4 More New Social Media Trends for Freelancers to Explore

At the beginning of the year we posted about five social networking trends that freelancers may wish to explore. While those five trends will still be of interest to many, six months is a long time when it comes to technology. That's why I'm posting today about four more social media tools or apps that you may wish to explore. Here's the newest list of social media trends for freelancers: … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Have You Changed How You Do Social Media?

Several years ago we asked you about your favorite social media platform. At the time, most of you preferred networking through Twitter, with Facebook being the second choice. Well, times have changed. Most of the social media platforms have added new features in the past few years. More people than ever are using social media. There are also many new apps out there for social media. And, of course, … [Read more...]

7 Popular Social Media Myths Freelancers Can Ignore

Social media is big news these days. Nearly every week we hear something different: This social media company has gone public and is valued at $$$$ That large company just launched their own social media platform This celebrity just embarrassed themselves on social media ?% of all adults are now on a particular social media platform The list of news items about social media goes on and on and there's … [Read more...]

The Power of Owning Your Own Domain

A website is one of the most basic and essential marketing tools for the modern freelancer. Fortunately for us, it's now easier and cheaper than ever to create a website. That said, the temptation of free websites and domains is strong. You can get started without taking out your credit card or even having a PayPal account. In fact, you can create a website at Blogger.com or WordPress.org for zero investment … [Read more...]

10 Tips to Supercharge Your Social Media Style

As a freelancer, what's your social media style? Are you fun and carefree? Or are you all-business, with each and every tweet and update carefully crafted to hook prospects and clients? Are you funny? Random? Self-centered? Whatever your current style, you can probably make a few tweaks to get even more results from your social media presence. Don't worry. You don't have to spend any more time on social … [Read more...]

Using Quora to Boost a Freelancing Career

It isn't much, but already Quora is making a splash in the freelancing world. The new kid on the block, it is a simple to use questions application still in the early stages, and for the most part a secret to all but those on the lookout for new websites and products. But it is growing rather quickly, with ever-expanding categories and more users ready to make it more popular than ever. So, what is Quora? It … [Read more...]

How to Really Use Your Blog to Find Freelancing Jobs

An important part of my marketing strategy is my freelance writing blog. It serves as kind of an online home base for me. No matter what type of work I'm doing, wherever else I might be blogging, or how busy my workload is, I strive to keep my freelance writing blog updated with a new post every week. As a result of my efforts, I've received a number of inquiries from prospective clients (several of whom … [Read more...]

How to Use a Facebook Fan Page to Promote Your Freelance Business

Facebook, with more than 500 million active users, presents an excellent marketing opportunity for freelancers. Assuming your target clients are active Facebook users, you can easily find new prospects in this social network. I dare say, if you can't or won't create your own freelancing website--even though it's now cheaper and easier than ever--then a Facebook page is the next best thing. … [Read more...]

3 New Twitter Apps I Can’t Live Without

If you're like most freelancers, you probably rely a great deal on Twitter. In this post, I will share three more extremely valuable new Twitter tools that I have started to use. They all make my busy online life way less complicated and help me to keep up with the ever-dynamic and lively Twitter in a timely manner. Take a look. If you are a heavy Twitter user like me, I am sure they will be useful for you … [Read more...]

Use LinkedIn Company Profile Pages to Promote Your Freelance Business

You’ve probably been using LinkedIn for a while as a way to personally connect with other like-minded business people via a personal profile. But did you know that LinkedIn has a Company Profile page that you can use to promote your freelance business as well? With more than 90 million members (according to LinkedIn's own About page at the time of publication in 2011), having a company profile page on … [Read more...]