November 2010

10 ways to tackle Scope Creep.

It’s one of the big profit and motivation killers we all tackle regularly. Scope creep. It even sounds like a creepy monster, doesn’t it? So, how do we avoid it? Here are Sitepoint’s ten tips to skip the scope creep.

How and When to Say No to a Client.

For the brand new freelancer, taking what work you can find is a matter of survival (and there’s nothing wrong with that). Before long, however, you may find yourself overwhelmed with too much work to do and too little time to do it in. When this happens, you know that it is time to start to refuse projects. However, you probably don’t have a refusal strategy in place. FreelanceFolder discusses when and how to say no to a potential client.

10 Secret Reasons why you lose Clients.

Have you ever lost a client and then wondered why? Since FreelanceFolder uses freelancers once in a while, that puts him in the unique position of being a freelancer and also an occasional client of freelancers. So, today he put his client hat on for a change and listed all the things that he could think of that would keep him from rehiring a freelancer.

Insider Secrets: Freelancing Shortcuts that really work.

Let’s be honest: freelancing isn’t easy. It’s not that it’s actually hard to be a freelancer or do the work… it’s the getting started, getting set up, getting clients, and getting a solid business foundation for sustainable growth that complicates everything. FreelanceFolder has put together an insider guide to his favorite freelancing shortcuts that really work.

Dealing with ‘Big Name’ Clients.

After the initial excitement of being contacted by a big name client has worn off and you’ve finally calmed down, your next thought hits you hard–now what? Is this just another client? Do I treat them the same? Can I charge them more? Can I use their work? Should I pretend to be a large agency? FreelanceFolder share their experience.

Seven Warning Signs that your client won’t pay.

Logo designers master in the art of designing and not in client handling. Many clients fuss over designers’ salaries and payments, but some go to the extent of not paying them at all. Hence it is necessary for a logo designer to be aware of the signs that tell that your client will not be paying you your hard earned money. LogoGuru explains.

Five Principles of Effective Networking.

VandelayDesign look at five simple principles that can help you in your professional networking, regardless of where you are in your career. These are basic principles that can and should be applied in your own networking efforts.

How to use LinkedIn to market your Freelance Business, and how NOT to do it.

It is the biggest social network of professionals with an estimated 66 million members. LinkedIn has the reputation of being used by human resources people, headhunters and recruiters to find suitable candidates for their job openings. FreelanceFolder explains how to get the most out of LinkedIn for your Freelance Business. On the other hand, HubSpot explains the nine worst ways to use LinkedIn for business in general.

October 2010

Getting Paid: Six standards to set for your Freelance Business.

One of the joys of having your own business is that you get to set the standards. And if you’re interested in getting paid, I’d advise you to start setting them as soon as possible. Why? Because there are a lot of people who are constantly thinking of new ways to take advantage of freelancers. FreelanceSwitch suggests six recommended standards for your freelance business.

How to get Referrals.

Of course, you know that referrals don’t just happen out of the blue. They aren’t that magical. There are four critical pieces you need to have in place first, in order to get them. And Parse is here to tell you what they are.