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As everyone is preparing for Halloween this evening, we thought we’d share some interesting reading for those freelancer’s with their porch lights off trying to avoid the trick-or-treaters. On a dark and scary night, who wouldn’t want to read about design and small business tips. Consider it virtual candy!
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Undeniably, one of the most difficult things about working at home is keeping people from perpetually distracting you during the workday, simply because you’re right there and they have nothing better to do. Or want you to take the trash out right then and there (hey, it has happened to me!).
To get anything done, you’ve really got to guard the home office and its status as a distraction-free zone. You’ve got to guard it so fiercely, you might even call it guarding the sanctity of the office. Here are five methods I use for keeping distractions at bay.
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In this article, I’m going to talk about how you can hold yourself accountable on a weekly basis. Before we get started, why not open the first article on daily accountability in a separate browser window.
Now that you have that first article open, here’s an idea that will help you on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. You generate a lot of ideas. They don’t stop coming when you’re marching through the day. And they certainly don’t take time off for evenings and weekends.
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Freelancing from home has many obvious benefits over working from an office. But it also has its downsides.
I don’t even know where to begin to describe my work environment, but it has two cats, two dogs, lots of chirpy birds and a few fish. There’s the occasional car passing by with thump-thumping bass on the stereo, too. But the worst is the over-protective younger dog who literally barks if I clear my throat too loudly. Many a time, I’ve had to re-record audio segments of a podcast or screencast as a result of her barking at phantoms. Heaven forbid anyone should knock on the door, setting her off in a tizzy of barking for many minutes. There are days when I don’t get much multimedia work done.
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You’ve worked hard to get the clients you have, and the last thing you want to do is risk any of them having second thoughts about looking for another freelancer down the road. But in the real world, competition is fierce and you can’t guarantee your clients won’t develop a wandering eye. Or can you? Check out these slick moves that can transform a lukewarm client into a “raving fan” customer – for life.
Like many creative professionals, Edwin Tofslie never intended on being an artist. But when his education in the engineering field went awry, Edwin explored his artistic side and never turned back.
Now, this 28-year-old Oregon resident is landing national clients from his full-time job and freelancing clients. He’s landed major design jobs with Nike, Old Spice, and Pepsi to name a few. With such an impressive portfolio, I just had to learn the secret to this guy’s success.
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Intellectual property (IP) law is a big, nasty, confusing world–one long-time blogger on copyright law and issues recently shut down his blog, partly because “the current state of copyright law is too depressing.” But if you’re a creative, innovative freelancer, and you’d like to protect the materials you create–your original writing, music, software, artwork or designs–this stuff is really important. How do you navigate the murky waters of copyright and intellectual property law? Where do you go for information? Do you need a lawyer? What do you have to do to protect your original creations?
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Maximizing productivity is a never-ending task for most freelancers. There’s always some way that we can improve or some area that’s lacking the attention it deserves. This post serves as a guide and a reminder for ways that we can get more done and make better use of our time. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments.
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This past July, I outlined a five-step process that I’m using to turn my business around.
My July article covered cold calls and e-mails, and I suggest having it open in a separate browser window while you read this one. The same five-step process can be used for warm calls and e-mails. To recap, here’s the process:
- Create your Ideal Client Profile
- Find leads lists
- Script your calls
- Make the calls
- Have a follow-up system
The twenty-second episode of Freelance Radio, the official FreelanceSwitch podcast, is now available! This episode, we talk about a number of topics, including managing the ever-delicate work-life balance and some specifics of dealing with billing. Subscriptions to the podcast are available via iTunes and an archive of all podcasts will appear in the podcast section. We hope you enjoy it!