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January 22, 2016

5 Head Smacking Freelancing Realities You Ought to Know

Freelancing Realities

For way too long now, thousands (if not millions) have been dreaming up of making money online. You are especially susceptible to this since the online space is now full of scammers, fake “gurus”, and all sorts of people claiming to be experts.

There are opportunities out there, it’s just that you are never told the whole story. You are made to believe that “you can make millions” but no one tells what you’d have to go through or how many times you’d have to sell your soul over to get there.

Freelancing has always been a great opportunity to earn money part-time or full-time. But it helps if you know the full story. Read More

January 21, 2016

6 Lessons from SharkTank for Freelancers

SharkTank for Freelancers

So by now most of us have become ardent fans of Kevin O’Leary and his merry band of Sharks as they go about searching for the next big entrepreneur. ABC’s Shark Tank has caught the imagination of the world, basking in its dog eat dog world of entrepreneurial indulgence and competitions.
So what have you as a freelancer, hell bent on creating a legacy, your legacy, learnt from Shark Tank?

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January 20, 2016

4 Ways for Freelancers to Break Out of Comfort Zone

Out of Comfort Zone

The very idea to renegade a regular way of life was to live it. Wasn’t that the reason why you went freelance? Command your days and earn the way you want. No harking of instructions and rigid corporate cultures. Deep within the comfort of your home, you work. Till you slowly spiral into a low-risk, neutral state. Freelancers, especially the ones who have created a space for themselves and have a sparkling portfolio to boot, more often than not become entrapped in the cosiness of the virtual world. Providers like Elance, Freelancer and quite a few others surely bring work to you, but for growth and continuity it is absolutely necessary to move beyond your zone. The Comfort Zone.

So how do we get out?

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January 19, 2016

How Freelancers Can Start With Marketing Automation

Marketing Automation

It’s hard enough to run your business, the way it is. Any work beyond billable hours is time wasted. That’s why it makes sense for freelancers to embrace Marketing Automation. Write out a simple step-by-step process for freelancers to start with marketing automation.

So, you freelance. You work at hours, you feel comfortable. You get paid for those hours. But nothing is infinite. Neither money nor hours. Anything beyond the billable target is sheer frustration. Now wasn’t that the first reason why you went freelancing?

The coming of age of Marketing Automation has changed the way the world earns money. For freelancers this is akin to manna from heaven. Technology has bridged the gap between work and life and none seems to be in balance anymore.

So what is Marketing Automation?

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January 18, 2016

6 Things Freelancers Can Do To Enrich Their Customer Service

Customer Service

Customers are like babies. Needs cuddling more often than not. They want to be in your thoughts all the time. And providing them with awesome services is what every freelancer dreams of. For at the end of the day, what basically matters is the moolah, your “baby” provides you with. So what does Nanny Mcphee do to assuage the money spewing toddler.

No, we got nothing to do with your dog but we will provide you with awesome, crisp articles of your pet and your love for it. People will look up to you for inspiration or for; let’s say something as usual as “How to clean dog poo?” Let’s just say, we will create a memorabilia for you, which you can be proud of, minus the funeral casket. And an epitaph.

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January 16, 2016

Top 25 Blogs for Translators

Top 25 Blogs for Translators

These twenty-five blogs will help you learn from some of the best translators from all around the world. Read More

January 15, 2016

3 Best Udemy Courses for Freelancers

Udemy Courses for Freelancers

Udemy online courses are amazing, even for freelancing. For example, Seth Godin has his great course structures especially designed for Udemy students. However, you’ll have to decide which course you would like to get enrolled to. You will have different courses designed to address different aspects of freelancing in Udemy. So, you’ve to choose a course which will help you learn a specific skill, or give a knowledgeable of your interest.

Udemy courses have been designed to help professionals gain insight of the freelancing life, skills and the industry overall. These are quite cheap courses where anyone can register with no specific education background required. So, what are the few good Udemy courses that freelancers can take to grow their career? Here are few of them –

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January 14, 2016

4 Ways Freelancers Can Highlight Their Skills

Highlight your skills

Liam Veitch, a successful freelancer, once said that client’s won’t hire you because you’ve some skills. Instead, they will hire you if you can help them with your skills. So, you need to have a really solid ground before you expect to have a lot of work in your hand. You need to show the world that you’re good and can help them with your expertise. So what’s important is that you tell clients why they need you for your skills. Rather than simply talking more and more about your skills, you should stress more on how helpful are your skills.

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January 13, 2016

3 Habits to Give Up to Grow Freelancing Business in 2016

FreelancingFreelancing Business

Promise yourself that you won’t let this year go in vain. This year you’ll work harder to develop new productive habits and achieve incredible success in freelancing. Scientists say you can break the chain pattern of a habit by using three principles.

The first principle is changing the environment that prompts you to repeat the bad habits. You have to keep yourself away from the reasons or triggers. For example, if you’re not able to wake up early morning and start working because you fail to go to bed on time in night, find out why that happens every day. Try to stop or keep yourself away from the causing factor. The second principle is repeating the new habits again and again. Scientists say a person can master a new habit between 15 days and 254 days.

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January 12, 2016

3 Occasions When Freelancers Need Perseverance

Freelancers Need Perseverance

Do you feel stuck, or sometimes, downhearted for not being able to manage your freelancing growth as expected? Almost all successful freelancers say that they dislike at least one aspect of freelancing. But, who says that being a freelancer means that you will have the easiest way to earn a great income? Freelancing is hard. But, you will grow if you’ve perseverance.

As you will have the freedom to do anything you want to do to your business, you will certainly enjoy some unbeatable benefits over the people who do regular jobs. You will just need to stay cool, calm, be patient to adversities and stick to your faith during the difficult times. Here are the times when you will need perseverance for success –

When You Have No Jobs in Hand

 

This will be one of the most difficult times. Sometimes, you may not even have right numbers of jobs to generate a convincing monthly income. It will be easier to lose interest at that time. It might seem your struggle is never going to end. But, this is the time when you should hold onto perseverance. Carrier Smith was in $14, 000 debt when she started her freelancing career. But, she decided to stick to freelancing and thought out ways to increase income and pay her debt off.

Therefore, instead of giving yourself to dark thoughts, use your time to learn more about how to grow a freelance business.

When You Feel Your Freelancing Career Shows No Signs of Progress

 

If you didn’t experience such moments yet, you will have during the downtimes. Freelancing or consulting, they never assure stable and consistent flow of opportunities. There will be some good times with lots of great projects and great income. And sometimes, you will feel like your luck has turned its back on you.

What you should do? You should remember that you need perseverance. Stay calm and figure out what can be done to handle the situation. Learn more about freelancing skills and ways to grow a business. Read how successful people find out creative means to increase their income. For example, a freelance expert described how she earned thousands of dollars with a single blog.

When You’re Afraid to Ask for a Fair Price

 

Experts say one of the biggest mistakes that most freelancers make during the initial years is being too afraid to ask for a fair price. You can’t grow being too afraid. It’s normal to fear, but, if you want growth, you’ve to learn to manage fear. When you’re in freelancing, you will have to keep continuing hard work and ask for price you deserve. If you think you’re not getting quick response, be patient and stick to perseverance. You will have to get over the fear of losing clients. If you’ve to let some business go for a while, let it be. By that time, learn what can be done to improve the charm of your portfolio, how to market your skills or improve the scope of earnings.

Freelancing has many challenges and threats that not many professionals would like to deal with. Most of the times, you’ll be alone when you’ll have to manage bundle of responsibilities. But, as mentioned earlier, your growth will be unavoidable if you correctly work on self development and can maintain perseverance