Adventures In Freelancing Comic #4 “Professional Homebody”

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Working from home is every bit as awesome as it seems. No strife of a daily commute, no expense of unavoidable meals out, fuel, or rented office space. And perhaps best of all, all the comforts of your own, personalized office, maybe even shared with your significant other. I know for myself, spending about 80% of my working time in my home office this past year has been a dream come true.

Especially with winter coming on, though, there’s the inherent danger to have too much of a good thing, so here’s some simple productivity tips to keep in mind for the shut-ins, the introverts, and self-employed slipper wearers. [Read more…]

Habits to Improve Your Productivity & Get More Work Done

Get More Work Done
When you first imagined your freelance career, you most likely envisioned a productive day of work done from the comfort of your home office.

In reality… You awake with intentions to accomplish a list of tasks, but at the end of the day, very little is actually accomplished.

Sound familiar?

Nearly everyone wishes they could get more done in a day. Whether you need to optimize the way you work, or you need the motivation to get the work done, there are simple habits you can adopt to make this happen.

Building good work habits and taking control of your productivity can make or break the success of your freelance career, so I’d like to share some of my personal favorite habits and tricks to getting more work done. [Read more…]

Do you have what it takes to become a successful freelancer?

Do you have what it takes to become a successful freelancer
FAIR WARNING: What I’m about to share with you is harsh. I get real and I share actual numbers. Hopefully by stepping outside of my comfort zone, I can motivate and inspire you to have the right mindset to succeed at freelancing.

By the end of this post, you’ll walk away with a fresh perspective and a mindset that will fuel your desire to accomplish goals and succeed. [Read more…]

Landing Your Ideal Clients With a Questionnaire

Landing Clients with a Questionnaire
You wake up – just like any other morning – sit down at your computer and start sifting through emails.

You have a new project inquiry!

Hi, I’m looking to have a logo designed for my new business. We’re starting to grow and it’s time we figure out this branding stuff.

Is this something you can do? How much would you charge to design our logo?

Thanks!

This is a very exciting moment for you! However, from this email, you’re not left with much insight. You don’t know one thing about this person, other than their interest in a new logo.

You can’t give a price for the logo, because you have no idea what all the project entails. They might want a simple text-only logo. But what if they’re actually looking for an entire branding package?

This applies to every project inquiry, whether the client is looking for a new website, t-shirt design – you name it.

Your next step would be to reply and ask a few questions to pinpoint their goals and expectations. This back and forth can take days or even weeks — email after email, trying to build a meaningful relationship with this “price shopper”.

It’s time to take control of your work process — skip the introductory emails, and start each project off on the right foot.

It’s worth your time to invest in an automated onboarding process to land potential clients.

Think of the best client you’ve worked with, or the ideal client you’d like to work with. Now imagine only designing for that caliber of people from this day forward.

You can achieve this by carefully crafting a questionnaire that identifies your ideal clients. [Read more…]

How to Find the Time to Start a Freelance Business

How to Find the Time to Freelance

Doing what you love for a living is an appealing idea. But following your dream to freelance seems too good to be true, so you stick to what pays the bills. Sound familiar?

You do what needs done to get by, but does that mean you should shelve your passion?

Absolutely not.

Although it might seem impossible to find the time to make your passion your job, it’s 100% doable. It starts with your commitment and then figuring out the best way for you to carve out the time to make it happen. [Read more…]