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30 Inherently Useful Tools for Freelancers

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[caption id=attachment_11492 align=alignright width=256 caption=Credit: David Mottram, Smashing Magazine][/caption] Being a freelancer can sometimes feel like a solo venture ...

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Storytelling For Freelancers

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Several years ago, I worked as an in-house copywriter and designer for a prominent marketing firm. When I first applied for the job I didn’t have any of the credentials my employers were looking for, and yet I got the job anyway, out of a pool of more qualified competitors. Why did I get chosen? The boss liked my story.

 

I had no experience with working at a firm, nor was I technical enough to get deeply involved in the backend work. But my cover letter told them that I would be able to communicate clearly and effectively with their customers, while at the same time putting them at ease and perhaps making them laugh a little. I am pretty funny, after all. The stories we tell prospective employers have a dramatic impact on whether or not we will be successful at what we do. They can literally make or break your career, so it’s important to choose and develop them wisely.

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The Importance of Balance as a Freelancer for Health and Success

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Your total schedule needs to be changed. If you are sick, in spite of your sickness you need to perform your entire home tasks and will have to complete your office task side by side. There are multiple such instances which could imbalance your life in an unexpected manner.

 

A person who can tie himself to such restrictions and maintain a balance would surely succeed. In spite of many hurdles of your day to day life you will have to fight through those and will have to complete your work with utmost perfection. Freelancers are the people who love to work within their own comfort zone. Balancing is the most essential element in all professional fields. Similar is the case for them too.

 

Normally people think that freelancers are lucky as they can work from home. As:

 

1. They have ample time to complete their work.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 7, 2013 6:32 PM

Balance is required in every person’s life. Normally speaking a certain kind of imbalance is created in life if you fall ill. Your total schedule needs to be changed.

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To have a fruitful career you need to balance your health and success. Read about your responsibilities - to YOURSELF!!

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Concept Inbox, un salvavidas para freelancers creativos

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Muchos trabajadores creativos como arquitectos, diseñadores, fotógrafos o ilustradores usan fotografías a diario.
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I’ve Got Proof Freelancers are Fueling the Sharing Economy

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I’ve been saying for a long time now that freelancers are building the sharing economy. But now I have the hard numbers that prove it.

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7 útiles aplicaciones online para freelancers

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Es realmente gratificante trabajar como independiente/autónomo/freelancer, pero esa libertad implica muchas más responsabilidades ya que en ese escenario el...


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Hiring via Freelancer Services, and the Top 14 Marketing Technology Articles Curated Monday, 8/4/14

Hiring via Freelancer Services, and the Top 14 Marketing Technology Articles Curated Monday, 8/4/14 | Community Management | Scoop.it

Should you fill your marketing technology talent gaps with freelancers?

 

You know the services: Elance, ODesk, 3desk, etc. There are talented people available within these online marketplaces that can help you with short term projects. Makes sense. Plug in your needs, upload a proposal, select the candidates from whom you want a response, and then evaluate.

 

Here are the issues: (1) you’re not dealing with a deliverable but with a person delivering a deliverable; and (2) marketing technology is fluid.

 

A white paper, a slide deck, a landing page, an email, etc. are straightforward deliverables. The task is well defined with strong borders, and the revision process is clean. However, marketing technology projects such as a Marketing Automation implementation is complex, and requires working with different internal constituents to properly execute. As a result, you’re hiring a person, not a deliverable! And hiring a person from the 3rd party marketplaces is very difficult without ongoing face to face contact. They have to be local, not remote.

 

And to that end, marketing technology is never (NEVER) cleanly defined. It is quite fluid, and one of its main benefits, flexibility, is one of its main detriments, i.e., you need to BE flexible so as to adjust on the run. So as a result, the 3rd party marketplaces where requirements are locked down will be an issue leading to scope creep.

 

You’ll need to work towards more flexible manpower solutions available to you locally, either in the form of a recruiting firm, an agency or a consulting firm (the latter two are quickly melding together). 3rd party services are great…for those succinctly defined short term projects.

 

 

Marketing Technology…NOW!

 

Have a comment? Email it to info@ineomarketing.com or comment below. I’ll publish it here.

 

Today’s curated articles collected for your quick review:

-- > Marketing Grows Up, Takes on More Responsibility - Gartner http://sco.lt/6QJVCb

-- > To Meet Tomorrow's Marketing Challenges, You Need These People on Your Team Today - Profs http://sco.lt/8SXm9h

-- > Must-read interview on marketing technology leadership with the CTO of SapientNitro - Chief Marketing Technologist http://sco.lt/7NM4G1

-- > Innovation Excellence | B2B Disruption: Pricing, Segmentation, and Technology http://sco.lt/5lddfl

-- > LinkedIn's new Sales Navigator could make it the ultimate lead generation platform - The Hub http://sco.lt/8uvfA9

-- > Why The Smartest Marketers Have External Writing Teams - Scripted http://sco.lt/5vrCM5

-- > Content Bubble: What Metrics Matter? - ClickZ http://sco.lt/8J6c53

-- > Twitter testing easier-to-use hashtags - Digits - WSJ http://sco.lt/6yVLEH

-- > Digital Marketing Performance Increasingly Affects CMO Compensation [Study] - ClickZ http://sco.lt/6BxvzF

-- > The Huge List of 127 Marketing Tools (+11 Bonus Sales Tools!) - TrackMaven http://sco.lt/935uCX

-- > Seven Deadly Sins of Mobile Marketing [Infographic] - Profs http://sco.lt/8NQzoX

-- > How Our Eyes Move On A Website — #Infographic | Digital Information World http://sco.lt/7u8BgP

-- > The Tipping Point for Content Marketing [Infographic] - Smart Insights Digital Marketing Advice http://sco.lt/6qYqdV

-- > Six in 10 B2B Marketers Spending More on Social Media in 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter http://sco.lt/6diV05

 

See ALL Top Curated Marketing Technology Articles here.

