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March 11, 2016

Peer Hustle on Business Mic – Turning Your Side Hustle Into a Real Hustle

 

Ian Balina

February 21, 2016

How to Become a Photographer: 10 Tips on Starting a Photography Career

How to Become a Photographer

A photography career has a charm of its own. If you yearn to become a professional photographer, you are already aware that this is a highly competitive industry. But does that stop you from living your dream freelance photography career? If you have the right skills, consumers will trust their time and money on you, hoping that you can produce a visually appealing image that tells a story. There is nothing better than making money doing what you are passionate about. Isn’t it? When your clicks leave the world awe-struck, could you ask for more?

Yes, freelance photography gives you the opportunity to earn a reputation across the globe!

Photography is a Huge World

All of us appreciate the ability of the camera to capture moments dear to us and freeze them in time, leaving us with beautiful memories to cherish all our lives. If photography is a passion, it can pay you rich dividends as a career. Starting a photography career isn’t that difficult.

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February 5, 2016

How Finding Freelancers is Never a One-shot Process

Hiring Freelancers

You decided to get external help for your business. Perhaps you decided to go completely virtual and have robust team of freelancers. Either way, you’ll be out there looking for the best freelancers your money can find.

Most entrepreneurs think that finding freelancers is just about putting up a project brief and finding the best freelancer(s) possible from the list of applications.

It’s not that easy; it’s also not a one-time affair. Here’s why:

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February 4, 2016

How to Manage Your Time Better While Working With Freelancers

How to Manage Time

Virtual teams are good to have but just like any other managerial work, getting things done through your team can take a lot of time.

Since projects are usually time and deadline driven, and also because a few of your freelancers require you to pay them by the hour, managing your time better is your prerogative. How you use your time and how you train your team to use time is a function of how profitable your business is going to be.

Here are a few ways you can manage your time better when you work with freelancers:

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February 3, 2016

5 Social Traits That You Should Look Out for In Freelancers

Freelancing hiring tips

They say the people are one of the most important part of the business in fact the quality of your team determines how far your business goes. however finding freelancers is easier said than done. Not every freelancer you talk to Is going to work out for you. Assuming you do find freelancers as part of your team, you won’t go too far with just drones working for you. You’ll need freelancers who are social, active, and easy to get along with.

Here are a few social traits you need to look for in a freelancer:

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February 2, 2016

Going Beyond The Resume: How to Find Real Talent In your Freelancers

How to Find Real Talent In your Freelancers

A brief is all that thats between you (the employer) and your freelancers. For most cases, a well-written brief is more than enough and can still get you freelancers as long as you do your due diligence and test your freelancers well before taking them in, all out. But there are times when you need to know more about your freelancers. Who knows? There could be a writer hidden inside a developer or a strategist behind the graphic designer?

Here are ways to go beyond the usual persona and how to find the real talent in your freelancers, if you’d want to:

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February 1, 2016

How to Manage Freelancers Effectively

How to Manage Freelancers

It’s one thing looking for the right team of freelancers; it’s something else to ensure smooth flow of projects. Collaboration with remote teams is usually a hard thing to come by. It’s because it calls for a new kind of leadership; it calls for complete trust, and it requires you to be meticulously organized.

Managing with freelancers requires clearly defined roles, tasks, and project delivery planning. Here are a few project collaboration tools that work really well to manage your remote teams and projects:

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January 29, 2016

How to Use Video To Manage, Hire, Or Build Your Virtual Team

Use videos to manage virtual teams

Video is a great means to tell stories. It can also be used for a lot of other purposes such as explaining things, teaching, showing complicated workflows, and a lot more. Apart from everything else, for virtual teams, videos is the closest you can get to being in person. Bring videos to manage your virtual team full of freelancers, and you’d never even feel that you have a remote team or a virtual company.

As for managing your virtual team and to manage your freelancers, here are different ways you can use video effectively:

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January 28, 2016

Why You Should Test Freelancers Before Hiring Long-term?

How to test freelancers

Telecommuting is a boon come true for not just freelancers but also for entrepreneurs. Human resources is no more a risky endeavour with blind hiring based on static resumes. You now have access to incredible talent locally, nationwide, or even internationally. Projects get done faster (even if there’s a difference in time zones), and you – as an entrepreneur – have almost zero overheads.

Freelancers can jump right in, without any need for training or on-boarding, and get down to working on your projects. Their presence is not needed and their skills obviously get your project moving forward.

But it’s not all roses when you go looking for freelancers to work on your projects. Here’s why you should test your freelancers before hiring them long-term:

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January 27, 2016

How to Flex The Virtual Hustle to Get What You Want 

How to Hire Freelancers

Entrepreneurs shouldn’t be doing everything themselves. Business is about scale. It’s about bringing in leverage. It’s about multiplying what you do multi-fold.

It’s almost stupidity to insist on hiring full-time staff when you can get super teams at a fraction of the cost, anywhere in the world, and without overheads. This the era of telecommuting and if you stick to the old guns, you’d never how rusty it could get when you ought to fire.

When you are out looking for a team, stop looking for them the traditional way. Instead, check out the virtual hustle. By that, I mean an entire legion of super-talented, hungry, dedicated, and experienced virtual professionals. Here are some quick ways to do it:

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