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What Not to Do When You and Your Client Don’t See Eye to Eye

by Laura Spencer
on March 26, 2013

in Freelancing Life

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It’s problem that takes many freelancers by surprise. Don’t let it get to you too.

I’m talking about a disagreement with a client. We freelancers don’t expect personality conflicts because as freelancers we feel we are in charge–our own boss, so to speak.

We believe we left dealing with difficult people behind when we left traditional employment.

Since we don’t usually expect to have trouble dealing with clients, we often aren’t ready when it happens. We’re shocked. Disappointed. Angry, even.

In this post, I’ll describe some of the reasons that freelancer/client disagreements happen. I’ll also explain what not to do if you and your client don’t see eye to eye. If you like this post, you may also like What to Do When the Client Is Wrong.

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3 Quick and Easy Ways to Network Online that You Probably Don’t Really Use

by Laura Spencer
on March 19, 2013

in Marketing

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Networking is crucial for freelancers. After all, most of your clients are going to come from people that you network with. People are just more comfortable doing business with people who they know.

While most freelancers understand that an online presence is important, many aren’t quite sure how to handle online networking. One thing is for sure, it’s not enough to just have social media accounts or to just have a blog–you have to know how to use those tools to connect with other people. That’s what networking is all about.

In this post, I’ll outline some simple online networking strategies that are easy to use, but are often overlooked. If you like this post you may also like Why Online Friends are Important to Freelancers.

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4 Strategies for Freelancer Retirement

by Laura Spencer
on March 12, 2013

in Freelancing Basics Freelancing Life

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What will you be doing twenty, thirty, or even forty years from now? Do you know?

Most freelancers hate to think about retirement, and for most of us it’s years away.

But the sooner that you start planning for your retirement, the better off you will be in the long run. In fact, now is the best time to start making retirement plans.

Many traditional employers offer 401(k)s and/or pension plans to their employees, but of course, freelancers don’t automatically get these sorts of benefits. As a result, freelancers often neglect their retirement needs.

Yet, retirement is something that every freelancer should plan for.

In this post, I’ll outline four retirement strategies that freelancers should consider. Please note, that I’m not a financial advisor. This post contains general information only. For information pertaining to your specific situation, please consult a financial professional.

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My Best Ideas for What to Do When Your Freelancing Creativity Fails You

by Laura Spencer
on March 11, 2013

in Productivity

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We freelancers are a highly creative bunch. We are freelance writers, freelance designers, freelance photographers, and more.

A big part of most freelancing businesses depends on the creativity of the individual freelancer. A successful freelancer needs to be able to come up with original and workable ideas on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes, we freelancers fail to come up with a new idea. We freelance writers call this writer’s block, but it doesn’t just happen to writers. Other freelancers struggle to find creative ideas too.

In this post, I’ll give you ideas that you can use when your creativity fails you. I’ll also explore some of the things that might cause you to struggle with your creativity and explain how you can avoid those creative obstacles. If you liked this post, you might also like Capturing Your Creativity.

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Are Blogs Still Relevant for Freelancers?

by Laura Spencer
on March 7, 2013

in Marketing Social Media

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You’ve probably heard in the past that blogs are important for freelancers. But you may think that advice is outdated.

You may be thinking that a blog is not for your freelancing business. After all, you’re active in social media and you have a website, that should be enough–right?

Wrong.

Quite simply put, there are still some things a blog can do for your freelancing business that a plain website cannot. In this post, I’ll list some of those things. I’ll also describe how you can overcome some of the blogging obstacles that many freelancers face.

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