Many people start a freelancing career, but few succeed. Do you ever wonder why?
If you ask a freelancer to list the biggest obstacles that they face, then you’ll get a lot of different answers. Some will say “lack of confidence”, others will list “ stiff competition for jobs”, or “gaps between projects” as their biggest challenges.
While there’s some merit to all of those answers, I’m convinced that the biggest obstacle that most freelancers face is the lack of a business mindset. As a freelancer you might not realize it, but you are running a business. This is true even if you freelance part-time. It’s important to understand what running a business really means.
Here are six tips to help you get (and keep) a business mindset towards your freelancing career: [Click Here to Read More...]
Dependable. Innovative. Trustworthy. Creative … any one of these words (and many others) could describe your personality as a freelancer. But are you making sure that potential clients know exactly why you stand out from the competition?
If you’re not wrapping your personal brand around everything you present to the world online, you’re going to lose customers to those who are. Here are three simple steps that can help you strengthen your brand in the next seven days.
Step One: Define What It Is You Want To Be Known For
When you’re running your own show, the temptation is there to want to be all things to all people (because you want a a crazy big pile of customers). But a Jack (or Jill) of all trades is one confusing thing to customers. While you may offer multiple services, what you’re really after is being known as “The ______ expert.” In other words, whatever your ____ is, you want people to have conversations that end like this, “Oh, you need ____? Email (you), s/he’s the ____ master.” [Click Here to Read More...]
As a second year graphic design student myself and an active freelancer, I want to share some tips on how to get paid freelance work while you are still a graphic design student.
For most 1st, 2nd or 3rd year students, finding a part time or even casual job in the design industry is quite frustrating and nearly impossible and most resort to working at their local store, however, there is hope – I am living proof that a design student can get a job in design while still studying, here are my tips.
The problems most design students will face is they do not yet have the skills needed to be a professional designer as they do not have a reputable portfolio or any knowledge about dealing with clients, budgeting or time management – and they are still trying to figure out the good ol’ pen tool. Let’s have a look at these problems. [Click Here to Read More...]
“Producing the intended or expected result”
“A person who sells services to employers without a long-term commitment to any of them”
So an effective freelancer would be “A person who sells services to employers without a long-term commitment to any of them producing the intended or expected results.”
Of course, there are no long term commitments as you are not obligated to work for anybody for any amount of time unless you choose to. One reason you chose to go the ‘for hire‘ route is to become your own boss (among other reasons). But although there are no long term commitments, establishing a long term relationship should be close to the top of the list of priorities. [Click Here to Read More...]
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