The Week In Freelance: June 22nd

Posted: June 26th, 2009

  • Deb from Freelance Writing Jobs Network has some simple ways to work smarter, not harder. This should hit home for you: “If I wanted a job that I didn’t look forward to doing every day, I’d go back to an office job. I want to get out of bed each morning, and so should you. A couple of years ago, I noticed that I procrastinated more when I was working gigs I didn’t enjoy. By taking on only projects I like, I’m not wasting a bunch of time putting off what I didn’t want to do anyway.”
  • Georgina from Web Worker Daily has the recipe for making a great remote worker. The most important ingredient has to be the passion: “You have to care about something to work remotely. You probably need to be passionate about what you do, or the temptation to slack off my soon prove too great. But if you don’t harbor a wild enthusiasm for your job, you’ll have to have a vivid appreciation of what remote working gives you: perhaps it’s more time in your day to do other things, perhaps it’s simply a life without partitions.”
  • Hopefully you use contracts whenever taking on new projects. Have you ever thought about what you will do if you have to enforce it, though? [Freelance Switch]
  • Freelance Switch also has some questions to ask yourself to find your perfect client.
  • Glen from Freelance Folder on narrowing your focus to increase your income: “If you’re an agency, this is probably a good strategy. But, if you’re working solo or you’re in a small team, sometimes it’s better to narrow your offerings. The idea behind this is to become a clear expert at one thing, rather than good at a lot of things.” Being an expert increases the perceived value of your services, and thus, your income grows too.
  • Guerrilla Freelancing: In an interview with freelancer Andy Sowers, I found a nice excerpt which nicely sums up how freelancers find their niche: “[…] Freelancing started as a pet project. When I first started, my first role was just a web designer, I did not know much html, knew no css/javascript or any programming languages at all. Over the years, I first conquered Photoshop as I started to learn HTML. Once I had HTML down I then started to practice with CSS and Javascript. Once I had mastered all of those, I began working with PHP as my first programming language, shortly after, integrated that knowledge with MySQL for database interactivity. Over the course of 3 years(just about) I had mastered all of them. The reason I started freelancing was because I was looking for a new challenge, a new skill to add to my skillset.” Learn something you want to learn and dive in… what a concept!
  • Picture your interests as ingredients sitting around your refrigerator and cupboards. What kind of recipe could you make yourself? [Escape From Cubicle Nation]
  • Its fairly normal to get into a summer slump with all the holidays, bbqs, beer and vacations. Here are some good ways to get out of them if this applies to you. [A Boundless World]
  • Celine from Web Worker Daily can show you how to stop goofing off on the internet.
  • If you blog for a side project are are new to the scene it wouldn’t hurt for you to check out this post with info on getting more traffic. Some good easy tips that I’ll be employing soon too. [Copyblogger]
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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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