What You Should Know About the Freelance Slow Season in August

Is your business mostly relying on one-off jobs and not retainers yet? Are you feeling like no one is posting jobs on Upwork or out there in August? If so, you’re totally normal. Most people don’t realize until they’ve been in business for some time that August can be a bit of a quiet time. There’s a lot of reasons for this, but I don’t see any sense in trying to throw spaghetti at the wall when all the numbers show that it’s not worth your time to market during this period.

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Should You Niche as a Freelancer?

Many of you know that I have a pretty solid niche that I work in quite often but I also take projects outside of my niche and I coach freelancers, beginners and those working to get to the six-figure level. You can go either way, being a generalist or being really specialized in a niche. In this post, I’m going to explain what a niche is, the pros and cons of niching as a freelancer, why it can be helpful to start as a generalist before moving into a niche, and my three part winning formula for choosing your ideal niche.

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Why I Paid Someone Else $800 to Hire My New VAs

I want to share with you why I chose a very particular process when outsourcing my latest round of adding team members to my digital team. I provide a lot of information and tips on outsourcing here on my blog and on my YouTube channel. I've hired most of my team members myself, and that's been a strategy that I've refined over years. Some of the people that I've hired are excellent. They're amazing; I love working with them.

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How to Know You’d Be a Good Freelance Editor

Curious about whether you would make it as a freelance editor? Being a freelance editor is an awesome opportunity. It’s super flexible so you can fit it in around your existing schedule. It’s a great way to make some extra money or even make into a full side business or replace your day job income. But if you are not sure whether or not freelance editing is the right choice for you, I have some tips to help you figure it out.

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What is Batch Work? How Does it Work for Freelancers?

Today I want to introduce you to one of my favorite tips and tricks for making sure you keep track of everything without exhausting yourself. Decision fatigue and mental exhaustion are really common with entrepreneurs and freelancers because of how many decisions, choices and strategy calls you have to make over the course of a given day.

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The Fastest Way to Become an Upwork Freelancer So You Can Start Earning

This is an overview of how you can get set up very quickly as a freelancer using the Upwork platform. If you've never heard of Upwork before, it's the world's biggest freelance marketplace. Prospective clients post a job and then freelancers put in proposals or what they would recommend as far as budget and how long it would take them to complete the gig.

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The Top 5 Biggest Mistakes Upwork Freelancers Make

As a freelancer, Upwork has been a huge pipeline for me. Yet when I’m working with people who come to me asking for help, whether they pay for a strategy session with me or as part of my course they get a bonus with me reviewing their pitches and their writing samples, I see other Upwork freelancers making the same mistakes over and over.  

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Firing Clients? Yes Honey, You Need To!

It might sound like strange advice to tell you that you are going to have to fire your clients as you grow your online business, but it’s absolutely imperative that you consider this as serious advice. In fact, I tell many people that one of the reasons that I have been able to grow a freelance writing business with six figures in revenue is because I have fired clients and understood the negative qualities about past clients that I don’t want to see in future ones.

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