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  1. Michael Erwin

    Michael Erwin

    Writer | Researcher | Entrepreneur Hacking the Future of Business

    United States - Last active: 07/20/2014 - Tests: 2

    I am a writer, researcher, and entrepreneur hacking the future of business. I write dense reports for entrepreneurs and executives who want to disrupt traditional industries and gain key insights to the shifts of culture and business. I've spent the last decade studying the movements and transformation of ideas, culture, and society. What is "modern business design"? Most companies have responded to the radical cultural and economic shifts of the last decade by getting a Facebook page or a corporate Twitter account. At a growing rate, they're realizing this isn't enough. Their sales are down or flat, their talent acquisition and (especially) retention is low, and often their industry as a whole is suffering. They know they have to change something, but they can't put their finger on it. And they're certainly not willing to bet their company on it. With a decade of research and experience, I'm helping these companies go back to the drawing board, reconsider their overall business goals and structure, and create actionable adjustments to set the course of their company on the upstream in their market. It's not operations consulting, business coaching, or social media strategy. It's business design--based on a modern value-system, a modern mindset, and a modern global economy. I've been involved in a variety of projects across multiple industries. While my main work is currently focused on modern business design, I have the skills, experience, and resources to effectively help entrepreneurs and companies with the following: Writing, Proofreading, Editing, Market Research, Marketing Strategy, Social media strategy, startup consulting, corporate culture initiatives, innovation workshops, strategic planning, process improvement, Technology strategy consulting and CIO services, and WAN (wide area network) planning and consulting. While these may seem quite diverse, I've had hands-on experience and demonstrable results with each as a graduate student, teacher, a fortune 5000 employee, and an entrepreneur. For those looking for specific interests and passions, here are some of mine: entrepreneurship, startup communities, futurist, technology, alternative health, homeopathy/oriental medicine, raw food, spirituality, philosophy, theology, nature, positive parenting (my daughter is currently 3), social change, politics of business & enterprise, economics, and education.

    $75.00 /hr
    60 hours
    5.00
  2. Gloria K.

    Technical Assistant, Axure, Usability Tester, Proofreader, Screencasts

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 9

    I have a variety of technical skills and enjoy working with small businesses looking for one person to provide a range of support. Projects requiring someone who is organized, detail oriented and quality focused are what I excel at. I do short or long term fixed price projects. Long term projects are easier to manage when broken into milestones. Prior to committing to long term projects, I recommend doing a small test job to ensure our work styles are compatible and that I meet your expectations. Currently I provide these services: creating or editing Axure RP files, usability testing, proofreading web content for usefulness as well as grammar, and editing screen capture videos for fixed price jobs only. However, I do welcome inquiries concerning other services. Axure RP - I can create a prototype based on your design or edit an existing prototype. I also have experience pointing a domain to AxShare and setting up a branded custom login or password page for your users. Usability Testing - I can provide a recording of my screen as well as audio as I test your website or application. The audio would be me speaking my thoughts, explaining what I am thinking, what I am doing, why I am doing it, if I am confused and other things of that nature. Proofreading Web Content - When proofreading a website I put myself in a new users mindset. If you are looking for someone to not only proofread, but also give you a user experience review with suggestions to improve the usefulness of content and ease of use, please contact me. Screencasts - If you have a need for screencasts or training videos, I can help. I have experience recording the screen, editing the screen capture, editing and syncing audio to video, adding intros and outros, and producing the final video in a variety of formats. I am equipped with software for the Mac and PC including iMovie, GarageBand, ScreenFlow, Audacity and Camtasia Studio. The following listings are not complete. I enjoy challenges and learning new skills. Contact me to see if I would be the right fit for your project. Some of my experience: Axure RP * Simple editing of RP files * Creating RP files to demonstrate common design patterns * Adding custom domains to AxShare * Adding branding to the login or password page for AxShare Testing, QA and QC * Usability test subject * Manual testing * Functional testing * User acceptance testing * Quality assurance procedures to prevent defects * Quality control to identify defects Proofreading and Writing * Proofreading web content for spelling, grammar and usefulness * Technical writing for software documentation and tutorials * Writing technical reports and procedures * Copy editing and writing marketing emails Audio and Video * Screen recording, voice-over and editing tutorial videos * Audio editing and syncing * Video editing * Creating animated GIFs from screen recordings WordPress * Websites for small service based businesses * Websites for vacation rental properties Other * Data analysis * Simple Photoshop editing * Creating email campaigns in MailChimp Some tools I use: * Axure RP * ScreenFlow * Camtasia Studio * iMovie * GarageBand * Audacity * Photoshop * WordPress * Mac OS X * Windows * Linux (Ubuntu) I enjoy helping others succeed by doing the tasks that allow them to focus on their core business. What support services can I provide for you?

