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10 Things Freelancers Need to Know About Networking Online If They Want to Find Work

Posted September 5, 2013 in Getting Clients, Social Media

networking-onlineDo you understand how to network effectively through social media?

Sadly, many freelancers do not really know how to network through social media.

The other day, I received an odd tweet from someone I didn’t know. In fact, I wasn’t even following the person who sent the tweet. Maybe something similar has happened to you?

The tweet I received read something like this:

“I’m available to work on writing projects now.”

I hadn’t mentioned needing a writer. In fact, I rarely need to hire other freelancers and I never hire a freelancer that I’m not familiar with already.

You might think this was an isolated instance, but sadly I receive unsolicited social media requests for jobs fairly often. Sometimes, it’s a message through Google+ rather than a tweet.

If you’ve ever wondered about how to build a strong online network, one that will eventually lead to prime job offers, this post is for you. In it, I share ten things freelancers should understand about online networking.

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Should You Outsource Large Freelance Projects? 8 Tips to Help

Posted September 2, 2013 in Productivity

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You need help. You’ve landed a great new project. Good news, right?

Landing a big project should be good news.

The trouble with this particular project is that it is just too big. You can’t do it all by yourself and still meet the project deadline.

What are you going to do?

Have you ever been in this situation and wondered what to do next?

Fortunately, as a freelancer, you have several options:

  • You can bring in another freelancer as a subcontractor (outsourcing).
  • You can try to negotiate a longer deadline or negotiate to reduce the scope of the work.
  • You can work day and night like a maniac and eventually burn out.

In this post, I’ll briefly take a look at all three options. I’ll explain why the first option is often the best. I’ll also provide eight tips for working with subcontractors.

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10 Ways to Keep Your Freelancing Business a Secret (HUMOR)

Posted August 26, 2013 in Humor, Marketing

secret-freelancerAre too many people finding out that you’re a freelancer? Are you constantly bothered by those pesky requests for people wanting to engage you for your services? Are friends and family members referring new business to you?

If you really want to, you can make all that stop. All you need to do is become a secret freelancer. If no one knows you are a freelancer, no one will bother you about it.

Keeping your freelancing business a secret can be a challenge, though.

If you want to be a secret freelancer, this humorous post is for you. I share 10 ways you can keep your freelancing business under wraps.

Be sure to read the final paragraph, “Why Would You Want to Do This?”

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Use Your Unique Past to Build a Better Freelancing Business

Posted August 20, 2013 in Inspiration

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You have a unique business tool that no other freelancer has–and you’re probably not even aware of it.

I’m talking about your unique background. Your past experiences are what make you, well you. They can also be a huge asset for your business.

Consider this post from a freelancer who was a private investigator, or this post from a former belly dance teacher, or this one from someone with experience in the fast food industry.

In each of those examples, the author was able to apply life lessons they learned in a completely different context to their freelancing business–and their business was the better for it. And the ability for successful business people to apply past experiences to their current business is not unique to our contributors. In this Forbes post from David K. Williams, What A Fighter Pilot Knows About Business: The OODA Loop, the author explains how fighter pilot training prepared one businessman for a successful career.

In this post, I’ll explain why most freelancers don’t tap into their past experiences to improve their freelancing business. I’ll also provide you with a short checklist of eight questions that you can use to find business lessons from your own past life experiences.

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