How to Get them to Hire You!!!


We all want to be hired, but we also want the right job.  Your job is to get the client to hire you to do work for them.  You want to make sure the job is a good match for you and you are a good match for the client.  There may be times you think you are right for a job with a client, but they don’t see it that way.  But in the process, they may feel you are a good match for another project they have going on.  If so, you still get a job.

I recently applied for a job and was invited to interview for the job.  During the interview process we found out I wasn’t the right person for the job I applied for, but ended up getting another job because of the contact.  The result of any contact you have is to get a job, whether it is the job you applied for, a better job for you, or even a referral.

If a contact doesn’t have a job for you, then try to get a referral so you can still work on getting work.  Also, once you have started working for a client you want to see if they have work for you, especially if they are happy with the work you have provided for them.  I was communicating with one of my clients today about a project I had worked on for him.  He needed to change what I was working on.  During the conversation I asked he let others know about what I was able to do when he ran into people who talked about needing a writer, proofreader and/or editor.  I one time did get a job through oDesk because someone was happy with the work I did.  This is one of the best ways to build your business.

I have also had clients continue to give me work because they liked what I did.  Whether I did the complete job or they were in a pinch and needed help.  They may also have me help them when other things come up.

You also need to keep applying for jobs.  There may be times you won’t work as hard as other days to keep getting new work.  The first example I shared with you in this article was because I was still applying for work.  I was looking for more work to add to my workload.  Come to find out, for the work I ended up getting, I can add to what I am able to do.  If they like the batch I end up doing for them, there will be more work for me.

But most important when doing this, make sure you know your skills and are willing to do what they need.  You don’t want to do something and then not be able to do to because you don’t have the skills, the time or the want to do it.

So keep going after work, it will make all the difference in your workload.  Don’t wait until you don’t have any work to start looking.

 

Goals…


Goals are important if you want your business to grow.  This helps you have an action plan and make sure you are heading where you want to be going.  Depending on where you look, goals have different looks and people say different things about them as well.  But no matter which way you choose to go about them, it is important to not just write them, but visit them regularly.

I had a time I didn’t review my goals from about (June 2012 – earlier this month).  When I was working on one of my post I realized I needed to review my goals.  I have updated them and even changed them to meet where I want my freelancing business to be going.

What have I included in my goals?  Here are a few of the things I have included:

  • How much I want to make each month
  • Where I will look for my work
  • Understanding the type of Professional Development I am looking for
  • Understanding about my workload

These are just a few of the things in my goals.  But you need to include what works for you and what is best for you, your business and how you want your business to be set up.

How they read will also vary.  This will be based on your experience with working with goals in the business world, what you have done in the past and what will help you to focus on your goals.  You may even find some ideas when you are looking online about goals.

It is important to review the goals and adjust them to what is really going on with your business.  For example, one of my goals is to make $400 a month.  Right now that isn’t something that is happening.  Although I have had a better month than I have had in the past several months of working.  I need to adjust it to be more realistic for what is really going on, maybe to $200 or so.  Then when I am actively meeting that goal, I should adjust it.

That is one good thing about the goals, don’t feel like you can’t adjust or change them.  I have taken some of my goals off that I have had in the past because I didn’t feel they were relevant any more to my business.  I also added some goals that seemed more relevant, even changing some of the goals based on what I am doing and what is going on with the business.

Remember, goals are to help you with your business.  So don’t put off setting some goals.  You can always add to them as you read about goals, work and even try different things out.

Being willing to work on your goals will make you feel better about yourself and your business.

Using Dropbox…


As a freelancer there are many ways to get the work you have done to the client.  Some like it emailed and they have specific ways they want it emailed.  Others want to be able to share the work in other ways.

One way to work, templates, instructions, etc. so you and your client have access to the current documents is Dropbox.  There are two different ways to get it.  One is to pay for it and you get more space.  There is a free options, but you don’t get as much, but can add space by having people who don’t have Dropbox who install and/or use it.  But there is a limit on how much free space you can get.

With each person you invite, you can set up the folders the way you would any other folder.  One of my clients and I have based on the different work I do and then within the folders we have the month and year.  You save the document like you would any other, except you pick Dropbox and then choose the folder you want to put it into.

