Freelancer Friday Newsletter #3
…tips every freelancer should learn
Hey there freelancers, hope you're all excited about our open beta launch and for those of you already familiar with our interface, I trust you have consistently been receiving work orders already!
Over the past few weeks, we’ve invited a limited number of freelancer’s and corporations to demo the platform, receive feedback and make adjustments to the user experience.
We’re eternally grateful to everyone who has volunteered their time to help redefine the #futureofwork and look forward to collaborating with our growing community to effect change!
To show our Gratitude, in today's issue of Black Freelancer's digest, we have decided to procure tips that every freelancer such as yourself will require in order to secure jobs as well as build your reputation
Lessons/Tips every Freelancer Should Learn
Tip #1 - Track everything.
Again, you’re a business—accountable to Uncle Sam and to your clients. So track everything that you do, including: The hours you bill – keep a timesheet for every client. Log hours worked, by project.
Tip #2 - Don’t be afraid to ask.
…for referrals, for work, for anything! Nothing comes to those who wait. If you have a dry spell or are looking for more clients, hit up your networks. Get on LinkedIn and find out what your former peers and managers are up to now, and let them know you’re actively looking for new clients.
Tip #3 - Manage deadlines.
There are no excuses in business. If you want to grow it, you have to be able to manage your deadlines. Negotiate realistic deadlines and stick to them. Heck, go ahead and deliver ahead of the deadline—your clients will love you for it.
If you find yourself struggling with them, put your hand up early on so you have enough time to reset client expectations. And don’t just say, “I can’t make this deadline.” Offer alternatives. Could you complete a portion of the deliverable by a certain milestone, with the rest to follow?
Tip #4 - Anticipate your variables.
One of the best ways to manage deadlines is to anticipate and prepare for variables in your workload. Variables are the unpredictable things that catch us unawares—a new project, a sick day or two, or anything that throws you off your planned schedule. Be sure to anticipate these by not putting off till later what can be done today.
Tip #5 - Build your digital presence
In the modern world, so much is done online. Businesses post jobs online, and clients look for independent professionals online. Various digital platforms also make it easy to create a portfolio that demonstrates your skills and expertise for those interested in hiring freelancers in your niche. BLACK FREELANCER IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF THIS.
there are many other tips everyone of us should know but we've highlighted these 5 because we are sure that by you implementing this, you are sure to see a substantial increase in the amount of work orders you will receive.
Open Beta Functionality
Freelancers can now sign up for payments if they live in a support country
Freelancers can now view a list of jobs (there’s no jobs available yet though)
Freelancers and Companies now have a more streamlined sign up experience as type-form has been removed
New onboarding experience for freelancers
“Find jobs” page where freelancers can find jobs
“Proposals” page where freelancers can send a proposal to companies
With more to come! We will keep you updated…
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