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101 Ways to Rock as a Freelancer

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101 practical ideas to help you up your game as a freelancer. This presentation was first given at WordCamp New York, July 17, 2016, and was built specifically for WordPress freelancers, however it's applicable to any type of freelancer.

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101 Ways to Rock as a Freelancer

  1. 1. 101 Ways to Rock A S A F R E E L A N C E R
  2. 2. Kristina Romero
  3. 3. Troy Dean
  4. 4. Trust your instincts S U G G E S T E D B Y U R S U L A T A T H I A N A C O M E A U 1
  5. 5. Develop a niche S U G G E S T E D B Y C L I F F O R D A L M E I D A 2
  6. 6. Develop a wheelhouse 3
  7. 7. Keep learning 4
  8. 8. Get comfortable
 with details S U G G E S T E D B Y D I A N A G A F F N E Y 5
  9. 9. Go wide and deep 6
  10. 10. Set deadlines
 and mean it 7
  11. 11. Plan your week
 every Monday 8
  12. 12. Create tasks
 for yourself 9
  13. 13. Set aside time to grow 10
  14. 14. Use shiny tools 11
  15. 15. Perfect your
 referral machine 12
  16. 16. Build with WordPress 13
  17. 17. Use automation 14
  18. 18. Create canned
 email replies 15
  19. 19. Wait for the deposit 16
  20. 20. Get paid before
 working on a live site 17
  21. 21. Use a password
 manager 18
  22. 22. Use the cloud 19
  23. 23. Save backups of
 clients’ old sites 20
  24. 24. Present clear proposals S U G G E S T E D B Y E V A S Y N N E R G R E N 21
  25. 25. Be proactive 22
  26. 26. Have a pet project 23
  27. 27. Control your pet project 24
  28. 28. Collaborate with others 25
  29. 29. Set hours for set things 26
  30. 30. One thing one time 27
  31. 31. Screen record tasks
 to delegate 28
  32. 32. Run a Facebook group 29
  33. 33. Offer a free e-book 30
  34. 34. Make generic tutorials 31
  35. 35. Stalk the influencers Follow 32
  36. 36. Learn marketing 33
  37. 37. Don’t refer to yourself
 as a freelancer S U G G E S T E D B Y C A T H B E A T O N 34
  38. 38. Interact with
 other humans 35
  39. 39. Find a community 36
  40. 40. Serve others S U G G E S T E D B Y A P R I L W I E R 37
  41. 41. Host an event 38
  42. 42. Know your
 target audience 39
  43. 43. Get a UVP 40
  44. 44. Develop processes S U G G E S T E D B Y P E T E P E R R Y 41
  45. 45. Productize S U G G E S T E D B Y J A S O N R E S N I C K 42
  46. 46. Sack bad clients S U G G E S T E D B Y C L I F F O R D A L M E I D A 43
  47. 47. Delegate your
 weaknesses S U G G E S T E D B Y J A K I L E V Y 44
  48. 48. Consider relationships 45
  49. 49. Don’t reduce your prices 46
  50. 50. Give yourself
 a pay raise 47
  51. 51. Build an email list 48
  52. 52. Hire a VA 49
  53. 53. Create blog content 50
  54. 54. Podcast 51
  55. 55. Speak at WordCamps 52
  56. 56. Sell value 53
  57. 57. Sell discovery sessions 54
  58. 58. Sell website care plans 55
  59. 59. Don’t sell hosting 56
  60. 60. Qualify your leads 57
  61. 61. Don’t meet for free 58
  62. 62. Limit client meetings S U G G E S T E D B Y K R O N D A A D A I R 59
  63. 63. Network S U G G E S T E D B Y P H I L L I S B E N S O N 60
  64. 64. Team up to
 learn from mistakes S U G G E S T E D B Y J A M I E H I L L 61
  65. 65. Set expectations
 with clients 62
  66. 66. Have a support email 63
  67. 67. Send calls to voicemail 64
  68. 68. Run a business S U G G E S T E D B Y D I A N A G A F F N E Y 65
  69. 69. Separate finances S U G G E S T E D B Y L E S L I E S U R E L 66
  70. 70. Get a bookkeeper S U G G E S T E D B Y A M Y B A L L A K E Y S 67
  71. 71. Get legal help 68
  72. 72. Know what you
 can write off 69
  73. 73. Stay true to your word S U G G E S T E D B Y M E L I S S A L A N C T O T M A N N O Z Z I 70
  74. 74. Set work/life
 balance rules 71
  75. 75. Get dressed
 (no sweatpants) S U G G E S T E D B Y J U L I E W O L P E R S 72
  76. 76. Walk every morning 73
  77. 77. Get work shoes S U G G E S T E D B Y N A T H A N W R I G L E Y 74
  78. 78. Value your work S U G G E S T E D B Y C L I F F A L M E I D A 75
  79. 79. Know your why 76
  80. 80. Set yearly goals 77
  81. 81. Reward yourself 78
  82. 82. Get an accountability
 partner 79
  83. 83. Don’t work weekends 80
  84. 84. Avoid digital eye strain (20 / 20 / 20) 81
  85. 85. Get out of the house 82
  86. 86. Get a standing desk 83
  87. 87. Get a dog S U G G E S T E D B Y D I A N A G A F F N E Y 84
  88. 88. Love your office 85
  89. 89. Hide notifications
 on your phone 86
  90. 90. Listen to music 87
  91. 91. Get an online
 scheduler 88
  92. 92. Take a vacation 89
  93. 93. Accept imperfection;
 keep moving S U G G E S T E D B Y C A T H B E A T O N 90
  94. 94. Be quirky S U G G E S T E D B Y J O C E L Y N M O Z A K 91
  95. 95. Be the boss S U G G E S T E D B Y W E N D I E H U I S I N T V E L D 92
  96. 96. Fix what’s broken 93
  97. 97. Befriend an Aussie ;) 94
  98. 98. Don’t hire family 95
  99. 99. Learn to say 96
  100. 100. Breathe 97
  101. 101. Don’t quit yourself 98
  102. 102. Save 99
  103. 103. Live life 100
  104. 104. Rock it! 101

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