You will also know when documents have been added, changed and/or deleted.  It also allows you the opportunity to decide who all can see the folders.  An example may be you have 10 folders, but not everyone can see all 10 of them, they only see the ones you have given them access to.

I would be happy to help you get set up with Dropbox.  Just drop me a line in the comment section with your email and I will be happy to help you out as well.

My Goals for 2013…


In my last post you will remember that I talked about things we need to update as a freelancer.  I have to say my goals for 2013 is one thing I haven’t done.  Why, you may ask?  Because I haven’t made them a priority, which is wrong.

Goals are important in helping move your business forward and making sure you stay focused what is important for you and your business.  If you haven’t had goals for your business before, then don’t feel you need to have a lot of them.  It is o.k. to start with a few and then add more as you go along.

What are some things you should include in your goals?

  • How much you want to make
  • Your clients – how many you want, your workload, schedule, etc.
  • Professional Development
  • Type of work you will do

Remember, you are in charge, so don’t be afraid to make the goals work for you.  Having somewhere to start is important to get started.

Getting and Staying Motivated…


As a freelancer, just like anything else, getting and staying motivated is something you will need to work on regularly.

When you have regular, ongoing work, it can be hard sometimes to get or staying motivated to get the job done.  Many times when it is time to invoice you may be motivated so you can get paid.  But being able to stay motivated regularly is important.

For example, I had a job where there was a blog I needed to keep updated and was having problems getting into it for over a month.  I had a hard time wanting to keep writing while the client was working out the issues.  I did write, but not like I had in the past.  Now the site is up and working, I am now ready to get going again.  I was finding I was having trouble keeping motivated, but the little break ended up helping me now that it is ready to go.

When you are motivated you will do a better job along with continually getting new work. It is also important to look for work, stay on top of any new skills you can use or need for what you are doing and even looking at what you have covered.  I have also found that looking for work tends to help out as well.

Know When You Have Too Much on Your Plate…


Lately there has been a lot on my plate.  My husband hasn’t been doing well health wise, we are getting settled into a new home, and my workload has been growing.  So even though not everything has been good, there has been some good.  But I need to know when I have too much on my plate and when to say I can’t do a job.  For example, I have several jobs going on now while also trying to go see my husband everyday at a hospital – the hospital is 1 hour one way.  I had one client who finally said he realized I had a lot on my plate and would give the work to someone else, but the next project would be mine.  When I explained my situation he completely understood.

It is important to be honest with your clients, especially the regular ones.  You want them to keep using you, but you have to let them know when you have too much on your plate.  They don’t know unless you tell them.  It was a great relief to know I didn’t have to worry about the job, but I also am thinking of the money I could have made because of the job.  But when reality set in, I realized it was the right decision as I need to be there for my husband and to complete the current jobs I have.

So make sure you know what you can take on realistically and don’t be afraid to say you can’t do it now or that what they want isn’t what you can do because of it not being a skill you have or you don’t feel comfortable doing it.  You will be glad in the long run.

Taking a Client and Making Them Regular to Your Workload…


Many times we apply for or get jobs that are a one time deal and it is done.  But really what makes your business grow is when you have continual or ongoing work along with referrals.  There are those who have a bad experience with some of the online agencies, whether they are your fault or not, and may not have anything to do with you.  If you are willing to work with your clients when they have a bad experience you will make them want to keep working with you. Then you will also want to consider looking at getting business on your own as well.

To get work on a regular basis or that is continual or ongoing, you need to make sure you exceed the expectation of the client.  Then for those who you work without side of places like oDesk, elance, guru, etc, make sure you have a contract, set up your rates, have an invoice you use, a way to track the invoice ID’s you give your customers, etc.  For example I have a Customer Invoice Tracking I use to keep track of my customers, how much the invoice was, the invoices they have paid, invoices still waiting to be paid, etc.  Having an Invoice Template set up for you to use will be important as well.  You will find I have attached a copy of what I use for the invoice tracking and invoice template. by clicking on those particular areas.  The idea is to not work harder but smarter, so if you find something that works for you, then tweak it to meet your needs.

Make sure your rates are competitive along with making worth your time and effort and meeting the needs of the clients as well.  These may change the longer you work, get more experience, etc.  But if you are going to change the rates for current clients, make sure you give them ample notice this change and letting them know when it will take place.