art,...
21 | P a g eChapter 2Join CertificationPoint.OrgLet’s get this journey started by joining CertificationPoint.Org,but first...
22 | P a g eBy incorporating dual registration, we give you the opportunitywork on projects to earn extra income as well a...
23 | P a g eFigure 2.1 – CertificationPoint.Org HomepageCareer Management Registration Process (See Figure 2.2)1. Complete...
24 | P a g ejunk folder if you do not see the account verificationemail in your email “Inbox”.)5. Once you’ve verified you...
25 | P a g eSummary of Career Management ToolsThe Career Management portal offers the client acomprehensive view of their ...
26 | P a g enote of the email address field. This will need to beentered correctly because your email account willrequire ...
27 | P a g eFigure 2.3 – CertificationPoint.Org eMarketplace HomepageSummary of eMarketplace ToolsThe eMarketplace portal ...
28 | P a g eChapter 3“Do The Work!”“What does ‘Do the Work’ refer to?” This term was used by mymilitary instructors during...
29 | P a g e How will I effectively manage clients expectations? What will be my proposal strategy? What industry level...
30 | P a g eearn a specific sum of money, to get your initial start, or to buildon your current skill set there is a minds...
31 | P a g eInfo NotePlacing funds in escrow will tell the service providers viding on yourproject that you are serious ab...
32 | P a g eanswer. Although it is difficult to maintain a custom proposalfor each project, it is necessary to do so. A ca...
33 | P a g eInfo NoteRegistered users are provided with a resources download area withtons of downloads to facilitate over...
34 | P a g eAs a college student should I enroll in CGPP?As a college student, we highly recommend the CGPP programbecause...
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A Professional and College Freelancer's Guide to Using CertificationPoint.Org to Reach Full Potential. CertificationPoint is a global online employment marketplace.

CertificationPoint allows clients to hire businesses, college students(via project Based Learning), as well as independent contractors. Online collaborative tools allow for onsite and/or remote team project management. Independent contractors, businesses, and college students create online profiles and portfolios, submit proposals for jobs, and collaborate and receive payment through the CertificationPoint.

CertificationPoint allows for centralized credential management for businesses, contractors and college students for career management and networking. This guide provides a roadmap for success not only for the CertificationPoint model but other freelance website models.

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  • Answers to the possible concerns with respect to this course as a non-credited opportunity. (Please see our responses below)

    1. Redundancy of course topic: do we already offer it?

    A: At this time colleges offer internships, online education for credit/non-credit, collaborative learning partnerships with businesses, and work study. The CGPP program is a 5-6 week combination of the best in each area within a mentor-led group setting at each phase. The best part of the CGPP program, that the aforementioned programs do not offer is allowing students to learn how to sell themselves to a prospective real-world client via RFP's and project bid submissions. Once awarded the project, in a group setting the students complete their various phases of the project and at completion the approved business partner submits payment to the group. Follow-up on each project includes a business client review, group-based peer review, as well as a lesson's learned submission of which is databased into a national student repository. Another offering that CGPP provides is the ability for intra-regional collaborative project opportunities (by region only at this point), allowing students to engage with students at other colleges to complete a prospective business client's project. (example: Marin College/UCLA/Arizona State Univ. project collaboration).

    Note: This is a patented process and currently awaiting federal level funding. Once a student has completed the program the can continuing working through the site for future for-pay projects. One of the major gains for the student is the depth of tangible resume experience and networking opportunities gained while in college both externally and internally.



    2. Redundancy of course topic: is it offered in the college’s credit program?

    A: Not at this time at your school



    3. Availability of suitable facilities/classroom resources

    A: Can be taught either:

    Online

    or

    Onsite (Instructors can add this opportunity into their curricula.)



