Is your computer slow or is it your internet connection?

Weekly Newsletter for Freelancers: Here is the latest newsletter of this week starting on 12th of March 2018.

You might not know whether it is your internet connection or your computer, but if it slows you down in getting your work done you need to find out what causes it and get it fixed. The reason is simple, it costs you money in lost time.

Computer Internet Slow

The first step is to find out what your internet speed is. PCWorld.com’s writer Nick Mediati has written an article to help you entitled How to test your home internet connection speed which you can read here. Nick tells you the steps to take to try to get it fixed if you can.

The next step is to look at your computer to see whether you have a problem there.

If you are using Microsoft windows, their support is here.

If you are using a Mac then Macworld.com have contributed here.

If you are a windows user TechAdviser.co.uk writer Roland Wadilove has contributed How to speed up Windows: 10 simple fixes to get a faster computer which you can read here.

TrendMicro.com writer Jian Rong has contributed How to speed up your Mac without spending a cent which you can read here.

For those who want to run Windows 10 on their Mac, Richard Hoffman has written an article for Computerworld.com entitled 5 top ways to run Windows on a Mac which you can read here.

Where you have a more serious issue with Windows repair you can get Microsoft Windows Repair Book – All Versions here.

For those readers wanting to know more about Mac High Sierra Operating System Karen Haslam from Macworld.co.uk has written MacOS High Sierra: latest update problems, fixes, features which you can read here


Motivate Yourself!
“Things you don't expect come up, and you have to adapt. You can't let it throw you off. You have to cope. Those are all really valuable skills, in life and racing.” – Harvey Mackay

Why you should be motivated to improve your soft skills as a freelancer?

Improve your Soft Skills

Soft skills matter to freelancers because they need to market themselves to other people so that they can build their business relationships. It seems hard to believe when you first embark on your freelancing career that this is important.

This is because you believed that working for yourself that you wouldn’t need to deal with difficult people again because that was all behind you when you left the corporate world.

Experienced freelancers know that this is wrong because a lot of your success as a freelancer and getting a steady flow of gigs depends on business development that requires soft skills like: 

  • Leadership skills for remote workers
  • Teamwork for freelancing flash teams
  • Communications skills
  • Problem-solving skills 
  • Work ethics
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Interpersonal skills

There are more soft skills that you need to know about.

Glenn Hickling has written Don’t even think about becoming a freelancer unless you have these 20 essential skills for CreativeBoom.com and you can read Glenn’s article here.

When you have read Glenn’s article you will realize that this is about self- development and you need to be motivated to find out more. This is where you can to that:


Work-Life Balance Tip of the Week

Learning to say 'NO' as a freelancer! 

How to say

Leah Kalamakis owns Freelancetofreedom.com website and in her article Dealing With Overwhelm: Learning to Say No Leah makes the very valid point that saying NO is something every freelancer needs to know how and when to do it.

'NO' is an important weapon against overwhelming when you are working as a freelancer. This is especially true when you are moonlighting as a freelancer while holding down a day job.

If you don’t learn this lesson early you can risk burnout. When that hits you it is very hard to overcome. You can read Leah’s article here

Saying no to clients when you are starting out building your business as a freelancer and clients are hard to find is not easy. However, you soon realize that there is something more valuable than getting clients and working frantically to reach deadlines – that something is your family and your health.

This raises the question as to how you can do this and still retain good relationships with the potential or existing clients that you have refused the offer of work from.

Kate Hamill from the Freelancers Union has thought this issue through and written Say ‘no’ in a way that gets you more gigs as an article for the Freelancers Union blog which you can read here

There are signs that give you a hint that a gig is not a good idea that is above the fact that the work-life balance issue is feeling like work is overwhelming you. Aja Frost has shared his ideas of what six common signs are in his article Six signs you should really turn down that freelance assignment for the MediaBistro.com website which you can read here.


Financial Tip Of The Week

Have you considered crowdfunding that great idea that will build your business?

Consider Crowdfunding for Your Business

Crowdfunding is an important source of funds for freelancers to consider when they have a great idea that they want to develop. This can be as simple as an application to better manage your work- life balance or managing Facebook Ads for clients.

Often it is hard to get traditional sources of finance from banks or similar institutions which would quite often look for mortgage security to guarantee payment if you should fail.

There are now crowdfunding freelancers that will help you with your application. You can see the Upwork list here for some of the crowdfunding specialists.

For those that are not sure what crowdfunding is here is an explanation from Startuploans.co.uk which you can read here. While you are on the website don’t forget to read the success stories of everyday people who had a great idea and developed it into a business.

Often these people started out as freelancers or entrepreneurs. Most countries have now realized the importance of freelancers and the start-up economy. Those that haven’t, will.

Jenny Knizner has written Entrepreneurs: 9 tips for proven crowdfunding success for www.usatoday.com which you can read here.


Amazon Associates Website Case Study

The history of the Case Study can be read at links to the previous newsletter issues

The work on the Amazon Associates website has progressed with new articles being added which can be seen here:

The articles have been searched engine optimized and have started to be promoted on Facebook and Twitter. Instagram, Pinterest and Google Plus accounts have been opened.

The research works are continuing and the current results can be seen here:


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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