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Jump In Podcast: How to Become a Freelancer

Doina Bejenaru

Jump In Podcast is all about giving you the tools to pave your way into the freelance world and helping you make the best career move. How to become a freelancer with no upfront experience. Topics covered: personal development, systems, productivity, mindset, lead generation, habits, and financial advice. Weekly episodes are available on all podcasting platforms.
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Jun 12 2021
46 seconds
All About Upwork Fees for Freelancers
Upwork is a freelance platform with millions of freelancers and it’s free to join. You are completing your profile, searching for work, and pitching your service. Their service fee tier is based on your earnings and long-term relationship with each client. Upwork’s business model it’s a commission type, generating 90% of the company’s earnings solely based on that. They are charging a percentage commission for every successful transaction it facilitates. In this episode, you will... understand how Upwork works for freelancersfind out what fees do Upwork charges all freelancerslearn how to reduce your Upwork fees as a freelancer Insights: ''Upwork rewards repetitive work with the same clients, helping you to form a relationship that is beneficial for both sides. Their system is based on lifetime billing.''''Despite all fees everyone is complaining about; just see it as you having a helper, an admin person, an account, a debt collector. They automatically create the invoice for your client, send it over, make sure you are paid.''''Once you become a top-rated freelancer, things are becoming easier to manage, because the clients find you, you don’t have to chase for them.'' Tips: Learn to develop long-term relationships with your clients.Keep an Upwork contract open so your client doesn't have to open a new one each time: saves them time and saves you money- you will be paying less in fees.Better be safe than sorry! Upwork helps you be paid ON TIME!Get more insightful tips by listening to this podcast episode Pss, did you know that Fiverr offers you a $100 bonus when you sign up on their platform? Wow, I know, here's the signup link: https://bit.ly/3Fm0t8H  Listen to the episode for more actionable insights and tips. Website and Freebies: https://www.jumpinpodcast.com/ Contact Me: doina@jumpinpodcast.com Connect with Me: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jumpinpodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jumpinpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/jumpinpodcast
Nov 17 2021
7 mins
How to Start Outsourcing Work as a Freelancer
One of the questions I get asked most in relation to my freelance business is “When do you outsource work?” For many, outsourcing freelance work is a way of staying motivated. They find that the daunting tasks are the things that halt progress and by hiring freelancers to take care of these tasks, they can get back to their core business. When you decide to outsource your workload there are a number of things to consider in order to ensure that you carry out the right steps when it comes to hiring freelancers. In this episode, you will... get the tips and tricks when it's the best time to outsource your freelance workunderstand the step-by-step process of how to outsource your workknow what to look for when hiring and firing freelancers  Insights: ''It often seems intuitive that if you could outsource everything, you'd be able to cut the costs, raise profits, and double your revenue. But is it so?''''The freelancer you hire may not have the same sense of what quality is that you do, and willing to sacrifice quality for lower cost, whereas you are unwilling to compromise.''''Outsourcing can expand your earning potential, but it will also require more of your time.'' Tips: Learn to evaluate freelancers.Think about how long the project will take.Estimate how much work the project will require.Get more insightful tips by listening to this podcast episode  Pss, did you know that Fiverr offers you a $100 bonus when you sign up on their platform? Wow, I know, here's the signup link: https://bit.ly/3Fm0t8H  Listen to the episode for more actionable insights and tips. Website and Freebies: https://www.jumpinpodcast.com/ Contact Me: doina@jumpinpodcast.com Connect with Me: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jumpinpodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jumpinpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/jumpinpodcast
Nov 10 2021
7 mins
All About Liability Insurance for Freelancers
Freelance workers are considered self-employed and even a business of one needs insurance. There are a few types of business insurance for freelancers: general liability, professional liability, business interruption, and cyber security insurance. Let’s take it one by one so you can understand which one you might need, depending on your business needs. In this episode, you will… Understand the differences between all types of freelancer insuranceFind out why you should get professional liability insurance for freelancersKnow how to choose the right freelancer insurance depending on your needsGet some recommendations on the best insurance companies for small businesses Insights: ''Let’s say your client sent you a work laptop and you spilled your tea on your client’s laptop. What happens next?''''Professional liability insurance is an important part of your business or freelance career. Whether you're a full-time employee or work independently, you'll need this type of coverage to protect yourself against lawsuits that can result in costly payouts.''''According to Kaspersky Labs, the average cost of a small business data breach is $86,500? If you are storing client sensitive data such as credit card number, you might want to look at cyber security insurance'' Pss, did you know that Fiverr offers you a $100 bonus when you sign up on their platform? Wow, I know, here's the signup link: https://bit.ly/3Fm0t8H  Listen to the episode for more actionable insights and tips. Website and Freebies: https://www.jumpinpodcast.com/ Contact Me: doina@jumpinpodcast.com Connect with Me: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jumpinpodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jumpinpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/jumpinpodcast
Oct 27 2021
6 mins
How to Use LinkedIn Marketplace as a Freelancer?
