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8 Negotiating Secrets to Help Freelancers Get the Best Projects

by Laura Spencer
on November 27, 2013

in Freelancing Basics

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You’ve just been offered a freelancing gig. It’s perfect, except for one thing. Your next week is already completely full and the client wants the project by the end of the week. There’s no way you could meet that deadline. You have to turn the work down, right?

Not necessarily. You could try negotiating a better deadline.

Many freelancers are afraid of negotiating and some don’t even realize that they can negotiate. However, most clients are open to discussing the terms of a freelancing project with you.

Learning how to negotiate can help you get better projects, better terms for your projects, and even better pay.

In this post, I’ll share 8 negotiating secrets to help you become a better negotiator. If you liked this post, you may also like Do You Make These 5 Common Negotiating Mistakes?.

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How Many Friends, Fans, Followers… Does a Freelancer Really Need?

by Laura Spencer
on November 18, 2013

in Social Media

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In recent months, a number of articles and posts have been published about the fake Twitter follower market. I’m not sure which publication started the discussion about fake followers, but you can learn some details about it from this infogaphic published in the post “How to Get a Million Twitter Followers by Christmas” published on Inc. by Judith Ohikuare.

Basically, the discussion addresses the practice of increasing your Twitter follower count by purchasing followers.

Fake social media posturing is not just limited to Twitter, either. Apparently, you can also buy Facebook fans and connections on other social media accounts as well.

In this post, I examine this trend as it pertains to freelancers. I’ll address the question of buying connections and discuss whether it has value for the typical freelancer. At the end, I encourage readers to chime in with their own opinions.

If you enjoyed this post, you probably also like this post on online networking, 3 Quick and Easy Ways to Network Online that You Probably Don’t Really Use.

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20 Non-Freelancing Blogs and Sites Freelancers Should Be Reading

by Laura Spencer
on November 8, 2013

in Freelancing Basics Freelancing Life

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As a freelancer, you understand how important it is to keep learning. You need to keep your skills current and one way to do that is to take advantage of all of the information available through blogs.

Since you’re here, you’re already reading a great freelancing blog. You probably also read a few blogs that are specific to your freelancing field. You definitely need to keep reading those blogs to stay up-to-date.

However, sometimes the best information is found where you least expect it to be.

In this post, I’ll share 20 blogs and news sites that aren’t really directed specifically to freelancers or a freelancing field, but that contain information that freelancers will find helpful.

If you like this post, you’ll probably also like 20 Must-Read Blogs for Online Entrepreneurs.

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How to Find the Motivation to Succeed at Freelancing

by Laura Spencer
on November 5, 2013

in Freelancing Basics Productivity

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Did you ever have one of those days? You know, those days when you have trouble getting started on your work?

Lack of motivation is a very real hurdle that many freelancers face. Overcoming it can actually determine whether your freelancing business will succeed or fail.

Unmotivated freelancers have a tendency to procrastinate and sabotage their success in other ways.

In contrast, highly motivated freelancers tend to excel at what they do. If you want to succeed you should work on becoming more motivated–especially if you have trouble finding the energy or desire to complete your project work.

In this post, we’ll discuss two types of motivation and provide some tips on how to find the motivation to succeed at freelancing.

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