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1. What is the Activemode Network ?
It's a mobile networking initiative that allows people to perform work using a mobile device outside of the office using common devices like a laptop or Smart phone.
2. How does the Activemode Network operate ?
As simply as possible. There's nothing new about using mobile devices to work with. Companies have been doing it for years with their in house employees to perform work at home. The Activemode Network makes it possible for a person to become a Contractor of the company they work for without being hired. Activemode is the Contracted company that provides the Contractors for you. The company that we serve, hires us to provide the work, and we hire Contractors that have the knowledge to perform the work for us. So we're between the Contractor and company. We pay Contractors for the work they do.
3. How difficult is the work that needs to be done using a Mobile Device ?
It depends on the assignment. Standard office work like filing and spreadsheets are usually done in house by the company, but if there's a large demand for one particular job, that requires additional Contractors to work longer hours, it might save money to have someone else with the same knowledge do the work, just to complete the task at a lower cost. If the job requires accounting for example, then we would contact an account. Some of the work would be something that might be either time consuming, or specialized, and other work requires someone with the time to finish it. We give assignments based on the skills of the person that needs to perform it.
4. Is the Activemode Network a Temporary Employment Agency ?
No. Temp Agencies charge the Contractor to find work for them. Activemode finds the work and gives the assignment to the person that's most qualified. We don't charge Contractors for the assignments they receive, we just pay them for getting the work done.
5. Is the Activemode Network a Permanent 40 Hour a Week Job ?
No. There's no guarantee for a certain number of hours worked for a week or month. If there are assignments available, we give them out. If there are no assignments available, the there is nothing to offer. Working assignments are based on what's available at the time.
6. Do I have to sign a Contract to work for the Activemode Network ?
Maybe. Depending on your profession, you might have to sign a contract, or show a license if you're working with sensitive information. Some Companies won't hire people without the proper credentials, for security reasons. If you're a Contractor then you will only be required to show a license if the assignment requires it. You won't receive an assignment that you're not licensed to perform. If you have to sign a Contract to perform an assignment, you'll be notified before you receive the assignment.
7. Do I have to be a College Graduate to get an assignment ?
No. Assignments are based on your skill level. Training is available to increase your skill level for better assignments, but the classes are not mandatory. It takes time and patience to learn how to perform Office work on a Mobile Device, and some things that you might want to do are not possible. It's important to know what you need to use a standard computer for. We recommend that all Mobile Workers also have access to a computer to get everything done right.
8. Why do I need a Mobile Device, when I can just use a Computer ?
Communication. It's easy to say that you can do the work, when it needs to be done, and that's fine. But sometimes, there are other questions that need to be answered that only you know, because you did the assignment. It's important for people to be available to answer questions, even when there's no assignment. During normal working hours, if you have the kind of assignments that requires answers, then you have to be available to respond. Without a mobile device, you won't be able to correct mistakes, or respond to emails or text messages about work assignments.
9. What happens if I can't do the assignment that I'm given ?
No problem. It's important that you read the assignment and notify us if it's something that you can't handle so that we ca give it to someone else. We do our best to give assignments based on your skill level, but sometimes we'll give you something a little bit more difficult to see if you're capable. You have to notify us immediately so that we can redirect the assignment to someone else, or things can get complex. We have a timeframe in which to complete assignments and return them to the client, so it's better to turn down an assignment than work all day on something that you're not familiar with and then fail. You don't lose anything by saying no, and we'll respect you for being honest.
10. What if I'm working on an assignment, but I run out of time ?
That's fine. Notify us of what you're doing and that you need more time to finish it. As mentioned before, it's better that we know there's a problem, so that we can notify the client of the delay. Nothing is worse than saying "nothing". Sometimes, if the assignment isn't finished, you can submit it as is, and someone else can finish it. This shouldn't happen on every other assignment, and you should be aware that even though you're not being monitored in person, someone is keeping track of the assignments that you run out of time with. It's your responsibility to manage your time, so that you'll have enough of it to work with.
11. Can I pick my own assignments, or do I have no choice ?
It's possible to choose your own assignments. The issue is when the assignment you want is available. Depending on who is more qualified, and the time the assignment has to be completed, you may not get the one you want. The final decision, as you might guess, is for the Activemode Network to choose the person most qualified to do each assignment, and not play favorites. It's only fair to distribute assignments evenly, and when the time comes for permanent assignments you'll be given a choice. If there are no permanent assignments, then you have to accept the one you're given, until a better opportunity comes.
12. What if I'm not able to sign in every day to get my assignment ?
The 30 day evaluation, if you've already taken it, is the test we use to determine who is capable of doing the work. Because it's not a conventional job where you actually show up for work, the sign in process shows that your available for work, and that you can get to your assignments on a regular basis. The people that fail the evaluation can take it again, to improve it. All things considered, because your not physically present, you have to be able to sign in, which means you need a reliable internet connection, and a "Mobile Device" to sign in when you're not at home. Unless there's an emergency that prevents it, then you should be able to sign in everyday, the same way that you check your email everyday, and send text messages, and view your Facebook status. If you can do one of these things, then you should be able to do the other. There's not much more to explain.
13. Can I have someone else do my assignment for me ?
That's a bad idea. Because you're the one registered, it's your assignment. If someone else does your assignment for you, and things go bad, then you can't say that it's someone else's fault because it's your assignment. There are also liability concerns when you're working with a client's information that should never be shared with a third party. Any issues that come from someone else doing your work, could lead to litigation, or lawsuits, so just don't do it.
14. Can I ask someone that works for the Activemode Network to help me ?
Yes. Because the Activemode Network is designed to facilitate group efforts, it saves time to ask someone that works with us to help you. You're encouraged to contact others on the site for help with an assignment, and form groups to help finish the work that you have more efficiently. There are more resources on the website that you have access to from a computer or your mobile device that can help you complete your assignment if you run into a problem. The main objective is to solve problems and not cause more of them.
15. If I Need a Program to Work With That Costs Money, Will the Activemode Network Pay For It ?
Yes. Especially if the program that you need is work related. The one thing that will decide whether or not "we" pay for the program your using is your skill level. We don't buy programs that you need to learn, but we'll buy that one you already know how to work. Before the Program is purchased, you have to show and prove that you know how to work it, before we invest. In some cases we'll train you to work a new program, if your qualified, and then purchase it for you. This kind of arrangement might require a contract agreement of a year or more, so that we get a return on our investment.
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