    4. Enrollment history of similar courses within the program

    A: The CGPP is a relatively new initiative of metrics are currently and continuously being gained and processed into useful data for our member colleges



    5. Cost factors

    A: $20 student course fee (Note: Students will actually earn pay for projects following the completion of 2 practice projects during the program.
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Professional & Student Freelance Book - (Unleashing Your Harnessed Potential - Chps1-3)

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  2. 2. 2 | P a g eUnleashing Your Harnessed PotentialCopyright 2013 by CertificationPoint.OrgAll rights reserved. No part of this book shall be reproduced, stored in aretrieval system, or transmitted by any means without permission. Nopatent liability is assumed with respect to the use of the informationcontained herein. Although every precaution has been taken in thepreparation of this book, the publisher and author assume noresponsibility for errors or omissions. Nor is any liability assumed fordamages resulting from the use of the information contained herein.International Standard Book Number - ISBN13: 978-1467552288Independent Publisher (CreateSpace.com) - ISBN13: 978-1484917235Printed in the United States of America - First Printing: May 2013TrademarksAll terms mentioned in this book that are known to be trademarks havebeen appropriately capitalized. Use of a term in this book should not beregarded as affecting the validity of any trademark.Warning and DisclaimerEvery effort has been made to make this book as complete and asaccurate as possible, but no warranty or fitness is implied. Theinformation provided is on an “as-is” basis. The author and the publishershall have no liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respectto any loss or damages arising from the information contained in this bookfrom the use of the CD or programs accompanying it.Bulk SalesCertificationPoint offers excellent discounts on this book when ordered inquantity for bulk purchases or special sales for collegiate study orcorporate companion guides. Contact info@certificationpoint.org for moreinformation.Published by 48HrBooks2249 14th St. SWAkron OH 44314
  3. 3. 3 | P a g eCreditsAuthor ProofreaderByron L. Giles Contessa L. CooperClaudia BryantReviewers Cover WorkRichard L. Giles Jr. Byron L. GilesAshley E. GatesTechnical Editor Production CoordinatorShaunielle A. Johnson Curtis A. Giles
  4. 4. 4 | P a g eDedication:To my parents Ronald & Jonnita, brother’s Curtis and Derek,daughters Jalena & Kayla, cousin Shaunielle, and greatfriend’s Terrance, Tracey, & Aisha for being such a true sourceof inspiration, love, and support. To my son Ronnie and mygrandma’s Leanna & Lucille, I love them all and miss them verymuch, may they rest in peace.
  5. 5. 5 | P a g eI can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.- Philippians 4:13
  6. 6. 6 | P a g eTable of ContentsPart 1: Starting a New Journey ……………………. Pg. 151. Introduction2. Join CertificationPoint.Org3. Do the Work!4. Job Opportunity Prospects5. First Impression…”Tag, You’re It!”6. Lessons Learned No. 1: In-The-Field Case StudyPart 2: Your Virtual World of Work ………………… Pg. 417. Complete Your Profile8. Taking CertificationPoint.Org Exams9. Bids & Proposals10. Posting a Project11. Binding Agreements, Contracts, & Transaction Fees12. Lessons Learned No. 2: In-The-Field Case StudyPart 3: Growing Roots in CertificationPoint.Org … Pg. 7513. Task Prioritization14. Building Customer Relations15. Team Management16. Learning to Seal the Deal17. Gaining a Competitive Edge18. Lessons Learned No. 3: In-The-Field Case Study
  7. 7. 7 | P a g ePart 4: The College Student …………………….… Pg. 9719. To Freelance or Not To Freelance While in College20. The Career Gateway Path Program (CGPP)21. Student-Only Projects on CertificationPoint.Org22. Lessons Learned No. 4: In-The-Field Case StudyPart 5: Reaching Your Potential, Validating YourCredentials …………………………………………… Pg. 11423. Career Management & The Career ManagementPortal24. Other Unique Resources on the Website25. Navigating Through Troubled Waters26. Lessons Learned No. 5: In-The-Field Case StudyPart 6: The Secrets to Success…You Have the “Need toKnow” ………………………………………………… Pg. 13327. Strategies for Beginners28. Finding and Attracting the Best and Brightest29. Using a Project Management Approach30. Don’t Give Up…Enjoy the Journey31. Lessons Learned No. 6: In-The-Field Case Study
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  9. 9. 9 | P a g eAbout the Author:Byron Giles is an IT Professional who set up his own firstcorporation in 2002 working in the areas of computer andnetwork support, web and database development, and trainingfollowing a successful 6 year stint in the US Air Force. Duringthis timeframe Byron completed his Bachelors in ComputerScience and Masters in Project Management. Noticing agaping hole in the current processes, Byron worked with a teamof creative individuals to create CertificationPoint.Org. Thewebsite continues to transition college students into the pipelineof an educational and credential-based ecommerce solution ina competitive environment; while also having healthy processesin place to allow the students to be successful. None of thewebsites he viewed included our future leaders, the collegestudent of today, as part of their processes. With a mindset tobridge a knowledge-to-experience gap in the current processesCertificationPoint.Org is here to assist for the long-run.In his spare time he likes to go fishing, watch the KansasJayhawks basketball team play, and coach his daughter’s youthsports activities as he continues to fulfill his commitment to hiscountry as Reservist in the U.S. Air Force. Well, that’s enoughinformation about Byron. Let’s begin!
