Why developing a Personal Brand is a must for every Freelancer

Personal Brnading

Personal Branding

Do you know what Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, President Barak Obama have in common? Well they wear the same outfit everyday. If you notice carefully you will see Steve Jobs wearing the same tee and jeans everyday and to almost every place. There are two reasons for this.

Number 1 is that they do not want to spend time every day to decide what to wear. Number 2 is that they are silently building their personal brand.

Do not think that personal branding is only about wearing the same clothes everyday or eating the same food. It is much more than that.  Building a personal brand takes time and work. You as a freelancer should always aim to build your personal brand since it will be one of the cornerstones of your success in life.

If you are a graphic designer and you have your own style of illustration or say packaging design then people will name that style of art after you. That is exactly what happened with Disney. We call a particular style of illustration “Disney style”.
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How to stay motivated in your mundane freelancing career

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Motivation is important in freelancing career !

 

Freelancing, as we know, has many benefits and we are already aware of them. Freelancers can work from their bedroom in their underwear. They can work any time and catch a mid-day nap if they feel tired in the afternoon blah blah blah… We all know that. But freelancing needs a lot of motivation and focus to stay on the game. There will be times when the weather outside will be sunny and warm after a chilly night or it would be a wonderful spring day calling you for a walk in the park or lazing around in the park chair with a coffee and your favourite thriller novel! You might also feel like watching that tempting baseball match running on the telly… Sometimes you will feel like giving in to those temptations but then again you have to control yourself. The question is how. There are quite a few very effective ways to keep every freelancer motivated which we are going to discuss here.

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14 ways to improve your home office for better productivity

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Freelancer workspace

 

I am writing this post sitting at my home office. Most freelancers work from their home office. Let me tell you that ambience of your workspace plays a very vital role in crafting a superb piece of content. I am telling you this from my experience. So let me go ahead and describe my workspace to you.

I am working on my desktop computer which has a 27 inch  LED display. A soft instrumental piece of saxophone played by the maestro Kenny G is playing in my media player. The speakers attached to my desktop computer are Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II 2.0 which are pretty decent. It is only yesterday that I organized my workspace and it is looking neat and tidy now. I have bought myself a cord organizer from amazon which I used to organize my workspace.

Then I have this beautiful Paddywax Fragrance Diffuser Set (again bought from amazon) giving out a beautiful and intoxicating fragrance. My air conditioner is set to a balmy 24 deg C or 75deg F which is neither warm not very cold. Sunlight is coming into my room through the glass panes of my window and it is a beautiful sunny day. To me this is my perfect workspace. Now do you think that there is any reason why this workspace will not get the best out of me?

So now let me share a few things which I learned through experience. These tips will help you redesign your workspace and get the best productivity out of you.
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Awesome tips to win a freelance content writing project

 

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Winning content writing assignments !

 

The trick of winning a bid for content writing project lies in the first 5 lines of your bid writing. Properly pitching the customer in your bid and striking him / her with some idea wins almost 90% of the content writing projects. Here are some tips and tricks on where to find work and how to bid for them.

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Killer tips to handle Arbitration in a Freelance Project

 

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Handling arbitration in freelance projects

 

Even your best efforts will make you land in an arbitration sometime or the other in your freelancing career. You have to learn the tricks to avoid them and if not you should know to save your ass, so to speak. You have to carefully trade your way during the life cycle of the whole project. So lets study the pros and cons of arbitration here.

What is an arbitration?

When you are working on a freelancing website, many times it will so happen that you and your client won’t be able to agree on a certain point. Though communication is the method of choice to resolve this difference still at times you shall have to ask the website arbitrator to intervene. A freelancing website’s arbitrator is a neutral third party who shall hear the arguments of both the buyer and the provider and give his verdict. The verdict is final and binding on both the parties. This whole process is termed ‘arbitration’.

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10 tips on how to win web design projects with your freelancing portfolio!

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Build Your Portfolio !

