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Taxes are freelancers' kryptonite.
It isn't easy at all, but then again, anything worth having doesn't come easy, right?
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The need to keep paperwork organized is key to success.
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Solopreneur, freelancer, consultant, self-employed... whatever label you use, it generally translates to the same thing: life outside the traditional office environment. Sure, you're as professional as the next corporate guy or gal. But you get to be "a professional" while wearing flannel pants and shoving in loads of laundry while on conference calls.
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Be early: Never, ever be late for a meeting or appointment. I am routinely over an hour early for meetings. Not only does it relieve stress (yours) and frustration (theirs) but that hour gives you ample preparation time, or time to finish other work and errands while you have a coffee.
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Many online business models are perfect for working from home in Canada. However, parents of young children have unique challenges that can make it less feasible. Choosing the right home-based business can mean the difference between success and failure (and your sanity or insanity).
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The stress generated by unhealthy client relationships may eventually cause you to question your ability to run a business. If you don't value your skills, you may lose your resilience in the face of undue criticism, which can make you more vulnerable to being exploited.
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Collaborating and sharing ideas with others, looking to new technologies and ways of working to boost productivity, being empathetic towards customer's needs, and actively understanding the macro and microeconomic factors that affect business on a daily basis have become essential.
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Salaries are getting lower; people are malcontent with three weeks of vacation and mediocre benefits; and there is a rise in people earning, saving, jumping off, freelancing, downsizing and living the life they want. The #dreamjob doesn't exist. On the other hand, the happily balanced life can, but only if we give it a chance and start to operate differently.
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It's challenging being a marketer in 2015. You need to balance new platforms, the changing structures of teams and creative freelance resources, and consumers that demand more from your products and services now more than ever before.
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A review of their 2014 data has found that 74% their users are Millennials (people aged between 18 and 34 years old). A deeper dive into the data from 2014 shows that there are four project categories in four areas that impact many parts of our lives every day...
'Flexsourcing' is the idea that there is a core team delivering business-critical work and there is a pool of external resources that can be plugged in as and when required. There are no retained external resources in this model (this is why it is different from an agency-of-record or outsourcing relationship).
This piece could also be titled "Five Hours of My Life I'll Never Get Back." So there I am, on my way to visit a longtime client in the U.S. for a semi-annual visit. They like to see my face a couple...
Freelancers, especially writers and the ubiquitous 'consultant,' must have a significant amount of real world experience. To merely apply book learnin' to your freelance offerings will expose you as a lightweight.
Sometimes our best intentions to build relationships and effectively connect fall by the wayside. But you should never allow the passage of time to hinder your potential. It's time to get into your email 'time machine' and put yourself back on their radar.
When you hang out your shingle as a freelancer, everyone seemingly wants your help. They just don't want to pay you. Or they turn out to be time vampires who simply want to waste productive work hours...
Due to fear, self-loathing, bad skin or a combination, freelancers will talk themselves in circles and bore a potential client into inaction. The prospect is going to think you are indecisive, and if I am not mistaken, we are supposed to be professionals.