I admit it. I’ve been lucky. The number of good clients that I’ve worked for far outweighs the number of bad clients that I’ve worked for.
We freelancers love to gripe about bad clients. That’s why sites like Clients from Hell are so popular. Even on Freelance Folder, our post on 10 Types of Bad Clients and How to Avoid Them attracted nearly 100 comments.
Don’t get me wrong. Bad clients are out there. They do exist. But if you do your homework, research your clients carefully and require a contract before you agree to work for them, I think that you are much more likely to end up working with a good client than a bad one.
That’s why I’m devoting this post to reasons why you should believe in your freelancing client. In it I address 11 common concerns freelancers have about clients and give reasons why you can probably believe in your client.
Posted August 20, 2013 in Inspiration
You have a unique business tool that no other freelancer has–and you’re probably not even aware of it.
I’m talking about your unique background. Your past experiences are what make you, well you. They can also be a huge asset for your business.
In each of those examples, the author was able to apply life lessons they learned in a completely different context to their freelancing business–and their business was the better for it. And the ability for successful business people to apply past experiences to their current business is not unique to our contributors. In this Forbes post from David K. Williams, What A Fighter Pilot Knows About Business: The OODA Loop, the author explains how fighter pilot training prepared one businessman for a successful career.
In this post, I’ll explain why most freelancers don’t tap into their past experiences to improve their freelancing business. I’ll also provide you with a short checklist of eight questions that you can use to find business lessons from your own past life experiences.
If you are going to succeed as a freelancer, you’ll need more than one skill set.
Naturally, if you’re a freelance web designer, you need good design skills. If you’re a freelance writer, you need good writing skills. If you’re a freelance programmer, you need to be good at programming.
But that’s not all there is. Successful freelancing requires more than a single skill set. Freelancers and would-be freelancers must be competent in many areas.
In this post, I list 17 skill sets that freelancers need to succeed. If you enjoyed this post, you may also like 5 Attitudes You Need to Adopt to Succeed at Freelancing.
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Posted June 20, 2013 in Inspiration
Your answer to that age-old question to determine whether you are an optimist or a pessimist may be more important than you think. It may actually determine how successful your freelancing business is.
It seems that attitude really can determine success.
Under30CEO blog recently shared the story of Michael Austin Jacobs, who used his positive attitude as a springboard to success (along with a lot of hard work).
There are many other stories of freelancers and entrepreneurs who overcame unimaginable odds to succeed.
As a freelancer, however, it can be easy to fall into the trap of negativity.
First of all, there is a lot of negativity around us in the news and in social media. And of course, freelancing can be pretty stressful.
In this post, I’ll discuss some of the reasons why freelancing optimism may be the little known key to business success. I’ll also provide some tips on how to improve your own attitude.
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