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6 Ways To Be A Better Freelancer

As the number of freelancers increase, you’ll start to feel the pressure of competition. To stand out from the crowd you have to consistently work on yourself to be the best freelancer in the industry.

 

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Although being the best is not easy, it’s not impossible either. All you need to do is to be committed to following these 6 simple things that will make you a better freelancer.

 

  1. Plan your week

Freelancers thrive in efficiency. If your schedule or routine is disorganized, it can affect the quality of your work and the speed of your delivery.

That is why successful freelancers make sure they plan ahead of time. They plan their year, quarter, month, weeks and days in advance.

You may not have to plan that far but you should at least have a clear picture of how you want your month to be, the goals you want to achieve and the exact things you need to do during the week to make sure you get there.

 

  1. Develop your skills

Freelancers never stop learning. If you want to get better then you need to set aside time everyday to hone your skills and develop your craft.

Which aspect of your skills do you think needs a lot of work right now? Dedicate time to improve that skill. The more you work on it the better you will get.

 

  1. Under promise, over deliver

Clients love freelancers who are able to satisfy their needs far above their expectations. The way to do that is to under-promise and over deliver.

Most freelancers promise heaven on earth when they pitch to their clients but hardly put in the work that will meet that standard.

A good freelancer will stay humble about their promises and then strive to give their clients the best.

 

  1. Exercise to stay healthy and stimulate brain activity

It’s sad that few freelancers

\engage themselves in regular exercise. You may be working from home but you must never neglect your health.

Set aside time – at least three days a week – to exercise your body.

Exercise helps to stimulate brain activity. This will help you stay sharp and alert while working on client work. Exercise also helps to boost your mood.

If you can, try to schedule exercise in your planner everyday so that you begin your work pumped anytime you’re ready to work.

 

  1. Build your personal brand

Your potential clients won’t get to know you if you just hide behind freelancing sites like Upwork. To increase your reach you need to work on building your personal brand.

Share valuable tips on social media, create helpful content on your blog, and engage with owners of brands and companies. Put yourself out there and let people know about your skills.

As more people get to know you and what you are capable of offering, you will be seen as a go-to person in the industry.

 

  1. Collaborate with other freelancers

Freelancing is a lonely business, but you need to realize that you can’t succeed as a freelancer alone. Collaboration pushes you to reach out to make friends with like-minded people in the world of freelancing.

As you collaborate with other freelancers it’ll expose you to a larger audience, plus you get to learn more about the trade from the eyes of another freelancer.

 

Do you have any freelancing tips to share? Please do share in the comment section below.

 

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What to put into hampers for teachers

I love giving and receiving gifts, especially thoughtful ones. Regardless of the price tag, giving a gift shows that you had the receiver in mind and it is really the thought that counts. I have recently discovered the beauty of giving hamper gifts to people. When I can’t decide on just one thing to get, I get a couple in a beautiful basket and gift it to someone special. The kids will be finishing pre school in a few weeks and I have been busy thinking of what to gift their teachers. They have been in this pre school for almost 2 years, and their teachers have been great. It would be nice to gift them an amazing hamper.

To be honest, I think teachers all over the world work really hard in comparison to what they earn. And I strongly they enjoy the work they do. Teaching is not a job you do for money. I believe the teachers are passionate about their jobs and they do it with all over their hearts and I celebrate them everyday. Kids are hard work and majority of the teachers are doing a great job. They deserve to be celebrated a bit more.

 

What to put into hampers for teachers

So what do we put into hampers for teachers? Here are some ideas –

 

Milk Chocolate Hamper

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Chocolates are always a great idea for hampers. This Thorntons Milk Chocolate Hamper would be an amazing gift. We gave some Thorntons Chocolates to the teachers last Christmas and they all loved them. So I would probably be popping some Thorntons Chocolate into our gift hampers.

 

Thank You Card

A thank you card is another thing I would probably pop into a hamper. Sometimes just saying thank you for all the years of hard work isn’t enough. Which is where the thank you card could be helpful.

 

A Bottle of Wine

 

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I would definitely be putting. bottle of wine into a hamper for the teachers. There are a few wines I have tried this year that I really like, so a few of them would be gifted. Nothing says thank you better than a bottle of a good wine.

 

A Hand Cream

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Another great item to pop into a hamper is a hand cream. Most people generally like hand creams, so it is a safe gift option. Going for a natural hand cream like this ODLIQUE Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie would be a great idea.

 

Tea

A pack of tea is also a popular item for hampers. Most people like British Tea, so it is a good idea to put a pack into a hamper.

 

There are many items you could put in a hamper. It really depends on the recipient and the relationship you have with him/her.

What would you like to see in a hamper? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading. Have a smashing day!

 

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How the Kiddies are Spending Half Term

The Kiddies are now on half term and I am happy to say we have plans. Having plans for the family when the kids are on holiday is ideal because it means we all get to have some fun. My kids become very restless when bored, like most 4 year olds. And that usually leads to all sorts of mischief. So I like to keep them entertained during their holidays. It makes our lives more fun. No one really wants to watch mummy blog all day.

 

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We spent the last Easter holiday holidaying in the US, which was good fun. This time, we plan to spend some quality time with the family in Essex, and we are so looking forward to that. Monday is bank holiday here in the UK, and the weather is looking promising with plenty of sunshine. So it is likely we will have some barbecue with friends and family. I am seriously look forward to that and I hope it happens as nothing is set as at today.

So for half term week, we have planned 2 road trips to Essex and back, a barbecue party, meeting up with family and friends, a shopping trip, long walks, some time at a soft play (maybe) and many other activities I am sure my sister would have planned for the week.

What plans do you have for the kids this half term? Do you dread the holidays with the kids? I only dread them when I have nothing planned. I remember one of the first half term the kids had when they first started pre school. We were fine for the first 2 days or so because they were shattered. But those days went quickly and they became very bored and restless. We had nothing planned so all we did was go for long walks as far as the weather allowed us. It was horrible. Which is why I have never allowed us have a half term and not have activities planned. It never works!

 

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The fact that I don’t drive makes the holidays even worse. It is a lot easier when you drive. You can just pop the kids in the car and go anywhere. But when you don’t drive, it is not that easy.

I am looking forward to sorting out my driving test this year and getting the car of my dreams. Wish me luck and have a lovely half term with the kids.

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