LinkedIn Marketplace is rolling the feature for the gig workers and everyone is excited! With over 722 million members and 310 million monthly active users, for every freelancer, this means that finding new projects will become easier and more practical. In this episode, you will… Find out what LinkedIn Marketplace is and its goalsUnderstand how you can use LinkedIn Marketplace as a freelancerLearn how to optimize your profile for LinkedIn Marketplace Insights: ''It comes at a cost, of course. LinkedIn is thinking of taking a cut of the transactions that take place on Marketplace. The payment will be supported via a digital wallet offered by Microsoft.''''While LinkedIn Marketplace comes with a great solution for every freelancer, this doesn’t mean it will not be competitive.'' Tips Do not stop marketing yourself on other freelance platforms or via cold calls/ emails and networkingOptimize your LinkedIn profile for the LinkedIn Marketplace feature: create a portfolio, gather great reviews and refine your skills section.LinkedIn Marketplace has over 10 categories and subcategories to choose from so make sure you go through all of them before you put up your services.Optimize your service description with keywords. Pss, did you know that Fiverr offers a $100 bonus when you sign up on their platform? Wow, I know, here's the signup link: https://bit.ly/3Fm0t8H   Listen to the episode for more actionable insights and tips. Website and Freebies: https://www.jumpinpodcast.com/ Contact Me: doina@jumpinpodcast.com Connect with Me: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jumpinpodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jumpinpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/jumpinpodcast
Oct 6 2021
6 mins
Jump In Podcast Goes on VacationHow Do Freelancers Onboard Their Clients
The onboarding process is you explaining to your client what your workflow is: what tasks to expect to be completed when those will be completed, deadlines, service price, payment type, how and when to reach you; what is required from them before you start the work. This is a great way to determine your customer’s goals BEFORE you start working on the project because they can let you know in a hurry what they expect to achieve, but when they see it all written down they start to filter what is important and what’s not so important for them. In this episode, you will... Understand the importance of a strong onboarding processLearn what your onboarding process should includeKnow how to get returning freelance clients with a successful onboarding process Insights: Never assume that your client knows what you have to do. Explain to your customer what they can expect at every step.The most successful client-freelancer relationships work best when you understand each other's workflow and perspective.Impressing your customers with an onboarding process will help you do your job better. If you don't show your customer from the start that the process will run smoothly and easily, they will find someone else to bring them clarity. Tips: It should take you no more than 20 minutes to conduct your new onboarding process.Have your onboarding process as a presentation or a PDF File. Listen to the episode for more actionable insights and tips. Pss, did you know that Fiverr offers a $100 bonus when you sign up on their platform? Wow, I know, here's the signup link: https://bit.ly/3Fm0t8H  Website and Freebies: https://www.jumpinpodcast.com/ Contact Me: doina@jumpinpodcast.com Connect with Me: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jumpinpodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jumpinpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/jumpinpodcast
Aug 11 2021
6 mins
How to Find Freelance Clients on LinkedIn
And do you know what Google, Apple, and Netflix have in common? They all recruit contractors on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is one of the best ways to find clients and it served as an effective lead magnet, it’s like a non-stop shop where potential clients can find you, as long as you have your profile optimized for search. With more than 722 million users worldwide, LinkedIn has no shortage of potential customers. Comparing to all the freelancing platforms out there, LinkedIn is not so crowded and this gives you an advantage. In this episode, you will… Find out how you can optimize your LinkedIn profile as a freelancerUnderstand how to send cold messages on LinkedInLearn how to find freelance opportunities on LinkedIn Insights: Freelancers are hiring freelancers and this is called outsourcing. This is why your fellow freelancers are not your competition.A big reason for you to integrate LinkedIn into your business it’s because even if your clients find you on freelance platforms, they will still check your LinkedIn presence. Tips: Your headline is searchable! You are wasting so much space on LinkedIn if you do not update your headline properly. What you should have there is the keyword ''looking'' or ''seeking''. For example, ''Graphic designer looking for the freelance project'', boom! You have three keywords: designer, looking, and freelance. And this is important because people like me, recruiters, this