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Top Project Management Applications for Freelancers
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Top 6 Reasons why People Turn to Freelancing
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Top 3 Reasons Why People Love Freelance Work
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How to Increase Freelance Productivity in 2015
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How to Promote your Freelance Services
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What Happens on the Web every Minute
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Guide to Working with a Virtual Assistant
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Building an Online Business for Freelancers
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Freelancer’s Guide to Creating a Power Sales Kit
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TIps for freelance social media specialists

Top Project Management Applications for Freelancers

Freelancers are not just freelancers.

We are business owners and more often than not we are also the marketing expert, accountant, quality assurance specialist – in short, we wear many hats in order to sustain our freelance business.

With that in mind, having a project management tool is a must for our day to day life. Here is a list of project management tools that can help you and your team manage workflows and clients.

ASANA

Asana is a project management platform wherein all your project data is held in one place. No need to toggle screens and search for email threads. With Asana, you can easily track your project’s progress. Your team members can also leave comments with their assigned tasks. It offers free membership which lets you access basic features.

BASECAMP

Basecamp is where you can create a new project and invite people to accept membership and view the pages. Here, you can introduce your project using the welcome section. From there, any of the invitees can leave comments or updates for you. You can create new tasks, upload calendar events and ask feedback! Basecamp has a unique dashboard to use when managing projects. New members get two months free.  After which their plans begin at $20 per month and go up based on what features you’d like and how much storage space you need.

TRELLO

Trello works just like Pinterest – it’s an online pin board of tasks. You create lists on cards and organize them accordingly. You can create to-do lists on each card and store all important information at the back of the cards. Trello is completely free and works for everyone who likes to pin.

Top 6 Reasons why People Turn to Freelancing

Working online as a freelancer can be a very lucrative career but it’s not for everyone. Some freelancers may have only stumbled upon freelancing by accident but most make a conscious and well-informed decision before switching to the freelance life.

This infographic from 199jobs shows us the top six reasons why people turn to freelancing.

 

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Top 3 Reasons Why People Love Freelance Work

Are you planning to quit your day job and enter the world of freelancing? Before taking any action, you should think first and decide if it is really for you. Freelancing has a lot of advantages. However, it has some disadvantages as well. Before quitting your office job, make sure that freelancing fits your lifestyle.

 

 

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Here are some of the main reasons why people love to go freelance.

Convenience

If you want to work from home or anywhere you want, freelancing might be perfect for you. As a freelancer, you can work from home or anywhere you want as long as you have access to a computer and reliable internet access.

Flexible schedule

Most freelancers have freedom in choosing their work schedules. It is up to you if you want to work in the morning or at night. In this case, choose a schedule when you are most productive. This is one of the freelancing perks that work-at-home parents really love. By having a flexible work schedule, you can easily balance your career and personal life.

Freedom in choosing projects

Are you sick and tired of working on tasks that you do not like? No worries. In the world of freelancing, people are free to choose the projects that they want to work on. If you have a lot of skills, you can get different kinds of projects and get paid more. You also have the freedom to grab as many projects as you want.

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How to Increase Freelance Productivity in 2015

 

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Productivity is smart planning mixed with focused efforts.  Staying productive while working at home especially with all the distractions can be a challenge. There are times when odds are that you are not satisfied with what you have accomplished.  Productivity can always be improved. Here are three tips for freelancers to increase productivity this year:

Attend as many training sessions as you can.
Information is very valuable. As a new freelancer, you will need all the training that you can possibly absorb to learn from the experiences of successful businessmen. And even when you become an old-timer yourself in the field, you still need to learn new ways to make your products more interesting than what your new competitors have to offer.

Do not forget to take down notes.
You cannot remember everything. Make it a habit to write or type down even the smallest detail from your business deals. It would be embarrassing if you have to ask a client what he requested for from your previous rendezvous just because you forgot to jot it down.

Join the social media craze.
Create accounts in Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, online group forums, and other forms of social media. Link them to your official company website for maximum exposure.

Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

How to Promote your Freelance Services

As the number of freelancers increase, it gets harder and harder to be noticed in the vast pool that is the Internet. Blogs, social media, and personal websites are all great tools for self-promotion. But how do you maximize your exposure on the Internet? Read on for more information.

Ask Yourself A Lot Of Questions

In the wonderful world of freelancing, questions are important. Who are the people I want to attract to my page? What does my chosen social platform say about me? What does the color of my website put across? Should I publish my freelancing rates along with the services I offer? These are all great questions to ask.

Presentation is Key

Constantly updating your “look” keeps the readers guessing. If you have blogs but don’t update them regularly, people won’t visit them. Also, less is definitely more. Don’t overdo both the content and design. And make use of videos, photos and slideshows to keep your readers glued.

Keep Things Easy

Make sure you are easily accessible by your chosen audience. Regularly reply to other people’s comments, don’t be afraid to put your contact details, and don’t appear snobby or what-have-you so as not to offend potential clients.

What Happens on the Web every Minute

The internet is brimming with all kinds of activities – whether it be in social media, e-learning or job hunting. It is safe to say that in our times – data never sleeps.

Do you know that Facebook alone alone handles 2,460,000 posts per minute while Twitter sends out 277,000 tweets in that same 60 seconds? This infographic from Domo will make you realize how every second in the digital world counts and how powerful every minute is for freelancers like us.

