Posted April 23, 2010 in Productivity
I’m going to let you in on the secret to keeping clients for years and getting more referral business than ever. Stellar portfolio? Sure, that helps, but no. That’s not it. It’s simpler than that. Here it is:
Never miss a deadline. Ever.
One of the most common complaints that clients have about freelancers is that they’re not reliable. What is this complaint based on? You can bet that missed deadlines had something to do with it. The project took twice as long to complete. Or you met the deadline, but it wasn’t tested for bugs. Perhaps this complaint was due something simple like failing to reply to an email in a timely fashion. These are all variations on the same key element of reliability. That is the ability to deliver a finished product, on time, every time.
I certainly have first-hand experience with this. Over the course of my freelance web design career, I often need to sub-contract other freelancers to help out with time-sensitive pieces of my client projects. The sad truth is that more times than not, the job isn’t done on time. I end up picking up the slack myself, or doing damage control with my client who expected their website to launch a week ago. Will I re-hire a freelancer who missed a sensitive deadline? Chances are, the answer is no.
Posted April 16, 2010 in Productivity
Productivity is essential for freelancers. The more work we can accomplish, the more income we can earn. And the more time we have to enjoy with our family and friends. Therefore, time management is an important skill all freelancers should have.
One way to manage time is by time chunking. (We’ll define that in detail later.) There are many variations of time chunking techniques.
For example, copywriter Eugene Schwartz’s method is to write for 33 minutes and 33 seconds. Take a short break, then start all over again. Productivity gurus recommend working in 20- to 45-minute chunks of time and then taking a 10-minute break in between.
This post is about another time chunking technique. It’s called the Pomodoro Technique. In this post, we will provide a simplified overview of this innovative time management technique.
I get lots of questions about how both my desk and apps are set up and about how productivity can be improved. This is a very important topic for many reasons, yet it isn’t discussed very often on the web.
Properly setting up both your physical and virtual desks can make you more productive while also helping you avoid serious injury like frequent headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome.
While I’m no ergonomic expert, I’ve spent several days over the years tweaking my setup to be the quickest it can be. I’ll show you my own setup and give you some tips for your own.
Posted March 22, 2010 in Productivity
Whether or not you launch into annual spring cleaning your home, consider spring cleaning your freelance business.
It will refresh your biz, re-energize you and help you become a more efficient freelancer.
Here are seven ways you could do it:
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- 3 Reasons Your Rates Are Still Low (And How To Start Raising Them)