Freelance In 40 Days [Day 34]: Small Daily Tasks That Pay Off

Posted: December 2nd, 2009

Photo by Prettyemmy (Flickr)

Photo by Prettyemmy (Flickr)

This is Day 34 of the Freelance in 40 Days series where you’ll learn to freelance just by taking it one day and one task at a time. Today you’ll learn some daily tasks that pay off for a freelance career.

It’s fairly normal for freelancers to get caught up in their work when it starts rolling in. After all, that’s the point of freelancing. Find work, do it and get paid.

We can easily overlook other important aspects of our careers, though, in order to grow as freelancers.

Let’s take, for example, our New Year’s resolutions. When we are busy, isn’t it hard to get around accomplishing those? Then we carry them over to the next year or forget about them completely.

Just setting aside an hour a day to help us grow in our careers can eliminate the New Year’s resolution effect.

After all, drops in the bucket add up buckets over time. And the truth is, no matter how busy we are, we always have a spare hour in the day that we tend to waste anyway.

So here are three tasks that can be done on a daily basis to help you grow in your career.

Twitter and Other Social Media

Some may say that time spent on Twitter is counter-productive to your work. I say hogwash. Twitter is probably the best way to meet other freelancers and grow your network, not to mention extending your name and brand.

Also submitting links to useful articles on Stumbleupon and Digg is a great way to establish your authority and expertise as a freelancer while extending your brand as well.

Just remember that, if you are just starting to use social media, it will take some time to establish yourself and become known in the freelance community. So be patient, but keep at it.

Also remember the point of social media. Be social and interact. Other users don’t find you but you have to find them instead.

Marketing and Looking For New Clients

The key for a freelancer to consistently find work is to be on top of their own marketing and searching for new clients. The real secret to this, though, is doing this all the time. Here are a few ways you can do this, especially when you’re pressed for time:

  • Go through the job boards and search for just one project that suits you. Then submit a bid for it.
  • Keep your portfolio and website up to date.
  • Send an email to a previous client asking him how satisfied he was with your work. Then mention that if he knows anybody that could use your services, to give you a ring.

Learn a New Skill

Every freelancer has to keep up with the ever-changing trends or their own skills will become outdated faster than they realize. Not only this but broadening your skills opens the door to a wider range of projects available. So this isn’t something to be ignored.

Find a new skill you want to learn and check out the endless amount of tutorials available online by just doing a Google search. If you are a web developer or designer, don’t forget to check out the many free tutorials at Tuts+.

Dedicating even a half hour a day will add up to a lot of knowledge over time… and more job possibilities.

More on the author, Johnny Spence
Johnny is the founder of The Freelance Rant and a freelance web programmer with 8 years in the business. Have a visit at his company Oscarrr!web or see what he's up to on Twitter.

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