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Etsy is an online platform where people just like you sell their handmade products and crafts. According to Alexa.com, Etsy is one of the top 150 most visited websites in the world. More than ever, there has been a growing demand of custom or handmade products. In a world where most products are manufactured by machines, people enjoy the fact that something they bought is unique and cannot be purchased at a local retailer. Sell More on Etsy: Top Methods for Maximizing Your Profits Sell More on Etsy: Top Methods for Maximizing Your Profits
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Whether you’re brand new to freelancing, or you’re just trying to build your clientele, the most difficult problem is finding clients. Since you’re basically the product, you must learn how to sell yourself and get the business you deserve. While it might seem frustrating when you don’t get hired on projects you’re clearly made for, don’t give up. How to Find New Clients as a Freelancer How to Find New Clients as a Freelancer
Crucial Personal Branding Strategies for Beginners Crucial Personal Branding Strategies for Beginners If you’re a freelancer, then you know how important it is to build your brand. If you haven’t started just yet, no worries, you want to take your time and do it right so you’ll able to get the best jobs, the best clients, and the biggest payouts. While it might seem tedious, creating a personal brand is very important.
Don't Let Your Ego Get In The Way of Productivity There’s a deep divide in the tech industry these days. New startups boast the “startup lifestyle,” often have an average age of around 25, and promote fun perks (like kegs in the office) over ones like paternity leave. They tend to work on more “exciting” things. On the other hand are the well-grooved behemoths; the Microsofts of the industry. Don't Let Your Ego Get In The Way of Productivity
Scared Of Failing? Ask Yourself These 6 Fear-Killing Questions Scared Of Failing? Ask Yourself These 6 Fear-Killing Questions [Editor’s note: The following is the first in a three-part series of posts adapted from Warren Berger’s new book, A More Beautiful Question (Bloomsbury), for which he spoke with top designers, tech innovators, entrepreneurs, and leading creative thinkers to explore the art (and innovative potential) of asking the right questions.] *** Here’s a question: What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? If that question seems familiar, it should. One of the hallmarks of a powerful question is that it gets passed around, and among innovators I spoke with in the tech industry, this one has been making the rounds perhaps more than any other--quoted by everyone from Google’s Regina Dugan to Sebastian Thrun at Udacity and Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia.
How to Grow Your Audience as a Designer How to Grow Your Audience as a Designer There is so much competition on the Internet, that it might be a little harder than it seems to find people to follow your work. That’s okay though, there are steps you can take to turn your business around and build a following that will increase your sales and get people talking, sharing, and absolutely loving your work. Today we will take a look at how you can grow your audience as a designer. You know your work is good, so should everyone else. Be Confident In any business, to be the best, you need to think you’re the best.
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Contracts and Documents: Free Legal Resources for Freelancers Contracts and Documents: Free Legal Resources for Freelancers We all know that sometimes it’s tough when employers refuse to pay you, claim your work, and ask you to go far and beyond what your initial job entailed. So, what can we do to protect ourselves from scams, terrible employers and other annoyances while we are just trying to make a living? To protect what’s yours and to ensure that you’re getting the best payouts on your projects, you need to use contracts. You should protect the things that you have worked hard to make and you shouldn’t do business with anyone who won’t sign a contract. If a client is too scared to sign a contract, it’s usually a sign of a scam or otherwise a bad employment situation.
How Much Should I Charge Clients? How Much Should I Charge Clients? Image credit: Shutterstock For entrepreneurs, pricing is a four-letter word, especially when you are a service-based company. Since starting my business, figuring out what to charge my customers has been my number-one problem. It is challenging to put a price tag on intangible items such as connections, knowledge and time. Whereas if you are producing a product, setting a price seems a little bit easier because you have very clear numbers to take into consideration, such as cost of manufacturing, packaging, shipping, etc.
If you’ve been working for awhile and feel the need for a change, you should considering taking a shot at freelancing. Almost everyone that I know has thought, at one time or another, about working independently. Some have a passion that they want to develop while others dream of being able to use their work time creatively. Of course, freelancing also has the advantage of allowing you to work without the presence of a supervisor controlling your every move. And, regardless of whether you do your best work in the mornings, afternoons, evenings or at 3:00a.m., if you work independently you can keep your own schedule. So why don’t more people try freelancing? How to Make the Move into Freelancing How to Make the Move into Freelancing
uIf the kitchen table just isn't cutting it anymore, it might be time to get a real desk. But don't go rushing out to the store to spend hundreds of dollars—you can save some money by building your own, not to mention craft one that fits in your space perfectly. For example, you can make a pretty awesome, large desk out of an old door. Perhaps you want to build yourself a standing desk so you aren't sitting down all day. If you want to be really cheap, you can even build one out of wooden pallets. Or, if you're old school, you can obviously build a custom one from scratch. Top 10 DIY Office Upgrades
Don’t Sweat It: 8 Strategies for Meeting and Connecting with VIPs Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from John Corcoran. Imagine for a second that you’re in an elevator. The doors have just opened and the CEO of your large multi-national company steps in. It’s just you and him. One of you flies in his own plane…the other brings his own sack lunch to work. You’ve never met your CEO before, and this is your big chance.
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Negotiation Tips that Surprisingly Work Business negotiations are based on several, well-established principles and most negotiators are not willing to take any chances. Win-win solutions, knowing as much information as possible about an opponent, reading body language, and so on, are common tips to win negotiations that most people use. They don’t always work though, and sometimes you just have to think outside the box to win. Believe it or not, unusual negotiation tips can work surprisingly well too; you just have to figure them out and learn how to use them properly. Making wise threats Often seen as an unethical negotiation tactic, making threats can also be a smart strategy when used right.
Honestly, not really. It was that simple. I started working through About.com's guitar lessons, learned a few chords, and learned the first few songs they recommended (I think it was John Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and the Eagles' "Take It Easy"). I didn't learn a lot of the stuff I should have—like the scales and theory (though I knew some of this from other instruments I've played)—and after the first few lessons just broke off and started looking up chord sheets for my favorite songs on ultimate-guitar.com. As I came upon chords I didn't know, I learned them. How I Tackled Three Skills I Never Thought I'd Learn
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