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Host Your Own Free Knit Along

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Have you tried participating in a free knit along? If you have, then you know that it is an excellent way of motivating yourself to complete a knitting project, and it is also a great way of expanding your network especially with other knitters and then getting the help that you need as you progress with the pattern that you are working on.

 

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Not in the Mood to Connect With Old Knitting Friends? Host a Free Knit Along

If your target knitting audience is all around the world, then you can host an online knit-along so that you can be able to connect with them. You can also host a knit-along on your own blog the is free for anyone who wants to join.

 

Tips in Organizing Your Own Free Knit Along

When organizing a free knit-along, this does not need to have strict rules or guidelines. Even so, you still need to plan the knit-along properly so that it will run smoothly:

 

Tip #1 – Choose the project for your knit-along

If you find yourself looking for motivation so you can finish a very complicated and intimidating pattern, then the knit-along can be a great chance for you to finally do it. If you have a blog and you are featuring the knit-along, then you can create a poll asking the readers to weigh in as to what project they would be interested to work on.

 

Tip #2 – Break the knit-along project into small, manageable steps

This is one benefit when hosting a knit-along. You will be able to break big projects into smaller components in order to make it easier and less daunting when completing the project. So if you are doing a sweater knit-along, then it can be broken down into parts like:

  • The choice of yarn
  • The swatching
  • The casting on
  • Knitting the body of the sweater
  • Knitting the sleeves of the sweater
  • Finishing

You should not let your participants feel so much pressured to stick to the schedule, however, it is still a great way of trying to keep all of the knitters on the same page.

 

Tip #3 – Set up the check-in dates of your knit-along

This is part of the motivation of the knit-along that participants will be able to check in on the progress of each other. Your knit-along can decide whether you will have a weekly or monthly check-ins. The check-ins will depend on the needs of the group.

 

And if you are hosting a knit-along in person, then you can consider meeting up with the group for several numbers of times during the knit-along.

 

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Tip #4 – Choose a platform for your knit-along

Surely you will be needing a place for you to share the photos if your knit-along. You can use a Facebook group, or you can start your own hashtag. You just have to see to it that the hashtag is not being used by a lot of other knitters.

If you are hosting a knit-along in person, then you can still use a platform for you to post your photos to make you knit along with more fun. This cannot just encourage the knitters, but this can also be a great place for you to fix problems that group members might have.

 

Tip #5 – Show off the finished projects of you knit-along

You can then show off your finished projects on the same platform that you have used where you shared the progress photos.

You Can Also Choose to Join a Free Knit Along, Here’s Why

 

 Learn New Patterns From People and Not Books

Have you experienced reading a knitting pattern and instead of understanding it, you end up having a big question mark? Most people who are knitting are admitting that they are left confused with the patterns at some point. But, if you join a knit-along, then you can bring your patterns with you including the knitting projects in the meetings so that you can get help and advice from other members who are more familiar with the pattern than you are.

 

It Can Help and Motivate You to Finish Your Remaining Projects

Almost all knitters have unfinished projects at some point. They may have become stuck on the project, or they have become bored with the project and just left it unfinished. With knitting groups, this is going to be a great avenue to help you in finishing your unfinished projects.

 

 

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You Can Make Friends Who Also Knit

This is one of the best advantages when you are a member of a knit-along. You will be able to make friends with other people who also love to knit. And although knitting is really generally thought of as a pretty solitary art, by joining a knit-along, this will allow you to learn from other members and make friends at the same time. You can also impart your own ideas, and at the same time receive some tips and ideas from them. Thus, it is important that you really are involved in the group so that you can help in improving it.

 

Obtain Ideas for Your Next Projects

Even the best knitters can run out of ideas on what they want to do for their next project. There are times when even though you are already browsing through a lot of knitting resources, nothing still inspires you to make such a project. However, if you are an active participant and you can witness what everyone else is doing around you, then it might create a spark that will inspire you to do a new project.

Whatever your motivation is going to be, there will always be a great knit-along near you that is just waiting for you to join. There are even no reasons for you to find it difficult with your projects or making friends as these things can be both accomplished at once.

So you can either join a knit-along near your area and if there is none, you can always host a knit-along for your community. You can start out a free knit-along and then see how it is going to progress.

 

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When and How to Sack a Difficult Client

As a freelancer you’ll come across clients of all shapes, sizes, attitudes and temperaments. And if you’re just starting off, more often than not you may come across problem clients. If you are a freelancer, and you have not experienced a difficult client before, then you are still testing the waters. You become a pro, once you have come across these clients and have handled the issues appropriately, so brace yourself for impact.

Many of us are pushed into the world of self-employment or additional income, because we need to run our own business, make our own money, and follow our own path. Well, part and parcel of being your boss is to know when and how to sack a difficult client, learn we must!