is how we differentiate the active and non-active seekers on the platform and we are approaching those who show the intent of jumping into a new opportunity. Same with companies that are looking to hire the next freelance team memberOnce you know who your ideal client is, start networking with them. Build your network, make connections. Spend at least 20 minutes a day from Monday to Friday, commenting on posts that are in your niche, comment on your ideal customers’ posts. Congratulate people on their work achievements. Listen to the episode for more actionable insights and tips. Website and Freebies: https://www.jumpinpodcast.com/ Contact Me: doina@jumpinpodcast.com Get $100 bonus to start on Fiverr: https://bit.ly/3Fm0t8H   Connect with Me: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jumpinpodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jumpinpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/jumpinpodcast
Aug 4 2021
7 mins
3 Time Management Apps for My Freelance Business
I keep hearing about all these tips and tricks on how to gain more time in your day. But how I see it, we all have 24 hours a day, and all we must do is manage ourselves better, not the time we have available. You chose your working hours, but are you setting in place a process with workflows to boost your productivity? In this episode, you will... learn about the ways apps I use and helped me maximize my work and keep an eye on my freelance projectsunderstand the importance of managing your time as a freelancerget actionable time management strategies for freelancers and business owners Insights: ''A crucial challenge in time management for freelancers is to master the art of dividing large projects into smaller tasks. That is why I felt to-do lists work great for me. I tried having it all written on paper but as I travel a lot, I started to use Google Keep for notetaking. Google Keep is a collaboration note-taking app that will synchronize all your notes where you have your Google account active: on your phone, your computer''''This might be too obvious, but you have to develop the ability to say ''no'' and balance out the number of projects you take.'' Tips: Keep a to-do list so you know what you are working onChoose monotasking instead of multitasking. Our brain is not wired to do more things at the same time.Use classical time management techniques such as Pomodoro timersAvoid distractions: put your phone in airplane mode and leave it in another roomRank your tasks from the most important to the least importantListen to this episode to get more actionable tips Website and Freebies: https://www.jumpinpodcast.com/ Contact Me: doina@jumpinpodcast.com Connect with Me: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jumpinpodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jumpinpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/jumpinpodcast
Jul 28 2021
5 mins
Asking Freelance Clients for Feedback
A lot of freelancers think it is underrated to ask the client for feedback. No matter how much experience you have onboard, no matter how talented you are, it is OK to feel a bit agitated before you receive your client’s review on the work you just completed. Dealing with customer feedback can be a bit frustrating but learn to turn the situation to your advantage. At first, I was nervous about asking for a testimonial, and it took me a while to get confident and to reach out to ask for feedback. Please listen carefully: the sooner you do it, the faster you will upscale your freelance business. In this episode, you will... learn about the ways you can ask for feedback from your freelance clientunderstand the importance of feedback to upscale your freelance business and raising your ratesget actionable tips on how you can guide your client to offer you phenomenal reviews Insights: ''You should understand that many clients are not sure how to write testimonials, others are busy. I had clients on Upwork that told me they had no idea there is such a feature integrated on the platform. So you have to help educate your clients on how to leave a review: if it’s on a freelance platform, guide them. If it’s via email, send them a short form or a link to a Google Form. Make sure you have it short, add some bullet points or a scale from 0-10.''''When you finish a project, have a wrap-up call with your client, thanking him for this collaboration and ask him if it would be OK for you to send a short feedback form.''''See the feedback request process to build your testimonials for your work. This will help you build your brand; will give you credibility in the eyes of your future clients. You want them to see you reliable and efficient, trustworthy and an important part of your customers’ success.’’ Tips: Make the feedback form shortWhen you finish a project, have a wrap-up call with your client and ask for feedbackIf you are in an ongoing project, ask for feedback every 4-6 monthsConsider having the reviews highlighted on your LinkedIn profile as wellThere are another four important tips that worked for me- listen to this episode to write all down Website and Freebies: https://www.jumpinpodcast.com/ Contact Me: doina@jumpinpodcast.com Connect with Me: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jumpinpodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jumpinpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/jumpinpodcast