  10. 10. 10 | P a g eHow Is This Book Organized?Part I – Embarking on a New Journey – This is where yourinitial journey begins. You learn what CertificationPoint.Org isall about as well as how to join the team. You’ll be providedinformation on what preparations you need to make on thisjourney as well as a real world example.Figures 2.1, 2.2, 2.3Part II - Your Virtual World of Work – Here we help youcreate and manage your profile that will enable you to displaythe presence you envision for yourself. You also learn how toplace effective bids and negotiate with your various clients sothat both you and your client’s best interests are met. Feesassociated with using the site will be covered briefly in thissection as well.Figures 7.1 – 7.2, 10.1 – 10.15Part III - Growing Roots in CertificationPoint.Org – Just likea plant’s roots continue to grow throughout its lifetime, yourbusiness is no different. The decisions you make along theway can foster positive or negative growth. We’ll show theadvantages and disadvantages of both types of growth.Figures 17.1, 17.2, 17.3Part IV - The College Student – Yes this means you! Whetheryou are a traditional college student or non-traditional student,CertificationPoint.Org is the starting point for you to test yourskills in the open market. Sure there will be hesitations and
  11. 11. 11 | P a g ereservations with regards to jumping in of which we understandand can assist you in your initial processes.No FiguresPart V - Reaching Your Potential, Validating YourCredentials – You will get detailed information on whycentralizing your credentials and resume in one verified locationis important for you and your clients. You will also be providedcareer management advice as well as howCertificationPoint.Org facilitates this process for you.Figures 23.1 – 23.8, 24.1Part VI - Secrets to Success…You Have the “Need toKnow” – This section will put it all together for you while lettingyou in on the secrets to success in the virtual collaborativeeMarketplace regardless of whether you are a college student,professional freelancer, client, or large/small business.No FiguresThe CD-ROMThe accompanying CD-ROM contains everything you’ll need toget started on CertificationPoint.Org along with many usefultools to streamline your initial business processes on thewebsite. Please request additional copies at our website. Electronic versions of all the chapters
  12. 12. 12 | P a g e Registration card for additional marketing tools used onthe website Over 300 Developer Scripts Over 100 Business Productivity TemplatesErrataWe make every effort to ensure that they are no content errorsin this book. If you find an error in this text, feel free to submitfeedback so that the errors can be corrected to ensure materialof the highest quality can be provided to our reader base.Feedback can be sent to errata@CertificationPoint.Org orthrough our discussion forums at discussion.CertificationPoint.Org.Discussion.CertificationPoint.OrgFor peer discussion, join the forums atdiscussion.CertificationPoint.Org. The Web-based forumsallow visitors to interact with other members by postingmessages with respect to this book as well as theCertificationPoint.Org website processes. You can viewpostings at any time but registration is required for websiteinteraction. To join the discussion forum see the instructionsbelow.1. Go to discussion.CertificationPoint.Org and click Register.2. Read and Agree to the Terms of Use
  13. 13. 13 | P a g e3. Complete the web-based registration form4. You’ll need to confirm your account via email following theregistration form submission.CONVENTIONSKey TipsProvides hints and suggestions to aid inyour successful developmentCautionProvides insight on what scenarios you mayencounter as you develop into anexperienced professional.How toProceedProvides assistance on how to proceedthrough various scenarios you mayencounter.Stop & Try ItOutProvides the opportunity to take a breakand try out the features on the website.InfoNoteProvides notes and features about thewebsite and various features to take noteof.TerminologyProvides the terminology that you will needto be familiar with as afreelancer/entrepreneur.
  14. 14. 14 | P a g eCommunication (defined)The act or an instance of communicating; the imparting orexchange of information, ideas, or feelings.
