Weekly Newsletter for The Freelancers: Here is the latest newsletter of the week starting on 20th May 2019.
A critical part of your freelancing moonlighting plan is knowing what you can outsource and still make a profit. Our job is to find the information that will help you.
Chris Ducker has written 101 Tasks to Outsource to Virtual Staff to Grow Your Business! Not all the tasks are related to the role of a freelancer, but it is a good reference point from which to start. You can read Chris's article here.
Freelancer.com is the largest freelancing platform in the world. It has over 33.1 million users and at the time of writing 15.7 million jobs listed. You can check their website here.
Nick Golding from Freelancer.com has written Working with a Freelancer: How to Set Clear Expectations & 7 Tips for a Successful Partnership. Nick knows a lot about freelancing and working with freelancers.
You can read his article here.
Chris Ducker who wrote the article mentioned in the first paragraph above also wrote the best-selling eBook Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business.
This is an important part of being a successful freelancer while still keeping your 9 to 5 job. It will help with your work-life balance to have quality family time. There is an interesting website about managing virtual staff which you can read here: https://biz30.timedoctor.com/virtual-employees/.
You can obtain a copy of the eBook from Amazon by clicking on the icon below:
"The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks."– Mark Zuckerberg
One of the great attractions to being freelancers who work online is that many can work wherever they are. This also applies to those who have to travel between various locations, often on long tedious plane flights.
The alternative is that it is time wasted. You can take the view that it is a good time to relax and catch up on reading a novel or technical material, but if you have your eye on making money, it is often better to be motivated to use the time being creative.
Steve Gillman has written Make a Living Writing From the Road: Tips for Working While Traveling for The Write Life. You can read the article here.
There are many thousands of freelancers who work in transit nowadays and hence improve productivity. It has even reached the extent of co-working locations started in cities around the world for freelancers choosing to work in transit.
The website https://www.coworker.com has been developed and has over 5,500 co-working spaces in various countries and over 15,000 members. You can read about it here.
Roger Wade has written 5 important tips for freelancing while traveling for AuthorityLabs.com which you can read here.
Most freelancers will, I believe, realize that their business model requires that they use travel time to the best of their ability unless, of course, it is a planned holiday. It is clear that technology allows you to do this.
A badly designed workspace along with a poorly adjusted desk and chair can severely impact the productivity of office workers.
This is especially so for freelancers because they are in charge of designing their own workspace. If their desks, computer screens or chairs are not properly positioned it can result in back or neck problems.
This can result in health problems that doubly cost by way of lost productivity and treatment cost.
If you are only just starting out freelancing and are setting up your home office, Laura Vanderkam has written 10 Quick Tips To Create A Home Office You'll Actually Want To Work In. Laura's article appears in Smartcompany.com and you can read it here.
However, if you are having trouble with your current office design and you have had a few trips to the physiotherapist because of the poor ergonomic layout of your workspace this techrepublic.com article written by Mark Kaelin will help you. You can read it here.
I have a friend at our church who was in the church's young mums' club forty years ago who still meets regularly with two of the original seven parents in the group.
Of course, they are in their seventies now. When the group started, the way that society was structured, working mothers were unusual.
However, now it often requires two parents working to balance the family budget. This presents a work-life balance problem to parents because being there for your children in their younger years is important, but you still need the additional income.
Freelancing is part of the answer as there are so many jobs that can be completed over the internet. Watching the kids play at the same time can be tricky unless you have a grandparent or a friend who can help.
Innovation can be a wonderful thing for solving all kinds of problems. It only requires someone to ask the right question and a solution can be found.
Katy Salter has written Co-working nurseries: Can work and playtime really mix? Katy has written the article for the United Kingdom's Telegraph Lifestyle section and can be read here. I think it is a solution. Would it work for you and your family?
If you have been self-employed for some time as a freelancer, whatever skill set, it is important that you are able to show clearly your track record as a profitable business.
The reason for this is that when you come to borrow money, the lender will want to know your creditworthiness. It is important that you know how to build creditworthiness.
Elaine Pofeldt has written 5 Ways to Build Business Credit When You're Self-Employed for Wisebread.com which you can read here.
We are constantly researching for news articles and videos on skills development and inspiration for freelancers.
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 (click on the article description):
There are now 5,000 skills in 90 categories that the digital economy can offer, according to Upworks 4th quarter 2018 Skills Index which you can read here.
Articles now on
our website that are relevant 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 AWS freelancers.
I notice on their websites that they now have trained 850,000+ engineers with their online courses.
Not bad for an Australian start up! You can read their very impressive story from www.businessnewsaustralia.com.au by clicking here.
As discussed in previous newsletters we are focussing on the niche website in the future because it is producing better results i.e. sales.
Here is a recent article: Best garage workbench of 2019. Top 5 recommended. There have been 50 sales 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.
This week we have found an interesting article from the Australian Government Department: Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) about what you can report as a cybercrime. You can read the article here.
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 runs a cyber security and fraud prevention website which you can see here.
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