Learning to effectively market one’s freelance business is a matter of trial and error. It’s one of the most difficult (and thankless) aspects of the job, but a necessary one. I love writing but I can’t afford to neglect reaching out to other businesses to ensure a stream of clients. There is no guarantee of … Continue reading How Clients Can Help Freelancers Grow Their Business
I turn down work for many reasons through Upwork. Leaving aside those of too low a budget and jobs for which I have no experience (I get invited to translation and PPC advertising roles for which I have no experience let alone interest), sometimes I reject them purely because of the client. If I get … Continue reading Are You Being the Best Upwork Client You Could Possibly Be?
It’s all moving a bit fast, isn’t it? The more blogs I read, the more I see how website aesthetics have changed with mobile internet and touch screen technology. The most noticeable change is the move toward touchscreen functionality which is no longer limited to mobile devices but now common on laptops too. So I’ve … Continue reading The Importance of a Good Blog Theme
Disclaimer: I am not being paid for this article about Freedcamp. My views are my own. For most of my nearly six years as a freelance writer, I’ve not really needed to manage my work. I’ve simply used Sticky notes on my desktop to see how much work I have this week and help me … Continue reading How Did I Ever Organise My Time Before Freedcamp?
It’s beginning to look a lot like January – cold, dark and wet. The Christmas decorations are down for most, although we keep ours up until 12th night (5th), I just don’t have the heart to put the lights on after New Year’s Day night. Summer is long enough ago to be a memory and … Continue reading Winter, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and the Writer
Regular readers will know that this blog regularly undergoes an overhaul. It’s vital for my business that I move with the times. The type of content has also changed. During the summer I made arguably the biggest change to the website since changing its name in 2012 and giving it a more professional sheen. During … Continue reading Blog Posts to Delete for Improved SEO
I spent most of last week quite ill. Things are improving, but I’m not at 100%. This is an issue I’ve had on and off most of this year. I have a scan in late November to try to get to the bottom of why this issue keeps coming back. Last week wasn’t a complete … Continue reading Why Self-Care is Even More Important During Busy Periods
This is a bit of a tongue in cheek one but sadly addresses a real problem for freelancers: cheapskate clients. We all know them. We’ve all had at least one who expect FLAWLESS ENGLISH OR YOU WONT GET PAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for the princely sum of $5 for a 1,000 word article and those who think they’re … Continue reading “Are You Having a Laugh?” What Freelancers Want To Say vs What We Should Say
A little over five years ago with a divorce on the brink of finalising, I walked out of a job and moved some 70 miles back across the country to my family home. Then, as a man in his late 30s and still with debt accrued paying for a Master’s Degree he’d finished nearly four … Continue reading I Never Thought Freelancing Would Last This Long For Me
It’s the autumn and for many freelancers, that’s the busy period. Almost every year without fail, October has taken a sharp upturn in the volume of work. Just last week, I was receiving 3-4 invitations to interview every day on Upwork. It also means I will rarely use my connects to pitch for work. Autumn … Continue reading How to Attract Top Rated Upwork Freelancers