How to Find New Clients as a Freelancer

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The gig economy is booming, and there’s no stopping it. As of 2018, there were over 57 million freelancers in America alone, which represents a whopping 36% of the entire workforce. Traditional workspaces are losing their appeal, as more and more millennials choose remote and location-independent arrangements that freelancing offers.

Of course, this new labor trend is not without its challenges, and freelancers know all too well how difficult it can be to have a constant stream of income when clients come and go. A lack of business can be especially frustrating for those who rely on their freelancing income to meet their daily needs. Thankfully, there are several ways to attract and find new clients for both old and new freelancers alike — we’ve listed some of the more effective methods below.Continue reading

Are You Thinking of Traveling the World and Working Online?

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Thanks to the internet, it’s now easier than ever to start your business without being tied down to one place. With an increasing number of jobs now possible remotely and the fact that it is easier than ever to start a business online without the need for an office or store, becoming a ‘digital nomad’ or somebody who travels the world while earning an income online is an increasingly popular career choice. It’s easy to see why; being your own boss and having the freedom to travel wherever you like is much more appealing than most standard 9-5 office jobs. So, what can you do to succeed with this lifestyle?

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#1. Gain Relevant Qualifications:

The good news is that you don’t always have to have qualifications in order to work successfully online. For example, if you are experienced with social media, have a good knack for writing, or can easily conduct tasks such as e-mail management and admin, you may want to consider offering your services as a freelance social media manager, writer, or virtual assistant. On the other hand, gaining relevant qualifications can lead to better, more lucrative remote working opportunities and give you the edge you need over your competition when setting up your online business. The best part is that there are several online programs you’ll be able to complete as you travel and work.

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How to Go Self-Employed and Work From Home

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Many people like the idea of working for themselves but don’t want to or are unable to make the investment into setting up a business with all the overheads of renting premises and employing staff. Fortunately, the Internet has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for you to work from home, an approach that requires only modest investment and is full of opportunities for self-employed work.

If you have the desire and the drive to be successfully self-employed, it can be a highly rewarding lifestyle, and once you’re established, you can quickly expand into running a more extensive business if you so wish. In order to make a decent living from your self-employed work, you just need to make sure there is a market for your offer, and that you have the skills to manage to be your own boss.

Identifying Your Skills

Everyone has a skill set they’ve built up, but not all of them are adaptable to working from home. There are two key factors to consider before you decide what kind of work to take on.Continue reading

What Makes a Good Workshop Facilitator: Tips and Tricks You Must Learn

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Hosting workshops is a brilliant way to share new information, discuss concepts, and encourage social learning. Every workshop needs a brilliant facilitator who can ensure that every participant is on the same page. The facilitator also makes sure that the attendees pick up a new set of skills or learn more useful concepts after the workshop.

Anyone who has tried assuming the role of a workshop facilitator will say that it’s a hard job. If you are about to take on the responsibility of a workshop facilitator, you must learn essential tips and tricks such as defining the goals of the workshop and using the right type of visual.

Define the workshop’s goals

Every workshop needs to have smart and achievable goals. A lot of workshops fail because they do not have a clear set of goals. Before you start, you must determine what you want to achieve with the workshop. What do you want your audience to learn? How do you intend to meet your goals? By defining the goals and creating your execution plan, you can create a more concrete agenda, plus produce more helpful activities and workshop materials for the attendees.

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4 Tips for Staying Motivated When You’re Self-employed

Contributed article in our small business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

When you’re in charge of your own work life, it can be difficult to stay focused. With no one to pay attention to your activities, it’s tempting to talk yourself out of doing work. In the short term, this might provide you with a pleasant break. However, in the long term, a lack of productivity will be disastrous for your personal finances and the development of your career. That is why you need to take control of the situation. It’s vital that you’re doing everything in your power to work efficiently. Luckily, there are plenty of easy steps for you to take. Below are four tips for staying motivated when you’re self-employed.

Schedule Your Day

Make sure that you have a clear plan for your day ahead. You should even try to plan your entire week in advance. This allows you to have a clear idea of everything that you need to get done. When you’re formulating your plan, it’s important that you strike the right balance between being optimistic and being realistic. You should always be pushing yourself to achieve more. However, you should avoid setting yourself unrealistic deadlines. Ideally, at the end of each day, you want to feel satisfied instead of deflated.Continue reading

Five Work at Home Online Jobs That Aren’t Scams

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The allure of working from home is too strong for many to resist. Faced with the choice between slaving away at a 9-5 job while conforming to corporate standards and being your own boss, the choice seems very simple for many. The corporate culture is beginning to recognize this as well, as more and more employment opportunities offer individuals the ability to work from home either part-time or full-time.

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7 Things Software Developers Can Do to Satisfy Licensees

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Giving business advice to someone who owns or operates a software firm is a bit different than consulting for other businesses, primarily because there are a few new concepts that you’ll need to become familiar with. Of those topics, one of the most pertinent is software licensing and the technicalities involved in that area of sales and development. But beyond the legalities and due diligence there are lots of other things that software companies need to be doing to increase their bottom line.Continue reading