10 Reasons Clients Buy from Freelancers

Sales is a vital part of freelancing. Whether you're offering your services or a product such as an eBook or WordPress theme, if you can't sell then you won't get any clients. So, every freelancer should learn more about sales. In this post, we'll talk specifically about the reasons that many clients decide to make a purchase. We'll also talk about how you can use the information you learn about your … [Read more...]

9 Plugins Your Clients Will Love For Their WordPress Website

There are countless blog posts with lists of plugins for WordPress, including some great lists here on Freelance Folder, but this post focuses on plugins that will make your clients' experience in WordPress more enjoyable, easier to navigate, rich with important statistics and completely branded to match their website. For freelance web designers or WordPress consultants, taking a small amount of extra time to … [Read more...]

5 Misuses of Social Media That Could Kill Your Freelance Business

Unless you've been living under a rock this year, you have witnessed the explosion of social media as a tool for marketing, networking and branding in new and exciting ways. What started out as a few different methods for communicating and sharing online with friends and family has spawned entirely new occupations, from social media marketers to brand management organizations to software applications for … [Read more...]

Ten “Little” Things That Can Keep You from Getting Your Dream Gig

You know that you're qualified for this project. You excel at every single requirement that the prospective client has listed in their job posting. In fact, this is your dream project. You apply for the project and you fully expect that it's just a matter of time before you start work. After all, this gig was practically made for you. Sadly, days, and then weeks, pass without any word from the client. … [Read more...]

Why Your Worst Clients Should Still Get Your Best Service

Recently I have been involved in a few different discussions with other freelance designers in which I have noticed an unsettling trend: at some point in the conversation the topic turns to client horror stories. It usually starts out with some type of question about how the others would handle a particular situation that one is facing, but then it digresses to complaints about clients and the awful things they … [Read more...]

Know Your Clients: How To Build Loyalty With Customer Surveys

Do you know what do your clients think about you? Many clients won't even tell you if they are unhappy, instead they'll simply stop using your services. You may never find out that anything was wrong. Loyal customers are important to your success as a freelancer. Even if a particular client no longer needs your services, you want him or her to to speak favorably about your business. One way to keep … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Winning Any Client Project

The ability to win new client projects is an essential skill to any freelancer. It's something we freelancers practice from the day we get started, and it's usually a skill that builds over time. Aside from just practice, there are actually a lot of things you can do to become better at winning new client projects. Winning projects is not a confusing process, and it can actually be broken down very … [Read more...]

The Freelancer’s Guide To Dealing With Non-Savvy Clients

As freelancers, we know that there are different types of clients, all with unique needs and requests. It's quite obvious because clients are human beings after all and they ought to have different tastes and perspectives. One of such clients some of us usually consider being the freelancer's nightmare, is the non-savvy client. I'm not just talking about the non tech-savvy clients, but about all of those who … [Read more...]

Why The Delete Key Is My Best Friend When It Comes To Telling Off Clients

I've always prided myself on the fact that I provide impeccable customer service. But bottom line - if you're in the service industry (which we are), you will find yourself dealing with ridiculous clients. Whether you're a waitress being screamed at by an angry customer about a spot on his fork, or you're an IT person explaining the "I-D-10-T" error to a client who won't accept that, every once in a while, … [Read more...]

What To Do To Avoid Getting Ripped Off?

There was a time when a handshake was a man’s bond. It was his signature of agreement to do the job or have the job done. There was no other commitment as strong nor as binding as a man’s word and a handshake on a deal. But that was in the land before Internet and surfing the web and the fast paced business world all of us are trying to exist in. My problem is I grew up in the land of handshakes. Some days, … [Read more...]