5 Ways Freelancers Can Organize Their Workspace For Optimum Productivity

If you’re like me, your home workspace doubles as your gaming space. This was detrimental to my productivity. Every time I sat down, my brain saw my VR headset and my slick gaming PC and said, “it’s time to play, right?” Getting into the groove became a daily struggle. I’d battle that voice that said, “relax, this is your fun space,” every morning. It wasn’t until I changed my environment that I removed this stress from my life. How then do you signal to your brain it’s time to work? A lot has to do with your environment. And today I’m going to pass on some tips about organizing your workspace for maximum productivity. 1. Don’t Cheap Out On Your Command Chair Do you think Captain Kirk would want the Federation to shirk when it came to his chair on the bridge of the Enterprise? He needed to be comfortable […]

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4 Questions You Can Use To Get Great Testimonials & Reviews

You do amazing work for a client, and then you don’t hear anything back. Did they like your work? Was it good enough? Are they telling your friends about it? We want the answers to be yes, yes, and yes. But even after you’ve created great work for a client, and they’re beyond happy with you and your work, how do you get them to provide a testimonial or a review? Turning clients who love your work into clients who will publicly talk about your work can be a challenge. Most people don’t leave reviews by nature, but they do read them. It turns out you need to help your clients learn how to write great reviews, just like you’ve helped them with so many other things. Here’s how to help your clients write great reviews. Doing great work and building a great reputation is the foundation. But is that […]

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5 New Ways to Make Money in the Freelance Economy

February 7, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In today’s society, freelancing is becoming increasingly popular as a full-time profession. The ability to hop from project to project and work any time from anywhere, all while being your own boss, draws in more and more people each year. As of the latest report on freelancing statistics in the United States (conducted by Edelman Intelligence in 2017), it was reported that 57.3 million people were freelancers in the U.S. alone. For context, that number represents around 36 percent percent of the country’s population. Edelman Intelligence estimates that according to their calculations, by 2027 over 50 percent of the workers in the U.S. will be freelancers. Due to this trend taking the American workforce by storm, it is now easier than ever to make money online- especially if you align your services with the freelancing industry. If […]

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This Freelancer Works 3 to 6 Jobs at Any Given Time. Here’s How She Manages It All.

Hair stylist Dani TyGr breaks down what it’s like to navigate the hair hustle in Los Angeles. January 18, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Dani TyGr often works three to six jobs at a time. It can be stressful to know where the next gig is coming from, but she says that’s the part motivates her to keep going. She caught up with Jessica Abo to share her advice for anyone looking to work in the hair and beauty industry. Read_more Related posts: 11 Best Websites for Freelancers to Find Jobs and Make Money How This Drag Racer Manages Fear and Seizes Opportunity How to Beat the Loneliness of Being a Freelancer How to Build Your Own Career as a Freelancer How to Survive (and Thrive) as a Freelancer with Kids What’s Your Freelancer Happiness Score? Why Employer Branding Needs to Rethink the Future of Work […]

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7 Reasons Your Small Business or Freelancing Career Isn’t Making Enough Money

Cash flow problems? It’s probably due to one of these reasons. October 17, 2018 7 min read This story originally appeared on Ellevate In a recent post, I answered a question from a small-business owner not generating enough sales. But what if you have sales and are still not making enough money? Here’s another comment I received: I left corporate work in 2013 and created my solo consultancy. I have *not* reached my corporate salary (not even close) and while I’ve been incredibly successful in terms of business, clients, 80%+ client-referral, outcomes, A-lister clients, etc…the financial success is not there. I know every ‘freelancer’ and solo entrepreneur knows what I’m talking about. I’m now focusing and building strategy to grow my services business. I’m trying to remain open-minded to growth ideas that I rejected in the past. Here are seven reasons your small business is not making enough money. Related: Want to Make […]

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How to Overcome the 5 Top Challenges of Remote Freelance Work

A freelancer’s need for self-promotion. The battle against loneliness. Chasing clients for pay: Here’s what to do. June 13, 2018 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. To an outsider looking in, the notion of liberating yourself from a corporate environment and controlling your own success as a freelancer probably seems like nothing less than a dream. So much so that (as a slideshare study presented by Upwork shows) 57.3 million Americans were freelancing as of 2017. (Freelancing In America 2017 used the figure of 36 percent of the U.S. workforce). Related: The Surprising Reality Is Freelancers Are Happy and Prospering Theirs is a world I’ve shared: Before I became a business owner with employees, partners and 1099 contractors, I too was a freelancer and so came to understand the unique challenges freelancers face. I know from experience that pursuing an entrepreneurial venture alone can give […]

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How to Start Freelancing (And Get Your FIRST Client!)

Freelancing is the number one way to get started with online business. Here’s why, plus how you can make more money doing it and transform your side hustle into a full-time, scalable business. Pat Flynn March 26, 2018 The SPI community has been asking about the world of freelancing a lot lately, so I thought I’d share some recent thoughts on freelancing to guide you in how to start freelancing (and get your first client). But first, I want to take you back to a post I shared in November 2017: The 2 Quickest Ways to Generate an Online Income In that post, I explain that freelancing is one of the two quickest ways to generate online income (the other is affiliate marketing). Freelancing allows you to quickly get paid for a task that can actually help solve problems for people. And when you’re first starting out, freelancing is the […]

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How to Raise Your Freelancing Rates

As a freelancer, it’s easy to underestimate yourself and get trapped in low-paying work. March 10, 2018 5 min read This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog When you start out in your freelancing career, you may find yourself working for quite low rates. How low this rate will be will, of course, vary between careers and industries. If you’re entering a highly competitive industry like writing and you don’t have an impressive portfolio of work and clients to show off, then you can expect to work for less-than-ideal rates at the beginning. However, as you gain experience, sharpen your skills and build your portfolio, this should translate into a higher rate. One of the struggles of freelancing, though, is ascertaining the pay that you deserve. Related: How to Bounce Back After a Business Venture Goes Awry It’s easy to underestimate yourself and get trapped in low-paying work. If you want […]

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SPI 202: How SPI Helped Zephan Blaxberg Make the Leap

I want to tell you an amazing story. It’s the story of someone who took a leap of faith, chased after his passion, and found himself achieving more success than he ever dreamed. Zephan Blaxberg is the creator of a podcast called Year of Purpose. It’s a project he started after undergoing a huge transformation in his life and his work—a life-changing encounter that gave him the courage to quit his job and pursue his passion for working with video. If you’re feeling unsatisfied, uncertain, dejected, or just plain stuck, you need to hear Zephan’s story. He’s got advice for some of the most common roadblocks entrepreneurs face: taking that initial leap, staying motivated, and even saying no. Whatever kind of turning point you’re at in your career, this advice can serve you. I’m so excited for you all to listen and enjoy. Thanks for Listening! Thanks so much for joining me again this […]

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