  15. 15. 15 | P a g ePart I: Starting a New JourneyTo travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the truesuccess is to labor.- Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. 16. 16 | P a g eChapter 1Introduction to CertificationPoint.OrgThis book aims to assist not only with using theCertificationPoint.Org website but also act as a ready to usedesk reference when it comes managing, negotiating, andfacilitating your core business processes. Much of what youread in this book can also be applied to daily businessprocesses.The core service that CertificationPoint.Org provides is thegateway by which you can obtain clients for business growthand networking processes. The key objective of this book is toact as a guide, leading to business success using the website.Well go on a journey of registering on the website, developingyour profile, evaluating job prospects, submitting a proposal, aswell as closing the deal. Weve created a unique section in thisbook just for college students. This section acts as an aid forstudents wanting to obtain on-the-job training in their futurecareer field while still in college but, are unsure how to getstarted. The Career Gateway Path Program section key notesthe pilot program which provides students with real worldprojects which can be completed in a mentor-led group settingwith other like-minded students.This book includes practical real world case study examples inwhich seasoned professionals and student freelancers alikeHow to ProceedAdvertising needed? - If you would like to advertise on a particularapproved for advertising portion of our website please complete theregistration and submit a helpdesk ticket.
  17. 17. 17 | P a g ecan incorporate into daily processes. Also included is a CD-Rom of free to use resources such as reusable scripts, websitetemplates, form templates, and other internet resources.Key TipAllow enough time for bidding. If your project isnt urgent, don’t makeservice providers rush to bid. Remember that the top professionals areusually the busiest, so you may eliminate some of the top contendersby setting the bidding time too short.So What Is CertificationPoint.Org?CertificationPoint.Org is a global online employmentmarketplace enabling the building up of successful partnershipsin the eBusiness age. CertificationPoint.Org allows clients tohire businesses and college students, as well as independentcontractors. Online collaborative tools allow for onsite and/orremote team project management. Independent contractors,businesses, and college students create online profiles andportfolios, submit proposals for jobs, and collaborate andreceive payment through the CertificationPoint.Org website.CertificationPoint.Org allows for centralized credentialmanagement for businesses, contractors and college studentsfor career management and networking.BackgroundA concept initially created and conceptualized as part of a 2007project management tasking at the University of Maryland,University College named "An Open Resource Allowing ForCollege Students Learning Via Real World Projects" the
  18. 18. 18 | P a g efounders of CertificationPoint.Org saw a knowledge gap to befilled in the process of what was available to college studentsonce they graduated while having a short resume, limitedexperience, and few business contacts to go along with anexpensive degree. A few years later the former studentslaunched CertificationPoint.Org.InnovationThe introduction of college students to theCertificationPoint.Org eMarketplace has increased competitionfor bid-based global work projects. According to the owner ofthe popular e-Marketplace, the idea of introducing collegestudents to the career field neutral website to build upon theiron-the-job skills and resume while in college has really caughton in an industry traditionally reserved for businessprofessionals and professional freelancers. This introductionhas also effectively initiated the change in perception of hiringstudents currently in college to complete projects. We feel thisinnovative idea will only see continued success globally.How to ProceedGoing outside of CertificationPoint - If a freelancer asks you to gooutside CertificationPoint to avoid paying fees we ask that you reportthe violation and recommend that you choose a freelancer that adheresto the Terms of Service.
  19. 19. 19 | P a g eA Freelancers Experience20-year-old Terrance Byers has been using the site for the pastyear to hone his skill set for a future career in Graphics Arts. "Iwas initially skeptical of whether I could compete with seasonedprofessionals, but being awarded my first tasking changed thatnotion", said Terrance. Terrance goes on to say,"CertificationPoint.Org has allowed me to build confidence inmy skills learned in college as well as stay current of whatsnew in the Graphics Arts field. Im also learning how to submitreal-world proposals while learning to sell myself".Note from the FounderByron Giles, co-founder of CertificationPoint.Org, mentions "Werealized that this secure site would provide more benefit if opento college students as well as business professionals andfreelancers". The website has incorporated an on-going pilotprogram to give students an idea of what its like working with acustomer on a project by setting up the Career Gateway PathProgram. The Career Gateway Path Program (CGPP) allowsstudent to work on 3 consecutive real-world work projects in agroup setting with a professional mentor. This process hasbeen the spark to encourage students who are unsure of theirpotential in such an eMarketplace.
