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Why That Would-Be Client Won’t Commit to Working with You

by Laura Spencer
on April 7, 2014

in Freelancing Life Marketing

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Eventually, it seems like nearly every freelancer I know has a promising client deal that they just can’t seem to close.

Over the years, many freelancers have asked me how to get a prospect that seems promising to commit to doing business with them. “I just know they’re about to decide,” the freelancer says.

If you’ve got a potential client sitting on the fence, you’re not alone. A prospective client who won’t commit can be a source of frustration for a freelancer, especially if you happen to be experiencing a period of freelancing famine.

It’s easy to fall in love with a potential client and get attached to the idea of doing the work. However, unfortunately we don’t always get a chance to do every project we fall in love with.

In this post, I’ll discuss why some potential clients won’t commit to working with you.

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10 Great Productivity Apps for Freelancers

by Laura Spencer
on February 25, 2014

in Productivity

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Productivity is what keeps your freelancing business going. At the same time, most of us are not as productive as we know we could be.

Who hasn’t forgotten to do a task or felt distracted during the work day? Unfortunately for freelancers, there’s a direct relationship between productivity and income. That’s why it’s important we get any productivity problems we have under control.

Fortunately, there are apps out there that can help you get more done.

In this post, I share ten great productivity apps that can help you become more productive. I also include a quick guide to choosing the best productivity apps for your needs.

If you liked this post, you may also like 22+ Five-Minute Business Boosters.

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6 Powerful Reasons Why You Need to Network with Your Freelance Peers

by Laura Spencer
on February 17, 2014

in Freelancing Life Marketing

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Should you network with other freelancers?

This has been a hotly debated topic, probably for as long as there have been freelancers.

On the one hand, freelancers don’t often hire other freelancers directly. (I myself have only done it less than dozen times, and that’s over a fairly long freelancing career.) Networking with peers may seem like a waste of time.

On the other hand, being part of a freelance community provides some significant advantages. In many ways, peer networking can give your freelancing business a boost.

Personally, I think that the benefits of networking with freelancing peers far outweighs the disadvantages. In this post, I’ll provide six reasons why I think you should network with other freelancers.

If you liked this post, you’ll probably also like 29 Easy Ways That Freelancers Can Feel Less Lonely (All New).

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5 Very Important Reasons Why Freelancers Need Google+

by Laura Spencer
on February 10, 2014

in Marketing Social Media

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Is your social media strategy up to date? Be honest, now.

If you answered “no,” you’re probably not the only freelancer who did so. However, social media is an important marketing strategy for freelancers.

As I’ve mentioned before on FreelanceM.ag, social media is not a waste of time for freelancers if it’s done right.

Now of course you shouldn’t be spending all of your time on social media, but most freelancers will benefit by having an active online social media presence. Google+ should be a part of your strategy for building that online freelancing presence.

In case you don’t know, Google+ is still a fairly new social media platform. It started in summer of 2011, just over two years ago. That makes it quite a bit younger than Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Maybe that’s why some freelancers aren’t on board at Google+ yet.

Are you still unsure about Google+ In this post I share five very important reasons why freelancers need Google+ as part of their social media strategy.

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How to Go Deeper with Social Media and Get Better Results

by Laura Spencer
on February 3, 2014

in Marketing Social Media

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If you’ve been freelancing for a while or if you’re a regular reader of FreelanceM.ag, you already understand the importance of social media participation.

You probably already have a social media profile set up on several networks. (If you don’t, or if you think social media is a complete waste of time, stop what you are doing and read this post right now: Should Freelancers “Waste” Time on Social Media?)

Despite having a social media presence, many freelancers report that they aren’t getting the results from social media that they had hoped for. There’s a reason for that. The reason is that most people fail to build relationships in social media–they simply don’t participate in a way that fosters relationship-building.

In this post I’ll explain how you can really build relationships using social media.

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