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1 marketing strategy; $9400 in freelance contracts – how one freelancer pulls it off

So you’re a freelancer. And you want more clients. Now what? You might scroll through listings on Upwork, Freelancer, or – dare I say it? – the Content Mills . Surely there’…


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Tired of Hustling? 4 tactics for getting most mileage out of your clientele

As freelancers, we all know that high-quality clients are a rare species and it is a back-breaking job to reel them in. But seldom do we pay attention to the…


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How being like everyone else keeps your rates low

There’s a new ice cream store here in town. Well, okay, it’s not exactly a store, it’s more like a grain silo-ish thing attached to a market,…


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Upwork releases report on fastest-growing freelance skills in the U.S.

Upwork's quarterly skills index for 2016 Q4 is out – and tech-savvy freelancers have reason to rejoice! User experience design has made the list three quarters straight, and the demand for…


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Start a successful freelance business – even when you’re on a time budget

When you’re starting your new freelance business, perhaps the trickiest challenges you’ll face include how to find the time to work on your business… and how to avoid…


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Your quirks are your competitive advantage – here's why

Do you like hot dogs? Yeah, me too. And even though they’re not healthy (I’m not even sure they count as food), I admit to indulging in one…


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Just started freelancing? 3 key ingredients to success

Freelancing looks like the perfect work-at-home arrangement for many people. It offers flexibility and the chance to “be your own boss.” You can set your own rates, pick your own…


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Freelancing and prejudice: how our identities can impact our business

I am not much of a movie person, but occasionally I will take a deep dive and acquaint myself with what’s trending and what’s current in the world…


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8 steps to captivating clients on LinkedIn

Want to get more clients through LinkedIn? Just focus on what clients care about: what you can do for them. 1. Compel clients to read your profile with your headline…


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The simple secret to getting more word-of-mouth referrals

OK. Put your donut down for a minute and pay attention. I have some questions for you: Can you recommend a career coach for my cousin who’s thinking of…


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The 6 most effective marketing tools for creative professionals in 2017

Have you noticed that there are way too many marketing tools to promote yourself? Maybe you’re even using them and feeling totally overwhelmed. It’s a huge problem. Worse,…


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How "Key Convincer Phrases" can land you the gig every time

Key Convincer Phrases are terms that arrest our attention. Great copywriters know hundreds of them. Have you ever read a sales letter and find yourself nodding along in agreement with…


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4 reasons job boards are still worth your time

The truth is I’ve written many articles telling freelancers that job boards don’t work. That you’re better off going out and finding your own clients on your…


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The secret to building a steady income as a freelancer

Let me ask you a question… What’s the best thing about having a job? Not the worst thing (this is a newsletter, not a 12-part miniseries). The best thing.…


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How to kick-off your year with annual review

Being a freelancer is a beautiful thing. It means never having to say “I’ll be back 15 minutes late from lunch, Todd. Hope that’s okay. I have a…


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Working from home: 3 amazing secrets to boost productivity

Everyone I have asked either seems to love or hate working from home. The people who love it enjoy the freedom that comes with working unsupervised. The people who hate…


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How to turn "Can I pick your brain?" into a business builder

One of my clients came to me completely frustrated. A 10-year veteran of the beauty industry, Cherie Buziak is the founder of BeautyEdge Inc, where she works with leading beauty…


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8 reasons flying on Sunday can offer peace of mind for traveling consultants

Peace of mind on a Monday morning? That’s not usually the case for most of the regular working world. For consultants, especially those of us who travel regularly, or…


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Tips for saying "Thank you and Happy Holidays" to clients

The bad news? You should do this, and it will take a little effort – yes, that’s just one more to-do in an already packed season. The good news? It…