I was reading an email that offered me an opportunity to partner up on a joint venture and I was thinking I should jump on board the opportunity–until I read a crucial little phrase that swerved me in the other direction. It was right in the wrap-up:
“Don’t hesitate to contact me.”
Suddenly something in my mind shifted. My relaxed expression shifted to a mild frown.
“Mmm. This isn’t a good fit for me,” I decided. I didn’t really know why it wasn’t a good opportunity any more. I just closed the email. I didn’t get in touch with the sender.
I didn’t think much of my reaction until I was skimming through comments on my blog one day. “I couldn’t agree more,” a commentator had written.
I hit the reading brakes. What?! How could you not agree? That was a perfectly good post! How the…
When I reread the comment, I got my bearings. The commentator had been agreeing with me (in a very nice way, too). So why my reaction? He’d simply tripped up my brain. How?
By using negative language. In this post, I’ll explain how using negative language can cause clients to take you less seriously and hurt your freelancing business.
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Posted August 2, 2010 in Getting Started
There are some freelancing mistakes and pitfalls that you can easily avoid, if you are aware of them. And no, I’m not talking about grammar or spelling mistakes here, either.
Before I get too far into this post, I need to confess that I learned about a few of these freelancing mistakes the hard way–that is to say, I made the mistakes myself. Other mistakes I learned about secondhand from freelancing comments on forums and blogs. But, just because I made some mistakes when I started out doesn’t mean you have to make them too. In fact, that’s part of what Freelance Folder is all about, freelancers helping freelancers to succeed.
In this post, I’ll list 26 common mistakes that freelancers make when they are starting out–mistakes that you can avoid because you’re reading this post. I’ll start with the mistakes that I’ve noticed and wrap the post up with mistakes that other Freelance Folder writers have blogged about. :-)
Posted August 1, 2010 in Tools/Resources
It’s time to focus on our Freelance Folder forums.
The forums are a great place for freelancers to hang out. Moderated by veteran freelancer, Behzad Jamshidi, who is the creative director and owner at DesignFacet, they have really grown to be a lively place. So much so, in fact, that it’s time to focus on a few forum discussions that you may wish to check out:
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