The World of Freelance can be exciting and overwhelmingly scary at the same time. No fear! You will learn more as you go, just keep going! Here are 5 Tips to keep in mind for success on your Freelance + Entrepreneurial Journey!!!
Contracts are your bff (Best Friend Forever)
They legitimize your services and detail your pricing and what all those entail, word for word. It binds you and your client to agreement and can be used for mediation if any questions arise about the scope of your work
Advertise your services on Social Media
Establish some social media presence on (Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc) Choose a media and genuinely interact with those who follow you. Promote and market your services there.
Don’t be afraid to market yourself
Now that you’ve decided to freelance your work you’ll need to market yourself and often. Especially if you plan on being solely self employed. It’s okay. Talk about yourself and what you do, to everyone. Wherever and whenever you can.
Be easy to contact
Do you have a website? Does it have a contact page? Do you have a Google Voice Number or other contact service so clients can reach you anytime? Be accessible and available to get this schmoney.
Every opportunity is not a good one
If a potential client can’t meet your rates or doesn’t want to negotiate to your terms, don’t be thirsty. Your ideal client will come, pay for your services and appreciate your value. Do not, I repeat, do not devalue yourself. Every opportunity that comes across your table won’t be for you, and that’s totally ok.
HERES A FREEBIE:
ALWAYS OVER DELIVER
Give your clients more than they expect! Be known and referred for the experience you create with your clients not just for the services you offer. Create memorable experiences and watch your client base grow!!!
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Editor in Chief, Caged Bird Magazine,
Many people were disappointed with 2016 and look at it as the worst year of their lives, but that just tells me that we need to work harder. I learned that I have to put myself in a position of power where I am the sole person who decides how 2017 will go for me.
"What's for you won't pass you"
This has arguably been one of the most challenging yet rewarding years of my life. As I prepare for a new season in my life. I have learned that through all the lessons and blessings that this year has presented to me, when something is in your divine plan NOTHING or ANYONE can stop that. You cannot be afraid to make mistakes, mistakes will teach you the necessary lessons to hold onto your blessing that God has in store for you. So don't be afraid...what's for you won't pass you.
Miss Bowie State University 2016-2017
Ebony Magazine HBCU Campus Queen Contestant 2016-2017
Body-Positive Influencer & Emotional Journal Strategist
"You are not going to leave this world alive, so why not live?"- Tennielle Clark
I had a few deaths this year and a few disappointments. Enough to make me through my hands in the air and say "forget it, I'm going to live and do what makes an impact"
"I need to change my mind."
This was my mantra for the last part of 2016. I was going through so much. Had to come out of pocket for school, issues with everyone around me, living on a futon at school, days where I went hungry. However I made it. I graduated. My favorite quote is from Maya Angelou. "If you don't like something then change it. If you can't change it then change the way you think about it". So I had to "change my mind" to mentally get through my storm. I made it.
Radio One Indy, Communications Strategist,
Shop Owner + Curator, Treasurechestgoodsllc
"Queens Support Queens"
This "quote"/movement to me is for the women who believe in supporting their fellow sisters. For the women who believe that there are strength in numbers, for the women who believe that Empowered Women Empower Women. For the women who believe that there is never a need to view other women as competition but as a fellow Queen. My hope is to see more of this as the years go on and this message will continue to spread 💛
"Trust in YOU, if God has given it to you, he's equipped you to be effective in its use"
I have all my faith in God but not in myself!
I had to believe that I could do it in order to do it!
Independent Artist. Singer/ Songwriter
"Travel! Don't worry about the money, just do it!" The lessons you learn from broadening your horizons and getting out of your comfort zone are priceless. Forget about the price tag and take risks!
"In 2016 I have learned the capacity to lead shows up the most during controversial moments of contestations!"
Chief Relationship Empowerment Strategist
Certified Marriage Relationshp Facilitator
Family Life Pastor
FB: Brilliant Minds and Marriages
Celebrity Licensed Esthetician,
Makeup Artist at SKYN By SalleyNycole Spa
& Makeup Studio
Founder & Lead Educator, The GLOW Academy
Founder, Team Takeover, An Independent Beauty Team
FB: SalleyNycole Crews
Business FB: SKYN By SalleyNycole
"If you stay ready, you never have to get ready"
My 2016 & Beyond Lesson:
"Salley, I want to book a facial with you" a friend of mine said as we were catching up at the OAKK Room. I said YESSSSS, you would LOVE it let me check my schedule right now and see what I have for you this week she said "You can book it right now, girl you stay ready." We both laughed as I looked in my schedule. That's when I knew that staying ready pays off! 2016 was the year of staying ready for me, that was the biggest lesson that I learned. Planning out my schedule is crucial for my livelihood and sanity. Balancing marriage, business, family, friends and a social life is challenging and I would just die 2 deaths if I were disorganized. God loves decency and order and I knew in order for me to continue to go to the next level that planning ahead is crucial for my success in all areas of my life.
"I AM WORTHY!"
For so long I have talked myself out of blessings and new beginnings. Not because it was not the right time but because I could not receive the good that was meant solely for me. I would reject every single person and thing sent to help me out of pit.
Now going into 2017 my heart and mind are ready to receive!
Womens Empowerment Leader
Author, Basic Training: How to Prepare for Your Spiritual Quest
Founder, Goal Getters Empowerment Association
Obedience to God changed not just my geographical location but my entire life. Change is necessary for growth. We cannot be paralyzed by "what ifs" any longer, when we pass up the opportunities that are vital for us to thrive in our purpose.
"2016 was a master teacher!
The biggest lesson that I learned was self reliance. I stopped giving people a front row seat in my life after they had shown me too many times that they were not genuine. I made my peace of mind, my health and my soul, my priority. Don't get me wrong the Universe is always at work, I just had selective vision. It was easier to explain the poor behavior of others and give one more chance. It was safer to adjust and include just one more time. After I had enough and seperated myself, blessings flowed. I meditated daily, walked more and breathed deeper. I did things that brought me joy - alone. Guess what? New people showed up in my life with similar vibes. A new tribe. I sought out opportunities to enhance myself, my business and my quality of life. Heading into 2017 with a clear vision, clear mind and light spirit. Thank you 2016 for helping me shed layers!
2017 will be a level up."
Lead Curator, The Den,
A Reading Room and Artist Exchange
Contemporary Painter, Mixed Media Artist, Educator
"Love you where you are and run to the sun.
Not everything will be immediate but hard work works"
"NEVER GIVE UP"
"Keep pushing! Don't stop because your not recognized by who you think should acknowledge your greatness. Your GLOW UP will come in time. You never know who is inspired by your strides...keep working your purpose!
Follow your dreams freakin be you to the MAX" #SELFLOVEISBAE💋
Lifestyle Blogger, Motivational Speaker,
I called up Issa, Auntie O and Auntie Naomi for their contributions as well..