How do I stay healthy and fit?

Posted on: December 29th, 2013

Welcome to guest blogger, Olga Arakelyan.

Hi Carole! Thank you so much for your kind invitation to write a guest post for your blog. But first, I’d like to share the story behind this article. In November, I published the post called “Being a healthy freelancer: your eyesight matters” where I shared some tips for those who, like me, suffer from overstrained and tired eyes. This post caused an active discussion both in my blog and in social networks and many more useful tips were shared by my colleagues.

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Six ways to be more productive as a freelancer

Posted on: December 16th, 2013

Welcome to guest writer, Shannon Norman.

If you’re productive, it means you have the ability to get a lot of work done in less time. But how is this possible when you have so many things to do? These six tips will help you be more productive as a freelancer.

1. Be sure of the “what” and “when”
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My 2013 round up of handy social media tips

Posted on: December 9th, 2013

Your four-step guide to achieving your social media strategy

Posted on: December 2nd, 2013

Sometimes December can be a quiet month for freelancers. Clients come to the end of their annual budgets and they focus their thoughts on Christmas festivities. So, if you have a less busy period ahead of you, this month is the ideal time to plan out 2014.

I have written several posts about goals and strategy – links to these are the end of this post. The focus of this week’s post is about planning your social media strategy for 2014.

Step 1

It’s very easy for social media to be a hugely time consuming, so you need to take a step back and work out your reason for being there. For example, is it:

  • to sell products?
  • to gain new followers so you can increase the number of people on your email mail list?
  • to position yourself as an expert in your sector?
  • to promote your blog?
  • to showcase your work?
  • to drive people to your website?
  • or is it for another reason entirely?

Who is able to delete your online accounts, should you die?

Posted on: November 24th, 2013

I was taking a trawl through all my 600+ Linkedin contacts the other day and was dismayed to see that a long-standing friend and previous colleague who had tragically drowned on holiday 18 months ago was still listed as a contact. She is also still there as a friend on Facebook.

I can only imagine that she hadn’t shared her online passwords with anyone. After all, Facebook’s policy states it won’t release login information to anyone other than the account holder.

Who knows your passwords?

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Do you use Dropbox? Tips on file sharing and security

Posted on: November 18th, 2013

Welcome to guest writer, Leia Solanki.

What is Dropbox?

The need for a trusted and reliable file-sharing platform is becoming increasingly crucial for anyone concerned with security. Dropbox is a popular sync and file sharing solution and has quickly been adopted.  It now supports over 100 million active users and 1 billion file uploads per day (https://www.dropbox.com/news/articles).