Dealing with Client Emergency Requests

Dealing with Client Emergency Requests

How to Manage Client Emergency Requests I’ve received many client emergency requests asking me to complete urgent work over the years. There are number of ways to deal with client emergency requests for work, so I’ve put together a scenario and a number of ways you can deal with them. The Scenario You have a regular client who you have worked with on many occasions. Because they like the way you work and you have a good rapport with them, you are the first virtual assistant they contact. They usually give you plenty…Read more
Setting Rates as a Freelancer

Setting Rates as a Freelancer

One thing that freelancers struggle with is setting rates for their skills or services. The fact is, that setting rates too low, means you'll struggle to survive. If you set them too high, you won't get much work. You have to learn how to set competitive rates for your clients, and cover your own living expenses and financial goals at the same time. The first step to setting rates is to determine how much money you need to earn in one year. Add up everything that you need to pay for the month,…Read more
Freelance Nightmare — When the Customer Doesn’t Pay

Freelance Nightmare — When the Customer Doesn’t Pay

What to Do when your Customer doesn't Pay   It is a freelancer's worst nightmare. You've slaved for hours working on a project for a client, you've done a fabulous job, delivered on time, and then your customer doesn't pay their invoice. It could be that the client is completely avoiding you, or promising to pay by a certain date.  Time and time again, and always failing to make the payment. Worse still is the client has paid but with with a bogus cheque. In the world of freelancing, it does happen. Yes,…Read more
Self-Employment and Taxes – Do You Maximise Your Tax Deductions?

Self-Employment and Taxes – Do You Maximise Your Tax Deductions?

Tax deductions? Oh, the joys of HMRC!  It can be a real challenge to understand what is a tax deduction and what is not. Even the most well intentioned people are intimidated and afraid they’re going to make a mistake as there are so many grey areas. So, here’s how to maximise your tax deductions, legally in simplified terms. #1 - Understand the difference between a business expense and a capital expense Business expenses are expenses incurred doing business. They’re usually tax deductible and include things like rent, travel and contractors and employees.…Read more
How to get away from work when you are a Freelancer

How to get away from work when you are a Freelancer

Don't forget your life when you are a Freelancer   You are a freelancer, and life is grand! You have the freedom to do things your way, to keep your own hours, to wear whatever you want to work. You no longer have to fight traffic or scratch and sweat your way to the top at the office, you are in control of your own destiny.  You are probably extremely good at what you do and passionate about your work. In the beginning, you are living your dream, but, it doesn't take long…Read more
Why Organisation is Key for Freelancers

Why Organisation is Key for Freelancers

Organisation is Key for Freelancers and those who Support Multiple Clients’ Freelancing is not only lucrative; it can also be a lot of fun. However, it can also be very overwhelming if you aren't keeping your business life in order and this is why organisation is an important key to a successful freelancing life. Without organisation, everything will go badly wrong - Deadlines will be missed, communication with clients will break down, suppliers will be lost, and before you know it, your clients won't be giving you much work. They will simply think…Read more
How to Deal with Freelance Burnout

How to Deal with Freelance Burnout

How to deal with Freelance Burnout Once you get your freelancing business off the ground, things will start going very smoothly. Then, one morning, you will wake up and discover that you find it really difficult to get motivated to do anything which involves your business. Or you also find that you simply cannot stay focused on the job at hand. You may be suffering from freelance burnout. It is quite common, and there are numerous options to get rid of this burnout and lack of motivation. Start by taking a vacation day…Read more
A Freelancers Guide to the Onboarding Process

A Freelancers Guide to the Onboarding Process

It is far more costly to attract and find new clients’ than it is to put time and effort into maintaining them. So why would you want to lose them? Keep your clients’ happy and coming back to you month in, month out with the help of an effective onboarding process. Your onboarding process should begin the moment your potential client makes contact with your business. Utilise an Onboarding Process Checklist Collect all necessary information to allow you both to begin a working relationship. This not only means collecting and storing the basics,…Read more
Freelancing is on the Rise

Freelancing is on the Rise

Freelancing is on the rise... and don't we know it! Every business in today's economic climate needs specialist skills. But, at the same time they don't want or need to hire full time specialist teams. Business owners are looking at freelancers for their knowledge and expertise and that is the major reason why freelancing is on the rise. Skills and experience are the key to business growth, the need for the kudos of corner office with embossed door plaques is gone. Business owners want their business to be successful ~ that's a given.…Read more
Start-ups: Why it’s best to hire Freelancers.

Start-ups: Why it’s best to hire Freelancers.

The many Benefits of Hiring Freelancers When you start up your small business, it can be very tempting to build a team and employ staff. Especially if you have recently signed a long-term contract with a client. It’s a given that you are going to wonder how you are going to cope with the extra workload, the need for another pair of hands to lighten the load will be strong. However, the unexpected can and does happen. This leaves the businesses with the tough decision of terminating one or more employees. By outsourcing…Read more