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Seven Points to Become a Successful Freelancer

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Freelancers are heading towards becoming the regular jobholders since the modern trends are evident that the Employers are only hiring those Freelancers who deliver the work on time and remain in constant contact with employers to be in their good books . Many newbies don’t know the basics of freelance Marketplaces therefore ,lose the Projects due to minor mistakes which cost them very heavy to sustain their Project base .

The Following Seven secrets will help the Freelancers specially the Newbies to get grip or hold on the Freelance jobs or projects. The secrets are very important and considered the key to be the most successful Freelancer over the Internet since there are hundreds of Freelancers in various categories , but the only few freelancer pocket the perks of freelance Marketplaces while others manage to earn few bucks as part timers to buy some goods and coffee.

1.Be Specific :

Being specific to the category you feel that you are very good at and don’t try meddle with multiple categories for which you have minimum or zero skills to to do the jobs . If you apply for such projects which are relevant to your experience and expertise , you may not succeed despite putting heart and soul in the project but the Employer is king , he may not accept the output you have delivered through limited Skills but the employer or buyer requires professionalism and the work should satisfy him as per requirement. If you boast about yourself that you can do multiple things and when project was awarded to you and you delivered the Poorest standard , you are likely to get bad marks from the buyers in form of Feedback . As some prospective buyers consider the feedback of any freelancer a key to hire the freelancers from global freelancers pool .

2.Specify Your Work Hours and Deadline:

The most important point for the Freelancers to specify their working hour or weekly limit of maximum hours a freelancer could do any job . Since some Buyers may require you to work full time as Virtual Assistants (VA’s) or Project Managers as they remain busy in doing multiple things at a time . In such conditions, Be specific and clarify in the Cover letter or application if required by the buyer . You need not ignore the instructions of buyer in job posting as some buyers may decline the applications, then and there ,if you ignored the instructions in cover letter or bidding statement . Deadline is the point when you have to deliver the finessed and proofread document to the buyer on time , if you miss deadline , ultimately , you will miss the train bound to your destination so be on time and deliver one time to be a successful Freelancer. In order deliver on time , start early and finish before the deadline as it will create positive points than delivering the date .

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3.Be Honest and Polite:

Being honest and Polite is the key for successful Freelancer since if your brief the buyer about your skills in honest way , then there are 100% chances that you may win the bid or be awarded the Project right away . The Politeness while communication gives the impression that you are a polished experienced and Professional freelancers and ready to work for the project . The Polite request to offer some test service will further establish you as successful freelancers and you will experiencing tons of Projects coming in your way .

4.Communicate Regularly and Update the status :

There are several buyers and each buyer gets the Projects done in their own way some remain close contact with Freelancer to pass the instruction for the service requested , whereas ,some may contact you on the last day of the project for the output . But in both cases updating the buyers on daily basis is very necessary to be able to win their trust and inclination to hire you for longer period .You must check the dashboard regularly to insure that you may have received any instruction or message from the buyer . Answer Immediately as being non-responsive freelancer creates the impression or idea that you are not interested or irresponsible Freelancer and may receive negative feedback for communication skills . Update the buyer about the project document ,if .required ,share the part you have completed for buyers Review.

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5.Asking Questions for Clearance :

If you have understood the requirements of the buyer then it is very nice. If you feel that you have some confusion about the project document or having any missing information then you must ask from the buyer to get it cleared before starting to work on the Assignment. As as many questions as you could related to the project to get it cleared so that you may not have to revise it when your buyer say that he wanted some points in it and you have not incorporated the same in the document . So , In order to escape such inconveniences, you must insure that you have understood the details of the project and you are ready to start work the project . Such gestures produce awesome results and the output is mostly accepted by the buyers if it was created by keeping the instruction in mind .

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6.Proof Read for Errors , Bugs or Typo mistakes:

Before sending the documents to the buyer first insure that the document you have created in free from typo , grammar or infatuation or Capitalization mistakes . If you are freelance designers or Programmers , you must check it live whether the document has any programming errors or bugs so that you may fix them all and deliver an error free and perfect document to the buyers . sometimes , you buyer gets annoyed to receive the document which may be full of grammatical and TYPO errors and may not accept the document and may not pay you for the services delivered since your product was not proofread and spellings checked or bugs fixed .