Jul 21 2021
6 mins
How to Stand Out When Freelancing
We all know that it is becoming more and more difficult to get projects from one day to another due to the competitive market we are in. There are millions of freelancers on platforms such as Upwork, Fiverr, People Per Hour, you name it. According to Upwork, by 2027 freelancers are projected to make up most of the workforce in the US, with 50.9% of the working population. As more people choose to become contractors, self-employed, it is more important than ever to learn how you can stand out from the crowd as a freelancer. In this episode, you will... learn about the ways you can improve when sending a job proposal to a prospectunderstand what are hiring managers seeking in a freelancerget actionable tips on how you can stand out as a freelancer in today’s gig economy Insights: ''It is vital to start gathering feedback from your past clients. It will help you look trustworthy and an expert in the eye of your prospects. You will build trust before you even have a call with your future client, and you will prove you can deliver on your promises.''''Freelancing s 50% skills and 50% communication. A client will be OK on going ahead with a freelancer that does not have all the required skills as long he has great communication skills and replies to all messages within 24 hours.''''In a nutshell, you have to understand that prospects care about the type of work you’ve done for others, what people say about you online, and what results they can expect from you.'' Tips: Dedicate yourself to stellar customer serviceLearn to ask for client feedbackAlways add projects to your portfolioNiche down your service. Be known for one thing, do not be a Jack of all trades and master of noneTeach your client how is it to work with you (and give examples)There are another four important tips that worked for me- listen to this episode to write all down Website and Freebies: https://www.jumpinpodcast.com/ Contact Me: doina@jumpinpodcast.com Connect with Me: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jumpinpodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jumpinpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/jumpinpodcast Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jumpinpodcast/
Jul 14 2021
6 mins
All About Freelance Burnout- It's Real!
Freelancing is a one-man job, you must find new opportunities, you create invoices, you update your portfolio, you do your social media, and you communicate with clients: to sell, to upsell, negotiate and the list can go on. Within a short time, you can feel overwhelmed and overworked. Just because you are working from home does not mean you have to be in front of your computer 24/7. And I know, I have been there and done that. In this episode, I am sharing how I went into a burnout in my first years of freelancing and if it was difficult to bounce back. In this episode, you will... learn about the symptoms of burnoutunderstand what the freelance burnout causes areget actionable tips on how freelancers can prevent burnout Insights: ''Did you know that 70% of freelancers work on 2 to 4 projects at the same time? There is nothing wrong with taking on more than a project at a given time, however, how do you prioritize not getting burnout? Oh, I bet you even did not think about it. A lot of freelancers can admit that freelance work takes a toll on their mental and physical health.'' ''Remember those 10-11 hours of work per day, or do you remember the last time you had a vacation or those breaks you underestimated? All those things that looked unimportant are catching up on you. '' ''As a freelancer, I want you to understand that there is a difference between being dedicated and being prone to burnout. Work burnout is preventable, people recover, however, prioritize your physical and mental health before any financial gain.'' Tips: Reduce the hours spent in front of your computerSet ''office hours'' for yourself and follow your scheduleStart journaling: write down all the things you are stressed and anxious about, and things you are grateful forSeek professional helpFind someone to hold you accountable to take time off: a vacation, a break during the day, the weekend off, etc.Stick to a structured and planned workflow and remember to set boundariesConsider joining a coworking space, there you will find other freelancers that will understand what you are going throughReduce your workload and learn to say ''no'' to future workSleep is NOT overrated! Website and Freebies: https://www.jumpinpodcast.com/ Contact Me: doina@jumpinpodcast.com Connect with Me: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jumpinpodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jumpinpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/jumpinpodcast
Jul 7 2021
7 mins
What is a Coworking Space and Do Freelancers Need One?Self-Care Strategies for Freelancers with Alejandra VillacisHow to Set Client Boundaries as a Freelancer?When Should Freelancers Raise Their Rates?
