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Do You Understand Freelancers and the Power of Habit?
October 24, 2017
Weekly Newsletter for Freelancers
Do You Understand Freelancers and the Power of Habit
Habits can be powerful. They can make you more productive and successful or they can prevent you achieving your best potential which for a freelancer translates in many cases to money at the bank. There is a strong self-interest in understanding habits and how to change them. This often means getting on with the job of being creative when you feel like chilling out watching a baseball or cricket match on television or doing something else when your habits or To-Do-List says that it is time to complete a graphic design.
This quote from Twyla Tharp appears to have been written with freelancers in mind:
"Creativity is a habit and the best creativity is the result of good work habits."
Gwen Moran has written 8 productivity habits of the most successful freelancers for TheFastCompany.com. You can read Gwen’s article here.
When Charles Duhigg wrote The Power of Habit I doubt that he imagined that it was going to be in the New York Times Best Sellers List for 60 weeks, but it was. There is a good reason for this, it is because it is the secret for better time management and productivity for many people. This is especially true for freelancers. If you would like to have a look inside the cover and read the preview of the book click here.
Motivational Tip Of The Week
“There's an old little jingle: 'The chief use of slang is to show that you're one of the gang.' What that means is that every social group has its own linguistic bonding mechanism. If there's a group of lawyers, they have their own slang. If there's a group of doctors, they have their own slang, and so on.” - David Crystal
Why New Freelancers Should Know About Consistent Social Groups
When you are starting out as a freelancer it is important that you understand why you should be motivated to find consistent social groups. This can also extend to joining with other new freelancers in co-working groups called hives. Richard Greenwald wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal entitled Freelancers find it pays to team up which looked at the benefits of doing so. You can read Richard’s article here as a PDF file.
This quote from Dr. Anil Kumar Sinha is very appropriate:
"Success breeds success. As you reach your goal, you will build a positive association in your mind & will increase positive feelings about the task and course will increase positive feelings about the task and course. If you don't meet the goal, move on and don't dwell on the past. You have the jewel of a present & a clear future. It is up to you to take control & become a pioneer of tomorrow. It is never too late to jump off to the other side of the fence to grab the opportunity."
Stacey Ashley from The Freelance Collective has written How freelancers can avoid professional loneliness which you can read here. If you now know how important it is for a freelancer to know about Consistent Social Groups and you feel motivated, which is a key for success as a freelancer, you can read How to create a social circle as a freelancer by Rob Hiker from the Freelancer’s Union Blog here and start down the path to success socially as a freelancer.
Productivity Tip Of The Week
Did You Know Critical Information On Email Etiquette Can Help You Win And Keep Clients
In previous articles, we discussed how the valuation of your business is increased by having a newsletter and an email list of clients and prospects. This was because future purchasers of your business will want to keep your clients and remain in contact with prospects. It follows that if you have good email techniques and etiquette it will improve your chances of building your client list and business and thereby the valuation of your business. Of course, this also helps you gain and retain clients which goes straight to increasing your gigs and cashflow. Here are some examples where it is an obvious need for a professional approach:
Diane Gottsman has written The etiquette of a professional email for The Huffington Post Blog and you can read it here.
Work-Life Balance Tip of the Week
Do You Understand How To Moonlight As A Freelancer?
Moonlighting as a freelancer to help balance the family budget is about to become very popular when global interest rates on home loans mortgages start to rise. It is then families will start to look at their work-life balance and wonder what they can do to balance the budget without denying their children quality family time. It is about looking at what side hustles, that’s what Freelancer.com calls it, are viable propositions that can be investigated.
Dunjajanjic has written an article for the Freelancer.com Community blog entitled 8 side hustles that can make you money right now. You can read “Dunjajanjic’s” article here.
This quote is very appropriate for those that are about to embark on this journey:
"Balance is not something you find, it's something you create."
If you are a sole parent in the situation of having to look at side hustles to keep the family budget balanced it can be a tougher work life balance challenge, but it is doable and here is an article from the UK’s Telegraph Lifestyle segment to show you how. The article is written by Alice Judge-Talbot and it is entitled How I revolutionised my work-life balance –and you can too. You can read Alice’s article here.
If you too have tips that can help the freelancing community you can send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or share them on our Facebook Page.
Financial Tip Of The Week
Freelancers And The Future Of Work
This post features Amazon.com and the opportunities it is presenting for freelancers globally. This is why:
Check out Amazon’s Vision and Mission Statement and an article featuring the annual meeting of Amazon entitled Jeff Bezos: Amazon’s goal is to make it ‘irresponsible’ to not be a Prime member.
Last week I told you that Amazon is planning to open up full operations in Australia in the next few months. It is expected that it will have a dramatic impact on the Australian retail marketplace. However, it is not only limited to retail sales their business model looks at businesses selling through Amazon.
In fact, my son and daughter in law are running a business consulting business will be attending an Amazon seminar in Melbourne’s exhibition Building where Amazon representatives will be talking about working with business. It is believed that the number of attendees will be over 500!
Amazon Web Services (AWS) represents a major freelancing opportunity. This is what AWS means. It is for this reason that the Udemy AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate 2017 Course has over 177,000 enrolled. You can see the course here. This is an indication of the demand for AWS freelance services here.
Also, last week I wrote about one of the most important decisions that you can make when choosing the name for your online business is the selection of the domain name. If you are in the fortunate position of having a professional business in your own name than the solution is simple if you can use your own name e.g. John Smith CFP, John Smith Graphic Designer, Bill Brown AWS Consultant or similar.
However, if you are in a situation where you want to include the keywords describing your business there are some rules to follow. Kim Garst has written 12 things to think about when choosing your domain name which you can read here.
The Amazon Associates program also allows freelancers to monetize their blogs or websites by advertising their products and services as well as to have niche websites specializing in a niche that has been researched. We will expand on this in coming editions of the newsletter.
I said that I would be looking at developing an Amazon Associates website so that you could see how it is done and I was looking at domain names related to where I think that their greatest impact will be in Australia. I believe that their membership program will feature very strongly in their launch. This is the name of the membership program: Amazon Prime. However, it is commonly called Prime.
Globally, Prime is believed to have 80 million members, see here. It is for this reason that I have registered these domains for Australia: Primebenefits.com.au, Primeusers.com.au, and BestSellersHourly.com.au (which features strongly in Amazon’s marketing).
There is an explanation as to why I selected BestSellersHourly by looking at this technical article on Amazon Web Services here. I do not expect everyone to be interested in this as I too struggle with grasping an understanding of it. It is for this reason I have purchased the AWS Udemssy course.
It is clear that Amazon is far ahead of their competitors in technology and the gap is quickly widening. They have already established operations in India. This is why. I also own the Indian domain names: Primebenefits.in, Primeusers.in and Bestsellershourly.in.
It is an exciting time to be a freelancer and working for yourself as there is a lot of opportunities for those that are motivated and self-starters. We shall develop our story with Amazon over the coming weeks and also look at other opportunities for freelancers with the future of work changing.
Freelancers And Cyber Security
We have gained approval from Robert Siciliano to bring you extracts from his books related to cyber security for freelancers. Robert Siciliano is an identity theft expert and consultant. He also gives self defense and personal safety seminars. Robert provides safety and identity theft fraud prevention tips and advice on multimedia channels in the United States. We have his approval to bring you weekly extracts from his books:
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