The Shy Freelancer’s Guide for Face-to-Face Networking

Networking is the cornerstone of any successful freelance business. It’s one of the most effective ways to meet potential new clients and form relationships that will evolve into new business. People tend to do business with people they know and like, and they’re much more likely to use your services if they’ve met you a few times and have connected with you previously. But, what do you do if you’re a bit shy … [Read more...]

5 Freelance Lessons I Learned from Working in the Fast Food Industry

It’s funny where the little lessons on life stem from. I was surprised the other day to discover that many of the work habits I use daily were ingrained into me from my first job in fast food. I started working right after I turned 16, and by doing the same thing every day for the next two years, I developed a set of rules from my experience that still apply today. Whether at the drive-thru, the front … [Read more...]

Use LinkedIn Company Profile Pages to Promote Your Freelance Business

You’ve probably been using LinkedIn for a while as a way to personally connect with other like-minded business people via a personal profile. But did you know that LinkedIn has a Company Profile page that you can use to promote your freelance business as well? With more than 90 million members (according to LinkedIn's own About page at the time of publication in 2011), having a company profile page on … [Read more...]

How to Spot Difficult Clients BEFORE Signing a Contract

Have you ever gotten half way through a project with a new client, and then realized you never should have signed the project in the first place? Have you ever recognized too late that this new client is a disaster to work with, and then kicked yourself for not listening to your initial gut reaction? I've been there plenty of times. So much so that I finally made myself a ‘cheat sheet’ of how to weed out … [Read more...]

6 Simple Ways to Effectively Communicate with Your Client

I was talking with another freelancer yesterday, and he mentioned how professional he thought my proposal for an upcoming project was. I didn’t see anything to it…it’s just my standard outline of what I’m going to do for a project. So I started investigating what made it ‘professional.’ I had all the terms outlined, what I was going to do and when, what the client was responsible for, what the project consisted … [Read more...]