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Why Freelancers Really DO Need a Business Plan After All

Posted August 7, 2011 in Getting Started

I recently came across this post here on Freelance Folder. I must say I have to disagree with the idea that freelancers don’t need a business plan.

My disagreement isn’t malicious nor do I have the intent to offend.

But the fact is that I wholeheartedly believe that freelancers DO need a business plan.

In this post I’ll explain why. I’ll describe some of the advantages of having a business plan and then give you a chance to share your experiences.

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10 Kind Things You Can Do Today to Help Another Freelancer

Posted August 5, 2011 in Inspiration

One of the characteristics of freelancing is that freelancers don’t see their peers every day. In a traditional work environment, you may find yourself housed in a building that not only includes your peers, but other workers as well.

While working alone can have its advantages (no noise, fewer interruptions), there are some disadvantages too. For example, if you need advice from a colleague there’s no one right there to help out. If you’re feeling a little down, a nearby coworker isn’t there to cheer you up.

Well, just because freelancers work alone doesn’t mean that we have to totally do without the kind of help that coworkers traditionally give each other. As freelancers we’re not really alone. There are a lot of us out there (and our numbers are growing every day). Through social media and other online connections, we can help each other out.

In this post, I list ten kind things you can do today to help another freelancer out.

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Turn Those Tweets, Shares and Links into Paying Projects

Posted August 4, 2011 in Getting Clients, Social Media

If you’re spending a lot of time tweeting, sharing, and networking with others–why wouldn’t you want to make it work to your advantage?

If you’re spending a fair amount of time on the computer looking for work, put social media to work for you. After all, you probably already use social media anyway.

Many businesses use social media as a way to advertise their products and services. The goal here is for you to do the same thing. Use your social media accounts as a tool to help you locate a project or improve your standing with a current client.

In this post, I’ll tell you how to use social media to find paying projects.

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Could You, Should You, Write a Book?

Posted August 3, 2011 in Marketing

If you’re a freelancer, you’re probably already an expert in what you do. Whether it’s freelance web design, freelance writing, freelance programming, freelance translation, or some other freelancing specialty–you’re already good at it. In fact, you’re probably somewhat of an expert.

After all, if you weren’t good at your profession, you wouldn’t be succeeding as a freelancer. What better way to show off that expertise (and indirectly market your freelancing business in the process), than to write a book about your field?

Whether you’re a writer, or not, you should consider whether writing a book will help your freelancing career.

In this post, I’ll discuss some of the advantages that are derived from having a published book. I’ll also discuss some of the obstacles that keep many freelancers from creating a book.

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