How to Building a Strong Backlog of Freelance Jobs

How to Building a Strong Backlog of Freelance Jobs

Freelancer How-To
Building a Strong Backlog of Freelance Jobs Making the leap from a 9-to-5 employee to working for yourself requires more than just technical skills.   This move is not just a step, but a chasm for most new freelancers never had experience in sales, marketing and general business management. Building a thriving Freelancing Business means changing or acquiring the mindset to build a business.   The skill you have, your portfolio of work and results is what is the value you can create for clients.  But it's equally important to ensure you have the right mindset to not just do existing work, but to keep one eye out for future business.   Thinking Like a Business A business is a venture that takes financial risks in order to gain a profit.…
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How to Work at Home: Improving Productivity of Freelancers

How to Work at Home: Improving Productivity of Freelancers

Freelancer How-To
How to Work at Home For Freelancers, Digital Nomads and Solopreneurs, part of the appeal of working from home is not have to make that horrid commute -- walking, taking public transit, biking and worst of all driving.  But sometimes working from home is a productivity-killer, there are so many distractions and sometimes living blends too closely with professional work that it's hard to get things done.  Below is a definitive guide to -- How to Work at Home. If your home or temporary abode also doubles as your office as a Freelancer, Solopreneur or Digital Nomad, then personal life blends with work-life.  Sometimes it's very useful because you save time and you can wear your pajamas to work (we've all done it before) or you can just do work right…
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Freelancers: What You Can Do to Immediately Increase Your Sales Leads

Freelancers: What You Can Do to Immediately Increase Your Sales Leads

Freelancer Tools
Freelancers: What You Can Do to Immediately Increase Your Sales Leads Increasing your sales leads is the one thing you can do to ensure a healthy and consistent revenue backlog to sustain a successful freelancing career.  Here's what Business-Minded Freelancers can do to greatly increase their chances of increasing your sales leads generation by applying the work that designers take in their design process. So you're a Freelancer, Independent Contractor, Solopreneur or Start-Up Entrepreneur.  You've made the leap, started your own thing, took that initiative.  You started your business on the backs of those early clients, early adopters and your core fans of your product or service.  Now you are thinking of how you can keep this pace up and also how to make sure you have the same successful you've had in the…
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Freelancers and Solopreneurs: How Much Are You Really Losing in Employee Benefits?

Freelancers and Solopreneurs: How Much Are You Really Losing in Employee Benefits?

Myth Series
Just How Much are Employee Benefits Really Worth? Perhaps the one thing that hinders people from becoming Freelancers and Solopreneurs are the cushy Employee Benefits that come along with a full-time job.  But how much are Employee Benefits really worth?  First we explore how much in financial terms it amounts to and then we explore the real costs borne by freelancers and solopreneurs. I've been an independent contractor for the last few years.  It wasn't something I chose; rather it was a situation that happened after I got laid off in 2014.  Luckily, I was able to find contract work shortly afterwards. For the first, year or so, I didn't even think about replacing the benefits I would've received from an employer in the past.  If you are like me,…
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The Future Is Automated: How Will This Affect Your Job?

The Future Is Automated: How Will This Affect Your Job?

Newsworthy
The Future Is Automated: How Will This Affect Your Job? The future is automated.  Or so they say -- not a day goes by these days without running across more articles predicting the end of low-skill jobs.  Jobs indeed CAN be displaced, so what does this mean for your job? The End of Jobs? If there is anything we can be sure about, it is that change in business happens whether we like it to or not.  One can prepare for business cycles by "skating to where the puck is".  Many famous and highly successful entrepreneurs have done that including Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Steve Jobs of Apple and Bill Gates of Microsoft. Betting on the future is hard if not impossible, but many have tried with limited consistent accuracy.  So…
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Triple Your Freelancer Revenue in 30 Days From Anywhere in the World

Triple Your Freelancer Revenue in 30 Days From Anywhere in the World

Freelancer How-To, Productivity Hacks
Triple Your Freelancer Revenue in 30 Days From Anywhere in the World As a Freelancer, Digital Nomad or Solopreneur, you can can earn money anywhere.  Learn from entrepreneurs and the business world on how to grow your book, increase value to your customers and triple your Freelancer Revenue by taking action in the next 30 days. Leverage Your Existing Clients Up-selling to existing clients is vital.  Most people don't do this because they feel they are burdening their existing clients.  Or they feel like the clients will get upset if you were to approach them and ask them for more business. The fact is, every business, every person on the planet has problems.  For every problem there needs a solution and you are the one to present that solution or…
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Sharing Economy: How to Make Money While Having Fun

Sharing Economy: How to Make Money While Having Fun

Freelancer How-To, Newsworthy
Sharing Economy: How You Make Money While Having Fun Traditional freelancing means you have a high-demand skill that you are using for your clients.  How with the sharing economy, you are using your skill as a business person and spaces to create the life you want. Who says you cannot have the cake and eat it too?!  Life is too short to not be having fun in one's work.  After-all whether you are a 9-to-5er, a freelancer or solopreneur, business owner you spend 1/3 or more of your time working, earning money so you can pay your bills. In recent years with the help of technology, social media and third-party platforms have made it possible to go into business of yourself.  In the case of AirBnB, you can be an…
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3 Bad Habits You Need to Get Rid Of As A Freelancer

3 Bad Habits You Need to Get Rid Of As A Freelancer

Productivity Hacks
3 Bad Habits You Need to Get Rid Of As A Freelancer As a Freelancer, whether you work hourly or per project, optimizing for your productivity is crucial to maximizing your revenue and also ensure you are providing the best value to your clients. Procrastination is really want sucks the life out of the work you do. In The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, Steven Pressfield personifies the enemy as "Resistance". Resistance is what stops you from being the best you can be.  Resistance is what lowers your productivity and lowers the value your give your clients. Not all habits are created equal. Good habits take time to form like baking a cake.  Careful instructions are required to make sure the cake rises…
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4 Unconventional Types of Income Streams in this New Gig Economy

4 Unconventional Types of Income Streams in this New Gig Economy

Freelancer Tools
4 Unconventional Types of Income Streams in this New Gig Economy When you think of freelancing or being a solopreneur in this gig economy there are many things to learn from in the investment world of Managers, Investment Professionals and Financial Advisors. As Warren Buffett has said, "Being a businessman makes me a better investor and being an investor has made me a better businessman." If you move from away from a 9-to-5, employer-employee relationship, being an independent contractor/freelancer in this new gig economy means you're in business for yourself.  You are you're own business and it does take a leap to start thinking like a business. The #1 thing an investor thinks of is how to diversify income.  Diversification is something that everyone can learn to strike the right balance…
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How to Dramatically Improve Your Personal Branding from a Master Storyteller

How to Dramatically Improve Your Personal Branding from a Master Storyteller

Brand Advice
How to Dramatically Improve Your Personal Branding from a Master Storyteller One of the most important things to get right as a Freelancer is to establish a personal brand. Not everyone can devote a ton of time fumbling through strategies on personal branding. Especially when your time is spent doing the technical work at hand. Luckily, there are simple and clear ways to help improve every blogpost to better market and sell the product and services you offer. In our social media age with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and even SnapChat, big brands are leveraging these channels to tell their stories and to engage with their audiences to increase impressions. One of the great things about the time we live in is that the medium that big brands like General…
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