    $44.44 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  3. Romena C.

    Romena C.

    Sourcing Specialist with sales and marketing experience.

    Philippines - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 3

    Over the past six (6) years I have developed excellent customer service roles in a variety of industries ranging from the hospitality, aeronautical, performing arts and supply industry. A proven track record in being a committed reliable employee who is able to communicate to fellow workmates both in large groups and classes to one on one lessons. I am looking for engaging roles in both a full time or part time capacity. I am seeking the opportunity to help companies and individuals reach their goals efficiently and productively. I guarantee that hiring me will provide you a terrific results in both quality and speed. I am a proficient person who can manage the time wisely and get the job done. I also have experience in marketing projects / campaigns, Stock taking, sourcing / procurement and Cash Handling.

    $5.00 /hr
    128 hours
    5.00
  4. Oscar Oz

    Oscar Oz

    The Next Big name in computer related skills is Marco.

    Ghana - Last active: 2 months ago - Tests: 1

    I am a well versed self taught Information Systems troubleshooter. Technology is an integral part of my everyday activities. In my current position, I have analyzed corrected the following types of errors: Virus eradication, fixing registry, drive directories and remove and update motherboards as well. I am able to provide assistance in person, by phone (unseen) and online to assist troubled and viral-infested systems for customers. I am a fast learner, good comprehension, able to perform multi-task, able to operate office equipment, office computers and laptops. I perform Software and Hardware troubleshooting no matter which type of operating system. I also perform installation of systems and components with little or no help. My experience working with people has given me perseverance for excellence. I have excellent interpersonal skills in customer service and with my team mates. I am self taught self motivated and given the opportunities of being tested to justify my abilities, I am sure I will meet your company’s hiring criteria. Learning and development, and improving my technological abilities are my primary priorities. If opportunity is given, I would prove my worth to your company

    $199.99 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  5. Sameh A.

    Sameh A.

    Senior Low Current Systems Engineer

    Egypt - Last active: 3 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 6

    Over the last 10 years, I have developed (Design Drawings/Calculations, Shop drawings, BOQ, Commercial studies Technical Specifications & Technical Submittals) for Low Current Systems including Access Control,CCTV,Fire Alarm,Public Address & Audio Visual System. As well for lighting & electrical systems. I have certified in CCNA & Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) , EASE program,Aruba Wireless Networks. I have experience in Auto CAD program, Microsoft Office,PDf programs I Understand the needs for anyone how to maintain the business, I seek challenges & mutually beneficial collaboration as well as opportunities to improve my skills.

    $15.00 /hr
    1,805 hours
    4.22
  6. Ashley D.

    Ashley D.

    Freelance Writer, Journalist, Editor, Photographer, Administrator

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 5

    I am skilled in several areas - writing, editing, photography, fine art, digital art, administrative services, and more. I have been a freelance writer and editor for over five years. I have a bachelor's in Journalism and Human Rights Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as well as a Certificate of Journalism from the same institution. I have previously held the position of editor-in-chief of a social impact news blog where I also produced written content, in-depth investigative journalistic pieces, interview segments, and several multi-part series. I had complete creative control and helped design the website which runs on a Wordpress publishing platform giving me expert knowledge of Wordpress. I am a published author in print with several magazine features, one in a fine art magazine and another in a university alumni and friends magazine. I have written articles, website content and copy for niche areas such as weddings and wedding planning, metaphysics, technology and computers, business, science, photography, writing, fine art, tattooing, pets, nature, and many others. I also have years of administrative experience working in various industries. I've been administrative assistant of an entire legal division for the state of NJ. I have two years of experience as a senior account manager and quality assurance analyst for a higher education consulting firm. During that time I worked with large data sets while managing a database and confidential client donor files. I expert knowledge of Excel for database management, client CRMs such as Salesforce and Zoho, social media marketing. I was a script writer and also wrote comprehensive training manuals. I am a freelance journalist and photographer working in documentary photography and social justice. I have a passion for human rights, truth, the human spirit, and equality. I have spent time living and working in east Africa and conduct research on several countries in that region. I am also an artist with over 10 years of practice working with all types of mediums from pencil, charcoal, pastel, and watercolor pencil to acrylic and watercolor paint, mixed media, and craft work. Digital and graphic design in Photoshop and Illustrator are also skills I have. (Please note that rates for these types of work will be higher and based on scope of the project - please ask for a quote!). I am available to work on a contract basis, full time, part time or as needed for short projects or lengthy projects. I have been working remotely for many years as a freelancer as well as in administrative roles. I work well individually as well as with a team with minimal to no supervision. I am detail oriented and diligent and meet tight deadlines with ease. I invite you to enlist my writing, editing or administrative services for your project or ongoing needs. I look forward to working with you and using my skills to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Send me a message today! Thank you in advance - Ashley D.

