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“Secrets” to Successfully Working Alone

by Laura Spencer
on January 30, 2013

in Freelancing Basics

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As a freelancer, it’s likely that you work alone–probably from home.

While working alone may sound ideal if you’ve had to deal with a difficult boss or difficult coworkers, working alone is harder than it seems.

When you’re working by yourself, it’s easy to put things off or get distracted. What makes it even harder is that many clients don’t expect you to provide a status on your progress–they just expect you to get the work done. What you need is a plan to help you get things done when you work alone.

In this post, I share several “secret” freelancing success tips that will help you to get things done. (Even though these tips may seem obvious, many freelancers do not use them. So essentially, they might as well be secrets for many freelancers.) If you enjoyed this post, you may also like 33+ Real Reasons Why Youâ??re Not Getting Anything Done.

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How to Contact Clients Directly and Find More Freelancing Work

by Laura Spencer
on January 24, 2013

in Freelancing Basics Marketing

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Fear is what keeps most freelancers from contacting prospective clients directly.

If you can overcome that fear and embrace cold prospecting as part of your marketing strategy, you’ll have a distinct advantage over your competition. That’s because you’ll discover new freelancing projects before they are advertised.

Imagine applying for a freelancing project that no one else is competing with you to get. Does that idea sound attractive? If it does read on to learn more about cold prospecting.

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7 Easy Ways to Control the Infamous Feast or Famine Cycle

by Laura Spencer
on January 23, 2013

in Freelancing Basics

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Every freelancer dreads it, yet nearly every freelancer has experienced it at least once.

What am I talking about? The feast or famine cycle, of course.

If you’ve not heard of it yet, the feast or famine cycle refers to the tendency of freelancers to sometimes have more work than they can handle and at other times not have enough work to survive.

New freelancers, especially, are often surprised by this cycle. Many just aren’t ready for the unpredictable ups and downs of freelancing.

Fortunately, you can take some simple steps in your freelancing business that will help you to manage the feast or famine cycle. Here’s how.

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Finding Your Balance as a Freelancer

by Laura Spencer
on January 21, 2013

in Freelancing Basics Freelancing Life

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One of the biggest struggles freelancers face is finding a healthy work/life balance.

Whether you’re trying to balance your freelancing work with the demands of a part-time job and/or with family obligations, getting it all done can be a real challenge.

There’s just so much that needs to be done and so much that you’d like to do if you had more time. It’s no wonder that finding a comfortable balance is such a big issue for so many freelancers.

In this post, we’ll look at some of the true reasons why freelancers struggle with work/life balance. We’ll also explain how you can overcome some of the challenges that keep you from living a balanced freelancing life.

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