Posted February 9, 2011 in Lifestyle
Aside from your clients, your community is the second most important thing to have as a freelancer. The community includes your Twitter followers, blog commenters, Facebook fans, or any other website where you interact with fellow freelancers who often do something similar to what you do. This can also include your physical community like the business events or conferences you may attend.
To be seen as an expert in the community, it’s important to take the time to help others out. This can be done by helping them with issues, supporting one of their causes or just giving them some advice. People will remember that it was you who helped and will be more likely to return the favor and even to refer clients to you.
But what happens when the community asks for too much? When one person in the community is too demanding or rude? When your schedule is genuinely filled up? Sometimes you’ll find it necessary to decline the requests for help, and it isn’t always pretty.
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In the not too distant past people often defined themselves by saying they wore several “hats.” One could wear the mother hat, the nurse hat, the wife hat, the lover hat–and switch them off and on with no one thinking anything of it, because they could still see that it was really just you.
It’s different now, and instead of switching hats–you switch personas, which, for Internet users, is more like switching skins.
As a freelancer, do you wear different hats, to allow you to show different parts of your personality without jeopardizing your image?
Posted January 5, 2011 in Lifestyle
After all, most of us work in the comfort of our homes, doing what we enjoy and love. We don’t operate dangerous machinery, or get exposed to toxic chemicals.
So unless you’re a freelance journalist, which is one of the most hazardous occupations, you probably don’t think freelancing could cause you harm.
However, there is a health hazard freelancers should watch out for.
Posted December 29, 2010 in Lifestyle
Some days are just not good days for working. You’ve got a million things distracting you from your work: the dogs are whining, the kids are crying, you’ve got too much on your mind, or you’re so eager for a package coming in the mail (that’s me) that you simply can’t drag yourself to your desk.
Fortunately for us, we’re freelancers which means we don’t have to work Monday thru Friday, eight to five. We can take off on Tuesday at 11 am. And you should–you deserve it.
Instead of feeling guilty for it, enjoy it, there are a ton of other things you can be doing today instead of client work that will not only be enjoyable and fun, but will actually help you along as a freelancer. See, you can have fun and grow your business at the same time!
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