  20. 20. 20 | P a g eTerminology – Portfolioa sample of a service provider’s work or a virtual display used todisplay graphics art, photographs etc. (Source: Webopedia.org)Additional ResourcesCertificationPoint.Org also provides college students,professionals, and businesses a verified centralized location forall of their credentials, awards, and resumes. This onlineservice allows for future employers and business partners to goto a single location to learn about a particular candidatescredentials. The founders of CertificationPoint.Org have over20 years of academic and research experience and havelaunched the MyPoint and BizPoint resources to facilitatenetworking on CertificationPoint.Org.Whats New?To assist businesses, CertificationPoint.Org has introduced"Certokens" which will be given out freely to the public uponregistration at regular intervals throughout the year. Certokensallow businesses to obtain discounts on associated project feesas well as the promotion of a website via banner advertising.The Certokens can be used as long as an entity wants or untilthere is limited use and a colleague needs a project completedof which at that point it can be passed along to a friend orcolleague. Certokens were made available to the publicNovember 11, 2012.
  21. 21. 21 | P a g eChapter 2Join CertificationPoint.OrgLet’s get this journey started by joining CertificationPoint.Org,but first take a brief look at the Top 10 benefits of joining thewebsite for the service buyer as well as the service provider. Central location of verified credentials Career-field neutral eMarketplace to bid on & postjobs/projects. Project management collaborative tools to ensureproject success. College students can freelance as well as gain on-the-job experience now rather than post-graduation. Excellent customer support. Ability to view businesses needing your validatedexpertise Ability to network with other professionals Businesses can find and then contact qualifiedpersonnel directly Businesses can post fulltime and contract work Valuable resources for many of industrycertifications, licenses, and degreesAt this point we can continue on to the website. When youinitially go to CertificationPoint.Org the screenshot in Figure 2.1is what will be displayed. Feel free at this time to browsethrough the website to gain a little familiarity before we gothrough the dual registration process.
  22. 22. 22 | P a g eBy incorporating dual registration, we give you the opportunitywork on projects to earn extra income as well as a location tomanage your career to include a centralized location for yourcredentials, certifications, and awards.Info NoteWe hire registered providers from time to time to work on projectswithin our company, so it’s important keep your profile and portfoliocurrent.Why would you want to have your career data in one location?This provides future employers an easy verified landscape inwhich to obtain an overview of your career. Imagine providingverification for 5 certifications to an employer by sending theemployer to 5 different websites. Wouldn’t sending anemployer to one central location with respect to yourcredentials give the impression that your career is important toyou? The second half of the dual registration deals with theeMarketplace where service buyers post work for serviceproviders to bid on, complete, and get paid for. Let’s getregistered!
  23. 23. 23 | P a g eFigure 2.1 – CertificationPoint.Org HomepageCareer Management Registration Process (See Figure 2.2)1. Complete all required form fields to include accounttype selection (Take note of the email address field.This will need to be entered correctly because youremail account will require validation.)2. Enter the CAPTCHA code in the field provided3. Click the “Create” button.4. If you’ve completed all required fields including theCAPTCHA and terms agreement, you will receive anemail address used for registration. (Check your
  24. 24. 24 | P a g ejunk folder if you do not see the account verificationemail in your email “Inbox”.)5. Once you’ve verified your account, you are nowready to login. Note: Depending on the type ofaccount membership you selected, certain featureswill be provided.Figure 2.2 – Career Management Registration
  25. 25. 25 | P a g eSummary of Career Management ToolsThe Career Management portal offers the client acomprehensive view of their current status at a specific point intime with respect to career progression. This portal also allowsfor the facilitation of each of the core career resources to bemanaged in one centralized location. Depending upon yoursubscription level, you’ll be afforded more or less of theavailable resources.The portal offers businesses and individuals the ability to puttheir virtual office on display in such a way that the overall corecapabilities are enhanced. The ability to advertise on thewebsite offers an additional option in which to gain clients andadded exposure. Although all completed projects will befeatured for up to one week within a rotation, this capability alsooffers the client a degree of exposure to CertificationPoint.Orgvendors with the idea in mind to allow for marketing as well asnetworking opportunities. We understand that by having yourproject completed on our website is not sufficient, so the abilityto display the project and project team successes to themasses assists both the service buyer and service provider inthe long-run.eMarketplace Registration Process (See Figure 2.3)1. Complete all required form fields to include accounttype selection. The available account signupchoices are Service Buyer or Service Provider. (Take
