Productivity Tips

How to Make Your Freelance Life Easier

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Freelance and contract work has proven to be a viable job alternative for employees. However, not everyone is sold with the idea of telecommuting or working with a remote staff. According to the statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor compiled in 2012, work offered to freelancers and contractors are expected to increase only by 3% within the next 10 years , which is considered slower than average. While freelancers can enjoy benefits that will make employees envious ,the problem lies in the inability of employers to find freelancers for their companies. Among the companies surveyed by Tower Lane Consulting: 37% [Read more…]

4 Unusual but Effective Ways to Work Smarter

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As freelance writers, we all work hard. We may even work longer hours than we did when we had a desk job. Does this mean we’re working smartly? Does this mean we’re getting more work done? Source Not necessarily. If you feel drained all the time and find yourself dreading work, maybe it’s time to assess how you do things. To help you with that, consider these ways to work smarter. They may seem unusual, but they certainly are effective. 1. Make a “to don’t” list. A “to do” list is imperative for me. I can’t work without one. Perhaps [Read more…]

Read Only if You Want to Write Better and Faster

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We all want to be better writers, right? I’m also willing to bet that, more than that, you want to write faster. After all, if you write better and faster, the more client work you can take on, and the more you can charge for your work. There’s no lack of articles online – and offline – giving pieces of advice on how to write better and faster. We even published one recently – How to Become a Better Writer. Today, I came across this infographic which can serve as a quick pick-me-upper and/or guide for those who want to [Read more…]

5 Enterprising Tools for Boosting Freelance Business Communication

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 Editor’s note: This post was written by Sharon, an author who likes to write on themes and issues related to project management software. Through her write-ups, she provides tips and suggestions for businesses, so they can better manage their projects and duly achieve their business objectives. You can also follow her on Twitter. Freelancers need to communicate and collaborate with a variety of clients while working on multiple projects. This helps them to better understand clients’ specifications and convey to them exact progress achieved over projects. But such communication should be transparent and fast, only then they would be able to get quality [Read more…]

How to Be Productive Without Losing Your Sense of Self

How to Be Productive Without Losing Your Sense of Self

Passionate professionals are vulnerable to becoming so driven by work that personal well-being is no longer a priority. The autonomous, and often isolating, nature of freelancing heightens that risk for independent contractors. Are you concerned that your need for optimum work efficiency is overriding your personal needs? Take these cues on how to maintain professional productivity without sacrificing your sense of self. Write a Mission Statement If you are self-employed then you are your business. Draw inspiration from the private and non-profit sectors by crafting a mission statement that outlines your freelance career goals. When drafting your mission, start by [Read more…]

How to Start Your Day on a Strong Note

How to Start Your Day on a Strong Note

I’m not a morning person. I never was, and I don’t think I’ll ever be. I do realize, however, that I need to work on creating – and maintaining – habits that will help me make the most of my day. While it used to be that I could work till the wee hours of the morning, it’s simply not possible for me these days. As such, I need to turn in earlier at night and try to make as early a start as possible and hit the ground running. I need to start my day on a strong note  so [Read more…]

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