Happy New Year! A toast to a fresh, new start for everyone in the world of freelancing. With the rise in the number of people joining the online workforce, one can see tougher competition ahead. Here’s where we hope that you will always seek to work smarter.. instead of working harder, so you may enjoy that work-life balance you truly deserve. For those who are new to the adventure, may you have the strength and courage to face the challenges that many have dealt with in their journey to success. And the quest continues towards freelancing hall’s most elite..
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Deck the halls of online work with jolly clients and freelancers! It’s that time of the year once more, where everyone celebrates the yuletide season no matter what their race is. This is also the season that makes us recall those awesome times that we can be grateful for… as it motivates us to become better freelancers who help our fellow excel and our clients achieve their goals. I bet you would agree that gratitude is the best gift we can have this Christmastime and we should strive hard to make this present in our daily lives.
Sometimes, it feels like 24 hours in a day is not enough to keep you at your most productive. It doesn’t matter much whether you’re a morning person or not. Whether you feel overwhelmed or under-whelmed with your tasks each day, know that achieving work-life balance in the freelancing world is a struggle amongst many (myself included). You may even keep a schedule or check your To Do list from the time you wake up, yet.. you never get to accomplish everything on time. What’s wrong with this picture? Or more like, why can some people squeeze in so much each day and get to enjoy life all the same?
I believe that many of you will agree with me that one of the toughest challenges you’ve ever faced in freelancing is figuring out just how much to charge and convincing clients to hire your services at that rate. In a few days’ time, the New Year is here and it’s high time you stop getting paid peanuts (you’re not a monkey). You need to step up and know your real worth as a freelancer. You have to value your time and energy. You have to stop working a lot – for free. You are in the business of making money online and while freelancing is far from perfect, you just have to make more. Feel like you’re getting paid less? Read on..
As December kicks in and the countdown to 2014 begins… we accompany you to your journey to success. It must have been a wild adventure for the uninitiated and experienced freelancers. Still, building your personal brand comes to taking some free time so you can do some introspection and read helpful tips to guide you all along. If you’ve missed our previous posts, now is the time to catch up. Sit back, relax and enjoy!
The holiday season is here, the busiest time of the year for freelancers who strive to balance work and play. Are you pushing yourself too hard? You may feel like your life is spinning out of control as you impose all those deadlines on yourself to achieve the zenith of success. You wanted to create a big difference in such a short period of time, as you freelance your way to that dream job title. Still, you wonder each day if you’re living your life to its real purpose and finding meaning amidst your busy schedule can only mean one thing: Introspection. Are you ready to think hard and take some downtime to find that passion once more?
When you’re freelancing, nurturing those client relationships is crucial to your survival; it will open a huge door of opportunities for you or not. How can you continuously enchant the same clients you have so they keep your services for the longest time running? While the answer may sound simpler than you think, listening to what your clients want and delivering on your promise are just icing on top of your freelancing cake. How can you make them listen and trust what you have to say? Now, that’s the real challenge. Distinguishing yourself from the competition is totally different from educating your clients.
Small businesses are increasingly hiring freelancers to close the skills gap these days and this is great news indeed! But with this rise of hires comes a growth in supply of talents in the freelance marketplace, where competition becomes stiff and everyone feels it’s tougher to compete on portfolio alone. You must continuously strive to give your clients that one good reason why they should keep your services for the long run. It doesn’t matter if you’re one of those who were early in this field, or a latecomer. Someone better will come along and if you don’t have something unique to offer, you might just as well as ‘bite the dust’ and lose another client. How can you do better?
If you’re having a Love-Hate affair with freelancing, know that you’re not alone. Whether you write, design or code for a living.. or contracting small to medium projects from various clients, there are many reasons why people stay as freelancers for years ( and then, there are those who simply gave up and went back to working full-time in the office ). Freelancing may have worked for you or not, in the end, it is a serious job like any others. As we see an increase in temporary jobs, with remote working becoming the norm these days, to freelance is a bold choice for those who dared. This got us curious to ask you one question:
One of the biggest fears I’ve encountered when looking for new prospects is making cold calls. While online freelance marketplaces help you avoid having to pick up that phone, old school techniques can come in handy when all those ‘warm’ efforts didn’t work. The experience can be nerve-wracking and the psychological stress that goes with it is something like your modern-day urban legend. When you make that unexpected call in an attempt to market your services to potential clients who have never heard of you, the monster of rejection is ready to pounce on you at any second. Is cold calling worth the time, energy and risk for freelancers then?