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How to make more money as a freelancer

How to make more money as a freelancer

Becoming an agency seems like the obvious answer whenever you want to grow and make more money. Moving in to an office might seem rather inconvenient for those who became freelancers to avoid an office in the first place.

If you start your own business and link to a physical space, you might find yourself caught up doing admin work, staff management, meetings, pitches and other kind of work to manage your business which might keep you from doing the creative work you love. If you want to earn more money but you don't want to grow an agency, then you just need to up your game as a freelancer and here's how to do so:

Know the worth of your skills

Although freelancing is famed for not making much money, some freelancers are successful and earn a decent amount. If you are a struggling freelancer, you might wonder how this is even possible and the answer is because they are good, they know how good they are and they are not afraid to promote themselves as such and charge a decent rate.

You can tell they know their worth by reading their website profiles, Twitter bios and how they communicate, in general. They are well aware that they have valuable skills that people are willing to pay for and they communicate and charge accordingly.

Think of the money you invested in your studies or doing work experience and charge your clients accordingly. You just have to believe in yourself or fake it till you make it.

Start pushing for the money you deserve and aim to make more money in less time, so you have to slave away just to barely make it through the month.

Confidence

We are all drawn to confident people because they look like they know what they are doing. When you spend money or put your business at risk, you want someone confident to take the wheel and that person can be you. This might be hard for you if you are a little shy but you can work on that. Start with small things like your body language and your appearance. Someone who looks like they have already spent money on their appearance gives the impression that they know how to make money. You have to look like you are already successful. Invest in yourself and it will pay off.

Boost your skills

Just because you are a freelancer, it doesn‘t mean you don't have to move forward in your career. It's a competitive world out there and you need to be on top of your game by continuously improving or learning a new skill. Read books, take a course, research, and so on. If you don't, your competition will and then you will get left behind. In summary, make sure you have something that makes you stand out so your clients will want to put their money and businesses in your hands.

Avoid the world freelancer

It is unfortunate but the word freelancer has become a dirty word in some circles and it can be translate into cheap work for some clients, so they might try and bargain with you to bring your asking price down.

To avoid being taken for a cheap freelancer, try to present yourself as part of a professional studio or agency so your business sounds more established and reliable. Remember that your clients want a guarantee that your work will be properly done.

Acting like a studio and playing the part

If you are working from home, make sure your business address is from a professional office - either via a virtual solution or a co-working space. You might want to have a website with your own domain and this website should match your professional email address. You might also want to create professional-looking invoices to keep up the appearances.

If you want to look more professional, you need to have a solid online presence and a distinct identity on social media that will distinguish you from others and will make your business look reliable and professional. If you have to get paid like a bigger business, you need to behave like one.

Become an expert

You have to convince your clients why they have to pay more for your work when they can get someone else to do it for a lower price. What you are selling is quality and expertise. You need to offer a service that others don't and charge for it.


Working Remotely vs Office

Working Remotely vs Office

Remote work has grown exponentially within the last 10 years. Although commuting to work might be a nightmare when you live far away from your office, some people need that commute to switch to work mode. While technology keeps making it easier for employees to work from home, a new debate has emerged: what's better, to work remotely or from an office? We are going to review some of the pros and cons of each of them, but in the end, it depends on each person and their working habits.

Routine

For some people, commuting to work is part of the ritual to clearly define leisure and work time. Some people find it easier to start working when they enter an office and are surrounded by others who are working as well. They actually need the scenery and work environment of an office to get them to work. These workers use the amount of time on the way to work to mentally prepare for the day, and it helps them to transition from home to work and from work to home.

Some people who work remotely also needs this ritual to prepare themselves to work but they make up for it by having their own ritual, like walking for 15 minutes before and after work.

The younger crowd, however, is more accustomed to working remotely and technology has made flexible working a fully immersive, collaborative experience. Out of those who work remotely, most of them prefer to work from the tranquility of home. Only those able to phase out the background noise and get work done are able to work from other places such as cafés. This is the case of digital nomads who are able to work from literally anywhere while travelling.

Cost savings and productivity

Most bosses will tell you that remote workers are not the most productive sort. Stats, however, show that remote workers are actually more productive. According to a Standford study of 16,000 call centre employees found that working remotely increased productivity by 13 percent. Another study showed that 77 percent of workers reported greater productivity working off-site.

While some people might wonder how remote workers manage to be more productive, the answer is that offices can be distracting. Your colleagues are constantly coming up to your desk, you have to attend meetings and there's background noise and constant chatter - an nuisance for those workers unable to phase out the background noise and get work done.

Remote companies save great quantities of money on overhead because there's no physical office, so they don't have to pay leasing fees nor in-house IT, utilities and other expenses.

Access to awesome talent

Instead of settling for the best worker the company can find in the area they are located, remote workers allow them to access the best talent anywhere in the world. This way a company has a wider scope of professionals to choose from.

Remote workers are happier

According to researchers at Harvard and Princeton, workers are willing to accept 8 percent lower pay, on average, to work from home. The reason why they would settle for less money is because they are happier to work remotely, or at least, that's what stats suggest. Accordingly, 24 percent of people who work in traditional offices say they love their job, where 45 percent of people who work remotely are happy with their job. Obviously, remote workers are happier, but on the bigger picture this is better for companies since happy employees are more productive.

Apart from delivering an improved quality of work, the happier people are with their jobs, the lower the turnover will be. Therefore, companies will save a lot of money on recruitment and retention.

While some people need the commute to switch to work more, the slog to work ruins the morale of others. If you live in a big city and it takes you an hour to get to work, your morale is already ruined. By the time you finish and get home, you've lost two hours of your day commuting, which means less leisure time. Other works end their time at the office just dreading the next morning.

The 9-5 is not for everyone. While some are productive in the morning, others need a power nap to get them going and are more productive in the evening. Flexible hours allow workers to work during the time they are most productive.