7.Profile update and Portfolio and Custom Bid:

The most important and the most rewarding point is that you must have an updated portfolio on the Freelance Marketplaces and you must mention those skills which you believe that you are good at and can display the example of your past work or portfolio to make sure that you have mentioned only those skills which have already practiced and got positive feedback . In profile you may give career goals , length of experience and skills , guarantees for standard and quality of the work and links to your Blog ,content or websites you have worked for .

Don’t lie or boast too much ,just presenting you skills to the buyers ,would be enough. Always create custom cover letters or custom bid statement keeping in mind the instruction of the job post . If you ignore the instruction and use recycled or copy pasted cover letter for all jobs , you will receive limited responses from the prospective buyers . In order to get positive responses , always create custom bid or proposal for the every new job you apply . Don’t use the same proposal or cover letter for multiple jobs .

So, freelancers, we are summing this discussion up with following advice that if you keep above points in your mind to enter the lucrative and boundless world of Freelance, I am certain that you will certainly rule the roost in freelance World and I am afraid that seeing the great success , you may give up your day job . but don’t make such blunder until you find enough resources and establish yourself as Professional freelancer over the Internet.

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Why Digital Freelancing is the Future of Work

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The corporate world has changed more in the past two years than in the past twenty years. It took a pandemic to make people realize that you don’t need to travel for work two hours a day to sit in front of a computer that is connected to the internet anyway.

It is no longer possible to attract people to work at a full-time job in a corporate office because people have realized that the idea of a “safe and secure” job is just a dream that can collapse at any time. There is no need to work at a specific location in a specific city because we all live in the global village called the internet. 

If you have expertise on a specific skill, you can remotely work for the best companies in the world at command earnings that compete with anyone in the world with the same skill. And the best part is that you can work on a contract basis.

So what is preventing people from becoming freelancers and quit their day job (if they are fortunate to have one)? The lack of a personal brand.

The full-time corporate world operates on slightly different rules where you can jump from one company to another based on your personal network and influence. But in the freelance world, having a personal network is not enough, you need a personal brand.

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Building a personal brand doesn’t mean becoming popular. A personal brand is built when you add value to people’s lives through your content, sometimes without charging anything for it.

If you want to build a strong personal brand as an influencer, you need to start with blogging. Write a few articles a month about what you learn, what you know and what you have experienced. Writing is the best way to let the world know that you exist.

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Once you start writing, you will see that opportunities will come your way. Start helping out people with your content and then with free consultations. There are a ton of freelancing opportunities in the world, and you can become a specialist in one category. Let’s say, for example, you are an SEO expert. Start writing about SEO on your blog, share them on social media and post videos about what you know. 

Research companies that you want to help and maybe create an SEO audit report for them and cold-email it to them. If you add value first instead of asking for an opportunity, an opportunity will come your way. 

You cannot demand heat before you throw in the piece of wood. Set up a calendar that shows your available times and let people book a free 15-20 minute consultation call with you. This is how you add value and then get a sale, without asking explicitly for the sale.

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Freelancing makes you an entrepreneur where the product is yourself. This is the first step in your long journey of building something for yourself, that eventually becomes greater than yourself. 

Freelancing also requires professional relationship skills, sales skills and the skill of adding more value than what you are getting paid for. This skill is vastly different from the skill of being an employee.

If you are not in a full-time corporate job right now, it is time to start freelancing instead of trying to find a job in the post-pandemic, new world order. 

If you are already in a corporate job, you need to start freelancing as a side-hustle as soon as possible. Even if you are just building your brand and doing free consultations, it is more than enough to start with because it creates the foundation for your future freelancing journey. 

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You might have friction getting started in this journey if you are an employee or have been one. Because the typical mindset of an employee is to look for security and “something guaranteed” for every piece of effort that you put in. Getting started with your freelancing career is the first step in dealing with career and professional uncertainty.

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I cannot tell you what opportunities you will get once you start building your personal brand. But I can say with conviction that once you start, you will start getting opportunities.