I always knew I was going to run my own business. I was not cut out for the regular 9 – 5, and I couldn’t find a job that I really liked. I started seriously toying with idea of going self-employed during my prenatal days. I was pregnant with twins, with no way to afford childcare, I knew I just had to stay at home for some years, because there was no way around it. Well no other way I was comfortable with, I should add. Which led me to this point. And now, I won’t have it any other way.

 

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Although it takes time before you start to get your foot in on the type of clients who are a perfect fit for you, even the best of us have moments when we have to face the problem client. Let me assure you that you don’t have to deal with the wrong clients all your life. You can learn how to identify who’s the right client for you and who you should stay away from.
In this article, I’ll let you in on my best tips on when you should let go of your client and how you can do that in a way that is painless keeping your freelance business intact.
When is the Right Time to Sack a Client?
Before you even start your freelance business, you should have a basic idea of the type of people you’d want to serve. Although your target audience will evolve and be streamlined as time goes by, your major focus must be on attracting such people to your business.
However, when you find yourself entertaining the wrong client, the best time to fire your client is the very minute you notice they were not your ideal client. For this you need to be extra vigilant and sensitive to the warning signs.
Never underestimate your intuition or gut feeling. When you feel that you and your client are not flowing on the same frequency, you need to step back. Likewise, when you notice an inadequate behavior from your client either during the briefing or at the preliminary stages you have to draw the line.

 

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How Should You Sack Your Client?
Sacking your client is a lot more than just giving them the boot. Here are some things you should note:
1. Don’t be evasive. Be direct and honest.
It’s only natural for you to want to avoid a client you don’t like working with or be evasive in your approach. That’s a wrong move.
You have to firmly stand your ground and face your client. Be honest with your reasons for not wanting to continue working for your client.
2. Be polite.
It’s important to make sure that as you’re telling your client your reasons for not working with him or her, you remain polite at all times. Settling your differences amicably will help in keeping your integrity intact. The worst thing you can ask for is someone who will give you a bad name. It pays to be polite.
3. Be helpful as you’re letting your client go.
This is a good way of sacking your client on a good note. After telling your client you don’t want to work for them anymore advise them on the possible steps they can take.
You can even recommend your client to someone who you think will be in a better position to offer their services to your client. This way you do not leave your client hanging. They will appreciate your help and you’ll make a positive impression of your business. This way you keep the doors always open for new prospects and referrals.
Sacking a client can be difficult, but it is something most freelancers have to do every now and again. It’s not healthy to have to deal with someone you don’t enjoy working with. You should focus your time and energy on serving people who resonate with you.
As a freelancer you are your own boss. You have control over who you want to work with. And so long as you are clear on who your audience is, you will continue to have the clients who are a perfect fit for you.

 

Have you ever sacked a client before? How did it go? Do you have to deal with difficult clients regularly?

 

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How to Market your Blog

There’s more to blogging than just writing articles and publishing them on your blog everyday. You need to realize that you’re not writing for yourself alone. Your writing for an audience. Spending long hours researching, writing and editing can be a huge waste of time when no one’s reading.

 

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If you own a blog you might know by now that the major problem bloggers face is getting people to visit and read their blog, and have those readers keep coming back. For the probloggers out there, it took them years to grow their reader-base, and many of them started growing their readership with these steps  –

STEP #1 Get clear on who’s your target audience

To effectively market your blog, you need to know who exactly you want to attract. This will help you stay focused on the set of people you want to market your blog to. Remember, you’re not just looking for people to come to your blog. You’re looking for people who will consistently visit your blog, share and comment on your blog posts.

Take time to go through your analytics to see the type of blog posts that get the most views and comments. Dig to get to know your target audience better and give them the content you both want.

STEP #2 Be active on Social Media

Social media is a great way to reach out to a lot of people. The reason why social media is so effective is its convenience. It’s an easy way for people to keep in touch with latest news.

To effectively make use of social media, you need to know which social media platform your target audience hangs out. It’s so much better to focus your energy on the right social media platform where you know they will always be present.

Share your blog posts on a daily basis on social media.  Do not spam! If you’re going to share a link to your blog, then make sure that you craft your status in a way that it is informative. This will make your potential readers interested in clicking on the link to your blog.

STEP #3 Guest post on other blogs or websites

This may sound a bit strange to some people but guest posting is one of the most effective ways to market your blog. Some people will think that they’d rather spend their time populating their blog, but the truth is that if you want to get more people to see your blog, then guest posting is the way to go.

Guest posting involves writing a blog post on another blog. The aim behind guest posting is to share your knowledge, tips and helpful information with a larger audience. Within the article, you can share relevant links to your blog so as to direct people to check your blog out.

Make sure that you write a quality article each time you post on your blog. Quality articles will make people want to visit your blog and read more of your posts and get to know who you are.

 

These are a few tried and tested tips that help market a blog successfully. How do you market your blog?

 

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