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The soft skills you need to freelance from home
December 20, 2016
Weekly Newsletter for Freelancers
Soft skills are personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.
You work from home alone, but you are continuously communicating with your clients and with the team you work with even though they are quite often remote virtual workers. At the same time you have to maintain productivity and discipline within the team as well as provide leadership. These are part of your everyday freelancing life. To be effective in many of these areas you have to have the skills that would normally be required of a corporate industry employee, but these skills are just as important in your freelance life too.
Check these 5 important soft skills that a freelancers should develop.
“Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation.” —Richard M. Nixon
What do you usually do when you are asked to negotiate with someone in 30 minutes?
Most people fear negotiating within a short span of time. They consider this as putting themselves under unnecessary pressure.
The best negotiation is one that is one with time for sound preparation. It is wise to try rescheduling the negotiation if you do not have time for preparation. However, sometimes you have no way of escaping from facing a negotiation at short notice.
Here is the trick on how to negotiate with client when you don’t have the time for preparation.
Productivity Tip Of The Week
As we know working from home has some obstacles that freelancers have to fight. Freelancers are not outcasts, most live in a normal society. Most of them have family, friends, relatives, neighbors and other people they have to interact with every day.
You can’t always lead a routine life. You will face unexpected chaos of kids, unannounced visits of relatives or friends or you may have to attend your neighbor’s party, and so on. These will definitely hamper your productivity especially when you are a freelance writer.
Here is an excellent article on how you can be a productive writer in a world of distraction.
Work-Life Balance Tip Of The Week
There are significant differences between the freelancing life and 9-5 working life. In 9-5 jobs, you work for others but, in freelancing profession you are the boss. It’s your own profession, it’s your client and it’s your responsibility to take care of your clients tasks.
From the last line you can realize that you have responsibility to your profession development too. To thrive here you need to be prudent about your career. Besides, your creativity is also a vital ingredient for the upcoming projects.
Check this article to see what other factors Nathan Meunier thinks are important too.
Financial Tip Of The Week
Are you thinking of making money with your blog site? If your answer is yes, there are different ways to generate money from your blog. It takes time to establish a money making site. Once you think your site is ready, here is an article to help you make the right decision about monetizing your website:
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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