Weekly Newsletter for The Freelancers: Here is the latest newsletter of the week starting on 23th September 2019.
After you start blogging, soon you'll find that there are other people working on the same niche. You'll find them often around you. After a period of blogging you'll realize that you are living in a village with them.
These other people are your competitors in your niche. You must compete with them following the best strategies of blogging. You must be different from them. It can be possible through content marketing.
I have found an article about this on Reblogger. In this article the writer Victor Ijidola discusses some strategies that I think are critical for niche bloggers. Check Victor's article by clicking here.
I think that Victor's tip number 4 is the best.
"Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing."– Denis Waitley
Failing is the part of our life. In childhood, we learnt to walk after countless times of failing. In adulthood we handle important and sensitive issues and failing in them gives us a shock. This makes us de-motivated to face the next challenges.
As I have said that failing is natural. So, rising after each failing is the real challenge. You must believe that people who have never failed have not tried anything yet. You are advanced from them in at least two ways. One is, you have tried something, and another is you know a way that will not make it successful.
Freelancers often face this problem. Failing in winning a project bid makes them de-motivated, but they must learn to move on.
Tia Moreen has written an article for www.dumblittleman.com about how to find inspiration after a great failure. Here is the article. Tia advises to accept your weaknesses and failures. I totally agree with her. What do you think?
There are some habits that we regularly practise and don’t realize that these are the reasons of our reduced productivity.
We practise them in our way of work and in our daily routine. But these practices must be stopped to increase productivity in your freelance working as well as in your daily life. For this, you must identify them first.
ENTREPRENEUR.COM has published an article by Travis Bradberry where he has identified 9 bad habits, that should be stopped. The article can be read here. The bad habit number six gives me the most trouble! What is the habit that gives you the most trouble?
A survey shows that only 20 percent of Americans aren't stressed at work. So, what about the other eighty percent? Stress in the workplace is a great issue in the corporate world.
There are some stresses that remain unavoidable in the workplace. Working on various projects, overload of works, job security, etc. are contributing to the stress. These stresses may also be seen in freelance work.
So, freelancers should know how to react to the problems and how to handle stressful situations.
Murray Newlands' article in www.entrepreneur.com looks at the issues. Here is his article. Defining your priorities is a good tip, what do you think?
If you live in the Australia this is an important article from www.etax.com.au. Entitled Tax deductions for freelancers. Who doesn't want to reduce the amount of taxes? A great way of reducing the taxes is a tax deduction. It does not matter which country that you live in it is important that if you are a freelancer especially that you understand what deductions you are entitled to.
Importantly, if you don't understand deduction entitlements that you get help. A tax accountant's advice is very important. This is especially true if you are moonlighting as a freelancer because your situation is usually more complex. You can read the article here.
Sometimes, we miss a tax deduction just by not keeping the records and documents of costs and pay taxes that could be deducted. Some tricks of the documentation can entitle you for a tax deduction. Not sure or don't know about this? Make an appointment with a tax accountant today. It could be the best return on an investment you make as a freelancer.
We are constantly searching 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:
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 one on the list is Blockchain. If you are like me, you will probably want to know more about Blockchain. I looked it up on Wikipedia of course and this is what it is here and this is the latest news on Blockchain here.
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.
As discussed in previous newsletters we are focussing on the niche website in the future because it is producing better results i.e. sales.
There has been an interesting development in our Amazon niche website. We have found Google penalizes websites reviewing products based on features and benefits without actual product experience.
We have therefore changed our strategy to include guest posts and this is the first by Eli Owen: Eco-Friendly Interior Decor Ideas To Make Your Home Beautiful. The goal is to increase traffic and diversify product promotion.
There have been 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 Tips and advice on helping your child have safe and enjoyable experiences online 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