 

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Guide to Working with a Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants have become an integral part of every digital business’ success. From working on marketing materials to conducting intensive online research – a competent virtual assistant can become an important asset for your company’s day to day operations. Here is an infographic courtesy of inspireplanning.ca on working with a virtual assistant.

 

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Building an Online Business for Freelancers

If you are already working as a virtual freelancer, starting an online business will come easy for you. Starting a business online is really no different from starting a business that is offline. To get started you need a storefront, seed money, products to sell, a way to market your product, and an overall plan. The only differences between an online business and offline business is that starting an online business can be accomplished in less time for a fraction of the money. That’s a huge benefit!

Freelancing provides benefits that most people do not recognize. It is the same case as with online businesses. Traditional work often means some one or some company is telling you what to do, when to do it, and exactly how to do it. If the boss determines you need additional training, you will be sent to training. Many times the costs are paid by your company. If you are at your job and you lose motivation you can go to co-workers to have a quick chat or trade jokes to pick your spirits up. So you get social interaction. It is the opposite when starting your own business, especially a virtual one. Here are some of the downfalls of starting an online business. As the owner you will be the boss telling you what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. You will be responsible for obtaining training, and of course paying for it. You will have to learn many new skills all at once or have and be willing to spend the money to hire someone to do the tasks you are not able to do. Even if you have all of the technical and marketing skills to succeed, you will need to keep your self motivated enough to weather the highs and lows of developing your business. As a business owner you will need to find other non-traditional methods for finding motivation and social interaction. One method for motivating yourself is through online chats, finding a forum where people have similar interests. Just having a website that sells a product does not guarantee success. Be prepared to do a lot of trail and error testing to learn the combination of marketing tactics and website design skills that will work for your business. It will take some time to figure out the combination. Once the winning combination is found the money will flow in.

Freelancer’s Guide to Creating a Power Sales Kit

What are your freelance services? What kind of projects do you work on? Who were your previous clients? These are the kind of questions potential clients will ask you. If you could not answer immediately and in the best way, they might lose interest and you lose the project. Hence, it is very important to have a power sales kit.

Here are some important elements you should incorporate in your sales kit.

1. Company Profile – Your company profile should answer who are you and what do you do? Exclude the cheesy part of your personal history, like “A group of friends tired of their corporate lives decided to come together…”. No one is really interested in that. Keep it short, simple and professional. You can change the tone of the writing depending on your services. Serious if you are in banking or accounting. Or you can opt to make it conversational with humour if your services are on the creative.

2. Add visuals

A picture is worth a thousand words. Make sure your sales kit is engaging and not boring. Avoid the lengthy essays and opt to add visuals instead. Integrate infographics as visual representation of your range of services or your company values, or how your production process goes.

3. Incorporate your portfolio

Potential clients would be interested to see your previous works so incorporate your best works. If you have liberty to do so, make sure to also include names of your big clients. This way, potential clients would be able to trust you by affinity.

4. Rates

Should you publish your rates? It depends on you. If you do not have a set price because your work is customizable, opt not to put it at all and just wait when they ask.

5. Contact

This is your lifeline. Put your website, email, and numbers. Make sure this is visible, readable and most of all, correct.

Tip: Keep it handy! Soft copies should be in your tablet and phone all the time so you can easily bring it out when an opportune time comes. Good luck!

TIps for freelance social media specialists

Do you long for a sizzling social media business? A website or blog everyone yearns to log into in the morning and misses sleep perusing through till the break of dawn. Websites that get us all addicted to fever pitch points on any day we are unable to log on to them. Do you want your website to not only spice up the lives of people but to also fatten your bank account? Here are the ways other social media gurus pushed to the forefront:

Your purpose must solve problems and bridge gaps.

What is the essence of your site? Does it have answers to the questions of others? Does it satisfy their current needs? Successful entertainment and news blogs feed the zeal most of us have to keep abreast of the happenings around the world. The most frequented dating and social networking sites bridge gaps between people and help fulfill the longings to communicate and connect to others.

Be efficient and persistent.

Ensure that your site is hoisted on the platform of a very capable web hosting company. There should not be days and times your audience will want to log on and the site is down. It should be up and running for you not to lose your followers. You should be up and about in updating your site on a regular basis too.

Your content must be consistent and should have a gripping effect on the audience.

The content of your site is what have people coming back to, so it should be valuable and gripping enough to give people that “can’t wait to be on it” feeling. If it holds no interest for anybody, it will be uninviting. Inconsistency can make you lose site visitors, a site that is dedicated to foreign exchange trading will put off some audience if they log on it and it’s suddenly showcasing other unrelevant topics.

Create a relationship with your audience/followers.

If you want your followers to keep coming to your site for more, you have to be relating well with them. Create competitions and rewards that will be fun to them and that will have them hooked unknowingly. Many successful social media gurus have games, competition and irresistible give-aways that keep their audience forever loyal to them.

Market your site and zoom in for your own market share!

This is only needful at the onset of your site when you are still trying to garner visitors, it is wise to take advantage of other social media outlets and market yours. You can create facebook, twitter, instagram accounts for your own site. You can also add share buttons to enable people share your web pages and bring their friends to your site.

When you have your site bubbling, sizzling and breaking the internet, it’s time to zoom in and make your financial kill through affiliate programs and contextual advertisement services like WordAds, Adsense. etc

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