When should freelancers raise their rates? Some will say there is no right or wrong, as long as you feel comfortable.  Hear me out: raising your rate might not feel comfortable and you will not feel all cozy, because you are taking into consideration if the client will decide not to continue the collaboration. But show me some great things that come from a comfort zone: almost none. In this episode, you will... learn how to raise your rate as a freelancerunderstand the four situations that are your starting point that it's time to raise your rateknow by how much should you raise your rate Insights: ''Remind yourself about the difference between an employee and a freelancer: an employee is ASKING for a raise while a freelancer is taking this decision by himself and communicates the new pricing to the client. You are working with your clients; you do not work for them.''''Building a perfect business takes time, tries, and errors. And the hard truth is that it will come at a cost: it can be a monetary one or just by losing time on things that do not bring revenue yet.'' Tips: ''A tip I can give you is to keep your relationship with your client strictly professional. If you see him as your friend, you will NEVER be able to decide to raise your rate. At the end of the day, you are in business to make money.''''Give your client enough time to understand when the new rates are becoming effective. Do not implement it in a day. Allow 30-days of notice to your client so he can also budget properly.'' Website and Freebies: https://www.jumpinpodcast.com/ Contact Me: doina@jumpinpodcast.com Connect with Me: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jumpinpodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jumpinpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/jumpinpodcast
Jun 12 2021
8 mins
Jump In Podcast- TrailerDealing with Difficult Clients as a Freelancer with Alejandra Villacis from June 10th Creative Services- Part 13 Invoicing Systems for Freelancers
No matter if you identify yourself as a freelancer, self-employed consultant, or solopreneur, you must treat your service as a business. One way to do that is to automate your invoicing system. This makes you look professional, and it will cut from the time you will spend chasing your clients to pay the invoices that are due. In this episode, you will… Understand how to automate your invoicing using a systemKnow what the top three invoicing systems are designed for freelancersLearn how to choose a system that works for your invoicing needsGet a checklist of items necessary to onboard our clients in your invoicing system Insights: To make your client’s life easier, add multiple payment options: Paypal, Credit Card (you can capture it via Stripe), Payoneer is a famous one as well.When you are choosing a system for your business, make sure you are checking out what integrations they have available, to see if you can automate it with any applications you are using.Automate your reminders, your client will be so grateful. How many times did you found your Inbox flooded with emails? Probably you forgot a bill you have to pay or deleted the email by mistake. It can happen to your clients as well.Before setting it up, have a checklist of all details you will need from your client, so you can customize it in your system Tips: Try HelloBonsai for FREE- Click Here.  Website: https://www.jumpinpodcast.com/ Download your Freebies: https://www.jumpinpodcast.com/store/  Buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/jumpinpodcast  Contact Me: doina@jumpinpodcast.com Connect with Me: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jumpinpodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jumpinpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/jumpinpodcast
May 27 2021
5 mins
8 Red Flags for Freelancers
In freelancing, some clients are hard to deal with. I would classify them into the type of clients that are ''paying'', others ''not paying, and others' ''average paying''. Your target is those clients that are ready to pay for the value they are getting. In this episode, you will... find out what a red flag is in freelancingunderstand why it's important to spot a red flag when talking to a new prospectget a list of the top eight most known red flags freelancers are bumping into and what you can do about it  Insights: ''Red flags in freelancing are those warnings after a discussion with a prospect that future collaboration will not end great. This will lead to a toxic business relationship, where neither of the party will grow or feel comfortable working with.''''Dear freelancers, some clients are looking for low-cost work and know that this is not your fault, do not take it personally. It’s not a monetary issue, because I’ve seen this coming from big players as well. It is all about poor work ethic and bad practices.''''The word ‘’free’’ in freelancing does not stand for free work, it stands for ‘’unaffiliated’’, ‘’independent’’. The service you are offering has value, and you should be the first one to appreciate it before anyone else does.'' Tips: Do not take your projects outside the freelancing platform at your client's request.Understand the difference between a freelancer and an employee in order not to be micromanaged by a client.Do not accept working for clients that have bad payment terms.If your client lacks clarity, move on to the next one. You will waste so much time and energy.  Website: https://www.jumpinpodcast.com/ Download your Freebies: https://www.jumpinpodcast.com/store/  Buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/jumpinpodcast  Contact Me: doina@jumpinpodcast.com Connect with Me: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jumpinpodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jumpinpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/jumpinpodcast
May 19 2021
7 mins
Do Freelancers Give Refunds

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