My ten tips for freelancers

Posted on: March 2nd, 2014

When I wrote the first post for this blog back in 2010, it was top ten tips for people thinking about going freelance.

Here are ten more tips, for those of you who have already taken the plunge:

  1. Always take time to work ON your business to help ensure you have a pipeline of projects
  2. Be active on social media – it’s a great way of raising your profile
  3. Invest money and time in keeping your skills up to date
  4. Choose a networking group that’s right for you and make it work hard for you
  5. Always meet your clients’ deadlines
  6. Don’t discount your rates
  7. Be prepared to say ‘no’ to a job
  8. Get to know other freelancers in your niche: they are a good source of leads and they can help you out when times get busy
  9. Be efficient at sending out your invoices: the faster you send them out, the faster you will be paid
  10. Always include your terms and conditions when you send out a quote to a potential client.

10 tips to raise your profile on Pinterest

Posted on: September 28th, 2013

1. Create original content

80% of pins on Pinterest are people repinning other people’s images. So you need to make sure you create your own content that others will repin so you.

2. Use key words

Make sure you add key words to your captions so people can find your pins easily. And don’t forget to add your website url to help drive traffic back to your site.

3. Add a Pinterest plug-in to your Facebook page

10 tips for Twitter newbies

Posted on: March 31st, 2011

I’ve come across a few people in the past couple of weeks who are just starting out on Twitter, so I thought it might be useful to do a Q&A-style post to help answer any queries you may have if you’re a newbie.

1. What does retweet mean?

Retweet (or RT) means forwarding a tweet you’ve received to all your followers.

2. What’s a hash tag?

Hashtags (#) are really useful for searching specific conversations/topics. So, if you write a tweet that’s aimed at freelancers, you could add #freelancer or #freelancing to it and anyone who’s searching on those terms will see your message.

They’re also used a lot around events. So, for example, I went to a conference recently called Women Unlimited and everyone who tweeted about it used the hashtag #WUC2011. That meant, anyone who wanted to be kept up to speed about what was happening at the event simply searched #WUC2011 and they could see all the tweets relating to it.

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Top Ten Tips for Freelancers

Posted on: May 18th, 2010

Welcome to my brand new blog – all about freelancing. In this first post, here are my top ten tips for starting out as a freelancer. They are in no particular order:

  1. Don’t give up on your day job until you know you have at least two clients on board.
  2. Put money aside every month for your tax bill.
  3. Put money aside in case you get sick and can’t work.
  4. Put a lot of effort into marketing yourself.
  5. Get a professional-looking website.
  6. If you work from home, invest in a good office chair.
  7. Hire a good accountant.
  8. Take holidays.
  9. Outsource tasks that are outside your area of knowledge (eg: setting up your IT system).
  10. Enjoy the fact that you no longer have a 9 to 5 job.