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Why You Need a B2B Influencer Marketing Strategy–And How to Build One

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B2B influencer marketing has essentially been around since the beginning of commerce. When the dairyman told all the bakers on his delivery route that they should purchase flour from a certain miller, and when the miller gave the dairyman flour for his household as repayment, B2B influencer marketing was born. So, how can you make this marketing strategy work for your business, and why should you want to?

Why is B2B influencer marketing important?

At its core, influencer marketing is a field of marketing that focuses on using key leaders to drive or showcase a brand message to the larger market. Rather than selling directly to a big group, instead you can inspire, hire, or even pay market influencers to promote what you have to offer.

In the world of networking, we see B2B influencers guide, direct, and even enhance the experience a business has with another business. While we would like to think that slick ad campaigns and ad spend are directing traffic, it is still the word-of-mouth influence that guides people and businesses to each other.

A quick guide to B2B influencer marketing

Where to find influencers

Ask yourself who your current advocates are. Who already speaks highly of you? Who refers business to you?

Advocates aren’t always clients or customers. Sometimes, they can be our vendors and suppliers. Other times, we must look at other professionals related to our industry. Advocates speak highly of your people, products, or services.

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Do your clients connect on social channels? Do they tag referral partners? Do they recommend services and providers to their own clients as a value-add? Where are they also sharing information on non-social channels, such as podcasts, speaking events, and books?

Consider sponsoring a speaking event where a potential B2B connector will be presenting. Build a relationship with them off-stage in order to get their shout-out on-stage. Feature potential B2B influencers on your own company podcast. Showcasing your relationships with influencers and companies will add to the trust factor so that other businesses will be comfortable connecting with you.

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Build a B2B influencer connection

Think about tires. If you are a fleet manager and you are purchasing new tires for vehicles in your fleet, you might discover you need brakes. You might then mention to the tire dealer that you need to have some new decal work done. Your tire provider suggests a brake shop that specializes in fleet maintenance, and suggests a painting and decal service that one of their other clients uses.

Did the tire provider need the brake guy or decal person? No. Most likely the brake shop and the decal creator reached out to create a B2B connection which would benefit the tire dealer (and themselves). If you know of other businesses that your clients regularly utilize, your business can build a B2B influencer connection with benefits for all.

Did the tire provider need the brake guy or decal person? No. Most likely the brake shop and the decal creator reached out to create a B2B connection which would benefit the tire dealer (and themselves). If you know of other businesses that your clients regularly utilize, your business can build a B2B influencer connection with benefits for all.

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Make sure to vet any potential connections

It is easy to speed forward and engage a B2B business as a possible connector or influencer. However, you need to take some time to vet the affiliations and relevance of the connection. Checking affiliations and relevance is as simple as doing a Google search, website review, or social media audit.

While it might seem like a particular business would be an ideal connection and influence, their affiliations and company culture may not be a perfect fit and could create some reputation, brand, and image problems in the long run.

What is your plan for co-creation?

If you are just hoping your B2B influencer is sharing your service/product accurately or is referring potential clients through the right contact at your company, you are not going to receive the impact you are looking for through this influencer.

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B2B influencing is about co-creation. Co-creation means you are working together with the influencer—it is collaboration and partnership. It is developing a relationship, not just a tactical means to an end.

In a number of instances, a company hires an influencer from a transactional perspective, and only provides the influencer with what is needed to achieve a given result. However, the more you develop a relationship, and provide the influencer with the education and resources to make the most impact for your company, the better the result and outcome.

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How do you plan to compensate influencers?

Not all influencer marketing requires you to pay for time. Sometimes, B2B connections are made that are just about giving valuable connections.

Could a “paid” influencer provide value? Absolutely. But you should determine the best influencer for your product or service first. Then determine if that influencer relationship should be a compensated one or a value/connection one.

B2B influencer marketing and your business

Just a few years ago, B2B businesses would have balked at the idea of using influencer marketing as a marketing strategy; it was considered “celebrity” and a hack. However, businesses have been using this technique long before it was given a trendy name and celebrity status.

Influencer marketing is all about relationships—your relationship with an “influencer” and their relationship with your client/customer or prospects. The key is to know the purpose, audience, and tools necessary to make it work effectively. Knowing your audience and the key influencers in your industry, professional network, or community can make the biggest difference.

