Sometimes you may get the impression that you regularly contact with your pool of customers and there is no way they can forget about you. However this impression is illusive. Your client is most probably a very busy person and he/she can easily confuse you with another freelancer.
When I am not too busy with projects I spend some time looking through the list of my clients and send them small reminders about myself: I may ask them to leave me a feedback or I inform about my new services or send them my vacation dates, etc.
A few days ago I’ve got one more prove that follow-up letters are extremely important in freelance. I contacted one of my best clients with the feedback request. Guess what… He was very surprised to hear from me and wondered if I was still freelancing. Continue reading Regular Follow-Ups: They Pay Off
From time to time I do volunteering voice-over projects for non-profit organizations, such as TheBrigthsRussia. This is a group of enthusiasts trying to popularize sound view on many sides of our life and science as such.
The video below is one of my recent works. It is extremely topical in modern geopolitical circumstances. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
If you want to watch the original TED video in English, please click here.
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All my life I’ve been living in Russia. Moreover I live in the Urals and summer is something unreliable and unpredictable here. For example, last year most summer days were cold and rainy. Thankfully my husband and I are both freelancers, and without a moment’s hesitation we left this God forsaken place and spent 1.5 months in Spain and Greece.
But this year has beaten all. June 2015 has turned out to be unexpectedly intensive, productive, and fruitful. I didn’t have time to post enough in Social Media and on my website, let alone diversified menu of my family which was badly-hit. Finally, this crazy month has ended, all invoices are issued, and I can catch a break and summarize a few things.
Continue reading Accounting and Visualization — Drivers of Freelance Business
This week is really crazy for me. Our 3-year old son Leonard caught some incredibly infective virus, so that all family members had the disease in these 5 days. The only encouraging thing is that the acute period is rather short. Still this little madcap has to stay at home during the week, and it’s getting extremely hard to concentrate on anything serious when the house is full of loud sounds and you are constantly asked to do something: “mom, warm some food”, “mom, open the door”, “mom, wash my hands”, “mom, play with me, pleeeease”.
Continue reading Freelance and Kids at Home. Do They Match?
Finally all holidays are over. Even the old style New Year celebrated in Russia passed yesterday. Although freelancers do not live by official calendars, now we feel ourselves more decisive to throw into work with enthusiasm.
Probably most of you have already summed up all your achievements and set new goals for 2015. However when it comes to finance in freelance the results can be assessed only a month or even two after the year is finished. A couple of days ago I decided to check my statistics file for 2014 and found out that almost all my invoices had been paid already. There are only a few due in January and February. This fact allows me to say that the year has finished without any debts. Continue reading Rules for Getting All Your Invoices Paid