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  • Six Tips for becoming an Early Bird

    07.09.2015

    “The early bird catches the worm.” That saying might seem a bit outdated, but it still holds some validity, especially in the life of a freelancer. Many freelancers are night owls, but that is often neither productive nor healthy. Waking up in the small hours of the day will seem like a burden at first. When you get into the habit of it, however, it feels much better than tolling away at your computer after midnight.

  • How to make the most of your working time as a Freelancer

    04.09.2015

    At the beginning working as a freelancer can be really hard. You have to go for your dream, fight for your idea and develop your business, what also means that you are making many different tasks at the same time: looking for new customers, managing them, providing your services, dealing with invoices, building your brand, updating your social media networks, etc. Even if you already work as a freelancer for quite some time, you will have to manage your precious time.

  • Top 5 Reasons for Crowdfunding as a Freelancer

    04.09.2015

    In the last couple of years, crowdfunding has gained enormous popularity. Especially over the internet, contributing for a project en masse seems to be one of the easiest, most convenient ways to actually gather funds. Crowdfunding basically follows the mindset that “together, anything is possible”. Small businesses and freelancers in particular can utilize crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and a couple others to actually turn huge projects and ideas into a reality. Here are the top 5 reasons for using crowdfunding.

  • The art of quoting as a freelancer, in 5 steps

    04.09.2015

    In freelancing the client is king, catering to specific needs and requests is something any good freelancer should learn to do. Many, if not all clients will want to know how much your services will cost them before the beginning of an actual project. This preliminary estimate of a project’s cost is called “quoting” or having a sales quote. Needless to say, the expectations set by this quote will be a deciding factor in how well your work goes.

  • How To: Apply for projects on freelancermap.com?

    04.09.2015

    The freelancermap.com project database is full of interesting IT remote projects and contract assignments. And best of all, at freelancermap.com freelancers can apply for an unlimited number of project offers without any fees. Simply browse the project database, review the project details and contact the client directly. Here is how to do that!

  • SURVEY: The 6 biggest complaints about freelancing!

    04.09.2015

    Freelancing has many advantages such as the ability to work from home or somewhat called the “perfect work-life balance”, but it is far away from being problem-free! From managing a complete business without manpower to dealing with unsatisfied clients, there are many problems freelancers usually complaint about. The IT-project board www.freelancermap.com recently has investigated in the disadvantages of the life as a freelancer and therefore conducted a survey among its freelancing users. More than 400 users worldwide participated in this survey.

  • 4 big pricing mistakes freelancers make and how to avoid them

    04.09.2015

    Having the right pricing policy consists of various elements. Knowing your market, competition, your client and the capabilities of your business are the foundations of pricing. Getting it right is extremely important, too. Charge too much and you might lose potential clients, ask for too little and you might end up being undervalued by them on that basis.

  • The 5 biggest enemies of productivity for freelancers

    04.09.2015

    Do you ever feel like 24 hours a day are not anywhere near enough? You eat, sleep, do mundane but unavoidable tasks like cleaning, doing your laundry and buying groceries. You answer emails, wait for people to pick up the phone. Where did the day go? If you often ask yourself this question, you are probably, like so many people out there, looking for the Holy Grail of productivity.

  • 5 Ways IT professionals will want to change in 2015

    04.09.2015

    IT has been and will continue to be one of the most demanding fields in terms of changing what the public needs and, thus, what IT professionals should look to provide. If you work in the field, you have certainly noticed that skills which were the hottest thing five years ago might be close to irrelevant today.

  • Landing jobs with cold emails

    04.09.2015

    Cold emails can be an extremely good ways to find new gigs. As a freelancer, you might often get the feeling that people are getting jobs out of the blue without you even having had the chance to compete with them. And you’re right – many openings don’t get advertised at all. The best professionals in any line of work know that they have to take the initiative and differentiate themselves from everybody else. Writing emails out of the blue allows you to do just that.

  • 5 Tips on keeping in touch with former clients

    04.09.2015

    There is a lot of useful advice on getting new clients as a freelancer. Unfortunately, few resources focus on nurturing your older connections and making the best out of them. A seasoned freelancers knows that is much easier to work with somebody who already knows you than winning over an unfamiliar person. Having a continuous flow of profit from a number of clients makes your work a lot easier. So here are a few techniques that will help you keep in touch with your former clients and make use of already built relationships.

  • The 4 Freelancer Stereotypes which are (mostly) bogus

    04.09.2015

    As a freelancer you probably know at least one or two people who don’t really understand what freelancing means and feel like it’s just another way to say you’re looking for a full-time job (I’m looking at you, grandma!) In fact, there are a lot of stereotypes connected with this particular working group, but it mostly comes from either not knowing any freelancers, living in the 90s, or just plain envy. In this article, we break down four of the most popular stereotypes and mostly disprove them.

  • Going into 2015 as a freelancer

    04.09.2015

    The start of a new year is a big thing for any business, because with it comes the time of assessing, evaluating, making new plans and adjusting old ones. As a freelancer, success will definitely not fall on your lap and you have tons of thinking to do. The holidays and the end of the year offer the perfect opportunity to sit back, look at what you’ve done and, most importantly, think about what you want to accomplish and how to do that successfully in the coming year.

  • 5 Ways IT professionals will want to change in 2015

    04.09.2015

    IT has been and will continue to be one of the most demanding fields in terms of changing what the public needs and, thus, what IT professionals should look to provide. If you work in the field, you have certainly noticed that skills which were the hottest thing five years ago might be close to irrelevant today.

  • Doing Christmas right – the Freelancer way

    04.09.2015

    With the festive winter season well underway, finding the balance between enjoying the holidays and staying on top of your freelancing business can be a mighty difficult task. Freelancers don’t have the luxury of simply having their office locked during the last couple of weeks in December. As the CEO of your business, you have to make conscious decisions about how and to what extent you want to work throughout the holidays.

  • Five reasons why you should learn a second language as a Freelancer

    04.09.2015

    If you’re looking for a new skill to add to your freelancer arsenal, learning a language can be a great way to improve. A lot of freelancer have the opportunity to work globally nowadays and being able to communicate with others in their native language will benefit you greatly in a number of ways. Although English tends to be the standard business language, being proficient in another one will open up a whole new world of possibilities. Of course, learning can definitely be time-consuming, but it can be tons of fun as well.

  • How to deal with illness as a freelancer in 5 simple steps

    04.09.2015

    Winter is already knocking on our doorstep, meaning it is again that time of year when we sometimes unfortunately face illness. Coughs, colds and worse, dealing with yourself being sick can become quite the hassle, especially if you weren’t prepared for it. Freelancers face a couple of specific problems, which can make those nasty viruses hit us even worse. You don’t have anywhere to call in sick and nobody is going to pay you the time you had to take off due to medical reasons.

  • 5 Great Collaboration Tools for Remote Teams

    04.09.2015

    As freelancing businesses grow, what once started out as a one-man-show can often quickly turn into a team experience. The transition can be tough, but a team can accomplish a lot, provided it is managed properly. Companies wanting to grow cannot afford an unclear strategy on their collaboration tool. Imagine this: half of your colleagues use email, the others prefer Skype and a third group only shares their ideas via text or not at all.