Our past intern, Burlingtina Vines, has been hard at work getting her own freelancing gigs over the past few months using some online outsourcing sites.

She’s doing very well and applying much of the knowledge she gained from her internship with Intern Profits to help her grow her freelancing business.

She was kind enough to share with us an article on how other interns, recently graduated college students or anyone looking to make money as a freelancer can go about getting set-up with online freelancing bidding sites.


Three Steps To Get Started Freelancing on Bidding Sites
By Burlingtina Vines, past intern with Intern Profits and Freelancer on oDesk.

Congratulations! You want to make a name for yourself with more experience. You may have successfully completed an internship or you’re moving into a new field. A great way to do this is to work on bidding sites such as oDesk and vWorker. The following are three steps that you need to take to begin your freelance experience there.

First, you need to get your legal house in order. Wherever you live, check with your local government to see if you need a business license. Some cities require you to have a business license to earn any income from home. Furthermore, if you do not have a business license and earn a profit, you could face some stiff penalties. To illustrate, if you work from home without a license in my city you face fines and six months in jail for each paycheck you earned. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Second, when you first join whatever site hide your profile until you are ready to show it. It’s great that these websites want you to start working as soon as you fill out the form, but trust me, you are not ready. Go through the options and hide your profile. Then, complete all of those extra sections. If you do not have any samples to show, go make some!

Third and lastly, take any relevant skill test you can. Some jobs require you to take some skill tests to apply for them. If you do not pass the test the first time, hide your score until you do. These skills also show your ability. Some website charge you these tests, while others do not.

So, start on small projects at online bidding sites. Help small business and make a little money on the side! Remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to working from home as a freelancer. You can only go up from here!


13 Jun, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Tips, Where are they Now

Just chatting with one of our past interns Burlingtina Vines, she’s just made Dean’s List this year and is making some good money while still in school as a freelancer on ODesk – if you need some help writing articles, etc. check her out: https://www.odesk.com/users/~~daf1d23623b49cc7. Great to reconnect with our past interns and hear their success stories!

We’ve told past interns that working as a freelancer on ODesk, etc. is a great way to make additional money while still in school and help build your resume.  Great to know that Tina has been so successful!

4 Oct, 2010  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

We were lucky to get to meet with our interns in person last week and then go out for a nice meal together.

All of our interns work virtually but Ashley and Lexie are local San Diego State students who we have been very lucky to bring on board this semester to help with our upcoming launch.

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Our intern Aaron Macon shares some insight on lessons he learned on the job as an intern – time management!

This summer I’ve been learning the very important lesson of time management. I am working this internship with Justin and working part-time at my on campus job, and also trying to have a fairly enjoyable summer. Initially I believed this would be an easy accomplishment, but I’m finding timing is everything. Some days, I wake up early and get some internship work done, then I head to work, then I head home and do some more work for the internship, then off to a friend’s place, and maybe some late night (more like early morning) work before going to sleep. Also, I planned on doing stuff on the weekends but I’m finding that personal time is necessary for relaxation and sanity. Honestly, I’m still not fully settled into a good system; I just ‘wing it’. School doesn’t necessarily teach you how to manage time in the working world. For the most part, I have realized that I must make the most of the time I set aside for work. There aren’t always deadlines, so setting your own can be helpful at times. I’m learning as I go, and that is enough to ask for.

This is my first internship experience and I’m open to everything. I just want to be helpful and learn whatever I can from it.   Some lessons you have to teach yourself.

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11 Aug, 2010  |  Written by  |  under internship update

Today we say farewell to our IT intern, Zack Palladino.  He was with us for over 3 semesters and did some great things for our companies!

Below are his final words on his internship:

Dear Justin and Dreama,

I would like to first thank you for this wonderful opportunity that you guys have provided me with. I originally came into this internship as a senior just trying complete the course because it was required to graduate, but after almost a year working for you guys it has definitely evolved into something more. You guys opened my eyes to the world of Internet marketing that I didn’t even know existed. I have always been computer savvy, like the rest of my generation, but I assure you no one I know is utilizing search engines as well as you guys are today. In fact, I enjoyed learning the ins and outs of this new SEO process so much that I am highly considering seeking a career that will allow me to utilize everything I have learned in the past year. I am thankful for the amount of training you provided through YouTube secret weapon, Social SEO, as well as the countless number of other webinars you’ve allowed me to follow. I am convinced I am on another level than other entry-level students seeking the same career path.

I also would like to thank you for allowing me the convenience of taking nearly 3 semesters to complete the required hours. I realize that I may have been sluggish at times, but only because of the courses I was taking to graduate, as well as a few personal events that could not have been foreseen. Thank you for understanding.

I would just like to end by saying I wish you guys the best of luck with your company in the future. After seeing the long list of domains you two are currently working on, it is safe to say there is a great chance of everything being very successful.


Zack Palladino

Click Here for Zack’s Official Review of His Internship For Academic Credit

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