How To Boost Your Reputation As A Freelancer

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Having a good reputation as a freelancer can help you to win over the trust of new customers. There are lots of ways to develop a good reputation. Here are just a few ways to give your reputation a boost.

Create an exciting portfolio

Proving a portfolio of your work allows potential customers to see evidence of work you’ve done and get an idea of the quality that they can expect. This could be a portfolio of written pieces if you’re a writer, photographs of cakes if you’re a baker or images of designs you’ve done if you’re a designer. This portfolio could be available as a physical book that you show to customers or it could take the form of a website – you should decide what is the best form based on how you attract most of your clients.

Collect testimonials and positive reviews

You can also boost your reputation by collecting evidence of positive feedback from past customers. Testimonials tend to be pieces of private feedback that you then have the choice to make public. Positive reviews are pieces of positive feedback that you have no part in moderating. You should aim to encourage more positive reviews than negative reviews – this can be done by asking all happy customers to leave reviews, while making a point not to ask unhappy customers.

Build followers and endorsements on social media

Social media has become a useful platform for freelancers wanting to attract new customers. Having lots of followers and endorsements can help you to look more established and trusted. These can be accumulated by asking friends, family and all professional associates to follow and endorse you, as well as encouraging all you customers to follow and endorse you. Buying followers is an option, but this is not recommended due to being dishonest and not always convincing.

Improve your qualifications

Having qualifications can help to provide evidence that you are an expert in your field. For instance, if you run an IT consulting business, it could benefit you to take a Master of IT Leadership online. You can add qualification badges to your website. On top of formal qualifications, you could try seeking out business awards or achieving extra licenses to show off on your site.

Show off your expertise with a blog

Starting a blog can be a great way of boosting your reputation by giving you a platform for showing off your expertise. People largely read blogs to seek advice – you may be able to appeal to customers in your industry by offering related advice. For instance, a freelance realtor could consider blog posts on applying to mortgages, improving the value of one’s home or finding a reliable moving company. On top of writing a blog, you could consider starting a vlog – this involves creating videos. These video could be embedded on your site and could similarly be used to give advice and demonstrate your expertise.

 

 

 

How to make extra money working from home

It is August 2020 and life as we know it has changed dramatically. Many of us are now permanently working from home, and many are others in search of new job opportunities. This is the best time to find ways to make extra money working from home since the majority of us are working from home now. I have been working from home since 2013 and I started making a steady income after a few years later. It has been a rollercoaster but a good one. I have learned a lot and I am still a work in progress. There is a lot to learn when you are your own boss with no one to guide you on how you should proceed.

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If you are wondering how to make an extra income working from home, here are some ideas for you –

Set up a Blog/Youtube channel

It is not easy making money from a blog or on YouTube. It takes a lot of hard work, persistence, time and a bit of luck. Plus you have to bring something new to the industry. Originality is everything when it comes to standing out online and if you plan to make money online, you have to be original. Blogs and YouTube are easy and cheap to set up nowadays. If you have a passion for writing and creating content, you should give it a go.

Get paid to write

If you love writing, you can get paid to write for others. I am a content writer and I have a couple of clients now which help me earn extra income. Most of my clients come to me through referrals and social media. You can also find clients from job boards online.

Offer virtual assistance

I know many people who hire virtual assistants to help them online with their business. You can earn as much as £10 an hour, so it is quite lucrative.  Here are some responsibilities of a virtual assistant –

  • Managing social media
  • Handing the emails.
Set up an online store

You can set up an online store on eBay or Etsy and sell your products. Facebook marketplace is another great platform to sell your items. Etsy is a great platform for homemade and vintage items, while eBay is great for preloved, new, and vintage items. It is best to play around with different platforms, depending on what you are selling before deciding on the best platform for your online store.

Here are some tips for selling online –

  • Make sure your descriptions are clear and include keywords so your item appears on search engines
  • Offer great customer service

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Offer a service

You can offer a service/course to make extra money from home. If you have knowledge in a niche, you could help others by offering this service. For example, I teach new bloggers how to grow their blog so they can start to earn a living from it.

Proofread

Another way to work and make money from home is by being a proofreader. Proofreaders are responsible for reviewing written documents, checking, and correcting errors found. It is a flexible way to earn some extra income if you have the skills required to be a proofreader.

These are a few examples of how to make money working from home. Do you like any of the ideas? Have you tried any? Please share your experiences in the comments section. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

How to Improve Your Productivity When Working From Home

It has always been my dream to work from home and when I finally achieved my dream to start my own business, I was so happy to say goodbye to long commutes, office politics and unappreciative bosses.

Little did I know that working from home had its own unique challenges. One of them was staying productive while working from home.

It’s tempting to slack a bit while working from the comfort of your own home. No one bothers you with deadlines and the environment is extremely cozy. But as a freelancer, I had to discipline myself. I realised that unless I improve my productivity, I’m not going to get further in my work.

 

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If you’re like me and you’re looking for a way to stay productive, then here are 5 ways to improve your productivity when working from home.

 

  1. Create a productive workspace

You need to create a clearly defined workspace where you can focus on anything work or business related. Create a workspace with a desk and a chair where you can sit and do all your work so that whenever you sit in that space it’ll always put you in the mood to get productive.

Although it may feel comfortable to work curled up in your bed, more often than not, it doesn’t inspire productivity. This is because your bed only inspires sleep and relaxation.

 

  1. Prepare your schedule the night before

Planning your day is the best way to stay productive. When you prepare your schedule the night before, it puts you in that state of mind that there are tasks that need to be done.

A schedule keeps you on track of the tasks that need to done for the day, what time you’re meant to do them and how long each task will take. Productive people are always dependent on their schedule. Without a schedule, you won’t know which task to do and that can be a huge time-waster, if you ask me.

 

  1. Take breaks

This may sound very counterintuitive but taking breaks actually helps you stay productive. Breaks give you the opportunity to recharge before working on the next task. A 5 to 10 minute break can do wonders to refocus your concentration on the next task ahead. So, make sure that you schedule breaks when planning your day.

 

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  1. Avoid distractions

Put your phone away. Turn off the television. Don’t check your notifications. In short, avoid anything that can distract you from working.

You may have heard a lot of people being able to multitask. But research shows that multitasking doesn’t actually make you productive. Distractions take you away from actually maintaining uninterrupted workflow.

 

  1. Break your tasks into chunks

As much as we all want to devote 100 percent concentration to our work, it’s far more important for your productivity to break down your tasks into smaller manageable tasks.

This will help you complete your work a lot faster as it will be less overwhelming to tackle a large task. When your tasks are broken down into manageable chunks, it helps you focus your attention on your workload one chunk at a time.

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