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December 24, 2015

3 Ways Freelancing is Bad (& Ways to Counter These) 

Freelancing is Bad

Freelancing is not for you if you don’t have an independent and self driven work attitude. Freelancing might prompt many unpleasant challenges. Are you ready for them? If you’re a person who give up to problems too easily, this is definitely not a career for you.

Before you start freelancing, make sure if you are ready to become a risk taker, an excellent money manager, and a self driven person who doesn’t need to be told or instructed when to do what.

Are you responsible enough to choose this independent career? There will be no one to guide you, create work pressure on you, or yell at you for your poor performance. It will be just the opposite of a regular fixed hours working job. Therefore, you will have to figure out what sorts of plan will help you move forward and grow. It will not be an easy journey. Below you will find how these 3 ways freelancing is bad for you and how to overcome those challenges –

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December 23, 2015

4 Winning Habits For Successful Freelancing

successful freelancing

Every person has unique personality attributes and habits that either make him/her strong, or vulnerable to unwanted damaging factors. However, we’re lucky to be born with the natural ability to change our own habits and attitude. This is called neuroplasticity. As per the science of neuroplasticity, we can change our brain, mindset and habits over time with the help of constant training.

If you train your brain and mindset to think positive and incorporate productive personality and behavioural attitude, the mind will do that. And you will be able to develop the amazing winning habits that can help you perform outstanding. Do you want to become a successful solopreneur? Then you must work hard to welcome the changes that can help you produce the sought after results. Below you will find the list of winning habits for successful freelancing:

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December 22, 2015

How to Make Your Freelancing Day Worthwhile 

Freelancing Productivity
How worthwhile a day will be that hugely depends on how do you kickstart the day. Successful people and experts have different habits that they use to start a day with. You will have to figure out your own way of making a day the most productive.

How do you plan a day in advance that can have a big impact on how worthwhile the day will be for you. Would you like to know which habits can help you make the best use of everyday of your life? Would you be interested to know how to make your freelancing day worthwhile? Here are some tips that experts would like to share:

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December 21, 2015

How to Guard Your Time Against Common Time Killing Habits

Productivity for freelancers

All time killing habits can be managed. However, the most important thing is that you’re aware of the influential factors. Do you know a wrong work attitude can become a serious time waster?

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December 18, 2015

Examples of Freelancers Who Learned New Skills & Made it Big

Learn New Skills

Passion for new skills can born anytime in life. And if you can use the skill you’re passionate about the right way, you can make big money and lots of visibility for your expertise. New skills not only will help you get many attractive jobs, they also can help you meet new professionals from other backgrounds, ideas and expertise.

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December 17, 2015

How to Ensure You Get Paid On Time, Everytime

get paid on time

Getting paid on time most of times might be even tougher for the new freelancers. If you’re not much known, or have no good credibility as a reputed freelancer, you might have to experience some hassles to get paid on time. This is why cash flow management can become a serious issue when you first start your freelancing career.

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December 16, 2015

How To Survive As a Freelancer During Holidays & Downtimes

Survive as a freelancer

You’ve to make contingency plans for the bad times. There will be downtimes in every business. But, if you’ve a proper plan in place regarding how you want to use the time, you have nothing to worry about.

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December 15, 2015

Learn To Code: Two Unlikely Freelancers Who Picked Up Coding Skills 

Learn to Code
Science says when you give your brain a chance to exercise, you become smarter. Human brain is like a muscle. You will have to live a cognitively active lifestyle to help your brain work to an optimum level. This is why coding is considered an excellent tool for brain growth. Coding engages your brain muscles and improves cognitive functions.

You will be amazed to know that people with no technical background learned to code and made a huge success with their career. Many of them didn’t have any pre-decided plan to learn programming. However, these are the people who love to be driven by the inspiration to do something different, the enthusiasm of innovation and creativity.

Below you will find stories of few amazing men and women who followed their heart, learned to code and made an excellent use of this skill.

A Non Technical Professional Made Surprising Success with Coding

 

Andy Graham had no relation with coding. Her education was mostly in visual art, strategic communication, and sociology. Her first job after graduation was in marketing.

She had to handle all marketing stuff for an education devision of a local arts college. She learned photoshop and Quark to design the flyers and brochures for marketing. But, during that time she also figured out some quick coding stuff which helped her make changes to their official website.

Andy didn’t stop there. She learned more about coding and started getting better and better. When her colleagues got to know about her new skill, many of them approached her for freelancing job offers. One of her friends approached her to help her realtor husband with his official website.

Eventually Andy started building her credibility as an excellent web developer. One of her clients gave her an amazing opportunity to start her own little digital agency where now she works on web designing, web development, app development, mobile projects, etc. Andy supports her family, the expenses of private school education, and sponsors family vacation being a self employed professional. Her digital agency has grown from 2 working members to 12 members.

How Coding Helped Unemployed Brad to Succeed Professionally?

 

Brad was very happy for being able to get a job at the age of 18. He got a job in finance in Royal Bank of Canada soon after he left his school. However, his career didn’t continue well for long. He had to leave his job for some reasons. And after that, he couldn’t manage to get a job for a significantly long time. He was unemployed.

Brad had no clue when his condition was going to change as he failed to receive any response from the employers even after appearing in dozens of interviews and filling application forms.

It was the time when Brad thought of learning some new skills. He always had an interest in IT. He attended a one day web design course organised by a company and immediately developed a craze for the niche. He learned more about coding with the help of online tutorials, hundreds of YouTube videos and attended a small duration course. He immediately managed to get a job in a tech company after finishing his course. Now Brad earns more working as a freelancer, building websites for clients, working for less number of hours. He still has the time to study coding.

This is how coding can help you change you life. Coding gives you a chance to manage your life and pursue your professional dream at the same time.

December 14, 2015

Why Freelancers Should Also Learn To Code? 

why Learn to Code?

Steve Jobs used to believe that everyone should learn to code irrespective of their background, age and professional ambition.

Steve Jobs knew from the beginning that the purpose of learning to code is never only about being qualified for the future job market. It’s much more than that. Coding helps to improve our critical thinking.

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December 13, 2015

How to Manage Scope Creep

Scope Creep

During your project management or freelancing career, you may experience the monster “scope creep” at some point of time. Managing scope creep could be a challenging situation, since it affects deadlines, budget, and milestones. Some projects may extend beyond their scope, which may affect their budget, schedule, and even chances of success.

Every project has a set of deliverables, with fixed budget and agreed-upon tasks that must be completed before the project closure. The schedule and budget of a project may change with even the slightest amount of variation in its scope. This may happen once or several times during the lifecycle of a project. Read More