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 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
Ah, going into business – it’s as much an exciting time as one full of fears and anxieties. You have so much to think about regardless of what services or products you expect to eventually sell to customers. Are you B2B or B2C? Should you have a website (the answer to that should nearly always … Continue reading Start-Ups: Don’t Neglect Your Blog!
Another month, another report on The Future of Work showed that the rocketing number of self employed people is demonstrating no sign of abating. Some reports suggest that by 2022, over 50% of people in the developed world will work freelance. I expect this trend to last the rest of my working life. I expect … Continue reading The Golden Age of Freelancing is Already Here
Have you just hired your first freelancer? It doesn’t matter whether they are a writer, cover artist, web developer or ad marketer. There are some universal expectations that your freelancer will expect. In order to deliver a successful project, they will need you to help them to help you. Here is how you do it.
Every so often, I’ll work with a new client who will tell me something like “I used to work with somebody else, but they stopped responding to my emails”. I try not to pre-judge but I tend to build a picture quite quickly about why they simply stopped responding. Sometimes it appears to be the … Continue reading Why Has my Freelancer Suddenly Stopped Responding?
I don’t know what it is, but some clients don’t seem to trust the quality of applicants on Upwork that they feel the need to set tests or exams, sometimes (low) paid and sometimes requested for free (which is actually against the TOS).
I feel quite fortunate that most of the work I presently have are clients with whom I have worked for more than two years. In one or two cases, I have clients that go back to my first year of operation (2013). The client knows I can be relied upon to produce the sort of … Continue reading How to Maintain Long-Term Working Relationships with Freelancers
Upwork can be a great resource for connecting clients and contractors. While there is certainly a lot of rubbish (on both sides), I will not knock it; it’s where I found the majority of my present clients. The good and bad clients are relatively easy to identify. There is one area where most organisations fall … Continue reading How To Come Up With Effective Upwork Tailored Questions