Think and Grow Rich book by Napoleon Hill has had eighty years of life-changing impact to millions of successful entrepreneurs. It has already made an impact on my thinking. It is a must-read book for every freelancer, blogger or anyone looking to build a business.
The 7 key benefits of being a niche developer and freelancer are Less Competition, Increased Expertise, Higher Rates, Client Relationship, Word of Mouth, Lesser Risk, Technology Focus
Niche is the term used for a product or services that interest’s a smaller group of people. As a freelancer, it is important to find your niche. Niche freelancers have less to no competition.
It is possible for freelancers to scale up. It isn’t going to be easy but isn’t an impossible task either. You have to think differently and think out of the box. So here are 9 ways individual freelancers can take freelancing as a business and scale it up for 10x or even 100x growth trajectory.
When you have the bandwidth for a new client, you place a proposal to series of projects. If most of the clients start responding to your proposals and want to discuss things further with you, a freelancer is overloaded.
My Upwork proposal template is written with a view it is an opportunity to introduce myself, highlight my expertise and ask relevant questions to show I’m the best-suited person to get the job done.
There is no general rule as to which one to choose a CMS or a framework for a better web developer freelancing career but if I had to choose one, it has to be a CMS. Want to know why?
The 7 most widely used rapid application development web frameworks in PHP are Laravel, CodeIgniter, Symfony, CakePHP, YII, PhaconPHP and Zend Framework. The question is which one is the best for a web developer freelancer?
Business cards for an online blogger or freelancer isn’t a must but having it isn’t bad either.So, What information can one have on a business card? How to design and order a professional business card online? How to create a totally unique business card even if you aren’t a designer?
There are more developers now than in there were in the past. So in the plethora of ever-increasing developers, how can one stand out as a programmer and continue growing? It’s tough but it isn’t impossible.
Freelancing sites are considered an auction, so the term bidding or “place your bid” for the project is used as terminology.
Some articles have landed me with many programming jobs and clients whereas others don’t. So let us understand what kind or type of articles can bring in traffic that has more potential clients for a programming freelancer?
“Blue Ocean Strategy – How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant” book is the international bestseller with over 3.5 million copies sold and has been converted into more than 40 languages. I know why
English isn’t one of those languages that can’t be learned. So here are 10 ways a freelance developer can learn the English language and overcome the fear of being poor in English.
Every developer should have a portfolio website irrespective of whether he is a freelancer or not. Anything that you have done or are working can be documented on a website to build an online resume or as a portfolio website.
A few days back I met a friend who has just started freelancing in early December of 2017. He was doing a job earlier but now has got some regular clients and some one time projects from PPH.
There can be tons of advise others can give about what works and what doesn’t. But the first client you get with your own effort on Upwork makes you believe it is not about what others achieved or said. Now you can do it too. Let me share 10 tips to get your first (or next) client on Upwork.
Warren Buffett is the greatest stock market investor world has ever seen. He doesn’t talk much but when he does, everyone listens. We will use some of his best quotes on investments and apply to freelancing to get inspiring thoughts as a freelancer. 5th one can blow your mind out.
As a freelancer, you need to know more than just write clean code. The fact is, better developers and programmer struggle to find clients consistently whereas those who are not so good in programming often don’t. Do you wonder why?
When I quit my job in 2008, the global financial crisis made sure I planned my savings really well. So here are my 6 tips for anyone who is willing to be a freelancer and want to make the most of his or her saving before he leaves his job forever.
Being a freelancer, you don’t need to wait for month end to get a credit in your bank account but what options are available for freelancers in India
The best freelancing sites keep changing. When I started freelancing in 2002 there were totally different freelancing sites like Scriptlance, RentACoder, iFreelance. Some were acquired and others merged. Here is the list of best and the most active freelancing websites of 2018.
Here are the 9 questions every programmer and developer who aspires to be a freelancer has to ask to himself before one can embark on the journey of being a freelancer.
