Google+ hangout

  • What is a retainer and why should you offer them? Fran Swaine explains!

    Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a few people ask me about retainers. Usually along the lines of ‘what the hell are they and should I be offering them?’

    *Insert dad joke about braces*

    Fran Swaine, a freelance friend of mine that some of you might know from the Team Red Hangouts, is a bit of a pro when it comes to retainers and she kindly agreed to do a hangout with me to go over the basics. Tune in to see us chat about the pros, cons and opportunities for freelancers to use retainers – and why it could be one of the best financial moves you could make.

    Regular income, a better relationship with my clients and a more long-term agreement? What’s not to love? I haven’t actually done a lot when it comes to retainers – but after chatting to Fran it’s certainly something I’ll try to do more.

    What do you think about retainers? Do you currently use them? What are your experiences?

  • Catch up on The Freelance Lifestyle Q&A

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    Last night, I had my first big Q&A for The Freelance Lifestyle, answering questions like:

    • How do I get into being freelance?
    • How to find time for learning new things in your industry when keeping on top of your work load?
    • What to do in a freelance slump (either mentally or from a lack of work situation)
    • How to maintain confidence when being a freelancer
    • I’ve pitched an article idea. Ed said may use in future mag edition. How do I follow up without seeming pushy
    • How do I deal with filming a Hangout in a boiling hot room where ventilation is limited due to the extra loud wildlife outside (Spoiler! Not well)

    My good friend Sally from Flourish PR joined me, and shared some of her insights too. Particularly worth checking out her thoughts on how to follow up on a pitched idea, and how to deal with a freelance slump. Sally has done stupendously well in the last couple of years,

    If you want to catch up, I’ve popped the hangout below. Potentially if enough of you are interested, I might just make it a monthly 30 min thing with a theme (finance, finding clients, family/friends), and grab some other lovely freelancers to jump on too. There are some kinks to iron out, like where to film (I may or may not have run around the house in a bit of a tizz in the 5-10 minutes before trying to find somewhere with good lighting. I failed). No one ever started doing something perfectly though, did they? I’m a big fan of jumping in and planning as I go. Clearly.

    That’s enough chattering. Tune in below to see….well, more of me chattering.

    p.s Who’s coming to Blognix tomorrow? Looking forward to seeing all your faces! 

    p.p.s The next few weeks are likely to be a little unusual on the blog as I’m off on honeymoon on Thursday (finally). If you fancy guest posting about your freelancing experiences (freelancers only please, no businesses who want to argue the basics of nofollow policies and sponsored posts) drop me an email!

  • Freelance Marketplaces – are they worth it?

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    This morning, after a couple of technical difficulties, I managed to have a great hangout with the lovely Rosie from One Man Band Accounting. We discussed a topic that I think a lot of you might find interesting – freelance marketplaces. Sites like Elance, People Per Hour and Fiverr, where you can bid on jobs or project against freelancers all over the world.

    Want to know what we thought? Hit the play button below to watch our hangout (30 mins)!

    Listen in to find out:

    • Who freelance marketplaces are best suited to
    • Which sites we rate
    • What to look out for if you’re a freelancer
    • What to look out for if you’re hiring.

    Do you use freelance marketplaces? What do you think about them? Let me know in the comments below!