  26. 26. 26 | P a g enote of the email address field. This will need to beentered correctly because your email account willrequire validation.)2. Enter the CAPTCHA code in the field provided3. Click the “Signup” button.4. If you’ve completed all required fields including theCAPTCHA, you will receive an email to the addressused for registration. (Check your junk folder if youdo not see the account verification email in youremail “Inbox”.)5. Once you’ve verified your account you are nowready to login. Note: You will have the ability toupgrade your account in order to bid on moreprojects per month as well as the ability to mirror thisaccount to your Career Management portal.Stop & Try It OuteMarketplace Provider Submit Bid1. Login to the Self Service Panel2. Click "eMarketplace Subscription" User Panel Link3. Login to eMarketplace as Provider4. Select a project you are qualified for5. Select “Place a Bid”6. Complete the “Bid Specification Form”7. Click Submit
  27. 27. 27 | P a g eFigure 2.3 – CertificationPoint.Org eMarketplace HomepageSummary of eMarketplace ToolsThe eMarketplace portal provides the avenue for servicebuyers and service providers to connect for ecommercepurposes which is very much similar to a chamber ofcommerce, but with a virtual feel on a global scale. A securevirtual marketplace is not a new concept, but this concept gainsits uniqueness by effectively providing the flexibility for collegestudents to compete, learn, and grow in a competitive web-based environment as independents or as part of the CareerGateway Path Program (CGPP).
  28. 28. 28 | P a g eChapter 3“Do The Work!”“What does ‘Do the Work’ refer to?” This term was used by mymilitary instructors during my commissioning program whichwas reinforced to the trainees throughout the 6 week program.Many times we may get in a hurry and in our excitement there’sthe tendency to take shortcuts or not give it your best. We atCertificationPoint.Org use this term in the same way I believethe military training instructors used it. In the case of training,our goal was to graduate and become Air Force Officers. “Dothe Work” was not only used to inspire us but also to ensure wemaintained our focus on why we were there. In the case of thetraining our goal was to graduate and become US Air Forceofficers.Info NoteSetting up an account with PayPal assist greatly in the beginning ifyou are a service buyer. Chances are the service provider has aPayPal account. Ensure both parties are aware of what form ofpayment the project will involve.When referring to “Doing the Work”, take intoconsideration the following: What are my goals? How much time can I dedicate? How will I resolve potential issues? What services can I offer? What will my profile entail?
  29. 29. 29 | P a g e How will I effectively manage clients expectations? What will be my proposal strategy? What industry level certifications should I add to mycurrent skill set? Should I develop alliances with other providers? How to creatively get the word out about my services? What will my pricing and payment terms involve? How do I streamline my business processes andmaintain organization? As a student, should I enroll in CGPP? When should I upgrade my subscription?Terminology – Service Buyera company or individual that purchases consulting, legal, real estate,education, communications, storage, processing, and many otherservices. (Source: Wikipedia.org)Why are these items important? Let’s briefly take a look ateach item.As you can see, "Do the Work" involves many processes withinits framework versus just the idea in mind that an individualneeds to get to work and continue working until the work iscompleted. Lets take a look at the processes involved.What are my goals?With respect to your progression within CertificationPoint.Orgyou are working with an end-state in mind. Whether it be to
  30. 30. 30 | P a g eearn a specific sum of money, to get your initial start, or to buildon your current skill set there is a mindset, potentially, ofsomething to be gained. Setting goals and then workingtowards those goals shows that there is something of value tobe potentially obtained.How much time can I dedicate?Setting goals is great, but knowing how long it will take to reachyour end state will soon be up for discussion due to the fact thatnot all of your time can be generally dedicated to a singleparticular goal.CautionWorking with a client - Do research on your client to see if they arelegit...for a new client ask plenty of questions.What services can I offer?Within CertificationPoint.Org, there are numerous services youcan offer potential clients. After researching available providerservices on the website that match your core skill set, allowinformation collected to blend into how your bid proposals aresubmitted, highlighting your key skills as well as how you canset your profile apart from the rest..What will my profile entail?The basic parts of a profile will include information such as atagline, contact information, photo and/or logo, a portfolio ofpast projects, services offered, as well as rates you’ll charge.