 

When you are a fresh freelancer you will have no previous works to show to your prospective clients to convince them. During that time while you are hunting for freelance jobs I would advice you to spend some time every day to build some sample website designs to showcase on your freelancer website. You may form some fictitious client names in your mind say Fine Dine Restaurant or Jenny’s hair dressing and build website designs on their lines of business. Also remember to write a brief description of the business for whom you are building the website design.

In this article we are going to analyse how the buyer psyche works. If a buyer is looking for a freelancer and you somehow happen to get in touch with him or her, it will depend on you to convince him to use your freelance service. Simple awesome design skills are difficult to acquire and is often attributed to the genius inside a graphic artist but intelligent designing skills which sell well can be attained through work and following some basic tips which I am going to discuss in this article. Great visual design is truly an art form and a challenging skill to acquire. Smart design, which converts well, should never be confused with good artistic design. While artistic skills are always an asset when crafting a well-converting web site, they are neither sufficient nor completely necessary to succeed. We’ll look at ten principles, techniques, and strategies to creating a website that converts.

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How to define the requirements of a coding project

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Finalize requirements or scope of work

 

Well in your freelancing career as a coder or programmer you shall find many clients who will ask for a quotation for the job at hand. Many times you shall have to make a quotation for a freelance job spending hours together with no guarantee that you shall win the freelance contract. But the truth my dear friend you shall still have to give out quotations since if you don’t many others would do it and steal the contract away from you!

Sometimes in your freelancing career you will understand that some people ask for quotation to get the “best deal”. In the bargain you loose out on your precious time with no guarantee that you shall get the freelance work in question. Still if you refuse to give out a free quote you stand no chance to win the freelance job! So quotations are necessary evils that will stay in the system and you have to deal with it.

For building a good quotation you need to first look at the fact whether all the requirements are well defined by the client or not. In my freelancing career I have found that most clients are themselves not sure about their project. They do not have a well defined scope of work ready with them. Refrain from bidding on such projects in the first place. Tell the client that if the requirements are not well defined then you can’t bid on it. Offer to work with the client so that you can get an exact scope of work which will enable you to offer and estimate or quotation for the freelance job. You can guide the client in the process.

The steps for arriving at an intelligent and almost accurate estimate for the freelance work are outlined below. The reason why I say almost accurate is because requirements do mostly change during the course of the job. We shall discuss ways to handle that as well.

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Skillsets that every freelance programmer should possess

You have to learn the tools of the trade to be a successful freelance programmer. If you are working on the open source platform then you shall have to pick up one set of tools otherwise another. But there are certain things you need to know if you work on either. They HTML / XHTML and CSS. Say you need to develop a website. You can get it designed by a designer or you might consider hiring a graphic designer under you to do the same for you. But then you shall have to make the design work and make it into HTML and CSS form. For this you need to pick up HTML and CSS. If you are making a static website that does not interact with the user then you need not use any server side scripting language. Only HTML and CSS would suffice.

There are several good resources on the internet from where you can learn HTML and CSS. The World Wide Web Consorticum at http://www.w3schools.com/ is a perfect place to start. It has many FREE tutorials where you can begin studying. The are easy to understand and you can pick them up pretty fast. Apart from the W3C school there are various other resources on the internet that will let you pick up these skills. You just need to look around in google.

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Freelancing on the internet !

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Select your niche!

 

Hi,
I am Priyankar a freelancer working from home on the internet and earning a decent amount and have quit my 9 to 5 job. I won’t make tall claims that you can earn 6 figures right from the beginning of your freelancing career by working two to three hours a day etc. Anyone who makes these claims is definitely not giving you the real picture. I will tell you means and ways by which you can earn a pretty decent amount and work from the comfort of your home in your Bermudas but you have to work hard. The common mistake people make is that they want to earn immediately and start looking for easy money. So my dear friend if you are looking for easy money by working from home, then I must tell you that you have landed at the wrong place. Close the browser since there is nothing called easy money. But its true that given the right determination you can earn pretty handsomely by working from home as a freelancer.

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