    $22.00 /hr
    74 hours
    4.77
  7. John Reed

    John Reed

    Highly Experienced Technical Support Professional

    United States - Last active: 6 days ago - Tests: 4

    I am currently the sole customer/technical support provider for a veteran OS X and iOS developer, resolving technical issues, isolating bugs, and writing end-user documentation. I have many years of experience in independent/freelance hardware and software support, providing services both remotely and on location. I have worked with a number of leading telecommunications providers and commercial/consumer information technology vendors to ensure their internal users and customers received access to required resources at all times. Though I do not plan to leave my current position, I'm always interested in additional remote support opportunities, particularly in the Apple Mac OS X and iOS market. If you're an independent developer who needs a hand with your support workload, I would love to hear from you.

    $11.11 /hr
    18 hours
    5.00
  8. Jeremy Marx

    Jeremy Marx

    English Editor/Copywriter and Technical Writer

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 8

    I am an experienced writer and editor. I am an electrical engineer by trade and an English teacher by profession. I'm able to write or edit English language documents with a technical nature or in general. I have excellent grammar and can easily adapt my writing style to suit your needs. Native speaker of the American English vernacular.

    $30.00 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  9. Jeff S.

    Jeff S.

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 8

    F I N A L L Y ! This is the INTRODUCTION worth waiting for: There is a "new kid" in town We all know there are dozens of applicants for every single job posting THIS is the ANNOUNCEMENT of the arrival of one Native English Speaker to ODESK, whose command of the written English language EXCEEDS expectations when given the OPPORTUNITY RESEARCH has been done, revealing that RARELY do projects contain that "CERTAIN SOMETHING" which makes them "POP AND SIZZLE" (or if you prefer, "WOO AND ENTERTAIN") Who are your most IMPORTANT READERS? Sometimes a ONE-WORD CHANGE can make a BIG difference... English grammatical MESSES can become HIGH DICTION PROSE... Choppy English TRANSLATIONS can transform into a SMOOTH and READABLE language... (How does YOUR translated document read to a native English speaker?) Make your own written documents sound more AUTHENTICALLY American What does your AUDIENCE THINK? Will PERFECT Spelling and Grammar be enough to IMPRESS? Do you sound as CREATIVE to them as you think you do? PUNS?... IRONY?... HUMOR?... SARCASM?... Are these qualities you would like to include in the pieces you've written? Do you hope to PUBLISH your work? PROOFREAD and POLISH your pieces for clarity and understanding... BRILLIANT COPY can be delivered to your publisher Are your documents ready for a THOROUGH CLEANING by the "New Kid" at ODesk? SIMPLY prepare a SAMPLE-SIZED COPY of your piece for my review and edits for a BITE-SIZED fee CHOOSE from American English or the "Queen's English" for your piece... (Select either audience.) The Menu: PROOFREAD... EDIT... Adjust for WORDINESS... Be SUCCINCT... Discover effective WORD CHOICE... Create consistent VERB TENSE... Much MORE... Also available: COPY WRITING (for current clients) Rewriting personal emails and letters (PREMIUM FEES APPLY, current clients only) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    $22.22 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  10. Bruce Geisert

    Bruce Geisert

    Temporary Worker

    United States - Last active: 04/16/2012 - Tests: 8 - Portfolio: 1

    Computer technology professional with a proven record of delivering products and tasks. Experience implementing information systems, and original content, for corporations, non-profits and foundations both in the United States and Internationally. On-Task professional that can deliver on tasks Goal: Temporary contracts for Quality Assurance testing, Customer Support, Data entry, Design Review, Help text writing for projects, sites and products.

    $16.67 /hr
    41 hours
    4.80