7 Effective Time Management Tips for Busy Freelancers

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Tell me, what’s the one thing that convinced you to go freelance?

Time and the freedom to work whenever you want, right?

The funny thing about freelancing though is we tend to struggle with freelancing once we’re fully booked with client work.

Being a busy usually equates to earning more money, but it can be a disadvantage if you don’t know how to manage your time properly.

Poor time management is a big problem and can cause a domino effect on your daily activities. So, before everything gets worst and uncontrollable, try following these 7 simple but proven effective time management tips.

6 Useful Tips To Negotiate Like a Pro and Increase Your Freelance Rates

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Going freelance has its perks, but it’s more than just a cushy job you do at home. In pajamas.

Freelancing has its challenges. Other than finding more projects to keep your income as high as possible, one of the most nerve-wracking parts of being a freelancer is to negotiate.

How would you like to get paid? How about an hourly rate? Is that negotiable? Don’t you think it’s too much? Can we lower it down a little bit?

Most clients would ask these questions when you get to the last part of your talk—your compensation.

Your Client May Be Watching You: 3 Ways to Protect Your Reputation

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The internet is not written in pencil.

Hopefully, this is a lesson we all have already learned since we’ve been aware of the web’s existence.

Whatever we post online stays there for an extremely long time. This includes private messages, emails, instant messages, and certainly public Facebook statuses and tweets.

For us freelancers, it is extremely important to understand that everything we post on the internet is public, at least to some extent. This means that all content—posted by or about you—could potentially be viewed by your current or prospective client.

If it’s easy for you to pull up a client’s name on Google, Yahoo, or LinkedIn, or to look up the weather in Chennai or Alaska, it’s just as easy for someone to search for your name and gain access to all of your public information, particularly your social media profiles or blog.

There is always the possibility that someone might trash your services by posting a bad review and a new client might see it, and it is never wrong to be wary of such situations. But in many cases, it’s our own online activities that could dent our reputation.

You can, however, take certain steps to protect your professional reputation and ensure that you are presenting the best face possible online. Here are three ways to get you started:

The Winning Freelancer Profile Course is Now Open!

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The Winning Freelancer Profile courseI’m psyched to introduce to you TFP’s first online course called The Winning Freelancer Profile: A 9-day course on how to build your online visibility as a freelancer.

After working extremely hard on the course and all of its materials, I’m happy to announce that it’s now open for all of TFP’s readers and the Pinoy freelancing community.

Here’s a brief introduction of what it’s all about:

The Winning Freelancer Profile is a course designed to provide you with the tools and strategies to create an effective freelancer profile and establish your online presence. Having these things enables you to approach and pitch to clients prepared and confident.

It’s a cumulation of the best tips and strategies that have worked for many professional freelancers, myself included. These useful strategies allowed me to cut my pitching efforts by half and actually land freelance work that aligns with my interests, allows me to use the best of my skills, and pays me very well.

Visit the course page to learn more and to sign up. Once you’re in, you’ll receive pre-course materials to help you get started.

Thanks everyone and I look forward to working with you!

How to Convince Your Clients to Hire For Your Services Again

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Stand up crowd“Great job! We’ll hire you again soon.”

Ah, sweet music to every freelancer’s ear. Such praise makes you feel proud and confident over the possibility of more income in the future.

Unfortunately, there are some freelancers who tend to assume that their clients will automatically hire them again. They’d just sit back and wait for the opportunity to fall onto their laps.

You see, strategies in offering your services to first-time clients are quite different from what you should to do to convince existing and past clients to hire you again.

If you were able to convince a client to hire you for the first time, it doesn’t necessarily mean that s/he will do so again. In fact, loyal customers are harder to find and maintain because of the intense competition in the freelancing industry.

It’s more than just providing high-quality services to get clients to come back to you. It’s about converting trust into loyalty.

If you feel that it is difficult to do, below is my 5 E’s on how to make it easier.

Freelance Love: How to Lower Your Reject Rate by 50%

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In freelancing (and pretty much in life), you face rejection of all kinds.

Your application gets rejected.

Your guest post pitch is left unread.

Your client argues that your rates are too low or too high.

Your client asks that you scrap out the entire project and start from the bottom.

Your client decides to pull you out of the team.

What do all these scenarios have in common? They HURT!