How much should you charge? If you’re asking this question, know that you’re not alone. The toughest part of the negotiation process is asking for a fair rate for your freelancing services. Whether you’re a newbie trying to test the waters where fair wages are concerned.. or a seasoned freelancer wanting to renegotiate a raise, pricing your services is super tough. Then, we hear of stories where freelancers are underpaid or worse, not paid at all. While there are no magic formula to help you come up with the right number or 100% guarantee that you will work with awesome clients – it’s all about knowing how much your time is worth that will work.
In freelancing, charging the rate you deserve only makes sense if you know what is fair to start with. This guide helps 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…
You feel like you’re on a lucky streak as you got interviewed for a job that seems to be a perfect fit.. until that proverbial sound of silence that lasted for days or worse, for weeks. Wouldn’t things be so much better if clients tell you that you’re accepted (or not) for the job? Most often, freelancers are left guessing on their own as to what went wrong.. and a thousand and one answers that gnaws on their very own sanity. How you wish you can sleep better at night, knowing the answer to that question. When the final call never comes, what should you do?
There’s a big difference between those who only dream and those who succeed. It’s that extra something that sets freelancers apart. When you have decided to take that risk, to step out of employment’s safety net and seek your own destiny, that’s the time you have joined this invincible circle of the brave, of those who have acknowledged their worst fears and still.. took that giant leap of fate into the unknown. The good news? You are a survivor. You are a fearless freelancer, a maverick, a true badass in your niche.
Many clients go out there looking for a freelancer and not knowing exactly what they need. For this reason, we see lots of misleading ads posted on job boards online and client-freelancer mismatch stories. This scenario is too common that it has become part of a freelancer’s everyday lingo.. and sadly, it comes with countless missed opportunities just because you failed to educate these clients on what you can offer. The funner part? You get to explain things over and over ( my shot at sarcasm ). If there’s one truth you need to know right now, it’s this: Educating your client is the best sales pitch you can ever make.
At some point in our freelancing lives, there was that instance when you wished you could read your clients mind. But no matter how hard you try to see through that magic crystal ball you concocted inside your head, you can only hope to have a clearer understanding of what it is that clients want. As you try to dig deeper, the task seems to be getting harder and this is why you have more rejections than opportunities of getting hired to do the work. The ratio is too far off that you begin to question your persuasion skills, not to mention, your sanity. If only you knew what they want…
Finding a good client is like searching for a unicorn in the middle of the Amazon forest. What are the odds that you will find one? One major pain that we freelancers experience is the nightmare client. They are what you can call a wolf in a sheep’s clothing, looking like a promising prospect that will drain you later of time, strength, profit and not to mention – sanity. Exaggeration? You must probably noticed how I vividly painted a picture through words.. But trust me, those who have encountered these type of clients would have told you something worse than what I am writing of right now.
If you write it, they will come? Not really. There’s a big difference between the usual resume objective and carefully-crafted branding statements: Boredom. There’s nothing wrong with writing your career goals, only that it can put your prospective clients to sleep and kill your chances of getting hired. A lot of job seekers have been debating lately if it’s still practical to put an objective on their resume. There are those who say yes and then, there are those who say that you have to ditch this practice. If there’s any truth to any of these, it’s this: You can’t attract A-list clients with boring job objectives.
You must have noticed that starting this year, we’ve been pushing you to market yourself more as an expert in your niche. The Reason? It’s high time to put yourself out there and brag about what you do best. You want more projects, you have to get noticed.. a lot! While you may not feel like showing off those braggin’ rights for everyone to see, know that talking to the right people about it will make the difference between a successful self-promotion and something that..s#cks. You simply have to find that sweet spot, combined with a touch of subtlety and a pint of luck.
If there’s one way to describe today’s market, I’d say welcome to the ‘Age of Skeptics’ – where selling your skills as an expert has become more complicated than ever. Thanks to the internet revolution, businesses have utterly changed the way they make decisions in buying or hiring your services. Your clients are better-informed and all they have to do is type in your name on Google to see what comes up. What works today is something that didn’t work back then. We have been posting tips on how freelancers can market their skills better and hope that those who are struggling will learn to market their expertise – starting with knowing the truths behind the science of marketing.
We are all aware that Google is the most popular search engine in the world. I’d like to ask you though: Have you been maximizing its powerful features and tools? Last year, I have been one of those lucky enough to participate in Google’s Power Searching course and got a digital certificate to go with it, for braggin’ rights. Just last month, the search engine giant had opened an Advanced Power Search class where you can further develop your search skills by solving complex and fun challenges with others from around the world in a series of online lessons. But, what I love most about Google is its treasure trove of free tools that can help you grow your freelancing business.