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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
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Why Believing In Your Freelance Client Makes Sense
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Why Specializing May Not Work for Freelancers
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Why You Should Hire from the Human Cloud
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How to Win More Freelance Jobs
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Top Tips to Avoid Distraction and Stay Focused on Freelancing
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Watch Out for These Productivity Killers
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Why Track Your Daily Freelancing Income?
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Top Procrastination Fighting Tips
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What Do Freelance Workers Ask?

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Stress can lead to all sorts of unpleasant things like gray hair and sleepless nights, so it is in your best interest to avoid it as much as possible. Too many freelancers worry about minute problems that crop up and the unavoidable negative aspects of working for themselves. 

Take a look at th examples of "small stuff" below and learn how to relax and carry on.

Lost Clients

Not getting a contract with the client you want can always be a disappointment, but it shouldn't turn into worry that it was all your fault and there is something wrong with you. It is important to realize that some clients just will not mesh with your way of doing business or prefer a different style of work. This is completely alright and you must learn to accept this. Being turned down or not contacted does not mean you are bad. Freelance workers should always put their best foot forward, but then put the next one forward to walk away if things don't  pan out.

Overtime

While freelancers should strive to separate their personal and professional time, sometimes it just doesn't work out perfectly. Either something happens to slow down a job or you underestimated the time it would take and overtime is necessary. Do not become stressed about occasionally working more hours than you plan to. As long as it only happens infrequently, you are still budgeting your time wisely.

Negative Attitude

In the freelance community and when working with clients, it would be great if everyone was always supportive and kind. However, your freelance career will b peppered with people who have very negative attitudes and seemed to enjoy being difficult. If this happens, it is of the utmost importance that you let it slide and do not engage with these people. The best thing you can do is take a deep breath and move on to the next post or project.

Why Believing In Your Freelance Client Makes Sense

Freelance professionals are reliant on their clients to make a living, many become particularly concerned about the client's impression of their work and personality. Assuming opinions are negative can be easy for an untested freelancer.

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If you are feeling unsure about the client's attitude toward you, consider the following points that will get you feeling secure once more:

1. The client chose you over many others. In any given industry or job description, there are hundreds if not thousands of professional freelancers who compete for clients. Always remember that a particular client chose you for a reason. Maybe your resume impressed them, they liked the quality of your work from your portfolio or they have heard good things about you from others.

2. The client believes you will succeed. Of course, anyone who hires you to do a particular job expects that you will be able to perform to their satisfaction. Always remember that the client will use your work to represent themselves, their website or business, so they are trusting you to do the work that puts them in the best light.

3. The client is usually very busy. If they were not, they would not have hired you to do part of their work. If you do not get a timely response from your client, it does not mean they do not intend to use you again or that they are upset with your work. Be patient and do not take things personally.

4. The client does not expect you to work like a machine. It is important to remember that clients could be in different time zones so their contacts may be at odd hours. Just because you receive an email at 3:00 AM does not mean they expect you to be up and ready to respond to it. Professional freelancers set regular hours and can expect that clients understand this.

 

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Why Specializing May Not Work for Freelancers

Some freelancers start out making a big mistake.

When you first decide to begin your freelance career, you chose a particular industry such as website or graphic design, programming scripts or content or copy writing. After narrowing down the types of work you offer, you may have gone on to choose a particular specialization.

 

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If you followed this model to build your freelance business, you may have made the road ahead more difficult.

Consider the following reasons why specializing may not work for freelancers:

1. Specializing can retard forward progress in training and education about your industry. In order to stay in profit long-term, many freelancers need to keep their skills updated and expand them to include things that become more popular in the future. If you focus only on a particular specialty, it can stop you from being able to keep up with other freelancers.

2. Specializing can limit your potential customer base, because you will not be able to offer full packages to people that need multiple types of work completed. While it does make it easier to brand yourself on social media and in marketing, it also cuts out a large part of the professional world that need something slightly different.

3. Specializing based on what you are currently good at or what interests you the most may not be in line with what will make you the most money. Even if you charge more for the type of work you specialize in, it will not help if no one needs that service. It is vital that freelancers study current demands and maintain flexibility.

 

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Why You Should Hire from the Human Cloud

No matter what the current buzzword is – independent contracting, freelancing, crowdsourcing or cloudsourcing – hiring an expert professional from the Internet-based cloud can bring with it many exceptional benefits.

