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  • How to get referrals by earning them instead of asking

    03.09.2015

    Referrals are one of the best ways for finding new clients as a freelancer. When someone you have worked with recommends your business, the chances of getting the job or project dramatically increase.

  • Starting out in Freelancing without quitting your Day Job

    03.09.2015

    Beginning a freelancer career can be challenging. You give up financial security and your daily routine and step out of your comfort zone. Switching from your regular job to freelancing is never going to be simple. But it doesn’t have to be terrifying. This article is here to tell you how to make a smooth transition between freelancing and your day job, pursuing the first and not instantly quitting the latter. First off, here are the reasons for trying out freelancing without actually quitting your job.

  • Dos and Don’ts of Freelancer Self-Promotion

    03.09.2015

    Self-promotion is an essential part of the successful freelancer’s skillset. Putting your name out there and showing people what you can do and how great you’re at it is a great way to get more clients. As a freelancer, you are the CEO, the manager, and the intern of your marketing department all at the same time. That means self-promotion can be time-consuming and difficult to master, but it is well worth it. And if you don’t tell people about your product or service, who will? Here are some of the most important things you should and should not be doing when it comes down to advertising the business of you:

  • Beating the Writer’s Block in 4 simple steps

    03.09.2015

    Every writer has experienced it. Whether we call it procrastination, lack of concentration or motivation, or we simply run out of ideas to put on paper, there are times when we sit in front of that empty page and can’t figure out what to write next. This issue is a natural part of the writing process and any freelance writer is bound to face it sooner or later. We’ve comprised a list of four tips which will help you overcome the so-called writer’s block.

  • How to Find a Proper Name for your Freelancing Business in 5 Steps

    03.09.2015

    Finding a proper name for your own business is one of the most creative and exciting things you get to do when starting out as a freelancer. However, it can also be a very stressful process, since the result you get is likely to stick around for at least a couple of years. Finding the right name that sits perfectly between interesting, attention-grabbing on the one side and understandable plus simple on the other, is going to be tricky at best.

  • Coping with your Workload as a Freelancer - 4 Tips!

    03.09.2015

    Those new to freelancing often tend to think that working as your own boss means having much more free time than you had as an employee. This couldn’t be less true – yes, you have the freedom to tailor a time schedule suited to your specific needs, but as a freelancer you obviously have a lot more responsibility as well. The feeling that everything depends on oneself leads to putting a lot of hours in and often struggling with your workload.

  • 4 Tips on New Year Goals for Freelancers

    03.09.2015

    It’s that time of year again. People all over the world look at the past twelve months, think what they could have done better and make their annual resolutions. Whether it is working harder, eating healthier or doing more sports, people just can’t resist the temptation to soothe their conscience by convincing themselves that it’s all going to be better next year.

  • The Perfect Freelancer Christmas Wishlist

    03.09.2015

    Christmas is just around the corner, with as little as a couple of days to go. Most freelancers have probably been too busy getting gifts for their relatives and friends. Between that and work, because even during the holidays there is something to do, you probably didn’t get the chance to think about what you actually want for Christmas. For those of you who are getting gift-cards or would just like to buy something for themselves as a reward for sticking to freelancing for another year, we comprised a Christmas list for freelancers. Here are the top 4 things the self-employed want most!

  • How to send some Christmas Cheer to your clients

    03.09.2015

    The winter holidays are just around the corner. Whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah or the winter solstice you celebrate, it is a time of joy, cheerfulness and good spirit. What better time to remind your clients that you, as a business, personally care for them? Sending a card with holiday greetings is a simple way to show those you’re working with how much you appreciate them. It’s not only a source for positive emotion, but could be a competitive advantage which sets your business apart from others as well.

  • How to go on a truly relaxing vacation as a freelancer

    03.09.2015

    Taking a holiday can be extremely difficult for the self-employed. Being your own boss, marketing department, and human resources manager all at once can stress you out. It will often lead you to believe that your business will suffer dramatically as soon as you turn your back on it. But any freelancer has to realize just how important a vacation can really be.

  • 5 Awesome Tips for Writing Emails which won’t be ignored

    03.09.2015

    Emails have revolutionized business communication. Information can now be send quickly, efficiently and to multiple recipients with great ease. However, this means that any professional literally gets buried in emails, a large amount of which are bound to be ignored. Therefore, as a freelancer writing an email about a possible new position, feedback, tips or just cold mailing a company to offer your services, you want to make sure your emails don’t land straight in the “deleted” folder.

  • Four mistakes to absolutely avoid in your résumé

    03.09.2015

    A good, well-written résumé is a must have for anyone looking to land a job in today’s business world. These few couple of pages actually determine whether you get invited for an interview or not. But what makes a good or a bad resume?

  • Coworking Spaces are booming, here are some of their good and bad sides

    03.09.2015

    Coworking spaces are here to stay, current trends show. According to a survey conducted by the Berlin startup Deskwanted, coworking spaces are flying high, with 2500 being available worldwide as of February 2013, an 87% increase for the past 12 months. The idea of sharing a dynamic and creative office environment with like-minded colleagues seems to have quite a bit of appeal, especially for freelancers who feel their home office is no longer a place where they can efficiently work. Read on if you would like to know more about the reasons why coworking spaces are so popular among independent contractors and what their possible disadvantages might be.

  • Everything you need to know about Data Entry Projects

    03.09.2015

    A new project category called Data Entry has recently been added to the long list of available types of projects here at www.freelancermap.com. In case you’ve noticed it, you probably have a few questions regarding the new addition. Whether you want to know more about data entry, its advantages and disadvantages, successfully working on such projects or are unfamiliar with the term altogether, you’ve come to the right place. This article aims to provide you with all you need to know about data entry to get you started.

  • The 10 biggest mistakes a freelancer can make (Part two)

    03.09.2015

    Recently we published an article on the biggest mistakes a freelancer can make at www.freelancermap.com. As it is quite an extensive topic, we’ve decided to bring it back around this week and tell you about more potential errors and how to stay away from them. So let’s pick up where we left last time and start with mistake number six.

  • The 10 biggest mistakes a freelancer can make (Part one)

    03.09.2015

    Nobody is perfect, everyone makes mistakes at one time or another. When it comes down to a business, making mistakes can be costly, particularly as a freelancer. Being your own boss is great, but it means a lot more responsibility and being personally accountable for each and every error you make. There are mistakes that freelancers, both old and new, tend to make. The following article aims to highlight the 10 biggest errors freelancers make and suggest ways to avoid them.

  • Landing your first freelancer gig in four steps

    03.09.2015

    The decision to start your own freelancing career could have multiple reasons. Wanting to be your own boss, getting to decide what to do with your time, making the money you think you deserve and many, many more. One of the biggest mistakes anyone starting out as a freelancer could make is presuming that job offers are going to be easy to get.

  • Communicating with international clients as a freelancer

    03.09.2015

    Working remotely gives freelancers perfect opportunities when it comes down to working internationally. Having access to contracts from all over the world is truly a blessing for any freelancer to enjoy. However, cross-cultural communication does not always go as smoothly as planned.