  31. 31. 31 | P a g eInfo NotePlacing funds in escrow will tell the service providers viding on yourproject that you are serious about getting the work completed.How will I resolve potential issues?At some point, issues are sure to arrive when two individuals orbusinesses collaborate. In this case, preparation as well asyour response holds much importance. Remember to be calmand polite while you maintain the frame of mind that you aredoing business with another individual will assist you greatly inthe long run. Reading through other providers and buyersfeedback will certainly help you gain lessons learned throughothers experiences.How will I effectively manage client’s expectations?To effectively manage clients expectations, you want to obtainall of the requirements in the beginning of the contract andsince you are your clients subject matter expert (SME), useyour experience as well as knowledge gained to provideassistance. Once the requirements have been agreedupon...stick to the requirements unless there are questionablerequirements that need a second look.What will be my proposal strategy?First research the available projects for those that match yourskill set. Review the initial project requirements and take intoconsideration who, what, when, where, why, and how in your
  32. 32. 32 | P a g eanswer. Although it is difficult to maintain a custom proposalfor each project, it is necessary to do so. A canned bid can bediscerned rather quickly and deemed by a potential client thatyou are either in a rush or not very serious about the project.Terminology – Outsourcethe contracting out of an internal business process to a third partyorganization. The practice of contracting a business process out to athird party rather than staffing it internally is common in the moderneconomy. (Source: Wikipedia.org)What industry level certifications should I add to mycurrent skill set?Industry level certifications will require research on matching upyour skills to what is available. CertificationPoint.Org offersfree credentialing exams for subscribers in the paidsubscription categories to assist you in finding and developinga niche.Should I develop alliances with other providers?This is a great question, since there are sure to be providersthat you will have to work together with for the purpose ofcompleting projects. Having alliances can work well at timeswhen you are swamped with work and the need arises tooutsource to your alliances and vice versa. We will neitherencourage nor discourage the idea of alliances.
  33. 33. 33 | P a g eInfo NoteRegistered users are provided with a resources download area withtons of downloads to facilitate overall project success. Site visitorshave access to a sample set of these resources.How to creatively get the word out about my services?There are many free ways to get the word out about yourservices. Initially, you should tell family and friends and thengravitate outside of those circles. Getting the word out is acontinual process. Remember, you receive free advertising onCertifiationPoint.Org when you complete a project on thewebsite. This will allow other providers and service buyers tosee the completed project.What will my pricing and payment terms involve?Its best to do research for the going market rate commensuratewith your experience and skill set. You can also take a look athow other providers are set up, which will also help you get anidea of what works best and what may not work very well onthis website.How do I streamline my business processes and maintainorganization?Depending on your experience this can sometimes be a timelyprocess. On this journey towards building up your businessclient base and skill set you will naturally start learning how tofacilitate particular processes.
  34. 34. 34 | P a g eAs a college student should I enroll in CGPP?As a college student, we highly recommend the CGPP programbecause youll have a great mentor-led group experience for 3projects. Most students also register an individual account totest the freelance waters as an independent entity as well.Terminology – Terms of ServiceRules by which one must agree to abide by in order to use a service;unless in violation of consumer protection laws, such terms are usuallylegally binding. (Source: Wikipedia.org)When should I upgrade my subscription?Upgrading your subscription depends on your level of comfortwith the website as well as how effective the site is for theservices you’re offering. We can say that you will have morefeatures and functionality at your disposal when you choose afee-based subscription plan.
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