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The difference between freelancers and entrepreneurs | The Freelancery

The difference between freelancers and entrepreneurs | The Freelancery | Community Management | Scoop.it

Are you a freelancer at heart? Or an entrepreneur? In one important way, freelancers and entrepreneurs are carved from the same timber.


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Word press ecommerce SEO optimized web site … – Freelancer.com

Word press ecommerce SEO optimized web site … – Freelancer.com | Community Management | Scoop.it
'Word press ecommerce SEO optimized web site.' project on Freelancer.com. Bid on this job or post your own project for free!

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Freelancers, Stop Accepting Low Pay

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It’s a damn shame to see what some companies are offering freelancers. It’s even more shameful to think that there are freelancers who will accept it.

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Ser freelancer y no morir en el intento

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Hablo por muchos al decir una frase que suena fuerte y que debemos repetirlo diario cual mantra: “Soy freelancer, no voluntario. Yo cobro lo justo por mi trabajo”. Desde hace […]

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TecnoInfo - Una comunidad de aprendizaje en línea: Freelancer.com: una opción para bibliotecas pequeñas

#CLED Freelancer: una opción para bibliotecas pequeñas http://t.co/1NzsZmct http://t.co/4I6Zxnix...

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Bad habits that hold freelancers back

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Let's just dive in to this one: bad habits that may be putting the brakes on your freelance ambitions. Feel free to add your own in the comments! And for the record, I'm not getting all superior he...

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Bad habits that hold freelancers back

April 21, 2014 by Corinne McKay

Let’s just dive in to this one: bad habits that may be putting the brakes on your freelance ambitions. Feel free to add your own in the comments! And for the record, I’m not getting all superior here…I culled many of these bad habits from my own experiences!

  • Waiting for the big block of time that is never coming. That book you’ve been planning to write; that marketing campaign you’ve been meaning to launch; that blog that you’ve been on the verge of creating…but not until you can take a week and focus only on that task. News flash: unless you’re independently wealthy and have no responsibilities to anyone except yourself, the big block of time is never coming. I tell you this because I waited (literally) two years to write the second edition of How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator, because I was going to take a month off and just blaze away at it. After two years of waiting for that elusive month, I decided that even if I only wrote one sentence, I had to work on the second edition every single day. And guess what; in another six months, it was done. So, whatever your long-term goals are, chip away at them in small, regular increments.
  • Publicly ranting about clients or colleagues. When I see people doing this, mostly in the form of Facebook or Twitter posts, I have one question for them: Why? I agree, everyone needs to vent now and again. But that’s what your e-mail and phone connections to your most trusted colleagues are for. Public ranting has so many downsides, it’s hard to know where to begin. First, nothing on social media is private, and someone may forward the rant to the client or colleague at whom it’s directed, even if you don’t actually name them in the post. Second, social media is there forever. You can delete the ranting post, but lots of people have already seen it. Third, it’s off-putting to other people who might refer work to you. I would never take the risk of referring a client to someone who is a habitual ranter. Also, I think that most clients run away from translators who have a reputation as being high-drama or difficult to work with. The emotional release of publicly flaming someone just isn’t worth the risk. Fourth: that whole thing about people in glass houses. I definitely get irritated when clients or colleagues inconvenience me because of their own bad planning, or send the wrong file, or don’t understand a question or instruction that seems simple to me. But I try to keep the perspective that undoubtedly, I do those same things sometimes, possibly without even realizing it. Fifth, it’s a waste of your time and energy. With the time you spend being aggravated at a client who bugs you, you could proactively go look for a new client who pays more and is less annoying. So, keep the complaints offline, and only to a few colleagues who you really, really trust.
  • Feeling that other people have all the luck in this industry. Everyone else lands the plum direct clients. Everyone else gets asked to speak at the cool conferences. Everyone else’s webinars sell out. My take: it’s not luck.  If you want to be jealous of something, be jealous that those “lucky” people work harder than you are willing to. As Thomas Edison said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” So go out there and perspire; just don’t wait for the big block of time to do it!
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How Does Social Media Affect SEO?

How Does Social Media Affect SEO? | Community Management | Scoop.it

Do social media interactions affect search rankings? The short answer: Yes. But not how you think.


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Jakarta Web Developer's curator insight, August 8, 2014 10:36 AM

How Does Social Media Affect SEO?

Chris Barrow's curator insight, August 9, 2014 6:02 AM

SEO isn't about meta-tags any more - its about sharing

Caroline Wood's curator insight, August 9, 2014 4:49 PM

This is a brilliant resource for understanding next generation SEO. Thanks for scooping!