100 Tips & Tricks for Freelancers and Self-Employed


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Over 10 million workers in the US alone are independent contractors or better know as freelancers or self-employed. Using freelancers is a great way for small business to get jobs and projects done by professionals.

But what about the freelancers themselves? How are they fairing during this recession? We have compiled a list of 100 tips and tricks for freelancers and self-employed to find new work, get better known and more – enjoy:

  1. When you are self employed or a freelancer don’t be afraid to raise your rates.
  2. Have the confidence as a freelancer and as someone self employed to know what you are worth what you charge.
  3. A freelancer or self employed person can outsource to get more done or expand.
  4. A freelancer or self employed person can use a Virtual Assistant to complete daily tasks.
  5. Be successful being self employed or a freelancer and always set new goals.
  6. When you are self employed or a freelancer take action every day to achieve your goals.
  7. There is always room for self improvement when you are self employed or a freelancer.
  8. When you are self employed or a freelancer train yourself on issues you don’t know much about.
  9. Make sure you register yourself as self employed when you are or are a freelancer.
  10. Be successful being self employed or a freelancer and keep detailed records from the beginning.
  11. Make sure you are insured when you are self employed or a freelancer.
  12. Be successful at being a freelancer or self employed and market cheap and easily online.
  13. Blog about your success being self employed or a freelancer.
  14. Use social networking sites to market you as self employed or a freelancer.
  15. The key to being self employed or a freelancer is to keep in touch with your customers.
  16. Be successful being self employed or a freelancer and earn the respect of your customers.
  17. When self employed or a freelancer always offer good customer service.
  18. Offer your customers incentives to be successful when self employed or a freelancer.
  19. Dedication is key to someone who is self employed or a freelancer.
  20. To be successfully self employed or a freelancer focus on creating value for your business.
  21. Use free or cheap productivity tools to help you when you are freelance and self employed.
  22. Time time to develop relationships when your are a freelancer or self employed.
  23. When thinking about freelancing or being self employed ensure you are ready for it.
  24. Eliminate all but essential tasks to be successful at freelancing or self employed.
  25. Time management is very important to freelancers and those self employed.
  26. If your are a freelancer or self employed learn to say no and don’t stretch yourself too thin.
  27. Learn to time track to be successful being self employed or a freelancer.
  28. A tip for freelancers and those self employed is to learn to single task.
  29. Surround yourself with productivity to be an effective freelancer or self employed.
  30. Be a successful freelancer or self employed and learn to kill distractions.
  31. Work from home to save money when you are self employed or a freelancer.
  32. Bootstrap to save money when you are self employed or a freelancer.
  33. Be a successful free lancer or self employed and go to your clients.
  34. Be proactive to be successful when you are self employed or a freelancer.
  35. Have a website to look professional when you are self employed or a freelancer.
  36. Reply to your emails promptly when you are self employed or a freelancer.
  37. Always return calls when you are self employed or a freelancer.
  38. Be the person your customers like to be successful at being self employed or a freelancer.
  39. Welcome complaints so you can improve to be a successful freelancer or self employed.
  40. Work on your sales technique when you are self employed or a freelancer.
  41. Meet your deadlines to please clients when you are self employed or a freelancer.
  42. To be a successful freelancer or self employed stay focused on your most important tasks.
  43. When you are self employed or a freelancer remember happy clients lead to more clients.
  44. Don’t compete just on price when you are a freelancer or self employed.
  45. Look for long term clients to be successfully self employed or freelancing.
  46. Transition from your full time job to being self employed or a freelancer.
  47. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice when you are a freelancer or self employed.
  48. Use the internet to communicate cheaply when you are self employed or a freelancer.
  49. Update people using social networking when you are self employed or a freelancer.
  50. Ask clients for referrals and testimonies to help you when you are freelancing or self employed.
  51. Put 100% effort into your client’s projects to be successful as a freelancer or self employed.
  52. Give regular updates to your clients on their projects to be successful as a freelancer or self employed.
  53. When you are self employed or a freelancer review what you have done at the end of each day.
  54. Hire someone to do your bookkeeping when you are self employed or a freelancer.
  55. Only spend the money you earn to be successful as a freelancer or self employed.
  56. Try to avoid bank loans to be successful as a freelancer or self employed.
  57. To be a successful freelancer or self employed you need to expect set backs.
  58. Be patient as a freelancer or self employed.
  59. Find a mentor who can help you be a successful freelancer or self employed.
  60. Be a mentor to aid you in being a successful freelancer or self employed.
  61. To be successful as self employed or a freelancer ask for feedback.
  62. Implement your feedback to be successfully self employed or a freelancer.
  63. Think big to be a successful freelancer or successfully self employed.
  64. Under promise and over deliver to be successfully self employed or a freelancer.
  65. Always sell to be successful as a freelancer or self employed.
  66. Be honest to be successfully self employed or a freelancer.
  67. To be successful as a freelancer or self employed keep a detailed customer list.
  68. Become an expert in your field to be successfully self employed or a freelancer.
  69. Start a blog to aid your success as a freelancer or self employed.
  70. Issue press releases to be successful self employed or a freelancer.
  71. Train employees to help you become successfully self employed or a freelancer.
  72. When self employed or a freelancer issue customer loyalty discounts to be successful.
  73. Take advantage or early payment discounts to be successfully self employed or a freelancer.
  74. Produce a detailed profit and loss statement monthly to be successfully self employed or a freelancer.
  75. Analyze monthly profits and losses to be a successful freelancer or self employed.
  76. Hire help if you can afford it to help you be a successful freelancer or self employed.  
  77. Set work hours and stick to them to be successfully self employed or a freelancer.
  78. When self employed or a freelancer don’t take just any assignment.
  79. Make sure you get paid in full on time to be successfully self employed or a freelancer.
  80. Communicate with clients even when you have messed up to be successful as a freelancer or self employed.
  81. Keep in touch with former clients to be successful as a freelancer or self employed.
  82. To be successfully self employed or a freelancer don’t grow before you are ready.
  83. Be vision directed to be successfully self employed or a freelancer.
  84. Be resourceful when self employed or a freelancer to be successful.
  85. To be successfully self employed or a freelancer be highly motivated.
  86. Be market driven and select the right customer to be successfully self employed or a freelancer.
  87. To be successful as a freelancer or self employed maximise your internal strengths.
  88. Be quality conscious to be self employed or a freelancer successfully.
  89. To be successful as a freelancer or self employed be systematic and organised.
  90. Be decisive when self employed or a freelancer to be successful.
  91. Be courageous when self employed or a freelancer to be successful.
  92. Be interconnected with people when self employed or a freelancer to be successful.
  93. Be transparent when self employed or a freelancer to be successful.
  94. Plan for perfection when self employed or a freelancer to be successful.
  95. Brand yourself when self employed or a freelancer to be successful.
  96. Reward yourself to be successfully self employed or a freelancer.
  97. Remember when you are self employed or a freelancer it all takes place within yourself.
  98. Attend trade shows and conferences to be successfully self employed or a freelancer.
  99. Structure your work day to be successful as a freelancer or self employed.
  100. Add value to be successfully self employed or a freelancer.


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