Posted August 16, 2013 in Marketing
It’s 2013, and the freelance marketplace industry is booming. From old-timers like Elance, oDesk and 99designs, to relatively recent players like Fiverr, Tweaky and People Per Hour, these marketplaces are growing faster and becoming more profitable than ever before. But is this a good thing for freelancers? Which of these services should we consider, and which should we avoid?
In this article, I’ll compare the key players in the industry as they stand in 2013 and dive into the pros and cons of using them to find work as a freelancer. [Click Here to Read More...]
Posted August 15, 2013 in Marketing
You’ve just had a great phone conversation with a potential client. You’ve typed up a proposal that summarizes everything that the two of you talked about and you’re anxiously awaiting the results–but things look really good. You feel like the proposal is just a formality.
Finally, it arrives–the answer to your proposal that you’ve been waiting for. You’re sure you’re about to add another client, and then you read the reply.
The answer looks something like this:
“We really love your work and would love to have on this project. But since we’d like to do a lot of business with you, I’d like to see your wholesale rate. What do you charge for clients who do frequent business with you?”
What went wrong? Should you cave on your prices, or do you say “no” to this potential client? In this post, we’ll examine the common freelancing request for discounted freelance rates. I’ll provide eight reasons why you shouldn’t discount your freelancing rates and four reasons why you might want to.
You’ve probably heard that one of the best ways to close a deal with a prospective client is follow up. We’ve even told you that here on Freelance Folder.
Let’s face it, sometimes no matter how hard you try to close the deal, you just can’t. It’s not because you’re doing something wrong. It may be because the client isn’t ready to hire you yet.
What most people won’t tell you is how to follow up with long-term prospects (without seeming like a pest). Your long-term prospects are the people who fit your client profile and have a need, but aren’t ready to commit to doing business with you yet.
It’s easy to think that if you can’t close a deal, you are done with that prospect forever. But that attitude can cost you.
That’s what this post is about. We’ll explain how to follow up painlessly and build client rapport at the same time.
Despite the fact that Google+ has been public for two years now, there are still some freelancers who don’t use it yet.
I get it. We’re all busy. It takes time to be involved in a social media network. And you don’t think you have that time.
But if you’re leaving Google+ out of your freelance marketing strategy, you’re missing out. That’s true for all freelancers, but it’s especially true if you’re a freelance writer or blogger.
In this post, I’ll explain why Google+ is more important than ever for freelancers. I’ll also explain how you can get started with your Google+ freelance marketing strategy. If you enjoyed this post, you may also like Hot Google+ Tips for Freelancers.
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