When you’re new to freelancing, you get to read plenty of blogs about becoming an expert so you can shine from the crowd. Freelancing is growing each year, where competition is stiff, and you have to become a recognized expert in your field to enjoy a huge bite of the freelancing pie. Easier said, than done! No one is born an expert, but you can definitely become one. Who do you want everyone to hire in your niche? A freelancing icon like… YOU!
Opportunities in freelancing come and go like the wind. How ready are you when it finally comes knocking on your door?
Words are very powerful in helping you resolve a conflict with a client. Here are 10 phrases to help you do just that…
Google has lots to offer to boost your freelancing business and you may not even be taking advantage of these tools…
Many freelancers and clients will tell you that the most challenging thing they encounter in an online meeting is how to conquer the digital divide… so they can brainstorm effectively. Whether you are having a video call on Skype or Google Plus, the question here is not only thinking outside of the box to come up with the most innovative solution, but measuring just how big the box can be and most of the time, that box is never really good enough to start with. How can you brainstorm better then?
To those of us who have been freelancing for ages, the term ‘freelancing burnout’ is something like a household name; at one point, we have experienced it. Yet, as time goes on, I can’t help but wonder if freelancing burnout is a cause or an effect of something much more sinister. Freelancers are on a constant battle to market their skills each day and inspiration can be hard to come by as well. The question is: Is it really a burnout or a bore-out?
If you think that social media will go into a speculative bubble, you’re up for a major disappointment. Though, we get to read lots of news about social media burnout lately, it doesn’t mean that businesses would stay offline for good. In fact, we’re seeing the other way around. Companies, big and small, are continuously hiring social media mavens, gurus, mavericks… and we see the rise in demand for social media marketing jobs, in a field that has a lot of room for growth. If you’re passionate about social media and want to make a living out of it, NOW is a great time to start one.
Wouldn’t it be great if you can be creative all day, everyday? Reality bites back with a vengeance and most often, we find ourselves stuck in a creative rut like we’ve been under a hoodoo’s spell. You may want to ‘put a ding in the universe’ like Steve Jobs do, but how can you even move a step forward when you don’t feel that spark of inspiration that gets you on a freelancing high? What sets us apart from animals is our capacity for creativity and harnessing this dormant fire within takes a little bit of a cunning.
There are many reasons why people blog and if you’re a freelancer blogging about your passion, you may just as well turn your words into a powerful lead generation machine. Imagine this: Your blog is an awesome way of increasing your digital presence and what you wrote has the power to attract clients into your sales funnel, even while you’re sleeping. Is that even possible in the real world? Yes, it is! It’s all about how to effectively create a story that resonates the needs of readers, who may be persuaded to hire your services and become loyal customers in the long run. The question now is: How do you attract qualified leads with your blog?
Are you good in asking questions? Someone once said that there are no stupid questions and yet, when it comes to asking it right – many have lost the art of asking questions effectively which will help them move forward. Just how crucial is it for a freelancer to ask the right question? Many client-freelancer relationship have gone sour simply because of wrong assumptions that led to miscommunication. Work momentum wouldn’t have been lost if one probed deeper by asking. Did you know that the right question can help improve your productivity?
Freelancing, like social media, is continuously evolving as technologies are introduced to help make remote work seamless. You may agree that freelancing is 50% sales and 50% delivery, and if you want to stay on top of the freelancing game, you have to play by the rules… new rules, that is. You can be a seasoned freelancer who never had a problem getting your pitch rejected, until the unimaginable happened. It can be disheartening, not to mention humiliating. So, how can you survive in a tough economy where clients are looking for someone faster, cheaper and better?