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Free Stock Images: 16 Incredible Sites to Search

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If you’re writing for a client or even writing your own blog, the chances are you will need free stock images. If you’re a photography whizz then you’ll be able to take your own photographs. If you’re like me, however, you’ll be interested in finding some free stock images for your work.

You may be able to get permission from certain photographers to use their work but if that’s not possible then here are a few amazing websites where you can find free stock images to use for your work.

*You’ll need to check each site carefully as some images may require attribution*

Free Stock Images

Flickr

A lot of users offer their work under a creative commons license. I find these are suitable for certain types of informational articles and blog posts but they’re not always as high quality as other photos elsewhere.

Freeimages

Over 350000 images to browse from. Some images need crediting and you’ll need to sign up to the website but membership is free.

Creative commons search

This site allows you to search multiple sites for free images. Attribution may be required, depending upon the owner – a link back is normally suitable but its important to note if any credit is required.

Stock photos for free

A site with over 100000 photos available. Photos are categorised into different genres and you need to sign up for an account to download images. Membership is free.

Free range stock

Membership to this site is free and images can be used for personal or commercial projects.

Stock vault

Free stock photos for creatives. Make sure you check the f.a.q to determine how images can be used.

Every stock photo

A massive database of stock photos.

UPICM

A great resource for free photos to use for your blog or articles.

Kaboompics

High quality photos. One of my favourite sites – I often use their images for my posts.

Designerpics

Another great site that I’s used many times. Images are licensed under creative commons.

Stocksnap

Free images with no attribution required.

Death to the stock photo

Receive free images to your email every month.

Isorepublic

Free images for creatives.

Snapwire snaps

Receive 7 free photos every 7 days.

Splitshire

Free high quality images.

Unsplash

Receive 10 new images every 10 days.

Web Evaluation – A Work From Home Job

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If there is one thing that is a struggle to find when you first start freelancing, its work from home opportunities. Now, you may already have a few contacts to help you and I mentioned a few places to start looking in this post. However, today I wanted to talk about a real work from home opportunity that exists – web evaluation.

What is web evaluation?

Web evaluation involves a web search evaluator to assess many web pages to consider how they should rank in web searches. The role of a web search evaluator may also be defined as a web judge or internet assessor.

Where can I find web evaluation work?

There are several companies that offer genuine work from home opportunities in web evaluation.

* Appen – Appen or Appen Butler Hill as they are also known offer worldwide positions in web evaluation. You’ll find current vacancies here.

*Leapforce – Leapforce is another company that offers jobs based from home in web evaluation. You can find out more here.

* Lionbridge – There are several job opportunities available at Lionbridge. These include translators, interpretors and crowdsourcing jobs. You can find out more here.

*isoftstone – There are vacancies from transcribers, annotators and crowd workers. You’ll find the current vacancies here.

How do I apply for these roles?

Each company has different requirements. Most will require you have a good internet connection, up to date anti-virus protection and good analytical skills.

I’ve applied to two of these companies and I can assure you that they are quite difficult to get into. Once you’ve applied and got through the first stage, you’ll normally have to pass an exam. These exams are pretty hard going but its basically a trial run of the job you’ll be doing.

With web evaluation, you’ll either be great at it or you’ll struggle. I managed to get to the exam stage at two companies and failed both times. I really found it hard to grasp as each company has a set of guidelines you have to follow when you’re rating websites. If you can understand the guidelines then you’ll probably find it relatively straightforward.

The pay for these companies is above the national minimum wage and you normally have to commit to 10-20 hours per week. You dont get paid for the training/exam stage either. None of these roles are call centre based, so you dont need to worry about answering calls. The job is completed from your home computer.

These are all genuine and real work from home jobs – no scams or pyramid schemes! These jobs are definitely not easy though, so if you’re not prepared to put the work in then these probably arent for you. If you want to earn some extra cash and are up for a challenge then give it a go. I’m pretty sure Lionbridge offer an 11 month contract but the others vary. These may not be long term and as with most freelance work, you dont have the luxury of job security but there are people out there who have done this line of work for many years.

Let me know if you decide to apply. I’d love to know how you get on!

Five Great Resources For Freelancers

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I read a lot of articles when I decided to make the transition to self employment. Today, I thought I’d share some great words of wisdom I found along the way. If you’ve already made the leap into freelance work or are considering do so, then these resources are all helpful.

*12 essential steps to starting your freelance business – Regina’s blog is so helpful, seriously you need to read every post because there is just so much useful information to digest.

*How to make money from freelance blogging – particularly helpful is you already have a blog and are considering branching out.

*100 sites that pay you to write – lots of websites that will pay for your writing. Lots of food for thought here.

*UK freelance tax and self employment РI struggled to find up to date advice on tax returns but this post helped me so much!Remember you need to declare your earnings if you undertake any freelance work.

*The money shed work from home toolkit – a list of resources you may need and links to some work from home opportunities.

All these make a good starting point for those new to freelancing or those thinking about working from home. You’ll find a lot of information on the web and it can be completely overwhelming. In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some genuine work from home opportunities – writing and otherwise, creating a portfolio, organisation tips, the best freelance job sites, setting up a blog for freelance purposes, money saving tips and how to create the perfect CV. If there is anything you would like me to cover then please let me know in the comments below.