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9 Factors that Add Value to Your Freelancing Services

by Laura Spencer
on April 29, 2013

in Freelancing Basics Freelancing Life

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Most freelancers have trouble raising their rates.

They may know that they aren’t charging enough for their freelancing services. They may even want to charge more. But they aren’t quite sure how to justify a higher rate for themselves.

So, they go along with whatever rate the client suggests–fully aware that they are probably undercharging.

Does this describe you? If so, this post should help you to charge what you’re worth. In this post, I list nine freelancing factors that add value for your client. Any one of these factors, or a combination of these factors, can be used to demonstrate your true worth to a client.

If you liked this post, you may also like How Much Should You Charge for Your Freelancing Services?

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5 Ways Freelancers Sabotage Their Success

by Laura Spencer
on April 25, 2013

in Freelancing Basics Marketing

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Are you a struggling freelancer? Do you feel like your freelancing business is about to fail? Are you having trouble figuring out what went wrong?

Don’t be embarrassed. Most of us have been there at one time or another. You may be sabotaging your own freelance success without even realizing it.

The good news is that most freelance failure can be reversed if you know what to do.

In this post, I’ll explain five ways that freelancers sabotage their own success. I’ll also explain how you can fix each problem.

If you liked this post, you may also like The Surprising Reason Why Freelancers Fail, which describes five more causes of freelance failure.

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How to Stop (Most) Freelance Project Criticism before It Starts

by Laura Spencer
on April 23, 2013

in Freelancing Life

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Most freelancers dread criticism, and why wouldn’t they? Criticism often means an unhappy client and an unhappy client can lead to all sorts of other problems. Not the least of which is problems getting paid.

I haven’t received tons of criticism in the past, but when I have I admit it’s stung a bit.

What if you could drastically reduce the amount of criticism you got from clients? Would you do it?

Of course you would. That’s why I’m going to share a tip for reducing client criticism that took me years to learn. Like all tips, it’s not guaranteed to work 100% of the time. But it does work a lot of the time. If you like this post you may also like Rejection, Itâ??s NOT Personal.

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10+ Signs That You’re Not Ready for Full-Time Freelancing

by Laura Spencer
on April 22, 2013

in Freelancing Basics

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Are you really cut out for full-time freelancing?

Even if you’ve already been freelancing on a part-time basis, you still might not be ready for full-time freelancing. Full-time freelancing requires persistence, commitment, and passion. Not everyone is happy as a freelancer.

If you’ve never freelanced before, you may have even more trouble deciding whether you should become a full-time freelancer.

How can you tell whether full-time freelancing is for you? The decision can be a tough one.

In this post, I’ll share a list of ten signs that you might not be ready for full-time freelancing. If you find that one or more of these signs fits you, think twice before jumping into freelancing full-time.

If you liked this post, you may also like Why I Failed at Freelancing.

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Why Laziness Is Never a Good Freelance Marketing Strategy

by Laura Spencer
on April 9, 2013

in Freelancing Basics Marketing

Learn how to earn $125 or more per hour as a freelancer - Free Test Drive

Tell me what you think about this would-be freelancer. I heard from her over a year ago, and here was her question: “I need you to tell me several places online where I can be well-paid (she named a dollar figure) to write articles.

I often get similar questions and I usually refer them to one or more of several articles that list sites that pay guest bloggers to post.

In this case, I sent her the information that I usually send.

(Here’s an excellent list of blogs that pay writers from Bamidele Onibalusi over at YoungPrePro. Sophie Lizard over at Be A Freelance Blogger also has a very good list).

Most of the time when I do this, I get a thank-you for my help and I never hear from the writer again. This time was different, however, and not in a good way.

Almost immediately the writer messaged me back, “It’s too much work to try and get a guest post. I just want some place where I can go and write and get paid for it.

In this post, I explain why laziness is never a good freelance marketing strategy. I also list some basic freelance market tasks that every freelancer should be doing.

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