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How to Resolve a Client Dispute

This past month has been all about clients — how we get them, how we collaborate with them, and the quality of the relationships we share with them. As a fitting final topic for this content theme, we wanted to explore the “uh-oh” scenarios of client disputes and how we can best handle them (and keep our cool throughout the process). We’ve made the argument that a sustainable solo venture isn’t maintained by lots of little projects, but a handful of high-value clients. These people are the lifeblood of our businesses and our ability to retain them is a make-or-break factor for our...

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How to Make The Best Online Portfolio for Freelance Marketplaces

With 34 percent of the U.S. workforce now involved in some form of freelance work, creatives are undoubtedly wondering: How can I beat out the competition? Marketplace recruitment teams must sort through hundreds of profiles to find the right matches for each opportunity — they must use specific criteria and rigorous standards to cut through all the clutter and find the matches they’re looking for. Why online portfolios are a big deal in freelance marketplaces Online portfolios are versatile applications that freelance marketplaces (and clients) use to determine if someone is qualified for a job. When a creative’s body of work is missing even one...

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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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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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People Management: A PR Exec Discusses Client Acquisition and Crises Takedown

We found Andy Blum a few months ago, while researching some of the more unusual ways independents land new business. Blum’s example of client acquisition was one of our favorites. He was living in New York City, had recently launched his first PR agency, and found himself receiving junk faxes from a nearby business. The faxes were clearly intended for a Baltimore destination but the area code was missing. Blum called the senders to tell them about the error. The company thanked him and assured Blum they would fix the number. Problem solved. But just before they hung up,...

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