Freelancing is becoming mainstream. Estimates vary, but many experts put the number of freelancers in the U.S. at one out of three workers. See this article from Elizabeth Tse on HuffPost, Five Reasons The Government Needs to Start Acknowledging Freelancers, for one discussion on the importance of freelancers.
While there are many active freelancers, there are also many would-be freelancers. Would-be freelancers are those people who are thinking about freelancing, but haven’t started yet.
There are many things that hold people back from freelancing–fear, lack of confidence, time commitments. But another common obstacle is lack of knowledge. Many would-be freelancers simply don’t know how to get started.
In this post, I provide a simple and easy-to-follow overview on how to start freelancing. We’ve covered this topic before in this post that mostly lists the tools you need to freelance, How To Start a Freelance Business Today (Tools for Beginners). However, if you need a step-by-step guide to help you get started freelancing, this post is for you.
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.
Posted August 12, 2013 in Getting Clients
We live in the age of the freelancer, with some sources saying that as many as 1/3 of all U.S. workers are freelancing.
The number of freelancers is likely to increase in the future, so finding good freelance work is an important one. The fact is, not all freelancing gigs are created equal.
There is a lot of freelancing work out there, but there are also a lot of bad clients that most freelancers will want to avoid.
In this post, I’ll list some common places where freelancers look for work and share my thoughts and experiences on each one. I’ll identify the benefits and drawbacks for each type of work.
If you like this post, you will probably also enjoy Where on Earth Am I Going to Find My First Clients?.
You’ve probably heard that one of the best ways to close a deal with a prospective client is follow up. We’ve even told you that here on Freelance Folder.
Let’s face it, sometimes no matter how hard you try to close the deal, you just can’t. It’s not because you’re doing something wrong. It may be because the client isn’t ready to hire you yet.
What most people won’t tell you is how to follow up with long-term prospects (without seeming like a pest). Your long-term prospects are the people who fit your client profile and have a need, but aren’t ready to commit to doing business with you yet.
It’s easy to think that if you can’t close a deal, you are done with that prospect forever. But that attitude can cost you.
That’s what this post is about. We’ll explain how to follow up painlessly and build client rapport at the same time.
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