 

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Consider below reasons why you should hire Internet-based professional:

1. Experts Are Available for You

Each cloud worker specializes in a particular skill, or multiple skills, that they have perfected enough to offer professionally to individuals and businesses. Instead of training and internal employee to perform these tasks, hiring from the human cloud allows you to handpick the experts that will work best with your company. If you need a press release written, it is much more beneficial to your business to hire someone with extensive press release experience in a freelance capacity than expect someone with a different job at your company to complete it.

2. Quick Turnaround Times Are the Norm

Most employees of your company probably have ten or more separate responsibilities they must take care of any given day. Any of those ten could interfere with the expeditious completion of the project you want them to do now. Cloud workers do not have this problem, and can set priority on their projects as needed. With the direct communication between you and the person who will perform the job for you, the entire process speeds up. Cloud worker usually gets paid when your project is complete and delivered successfully, so it benefits them to work as quickly as possible.

3. The Cloud Covers Any Scope or Scale of Work

Any time of the day or night, cloud workers are available to get started on your next project. If you suddenly need more work done more quickly, you can easily scale up your cloud hiring to encompass the new projects. If there is a lull in your work load, scaling down is just as easy. Unlike having an employee, there is no obligation to find work for your cloud source contacts.

 

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How to Win More Freelance Jobs

Learning the basics of a freelance career is not that difficult if you have a professional skill to offer. The challenge comes in learning how to increase your client base and continuously win more jobs.

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These three tips can help you on your way to a truly successful freelance career. They will help you rise above the other providers and win more contracts.

1. Update your profile frequently. The first contact any potential client has with you is your profile page. It must convey your ability, personality and professionalism succinctly. Always fill out profiles 100% and be sure they are free of grammatical errors and typos. The last thing you want to do is describe yourself with text full of mistakes.

2. Stay connected to clients. One of the most common concerns of clients is quick response and turnaround time. Of course they want the job done quickly, but more importantly, they need answers to their questions and acknowledgment that you received any information from them. Strive to always respond to any queries the same day, and the faster the better. You might consider syncing your mobile device to your email account so you can check jobs on the run.

3. Make your proposals stand out. In the freelance careers, proposals are often the first contact between you and a potential client, so you should do everything in your power to present a professional and skilled response. A one line note, such as "I could get that done in three days," is much less effective than a professional letter stating your proposed timeframe and asking pertinent questions about the job. Inviting them to contact you to discuss the project or make requests indicates your willingness to not only begin work immediately.

 

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Top Tips to Avoid Distraction and Stay Focused on Freelancing

The majority of freelancers would not be able to ply their trade without the internet. It is the ultimate tool for work, communication and information that is vital to a successful freelance career. However, it is also stuffed with funny videos, social media conversations, recaps of last night's game and tons of online shops to browse through. All these things and more serve merely as distractions that can cause procrastination and lack of focus if you let them.

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Follow these tips to help train yourself away from the entertaining distractions that appear in every online freelancer's life:

1. Make and Follow Rules: Working at home is rife with distractions, especially if there are other people around during your work day. Making rules about work hours and contact is extremely important if you want to get anything done. Remember that it is not rude to say, "Sorry, I'm working," to people who try to distract you.

2. Create Batch Processes: In technical lingo, a batch process is the automatic execution of a series of tasks that a computer can do. While freelancers cannot put their work on auto-pilot, the same idea can be used to increase productivity. Schedule a specific time of day to handle a particular task like checking and answering email and then always do this task at that time and no other. After a few times, it will become automatic to follow your batch process schedule.

3. Reduce Notifications: Settings in email, messenger and most social media sites allow the user to receive a pop-up notification whenever a new email or post appears. While this may be a great way to keep up with family happenings or the latest news, they also create a considerable distraction from the work you are supposed to get done. Each time one pops up, the flow of concentration is broken. Your best bet? Simply disable these notifications completely.

 

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Watch Out for These Productivity Killers

No matter how many hours per week you dedicate to your freelance work or small business, the goal is to get as much done in that time as possible. After all, the more productive you are, the more your business will grow and the more money you will make. There is a force working against that progress and it is a hard one to resist. A productivity killer can come in multiple forms, but no matter how innocuous it may seem, it has one goal: to stop your work and lead you astray from your ultimate goals.

