7+ Classic Secrets to Persuasive Freelancing

What if you could get others to agree to your point of view more often? Wouldn't your freelancing business be better off? Just imagine it. You'd be able get clients more easily. Your freelancing negotiations would go more smoothly. And in the long run, you'd have fewer complaints from clients after your projects were done. Fortunately, there are some time-honored principles that you can use to become a … [Read more...]

9 Clues That Your New Freelancing Gig May Actually Be a Scam

When I began freelancing, one of the things I was most afraid of was failing victim to a work-from-home scam. As a result, I was super cautious. I checked and double-checked every potential client carefully. If something didn't seem right, I didn't pursue it. I don't think that was a mistake. Even though freelancing is much more commonplace that it was ten years ago, the scammers are still out there. … [Read more...]

Why Doesn’t My Client Take Me Seriously?

Lack of client respect is a huge problem for many freelancers. I hear the complaint often, "my client just doesn't treat me like a professional." A client who doesn't treat you like a professional can lead to a number of problems: Mistakes on the part of the client Communication problems Lower payment If you're working with a client who doesn't treat you like a professional, don't despair. In this … [Read more...]

5 Cheap Methods for Attracting New Clients

Freelancing successfully is all about meeting new people and generating leads for project work. This is how you can pay bills and earn money for work day-to-day. This isn’t the easiest task but it is necessary if you plan on freelancing long-term. I have collected five interesting viewpoints for generating potential freelance clients. These techniques are often cheap or even free and may only require some of … [Read more...]

5 More Reasons to Try WordPress

Last month we talked about WordPress and why the demand for WordPress websites is only going to grow. That’s why it’s so important to get started now and be at the front of this trend. Today, I’d like to have Conrad Feagin - the founder of LearnWebDevelopment.com - explain why WordPress is so impressive and popular. But, first I have an announcement... LearnWebDevelopment.com’s last WordPress Bootcamp was … [Read more...]

14+ Things Your “Client” Says That They Probably Don’t Really Mean

Do you ever wish your clients would take a lie detector test? Often clients and prospective clients make statements during project negotiations or in the course of the project itself that just aren't true. Sometimes they do this on purpose (such as when they try to manipulate you to lower your price or turn in the work more quickly). Other times, they just don't know any better. As a freelancer, it's … [Read more...]

How to Upsell Without Being Obnoxious

Upselling is a great way to increase your profits as a freelancer--if it's done right. Upselling means selling additional products and services to your existing clients or convincing them to upgrade their current purchase to a more expensive purchase. If a fast food clerk has ever asked you if you "want fries with that," then you've experienced an upsell. Upselling is common for both service-based and retail … [Read more...]

Not Using Your Phone Could Be Holding You Back

Are you afraid of using your phone ? Well, maybe you're not really afraid. But spending your precious time on a phone call while a client or prospect beats around the bush about what they want to do probably isn't your number one choice for spending a morning. I can totally relate. However, if you have a tendency to avoid talking to prospects and clients on the phone, that tendency could be holding your … [Read more...]

About Tire-Kickers and Other Bad Clients

"What is your real price?" I had just responded to an inquiry about my writing services. The above comment was in response to my reply, but that wasn't all. The person sending the email was mad. He went on to scold me for daring to quote a living rate. He included his version of the "market" rate (less than 1/10th of what I had quoted). Then he stated that he should get a volume discount on top of … [Read more...]

Five Freelancing Projects to Embrace and Five to Avoid

Have you ever regretted taking a freelancing project? If you're an experienced freelancer, you probably already know that there are freelancing projects out there that should be avoided. The sad fact is that there are some bad freelancing projects out there. Happily, there are also some wonderful freelancing projects that any freelancer would benefit from accepting. In this post, I'll list five examples … [Read more...]