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Breaking Down Doors: Promoting Yourself To Dream Clients There’s a saying that the School of Visual Arts in New York City once used in its ads: “To be good is not enough when you dream of being great.” We all have dream clients that we would like to add to our portfolio, but either we don’t know how to reach them or have no idea how to even start. Promotion is not a big subject at art school, and I know way too many creatives who stare at the phone and wonder why it’s not ringing. The Next Level of Design: Being Unique In a world filled with CSS galleries and showcase websites, everything starts to look the same
“I’m just freelancing while I’m looking for a job.” “I’m just freelancing while I build up my company.” “I’m just freelancing until something better comes along.” It’s easy to come to the conclusion that any ambitious freelancer is looking to get out of the freelancing game.
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What’s the Career Path for Ambitious Freelancers?
In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, Travis King and Thursday Bram look at freelance fashion and bosses who take advantage. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing. If you have a question about freelancing that you want answered, send an email to email@example.com .
A few months ago a friend and I jumped on the ferry and took a day trip to beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, to experience our first ever Freelance Camp . The event was touted as a chance for freelancers, entrepreneurs, business owners, and anyone interested in learning more about freelancing to discuss ways to start, expand, or improve their business.
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Freelance Camp and Other Conferences for Freelancers
It’s officially fall, but for much of my country, it’s still hot! If your freelance business is based in a home office you may be trying to work in unseasonable heat or humidity. Without air conditioning, slaving away over a hot laptop can be rough. Here are a few home office alternatives to beat the heat: Libraries College or university libraries may not be ice-cold but often they have air conditioning.
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Your Freelance Office: 6 Places to Beat the Heat
One of the great advantages of freelancing is the ability to work from anywhere. On Web.AppStorm, Justin Stravarius looks at fifty web apps that can replace desktop applications you depend on.
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50 Great Web Alternatives to Desktop Software on Web.AppStorm
I’m the emergency point of contact for more than a few of my family members: my work means that I don’t have to ask for leave and, at least in theory, I can drag my laptop along to emergency rooms and elsewhere with little concern. The situation makes sense to me and I don’t have nearly the qualms about it that I have when friends and relatives ask me to drop everything and wait for their cable man
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Freelancing & Caring for Family
Photo credit: karola@flickr Can you work effectively on an iPad? I’m about to find out. I recently joined the ranks of the Apple fanbois. Well, maybe not completely. I got my iPhone before it was available here in Canada (the Apple genius kept telling me “It won’t work in Canada”), but I haven’t been able to fully switch from PC to Mac
SwitchTip: 6 Apps for Freelancing on an iPad
I’ll be honest, when I first heard about SpiderOak , I wasn’t sure what to think. I certainly do not like spiders, and I’m terrified of oaks, so I was a little worried about what I had gotten myself in to. Luckily, SpiderOak has nothing to do with either spiders or oaks.
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Backup Your Computer: SpiderOak Review
New web service Tischen is on a mission to rid the world of unemployment. The site provides users with a variety of ways to showcase their skillset on the Internet and make themselves available for contact with prospects, whether they be freelancers in need of clients or job seekers on the search for steady work. At the core of Tischen’s mission seems to be the belief that a lack of visibility is the biggest barrier to getting a job
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New Web Service Tischen Attempts to Rid the World of Unemployment
An Effective Marketing Plan: Getting Started Effective marketing campaigns are the foundation for your business’ success.
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Linkswitch #30: Pricing Tactics, Effective Marketing Campaigns
Starting out in a freelancing career can be tough. Ranging from freelance authors to graphic designers and programmers, freelancing comes with many of the same hurdles. One large aspect is building your personal brand – how do you get people to recognize you for your skills? Thankfully the internet has provided a very simple medium for sharing and obtaining information in a very short time.
Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Branding
The more clients I get, the more amazed I am at the way the world is shrinking as the internet grows. I have clients in the US, Australia, the UK, India, and right here in Canada, on the other coast and within my humble city. I love freelancing, but it’s not something I would choose to do for free – despite what the clients think! I’ve had to explore some of the available ways to get paid, and I’d like to know how you handle this essential part of the business.
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Ways to Get Paid Around the World
Until recently, I seemed to prefer to always do things the hard way. If a website needed to be created, I would learn how to code it, populate it, and then publish it. During renovations of my home I learned how to do my own electrical, dry wall, plumbing, and first aid. I nearly had to learn how to handle my own divorce, but luckily that was avoided. We justified learning these things ourselves in order to offset the cost of paying someone else to do it, but in retrospect, this is probably a backwards way of looking at things.
If you have read The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris , you won’t be surprised by the number of things that you can have a virtual assistant complete. If you haven’t read his book – go read it – but until then, here’s a quick list of some of the things you can have a virtual team perform. Invoicing – create invoices to send to your clients Invoicing follow up – contact your clients that have been delinquent in their payments Research – assign the task, go to bed. When you wake up, the information is sitting in your inbox. It’s like magic.
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Are You Using a Virtual Assistant?
I often find that when I invest in my freelance career, I experience a boost, whether it’s in ideas, time management skills, or actual, y’know, money.
When NOT to Invest in Your Freelance Career
How many times have you heard the old fable, the tortoise and the hare? Slow and steady wins the race. Right…. From what I’ve read here on FreelanceSwitch, it seems like most freelancers are hares – but they are frequently running more than one race at a time. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m in this camp, and I know that this isn’t necessarily a good thing. Whether my deadline is tomorrow or next Tuesday, I find a way to hit it, and sometimes I think it might be the panic factor that promotes the creativity.
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What Kind of Freelancer are You?
The Evolution of The Logo Logo design has been a controversial subject in the design press lately. One branding professional recently claimed that logo design is not that hard to do and another said that logos are dead; some rebutted while others concurred. Why all the fuss
If you could go back in time to the moment you first started freelancing, what is the single most important piece of advice you would give yourself? Would you spend more time developing a specific skill set? Would you tell yourself not to take on that CFH – Client From Hell?
When you’re a traditional freelancer, you’re always constrained by your individual capacity to produce work. In fact, after talent, knowledge and experience, time is your most important resource. And since there are only so many hours in a week, you need to treat that time with great care
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What Is Your Ideal Client Profile?