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Here are the three common productivity killers you need to be mindful of:

1. Mindless Procrastination: Perhaps the worst productivity killer is the one that people welcome eagerly into their day and often do not recognize. A 30 second peek at a new email or a social media post may not seem like a huge distraction, but they can add up and spiral out of control until you check every ten minutes for a new response or comment. The best way to deal with these distractions is to avoid them completely during work hours.

2. Failure to Take Care of Yourself: You might think that taking the time to cook a healthy meal, staying up late to finish a project or skipping the morning workout may make you more productive since you have more time to get things done. The opposite is true, however. The more run down and stressed out you get, the less productive you become. Even worse, you will feel physically and mentally drained and the excitement over a new project can dwindle, making freelance work a tedious chore instead of your dream.

3. Work Explosions: Freelancers and entrepreneurs need to focus on getting enough work to pay the bills and planning for the future. Too many do this by taking on every job that comes their way, making unrealistic deadlines and wearing themselves out with overwhelming amounts of new projects. The resultant stress can lead to a breakdown in productivity and affect your health.

 

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Why Track Your Daily Freelancing Income?

Do you have any idea how much money you earned today? Most freelance workers do not track their daily earnings, but instead add everything up at the end of the month. As long as the bills are being paid, some ignore the question completely until tax time rolls around.

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Consider the following four reasons for daily freelance income tracking:

1. Accountability – Keeping a record of daily income can help keep you on track with projects and reduce your interest in procrastination. Writing down $0.00 earned at the end of the day should be motivation to get busy.

2. Scheduling – Track your daily income for a while and you can recognize lulls in available work. This can help you keep your freelancing schedule full to maximize earning potential.

3. Motivation – Making a daily income goal fulfills all the earmarks of a quality goal. It is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. If you start each day with a specific monetary goal and track your income, you are more likely to succeed.

4. How Much to Charge? – Do you work too hard to reach your daily income goal? This could be a sign that you should raise your rates for quality work.

 

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Top Procrastination Fighting Tips

Whether you are a seasoned freelancer or are just starting out on a new venture, you may share some of the common pitfalls of procrastination. Freelancing as a career option is booming. People enjoy the flexibility and financial benefits associated with working for themselves. In order to be a success on your own, you must learn to overcome procrastination first of all. Doing so will increase profits, reduce stress and allow you to realize all your goals.

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The secrets to beating procrastination and getting projects done on time without stress and worry include the points listed below.

1. Freelancing Requires Strong Work Habits

Many freelancers list the desire for a more flexible schedule as one of the major benefits of being their own boss, but that same positive can become a negative without discipline. Freelancing is work and it requires the same dedication and scheduling as a regular job. Creating and sticking to a specific schedule may not be feasible, but setting goals for hours worked should be.

2. Take Action!

Planning can be another form of procrastination. Eventually, you have to just sit down and get busy with the work. Mark Twain said, "The secret of getting ahead is getting started." Do not let fear, indecision or procrastination hold you back. And always remember that anything can be edited once you finish it.

3. Avoid Perfectionism. Just Be Excellent.

The search for perfection is never-ending and unnecessary for freelance workers. It can lead to increased stress and missing deadlines as you tweak and edit your work over and over again. Instead, aim for excellence and keep your standards high, but doable.

 

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What Do Freelance Workers Ask?

It can be difficult for new freelancers to find the answers to the questions they face. Who do they ask and what resources are best? Even figuring out how and what to ask can be a challenge.

 

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Many freelancers ask the following questions at the beginning of their new careers:

1. What is the correct price for my services?

The decision about how much to charge for services can be the most difficult to find the right answer for. Many new freelancers start out with the misguided idea that pricing low will allow them to get experience and build up a customer or client base. The problem is that they end up not making enough for the amount of work they do, end up with work that is not useful for their profiles anyway, or find the transition to higher paid work very difficult. Unless professional rates can be obtained, a freelance business may be doomed.

2. Where do I find work and how do I win contracts?

Whether a freelancer decides to market directly to people who require his or her services of use some system or website to locate clients for them, it is important to diversify the client base and make sure rates are competitive. Personally locating clients is usually more lucrative, though using a network can increase exposure to new clients. A combination of both methods can be ideal.

3. How do I deal with unsatisfied clients?

No matter how skilled the freelancer is and how professional they perform their job, there will be clients who cannot be satisfied.  Quality customer service and a set number of revisions on the work will help. Be sure everything is spelled out in detail in the contract and dissatisfaction will be minimized.

 

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