Trust is the most valuable currency in freelancing. Unfortunately, you don’t have much of it while looking for your first client. It also happens to be the answer to Google query, “What are the biggest problems freelancers and their clients face.”
Freelancers differ from employees. Not just because of the work hours. Successful freelancer has to wear many hats. Be a jack of all trades, as they say. But most importantly. A great freelancer has to be reliable and trustworthy. If you say you will deliver, you deliver. No matter what.
Did you notice I didn’t mention anything about skillset? That was intentional. Top-notch hard skills don’t make you a good freelancer. Communication, punctuation, and people skills do. Anyone can buy a book, online course, or read a manual to a new, shiny framework or graphic design software. Continuously delivering slightly above expectations, that’s harder.
Trust is a big problem in freelancing. It’s an even bigger problem for freelancing newbies. Your potential clients have little reason to trust you. You can’t blame them.
- Are you gonna deliver on time, or ever?
- Will you cover all the scope?
- What about any future issues, bugs, or complaints?
They don’t know.
Of course, this goes both ways. Will you get paid after investing hours, days, or weeks into a project? You can only build trust with actions and time.
There are, however, some things you can do to improve your chances.
So. What can you do to increase your chances of landing a client next time you present yourself and your work?
Continue reading “The Catch 22 of Freelancing:
How to Land Your First Client”
What are the options to bill your clients? Which one is better? What’s the difference, anyway? And are there any other alternatives? Let’s take a look.
First, we should lay down some ground rules, aka what does it even mean getting paid by the hour or by the project?
Continue reading “Should I Charge by the Hour or by the Project?”
So you’ve just started to plan your new online business when realizing you have no clue how to accept online payments. I don’t mean earning money, but how to allow people to actually pay you.
You are not gonna ask everyone to do a wire transfer, are you? Ain’t nobody got time for that!
It doesn’t matter if you wrote an e-book, created an online course, started freelancing, or opened an online store. You have to set up some kind of payment provider or gateway. If you are not from a western country, this could be an even bigger pain than usual.
Let’s take a look at the services which allow you to receive and/or send online payments with ease.
Continue reading “Online Payments: How to Get Paid on the Internet”
Getting Things Done (GTD) is a time management method, first described in the book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by productivity legend David Allen.
Today I’m gonna show you that you don’t need any specialized software except the one you already have (right?!) to boost your productivity and reduce stress by implementing GTD directly in Tasklog.
Continue reading “Getting Things Done with Tasklog”
A time tracker is an essential tool for almost any freelancer. It doesn’t really matter if you are paid by the hour or by delivered project. You still need to track your most precious commodity. At least if you are serious about your work.
Let’s dive in and explore the best time tracking software available in 2020.
Continue reading “Best Time Tracking Software for Freelancers in 2020”
But before we get to the list, there are some things to consider.
As we all know, 2020 wasn’t exactly a great year for many reasons. But how about we just make a lemonade from all those lemons everyone got? Let’s talk freelancing.
Sure, getting stuck at home and not being able to travel or socialize properly sucks big time. But it just gives us the right opportunity to rethink many aspects of our lives.
One of them could be starting a new career – online. Career without office. Without any bosses. Without the daily commute. Let’s finally live in the information age and ditch the old structures. After wasting countless hours on commuting, coworker arguments and office drama, we surely deserve it.
Continue reading “There Has Never Been a Better Time to Start Your Freelancing Career”