Answered: Can freelance developers share the code for free on their blog or as a FREE plugin if a client has hired them to develop it and has paid them for it?
Any freelancer can overcome the fear of “I Don’t Know Enough”. Here are 5 things I consider when I don’t know enough and yet want to be working for a client.
Answering readers question: Can I sell my Upwork Profile – I Have 100+ Reviews with 100% completion rate on all my past projects with all 5-star rating.
Personal branding is a misunderstood concept among freelancer. They consider branding is only for the big brand and companies like Coca-Cola, Google or Apple.
Marie Forleo Interviews Renée Mauborgne – co-author of the best selling book “Blue Ocean Strategy”. A must-watch interview for everybody working in an overly competitive environment.
The book shares 6 weapons of influence aka Reciprocation, Commitment and Consistency, Social Proof, Liking, Authority, Scarcity and how it is impossible for anybody to reject an offer when under any one of such influence.
Price isn’t the only factor to win projects but it is still an important factor. As a freelancer, if you don’t put the right price, chances are you will either be underpaid or not have enough projects.
Is your Upwork profile rejected? If you don’t follow these guidelines, you are sure to get the profile rejected yet again. So how to get an Upwork profile approved even if it has been rejected previously?
Understanding positioning from the failed project of Tata Motors aka Tata Nano and then use it to position the freelancing services rightly for better freelancing rates from clients.
Answering – How to add freelancing work experience? What should be the job title of a freelancer? How to provide references of clients? What are some of the common interview questions? What shouldn’t freelancers add to the resume?
Once money becomes the driving force to be a freelancer, the focus shifts from working on something you love to working for clients to invoice more paid hours.
As a new freelancer and blogger, don’t take the blog as the main source for clients but work towards building it as an additional source of clients.
As a freelancer, you need to make sure the client is at ease when he starts working with you and you should look to build an everlasting business relationship. Relationships with existing clients can help you with a lot of repeat business and referrals.
The first year of freelancing shouldn’t be to break even as a freelancer. It should be more to create a level playing field for next few years. You don’t want to rush to get clients but the first few years is the survival time with an opportunity to learn.
Freelancing isn’t all about writing a proposal on freelancing sites and wait for the clients to respond. Alternate channels to getting clients will always provide the stability one needs for a freelancing business.
I found a very common and noticeable difference in the habits and daily routines of people who are successful and those who aren’t and it has nothing to do with the hard work. So what is then?
6 most common fear among Indian freelancers that keeps them away to start a blog. They are the fear of English, the fear of writing, the fear of technical know-how, the fear of running out of Ideas, the fear of marketing and finally the fear of failure and how to overcome each of them.
Price isn’t the only factor in a proposal for it to be accepted or rejected but it is still an important factor to consider. If the best among the top proposal has to be selected and if everything else remains the same, the price can be a factor.
The mistake I see in the proposals of freelancers is they write about themselves. I like to turn the table and talk about how I can be of help to the client and their business. There are certain words in the proposal that can turn things around. Changing these phrases in your proposal is the key.
Freelancers typically accept clients on a first come first serve basis but if you allow all the clients in, you may need to say NO to a client in the future you don’t want to. One should pick and choose.
Consider the proposal as an opportunity to introduce yourself, highlight the expertise and ask relevant questions to create a lasting impression in the mind of the client that you are the best-suited person to get the job done.
Freelancing is a business and one has to consider it as a business. In business, you don’t have a guarantee of a monthly income but if you want the guarantee for your career path, one can have it.
My Upwork hourly rate and earnings are publicly visible which leads to a question hitting my inbox: How I get such good hourly rate on Upwork?
Each one of us has 24 hours in a day out of which only 8 to 10 hours are dedicated to working. If you allow things to drag in your productive time, you may end up wasting too much time and achieve lot less.
Personal branding isn’t about building a virtual professional brand profile but it is about building a personal brand with professionalism.