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Landing a Full-time Freelance Contract

The best thing to help you succeed as a freelancer or business owner is to maintain a steady income. One way to do that is by landing a full-time contract/ long-term commission.  So, when you get a full-time contract opportunity, remember these tips from Scout Books to land that job: Re-read the requirements more than once. You will notice more details the recruiter wants you to pay attention to.When applying, always present your best self, giving the hiring manager as few reasons to say no as possible. Update your resume, and include a well written cover letter. Show that you can work well within a team. Companies want to know to know if you will be a good fit.Highlight relevant special skills, and list...

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Freelancing During Ramadan

Wishing you all a blessed Ramadan! ✨? For those of you who are working during Ramadan, don't worry, fasting is an amazing tool that does a lot of good to your body. It boosts your energy (yes!) and improves productivity. How? One main reason.Food will not be a distraction in your workday. Here are more reasons why fasting improves your productivity: You won't be thinking about food.Your body won't spend so much energy digesting it. And so, You will go into fat-burning mode, which is why,Your body's energy will increase!Your body will detox from habits that cause you stress.Your brain will think clearly and its functionality will improve. ...

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How to Start a Business While Working

Many of us are not very passionate about their day job. But it's a steady income for you to pay your bills, and gives you a clear mind space to focus on what you really love doing. No matter how successful you feel as a an 'on the side freelancer' be sure to not quit your job until your business can support itself.Teamup Team Until then, here are a few things to keep in mind for when you decide to start a freelance business while working full-time: Define your goals.Find a profitable nicheIdentify your target clients.Set strategic prices for your services.Build a high quality portfolio website.Create examples of what your can deliver (on your portfolio)Thoughtfully choose your first clients.Mention potential clients in your...

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Contract Mistakes to Avoid

Many freelancers are afraid of writing contracts, and so they avoid it. Trust us, that is the worst thing to do!  A good contract protects you and your work, shows the client how professional you are, and eases communication.Teamup Team When writing a contract stick to the basics, use clear language, set your main terms, and please AVOID these mistakes: Listing only deliverables. Tell the client 'what you offer' instead of 'what they get' (ex.' 3 logo concept options', instead 'new logo')Not offering 'add-on' options. Most clients need more than what they ask for, make sure your contract anticipates those needs.Not asking for payment. Include how you want the client to pay you (50% upfront, or in full...

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How to Freelance Like A Boss

To have a successful freelance career in any field you must empower yourself with some important business skills. Teamup Team Select your clients carefully, not all projects suit your brand. Manage your time efficiently, set milestones for project work.Learn how to present your work and sell your services to clients.Understand your client's business, to better solve problems.Price your work to include your talent, time and value.Set boundaries between you and the client to balance work/life.Know your strengths, they make you & your work memorable. ...

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How to Price Your Freelance Work

"There is so much more to a successful business than just the creative aspects. Freelancers need to view themselves as a business".Lior Frenkel Shifting to this perspective is first step of earning enough money to help you make enough to pay for the lifestyle you want. Next is setting a price for your freelance work.  Here are some tips to consider from the expert Lior Frenkel: Get your project going with a cohesive proposals (Teamup freelancers, no need to worry about that, we go you) You are NOT the hours you work. (It took time for you to be good and fast at what you do. Remember Picasso's story.)Don't undercharge for your experience. Your clients are not only paying for your time, but also...

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How to Set & Negotiate Prices

Being your own boss is an empowering thing. It can feel overwhelming sometimes, which is why preparation is key for a smooth-sailing business. And the first step is to set your price rates. How do you do that?First, consider a few relevant factors; the industry, market, and your desired income. Then set a minimum hourly rate, and multiply that by the expected number of working hours for each project. Once you know your rates by heart, you will feel more confident to present it to the client. But keep in mind: Present a rate that is slightly higher than the one you want, because the client will always negotiate.It's okay to agree to a lower budget as long as the price is not...

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