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Freelance Tips

21 Reasons You’re Not Getting Any Work On Freelance Sites

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A friend of mine, who recently started freelancing, asked me a question the other day. Here it is in his exact words: “How come I’m not getting any work on UpWork when you’re making a butt load of money?”

I’ll tell you the same answer I gave him: The first few months of your freelancing career is not going to be a pleasant experience. You will struggle to find work, you will make a lot of mistakes, and you will often get criticized by your clients.

Now, I’m not trying to make freelancing look bad. Of course, you will have a much smoother experience and a steady income stream once you build your reputation. But, this is a career that comes with a few challenges.

An important step you can take to make sure you don’t fall to the same pit of most freelancers is to figure out what you’re doing wrong. Start by avoiding these classic mistakes.

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Must Reads

How Much Do Freelancers Really Make? (Hint: It’s More Than You Think)

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It’s a question they always ask whenever I tell someone what I do for a living. Usually followed by the next question: How do I make $5000 a month?

Well, you see, the thing is, $5000 USD may not sound like much in the US, but in a country like Sri Lanka, it’s considered a lot. Actually, it’s about 10 times the salary of an executive who works at a high-paying government job.

What they say about freelancers earning more than average workers is absolutely true.

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Interviews

Interview – Marc Guberti On Finding Leads Through Social Media

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Marc Guberti is a young entrepreneur who’s achieved great success at the age of only 17-years-old. He’s a successful blogger, a speaker, an author, and a social media influencer with over 250K followers on Twitter.

It goes without saying, Marc is not your ordinary teenager. He’s actually an inspiration to us all, especially to youngsters who are looking to find meaning in their lives.

Marc shared very interesting details about his journey in my latest interview with him. He also gave some great tips for young freelancers on how to work with clients and how to find leads through Twitter. Keep scrolling down to see what he had to say.

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How Tos

5 Easy, Free Ways To Generate Invoices For Your Clients

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Start your freelancing career with a freelance site. Learn how to work with clients, how to get hired, win jobs, and deliver projects in time. Then start building relationships outside those platforms. But, never depend on freelance sites.

That’s the best advice I can give to all new freelancers and I’m sure any other experienced freelancer will give you the same advice as well.

Of course, working outside freelance platforms comes with several risks and challenges. Going after your clients to get your payments delivered is one them. In a later post, I’ll share some persuasion techniques and tips you can use to get your invoices paid quickly. First, you’ll have to learn how to generate invoices for your clients.

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Must Reads

15+ Lesser Known Freelancing Sites with Low Competition for 2019

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Most experienced freelancers will likely tell you not to rely on freelancing marketplaces to find work.

It’s good advice because those sites, like UpWork, pressure you to compete with other freelancers and lower your rates to win jobs.

But, the truth is, we all have to start somewhere and the chances are even the most experienced freelancers have used a freelancing site at some point in their career to score a project or two.

The first freelancing site I used was Elance (now UpWork). I didn’t get many jobs on this platform, but I used it to connect with clients and build long-term partnerships. At the time, there wasn’t too much competition on Elance so landing a job was easier than it is today.

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Freelance Tips

The 5 Worst Mistakes Made by Freelancers, and How to Avoid Them

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It was Albert Einstein who once said that “a person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” Of course, we can’t learn new things without taking a risk and sometimes we make mistakes in the process. But, if you make the same mistake twice, it will cost you.

Most freelancers make many mistakes when dealing with clients and often wonder why they aren’t getting enough jobs or why they have to chase after clients just to get their bills paid. Some even give up too easily after facing one failure after another.

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