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“If I had seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” -Issac Newton I’ve been down in D.C. for the week and have met a ton of interesting people, many of which are freelancers who are trying to build their businesses. Each of them wanted to know how what secrets I had for them. I have no secrets (expect be prepare to work your butt off and love it), but I can share what I have learned. Here are some items on How to Freelance: I. Fuel : Why Drinking Coffee is Great for You Before you begin, make sure you are energize and ready to take on the world. Here is a few reasons why coffee is a great way to start you day and get you ready to build your business. To read the article, click here. II. The Idea: How to Start a Million Dollar Business Every business, even a freelance one starts with an idea. Here are a few ways to find that idea and start a million dollar business. To read the article, click here. III. Freelancer Toolkit: 201+ Amazing Tools and Resources for the Freelancer Every freelancer and small [...]
I bet we’ve all had our fair share of dates who give off mixed signals. They hold your hand, look deeply into your eyes, kiss you goodnight—and then you never hear from them again. Or that friend who always seems excited to see you, but consistently declines your lunch invitations. It can leave your head spinning. Unfortunately, this is a problem in business, too, with clients who tell you one thing but expect something totally different. In today’s podcast, “Are You Sending Mixed Signals?”, I ask you to take a look inward to see if you are guilty of giving off a confusing message. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] I’d like to hear from you! What do you do when you receive mixed signals from someone? Connect with Ja-Naé on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook ______________ Looking to start a business or own a small business? Please consider reading my book, How to Start Your Business with $100. You should find what you’re looking for.
I have been receiving a bunch of emails requesting more blog posts for the freelancer. I went through some of my favorite blogs and websites and compiled a list of over 201+ tools and resources: 35+ Online Tools to Make Your Life Easier 5 Online Tools For Dealing With Clients in Other Time Zones PIXELMATOR : LOW BUDGET TOOL 15 Online Financial Tools for Freelance Designers 25 Free Online Tools for Web Designers, Developers, Freelancers and Individuals 14 Free Things for Writers You can also bid for work on Elance or Freelance.com What are your favorite Freelancing tools and websites? Feel free to share them with us. We would love to hear about them. Like this article and want to read more, feel free to subscribe to my blog feed
“Don’t forget the cannoli!” That is one of my favorite Godfather lines. Of course, I have Italia on the mind with the Arts Institute coming up. But with that comes the memory of learning how to negotiate Italian style. Many are afraid to negotiate or ask for what they deserve, even in business. Negotiations can be done in a respectful manner, which is one of the things I talk about in “How to Start Your Business with $100″. So, here are 3 tips on how to do just that (NOTE: The following quotes are said in my best Italian-American accent): 1. “What?” Know exactly what you want. What is important to you? What are you willing to compromise within the negotiation? Have those ideas in line and ready to go before you start negotiating with anyone. 2. “I’m going to make you an offer you can’t refuse.” When negotiating, it has to be a win/win. Everyone needs to feel good about the end result. So, ask the other party what they need or what is important to them. Also, ask if they are willing to compromise with you. If they are not willing or not in a position to, then [...]
Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner looking to outsource your accounting. Here is a segment from my book, “How to Start Your Business with $100” due out this May: Did you know that 80% of your profits come from 20% of your customers? For this very reason, it will benefit your business to know WHAT your customer needs, and WHY they buy your products/services. Chances are, your loyal customers return over and over again because they trust YOUR skills in what you do best. OUTSOURCING menial tasks can offer you more time to do just that. When you can focus on what you love to do, you can enlist others to do your paper-pushing (or, as I like to call it, your “dirty work”). Outsource your accounting (bookkeeping, payroll, financial analysis, tax-related issues) I am no math whiz, so learning and maintaining detailed financial records often results in wasted time and added stress. I once tried setting up my accounting in Excel; while I love this program, it resulted in a lot of wasted time – time I could have spent making a new business contact or taking a trip! This is why I utilize online resources to [...]
I am constantly asked what my recommendations are for social media metrics. I put together this map of some of my favorite metrics. Feel free to download and use for your convenience. Also, if you would like to republish this map, please link back to Ja-Nae.net. Here is a list of those metrics and what they mean: Email Deliverability Rate- Are you even making it into the inbox? Open Rate- How many people are opening your email? List Growth- Are you retaining and growing your list? Content- Which content is being clicked on? Conversion Rate- How many generate leads or sales? Forwarding- How many people are forwarding your email message to a friend? Trends:- Why do people actually open your emails? Which topics are they trending on? Website/Blog Subscribers- How many RSS subscribers do you have? Feed Readers- How many feed readers pick up your blog? RSS Revenue- How much are you earning through your RSS feed? Site Revenue- How much are you earning through your website? Social Bookmarks – How many social bookmarks do you have? Which content is bookmarked the most? Inbound Links – How many other websites are linking back to your site? Content – Which blog [...]