Contacting potential clients directly by email or phone is a great way to find gigs…if it’s done correctly.
Unfortunately, too many freelancers (and others) don’t know how to use email effectively. They fail to realize that email is a form of business communication. They make numerous mistakes and expect their emails to be effective.
Recently, Mihaela Lica Butler chronicled a common mistake in her post, Why “Hi There” in Emails Will NOT Get You Far. But that’s not the only email mistake freelancers make.
In this post, I list more than a dozen common email mistakes that no freelancer should ever make.
Posted May 16, 2013 in How-To
You’re busy. You’ve got your freelancing business…and of course, there’s also life.
With all of that going on, it’s easy to forget to do some basic tasks. It’s easy to fall behind.
In this post, I list a dozen things that you need to update regularly if you want to stay current. If you find that you aren’t up to date in one or more of these areas, update it today (or as soon as you possibly can).
When I started out as a freelancer, I often wished for someone who would review my business ideas for me. While I knew I was a good writer, I just wanted a second opinion. I’ve known other freelancers who felt the same way.
Starting a new freelancing business can be rough, so naturally there’s a market for people who are willing to help freelancers reach their potential–sort of like what I was looking for when I started out.
Those people who are willing to help freelancers get started or grow their business are called coaches or mentors. Business coaching is a growing field.
If you’ve been freelancing for a while, you probably understand your freelancing business pretty well. You may be in a position to help others who are just getting started. Many freelancers expand their businesses to include a coaching component. Should you?
There are many advantages to starting a freelance coaching or mentoring business, as well as some drawbacks. For many freelancers, this is a chance to take their freelancing to the next level. In this post, I’ll list the pros and cons of starting a freelance coaching business and invite you to share your own experiences.
We freelancers talk a lot about Bad Clients and How to Avoid Them. But we rarely talk about the good clients.
In a way, it’s perfectly understandable. Almost every freelancer whose been at it for more than a month or two has a horror story about a client who didn’t work out. It helps to vent about those bad freelancing experiences.
However, identifying the good clients is just as important as staying away from the bad ones. All freelancers should develop their own checklist of what they are looking for in a client.
In this post, I’ll discuss good freelancing clients and explain how to recognize them. I’ll list fifteen characteristics that many good clients share. This is good starting place for developing your own client checklist.
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