What Does A Successful Entrepreneur Look Like? [Infographic]

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Having been a self-managed missionary for nearly a decade and running 78p.tv for another seven years, I understand what it means to be an entrepreneur. The career is not for the faint of heart as sometimes you do not know where the next paycheck is going to come. You have to not only sell your spouse and family on the ideas you are pushing, but then the critical world. Then the terrible fate of failure and sometimes the even worse fate of success comes (more work, more problems) and you have ... Continue Reading

Dangers of Giving Clients What (They Think) They Want

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There is an inherent danger whenever you work with a new client, whether designing a new website, revamping a brand, or even briefly consulting. That is, you might give them exactly what (they think) they want without delivering the desired results. In a magical world where everyone openly and honestly communicates their needs and desires, both you and the client are satisfied with the work and accolades are poured out upon your head. However, as you work through the project, what is more ... Continue Reading

Skills Needed To Be an Effective Technical Writer

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Do you want to know how you can write about technical subjects that you haven't studied? For example, you want to know how you can write a user manual about a software system when you haven't studied programming or the job the software will be used to perform. How can you write an effective proposal to bid on a project when you aren't experts in how the different tasks involved should be done? These are valid questions, but the good news is that you don't need to be an expert in a specific ... Continue Reading

Tips for Freelancers to Write a Successful Business Plan

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There's a saying that those who fail to plan, plan to fail. A well-written business plan can help you crystallize your dream and stay on track. A business plan helps you define your goals. Also, if you need to get a business loan to buy equipment, your bank will probably want to see your business plan. As you grow your business, you may change your goals, but your start-up business plan will give you your first goals to shoot for. Once you put those goals down on paper and write how you plan ... Continue Reading

oDesk vs Elance vs Freelancer vs 99designs [Infographic]

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As someone who's made themselves available for freelancing over the past several years, I've tried a number of different outsourcing platforms. Which of these have you tried? What was your experience? For the most part, I've found these to be a waste of time and establishing online relationships and networks to be far more effective. Here's a look at oDesk vs Elance vs Freelancer vs 99designs -- but I really want to hear from you! ... Continue Reading

The MMORPG WordPress Freelancer

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I remember when I started using WordPress. It was pretty magical. Like with most things you learn, it comes in waves as you master each level of skill set. Right when you think you really know something, a whole new level is unlocked and you realize that you didn't know nearly what you thought you did! This fun MMORPG WordPress freelancer chart really captures that dynamic well: ... Continue Reading

Digital Nomads and Digital Tentmakers

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I’m sure you’re familiar with the phrase “tentmaking.” Tentmaking is the job that Paul did to cover his living costs whilst off on his mission trips and now the term used to refer to people who do a job some of the time to free themselves up to serve the rest of the time. To many, this may appear to be doing just one job and a bit of an easy life (work part time, rest part time), but the point of tentmaking is that you are free to serve God...which isn’t always/usually relaxing. The digital ... Continue Reading

Hands on with Dunked

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Dunked is a new service (currently in private beta) that allows you to have an online portfolio to show off your awesome work to the masses, without needing to know anything about coding, web development, or even what HTML stands for. All you do, is sign up for an account, and start uploading images, or linking and embedding audio or video, and Dunked does the rest. The best part? It's free. ... Continue Reading

I Thank God for Challenging Clients

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Clients. They are the life-blood of freelancers. When push comes to shove, they sign the check. They ask, you deliver. Some think everything you touch is gold. Which is TOTALLY awesome! Some ask for a few tricky things, maybe even change their mind on something. No problem. It’s fun to take a few tough turns. A few will break you. These are commonly known as, “challenging clients.” ... Continue Reading