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How to Make an Online Portfolio That Gets The Gig

Breaking into the competitive world of freelance work, regardless of the type of creative craft, has reached new levels of mystique given the boom of the gig economy and the solopreneur. With 34 percent of the workforce now involved in freelance work, there’s one question that’s bound to come up in freelancers’ minds: How can I beat out the competition? Recruitment teams must sort through hundreds of portfolios to find the right match for each opportunity — competition can be stiff, to say the least. An online portfolio is a versatile application that helps determine if someone is qualified...

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Convincing Clients Not to Do Projects Gets You More Consulting Work

It sounds counter-intuitive, but the best way to win high quality clients and get more consulting work is to try to convince them not to work with you. This thought flips the general psychology of business owners on its head. Usually when you talk to a prospect you spend your time telling them how awesome you are. You tell them about the amazing projects you’ve done and the problems you’ve solved for past clients. You do this all in the attempt to make them believe that you are indeed the best person to complete their project. Once they’ve heard how amazing you are,...

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The Freelance Contract: How to Write an Effective Statement of Work

One of the toughest things about being a freelancer is protecting yourself from your clients. You are just an individual, while your clients can often be savvy business owners or larger organizations. We’ve all had disputes with clients large and small. They can often be soul-sucking, he-said-she-said arguments that can lead to all sorts of issues — from financial to mental. The best way to protect yourself from these types of disputes is to start the project off by writing a solid statement of work and having the client agree to it and sign it before you begin. A...

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Freelancer Financial Planning: Take a Lesson From the Artists

The great news: there is a wide variety of financial information available to us these days.  It can be found in whatever media we find to be most accessible — everything from print to Internet, television to seminars, and podcasts to live streaming.  The not-so-great news is that this vast array of financial literacy information is rarely geared toward freelancer financial planning. Instead, it’s geared primarily toward people with regular 9-to-5 jobs who are on a typical path to retirement.  These are people who will be putting their work time in over 30 to 40 years, socking away as much...

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Freelance What? How an Independent Wedding Officiant Thrives in the Gig Economy

When you think of freelance work, what are the first jobs that come to mind? Writer and graphic designer? These are indeed among the most popular roles, according to a recent article from Business News Daily, The 6 Fastest-Growing Freelance Jobs, which also reports a surge in electrical engineers, software developers and marketing consultants taking their talents into the freelance realm. While many such jobs are already commonly associated with freelancing, the vast, constantly growing gig economy has enabled professionals of increasingly diverse fields to strike out on their own — including wedding officiant Judith Kubish. Kubish’s website actually lists...

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