Get more clients through social with this small but vital change

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social media to find clients

Almost every business out there uses social media. But there’s no doubt some people use it better than others. You’ve probably seen a company with a wildly successful social media post or hundreds and thousands of followers and wondered: “What are they doing that I’m not?” Unlike most traditional forms of media and advertising, which are a one way broadcasts from company to consumer, social media, at its most effective, is a two way conversion. Social media’s true potential is

4 Big freelancing mistakes I’ve made and what to learn from them

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Whether you’re a new freelancer, a freelancer-to-be, or a freelancer with a few (okay, a lot of) years under your belt, one of the most efficient ways to learn is from mistakes…preferably some someone else’s. But that’s not always easy to talk about. (How many peers do you feel comfortable asking about their biggest mistake(s)? Chances are, not very many, if at all.) So here’s a list of my biggest mistakes I wish I had learned from someone else (hopefully,

How we solved almost EVERY problem a freelancer can face

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One of the most powerful lessons I’ve ever learned came from my first mentor, my half-brother Steve. I called him complaining about some clients and the crazy revisions they wanted and he said… “You know, dude… When stuff like this happens, there’s really no one to blame. It just means you’re missing a system to deal with it.” And he was right. We’d never outlined any sort of revision process with our clients at that point in time. We never

4 Red flags to watch out for in client contracts

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red flags in contracts

We all know by now that it’s important to have a contract, and to use it. Everybody should have one to make sure they don’t get taken advantage of. That doesn’t just apply to freelancers. Guess who else should, and often does use contracts? Clients! That’s right. Some clients, especially bigger ones, may have terms they want added to your contract as a freelancer. They may even have a contract of their very own that they want you to sign.

How to keep your best clients coming back (three easy tips)

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keep your best clients coming back

There are probably some things you do to say “thank you” to all of your clients: send them holiday greetings, thank them for their business, and maybe even provide a small referral discount. But what about those clients that are really awesome? I’m talking about your favorite clients…the ones with fun projects who you really enjoy working with (and pay on time!). How to you keep your best clients coming back? How do you provide that intangible asset that gives

The secret to finding clients you actually want to work with

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If I asked the GDB community which clients they’d most prefer to have, I’m guessing 99% of you would say, “the ones that pay.” (Or some derivative of that.) Am I right? However, just because a client pays well and pays on time doesn’t mean they aren’t a stressful, rude, big pain in the neck to work with. So how do you find clients that you actually want to work with? Follow these tips… Know thyself You can’t know if

How to cut the baggage of low-paying clients and get more high-paying ones

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When you’re first starting out as a freelancer, it’s easy to get caught in the trap of offering discounts, cutting rates, or doing work completely free. Even as a seasoned freelancer, if you’re not careful, you might end up using pricing as a way to ‘close the deal’ with a potential client. And after a few years of offering deals, giving out discounts, and cutting rates, many freelancers are weighed down with the baggage of clients who don’t pay well

What to do when your client is afraid of contracts

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I was recently working on landing a new client that I was excited to work with. Everything went great, they accepted my quote, they sent a great creative brief and it looked like everything was going to go smoothly. When it came time to make it official I sent my normal working contract over to them to have a look at and make sure they agreed to my terms. It’s a short contract that covers the basics; deposit up front,