Weekly Newsletter for The Freelancers: Here is the latest newsletter of the week starting on 21st October 2019.
Are you a freelancer or small entrepreneur and don't realize the necessity of every small business having a website?
If so, it's time to rethink about it. Having your own business website has a number of critical benefits. A website enables you to keep your shop open for 24 hours. In today's digital economy that can be essential.
Moreover, it is the easiest way to come closer to your customers when they are online. You'll find a new horizon of marketing. It'll lead you to more sales and more revenue.
Customer data collection and analysis are important for any type of businesses. A business website enables you to do so at less cost.
There are more reasons why your small business should have its own website. Susan Ward has written 7 reasons every small business should have a website for www.thebalance.com and can be read by clicking here.
"Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth."– Jalaluddin Rumi
The benefits and importance of being creative are many. People can gain immortality through their creative work. According to science they usually lead a longer life than non-creative people. Creative people have less negative emotions, less stress and anxiety. In a word, creativity, improves the quality of your health and life. [source]
Creative people are generally better problem solvers. Creative people aren't afraid to fail. So, they have a higher level of confidence in doing any task, which is very important for freelancers.
There are many creative people in the world ages 65-100 plus, and they are still working. They're becoming younger day by day through their work. They're happy with what they're doing.
I've recently read an article by Richard Morgan on www.99uadobe.com entitled "A Driver's License Can be Revoked for the Elderly, but Artistic License? Never.", where some aged people were featured for their creative work life. I have found their speeches were full of inspiration.
I highly recommend that freelancers read the article from start to finish. The article can be read by clicking here. Are you creative too?
The world is running faster. It's all about overtaking each other with skills and knowledge. But, a skill often comes only after doing a specific task again and again, which requires time.
There are some skills which are always important for any type of freelance work. You should achieve them to defeat your competitors and make a strong position in your industry. These skills and knowledge can be achieved through a long time of working experience.
What if there is a way to achieve those skills without expending a long time growing skills from expensive experience? An online course is a great solution.
Today I'm sharing with you a great article where there are 5 online courses for freelancers which you can help build your skills for free. I hope these courses will help advance your skills years ahead from your current position. You can read the related article by Jay Hill for www.lifehack.org by clicking here.
Freelancers should have their own lifestyle. Some routines work to support freelancers better and help with their work-life-balance.
I have found an article by Neil Patel, where he has emphasized 8 things you need to do daily for the sake of a healthy lifestyle.
These 8 things are easy to maintain as you can incorporate them in your daily routine easily. Click here for the article by Neil Patel, I hope you'll find it fruitful. I think number six is particularly important.
As a freelancer, I think you’re familiar with open source. There are lots of people and organizations who contribute to open source.
But, there is no reason to think that a profit-driven company, freelancer or a small firm can’t benefit from contributing to open source. There are actually a number of benefits you’ll enjoy from this.
First of all, you’ll have a free publicity. The community will know about you and the service you offer. Maybe you’re creating some potential customers through this! You’ll get free support from the community too.
Joshua Kraus has written How your company can benefit from contributing to Open Source for www.sitepoint.com and you can the article by clicking here. I think the benefit number four is particularly important.
We are constantly searching for news articles and videos on skills development and inspiration for freelancers as well as developing our own products.
Each week we have decided to bring you the links to what we consider are the top three articles or videos. Here they are for this week:
From LinkedIn Learning a Freelancing tutorial on improving client communication:
From Antony Stagg a video on Negotiation Skills:
From LinkedIn Learning a Negotiation tutorial on bargaining tactics:
There are now 5,000 skills in 90 categories that the digital economy can offer, according to Upwork's 2nd. Quarter 2019 Skills Index which you can read here.
Number nine on the list is Git Lab. If you are like me, you will probably want to know more about Git Lab. I looked it up on Wikipedia of course and this is a what the company does here.
What is interesting about Upwork's list is that there are new digital skills and they are evolving very quickly. Innovation and technology are very important to countries.
Articles now on our website that are relevant to the outcome of new skills training are listed here:
The latest one is here:
The weekly AWS news video link to acloud.guru is here:
They are the leading trainers globally for Amazon Web Services freelancers certification.
As discussed in previous newsletters we are focussing on the niche website in the future because it is producing better results i.e. sales.
We have changed our strategy to include guest posts and this is the second by Shenaz Kadri (click to follow the link):Why you need a manual tile cutter for DIY bathroom renovations. If you too would like to write an article on a similar subject of home maintenance and DIY our Guest Post policy is here.
We will let you know when another is posted. The goal is to increase traffic and diversify product promotion. There have been approximately 29 Amazon product sales (across all our websites) in the past month due to the keyword research and skills of Mamun, my virtual assistant.
We have decided to expand our search for appropriate articles for freelancers about cybersecurity and online scams.
The latest Australian Government's ESafety Commissioner's article Apps which can be read here.
Robert Siciliano is an identity theft expert and consultant. He also runs a cyber security and fraud prevention website which you can see here.
Image Source: ROBERT SICILIANO