In today’s tip, I’m sharing with you some things to remember so you can ride the tide and maintain a healthy cash flow for your business.
1. Sell Your Services Directly
This month of August marks my sixth year as a freelancer and I tell you, It’s just unbelievable. But the good thing is, it’s for real and working online, at your home is not what many people think, that it’s a scam. And I am here as a living proof of how real freelancing and online jobs is.
Now, in today’s episode I intend to speak about the reality and the life of being a freelancer and what makes freelancing special. I know I still have a lot of things to learn, but with the six years of experience that I’ve had, I do have a couple of things that I can share with you, especially to those who are still planning to start or to those who have just started. Why more and more people are joining in this new way of working and hopefully, at the end of this episode, those of you who are not yet convinced or not yet fully sold out to the idea of working on your own, will take action and just give freelancing a chance.
It’s only the first step
The first thing you have to consider is the fact the freelancing is not easy. […]
It’s a common question that people ask me how do I get a high paying freelance job. Well, today, I’ll share with you my thoughts why this question isn’t something you should even ask others but something that you should ask yourself and should be answered by yourself alone too.
The truth is, getting a high paying job is real and it’s just out there. Whether you are on oDesk, or Elance, or Freelancer.com or just selling your service directly through your website, a high paying job is just a matter of – asking for it.
Our most common notion is that high paying jobs are offered to us. It’s the client’s sole decision whether they’re going to give us that dream rate or not, but the truth is, you have to know your worth and let other people know that by telling them how much you want to be paid, PERIOD!
My personal thoughts
What exactly is a high paying job for you? I have a $20/hr job and I’d say it’s a high paying job, but it may not be the same for others. Someone is probably looking at a $2000 per month project and consider it a high paying job, but to some […]
One of the realities of freelancing is that projects are not (always) long term. They can be a one off job of say, setting up an autoresponder, installing and configuring Wordpress, editing a podcast episode etc. The challenge therefore is twofold, first is how to acquire new clients and second, how to increase repeat business from previous clients.
One of the great opportunity of being a freelancer is the chance to meet different people. You won’t probably see them personally but virtually you’ll learn a good lot from them. I’ve had the chance to work with great people from the UK, US, Australia, Canada, and Israel. But as they say, there’s always a first or even second time where you’ll encounter something different.
I had my first taste of this different kind of attitude when I was asked to provide my service. And here’s what happened during our Skype conversation.
Please note: I am divulging this not to put Canadians or anybody in a bad light. I have worked with a lot of Canadian clients and they’re great people. My purpose for bringing this out is to let everyone learn from this. I know my answers were not the best answers and I’m open to learn from those who can better handle such cases. And as I said in my previous post in the Certified Freelance Facebook page, this is part of freelancing.
Client: Ok so how much is your bid and how long would it take you?
ME: For 23 videos, […]
Finding a freelance job is one of the most time consuming process. There are distractions, diversions and sooner or later, you will find yourself no longer doing what you’re suppose to do. But as experience taught me, there is a better way of finding the best fit job while investing very minimal time. In job search, it’s a good practice to be minimalistic. Thanks to the internet and the powerful searching features that makes job hunting more efficient these days.
The key to making job search quick and easy is to make sure you know what kind of job you want. You have to be able to identify keywords that you can associate with your skills or expertise. For example, as podcast editor, I can make use of the search terms, audio editing jobs, Adobe Audition jobs, podcast editing and so on. The next step is to automate these searches so you can receive notifications every time these keywords come out from blogs, news, job posts, etc.
You can setup your Google reader or any desktop reader tools for a more organized system of keeping track of the keywords you are monitoring or you can make use of your email, whichever is […]
13th Month Pay is one of the most awaited December perks for everyone who works in the Philippines. And for someone who’s just started with freelance work, this may be something you have been used to receiving every end of the year. But now that you are a freelancer, should you demand for this benefit from your clients?
Truth is, I have asked myself that same question before. And there are some points to consider why you should and why shouldn’t ask for this benefit. Let me explain.
You shouldn’t ask because you are a freelancer not an employee
Terminologies can sometimes be confusing so to get things straight, let’s define a couple of things.
a. Employee – Business Dictionary defines employee as: “An individual who works part-time or full-time under a contract of employment, whether oral or written, express or implied, and has recognized rights and duties. Also called worker.” On the other hand
b. Freelance – Working on a contract basis for a variety of companies, as opposed to working as an employee for a single company. Freelancers are often considered to be self-employed, and have the freedom to pick and choose their projects and companies they would like to be associated with. […]
Most Filipino freelancers suffer from what I call “The Employee Mindset”. And this is preventing them from getting clients who treat them with respect, consult them on their opinions, and are eager to pay them higher rates.
But before I dig deeper into the effects of the Employee Mindset, let’s start by exploring what it means.
What is the “Employee Mindset”?
When you’re a freelancer, it’s very easy to think of yourself as an employee. After all, that’s what most people are – they go to a company, get a job interview, wait for return calls, and get hired. Then, once they are hired, they are given tasks to do, and then they do those tasks. Every month, they get paid a salary.
So many Filipino freelancers look at the employee experience and assume that they have to do the exact same thing once they try freelancing. Including these approaches:
- They wait for the client to tell them what to do, what the project is.
- They show up at client interviews thinking that the purpose of the interview is to answer the client’s interview questions correctly.
- They wait for the client’s approval – on hiring them, on the work they do, on what the next project is.
And this kind of mindset has […]
Elance vs oDesk are like the Mayweather and Pacquiao of the freelance world. They are both one of the best in their league. Unlike a boxing a match, the question of which is the better freelance site, is a moot point that is probably impossible to lay out a concrete judgment.
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