My guess is that you have already been using this technique or are an influencer yourself. You just didn’t know you were doing it. Now, do it with purpose!

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Will Employer know if you are self- Employed

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The quick answer? No, your employer won’t automatically find out if you’re self-employed. In this day and age, having a side hustle is becoming pretty commonplace. Supplementing a salary with a second (or even third) source of income is a great way to expand your skills offering and of course, bump up your bank balance. It’s a great way to earn some extra cash, grow your network, indulge in your passions and continue to diversify your talents.

However, if you are going to go down the route of secondary self-employment, alongside your regular ‘day job’, there are some things you need to consider. For example, if you earn more than £1,000 from self-employment activities in a tax year, you’ll need to let HMRC know by registering for Self Assessment. And then, of course, submitting tax returns so that you pay the right amount of tax on your earnings.

Informing HMRC is one thing, but what many side-hustlers are concerned about is their employer finding out about their extracurricular activity.

Can you register for self-employment if you’re already employed?

Absolutely! Even if you’re on the payroll for a full-time or part-time job, you’re still allowed to work for yourself outside of those hours. For example, somebody who works in marketing might do some freelance copywriting or social media management on the side. This secondary source of income classes as self-employment and can run parallel alongside their regular employment.

The benefits of working for yourself as well as for an employer are many, but the most common include:

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  • Earning more money – perhaps the most appealing advantage and most common motivation.
  • Being able to develop and explore the skillset you use in your regular role.
  • A chance to dip your toe into the water of new or alternative skills that you aren’t able to fulfil through your employment.
  • Expanding your network of contacts.
  • Being able to turn a passion into income.
  • You get to learn a great deal about business ownership and being on the other side of the books.
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Will a full-time employer find out if you’re self-employed?

Unless you tell your employer directly, there is no reason why they should have to find out about your self-employed work. The only other way they might find out is if you tell a colleague or mutual connection about your side hustle and it gets back to your employer that way.

However, in terms of tax codes and self-employment registration – two things that many employed people are concerned will give them up – you’ve got nothing to worry about.

Your tax information is highly confidential so HMRC will never inform your employer if you register as self-employed. Nor would that be necessary as your PAYE income and self-employed earnings are entirely separate in the eyes of HMRC. The only reason that this might change is if you ask HMRC to collect your self-employed tax through your tax code.

What if I register a limited company?

The only other way this might become a potential issue, if you’re hellbent on hiding your side job from your employer, is if you register a Limited Company.

These details are shared publicly on Companies House so all your employer would need to do is a quick search to find information about your business. That said, it’s highly unlikely they would do this unprovoked, or without prior knowledge.

Is honesty the best policy in this situation?

Although it’s very unlikely that your employer would find out about your self-employed work without you telling them directly, is it worth being transparent with them about it?

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Honesty is usually the best policy, but the decision is yours alone to make. Just consider:

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  • There might be something in your employment contract that forbids you from having any additional work, which means a side job would be in breach of that.
  • Transparency lays the foundations for a healthy relationship with your employer – something that is going to be pivotal in your future success within your role there.
  • If your employer is supportive of your self-employment, they might even be able to help you out with some contacts or advice.
  • Again, if your employer is in support of your side hustle, making them aware might mean they can be more flexible around things like annual leave and working hours to accommodate your other commitments where possible.

Our top tips on balancing more than one job

If you are juggling both regular employment and self-employment, it can be tricky to strike a healthy balance between the two. The aim of the game is to find a balance that means you can maintain your own wellbeing whilst ensuring that you’re doing your best possible work for all involved.

Here is our advice on how to master the juggling act:

  • Be realistic about what your clients can expect from you – and be honest with them about it!
  • Identify your goals. Are you hoping to make some extra income, or to become fully self-employed, for instance? Keep these in mind – it will help you remember when it’s time to say no!
  • Know when you’ve reached your capacity so that you don’t get burnt out.
  • Make sure you’re registered as self-employed so that you can report your additional earnings to HMRC and pay the necessary deductions. Failing to do so could land you in some serious trouble.Via FN
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