5 Reasons Why Working For Free and Exposure Can Kill Your Freelancing Career

When starting out a career as a freelancer, exposure is one of the hardest things to acquire. In a profession that relies heavily on a good portfolio to land jobs, newbies looking to establish themselves as credible freelancers often find it hard to break into the market.

Due to this, the temptation to work for free — in order to gain exposure and have the credits to build a portfolio — is prevalent. Many freelancers make the mistake of thinking that working for free in the beginning is beneficial to their careers. This could not be further from the truth.

In this article, we have compiled the 5 reasons why working for free as a freelancer (even if just starting out) can actually be detrimental to your career:

1. People Don’t Value Free Things

Anywhere in the market, if something is free or acquired for cheap, it’s likely of poor quality and little value. As a freelancer, whether it be writing, graphics design, or photography, your service must be seen as something of great market value.

The product of your efforts and time need to justify their price and that wont be easy if you’ve marketed yourself as a newcomer willing to work for free. The idea is to work to get paid and you can only do that if you offer something of value, not by offering freebies.

2. You Might Be Exploited

There are many employers out there who are more than willing to exploit novices with the promise of future jobs and payment. You will end up spending hours and energy into a gig that will end up being either rejected or plagiarized.

You bear the brunt of the costs by working with no pay and the commissioner would have gotten the finished product for free.

3. Your Reputation Suffers

Reputation is just as good as a portfolio when freelancing. When you prove yourself as capable of delivering quality work that justifies payment, your reputation improves.

People will come to know you as the dependable Filipino freelancer you are and will know who to go to when work of your kind is needed. There are very little to no reputational benefits to you by working for free.

As stated above, people don’t associate quality and value with things that are given for free.

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4. It’s A Waste Of Time

Productivity and time-management are the name of the game with freelancing. How much time, work, and dedication you put in your chosen field will set you apart from the many others who tried to freelance full-time but failed.

Once you know this, you will understand the value of your work. This is why you should always think twice on spending time on pro bono gigs. This only means you are wasting scarce resources that you can never recover on work with no definite return on investment.

5. Its Just Bad Business

When you begin to freelance you are essentially starting your own micro-business. Businesses operate to generate and maximize profit by marketing and selling products of value.

With freelancing, you are both the owner and employee of this business and what you are selling is your services. If businesses market their products to the masses in order the gain traction in the market and drive up sales, in freelancing you are marketing yourself.

Instead of offering up your services for free in the hopes of future paid work, think more like an entrepreneur and focus your energy on maximizing your time, marketing yourself, and building a good relationship with paying clients. It may take longer but is definitely more rewarding and sustainable.

In Conclusion:

We hope that this article helped you in learning about the negative impacts of working for free. Freelancing is not an easy thing to do — everyone has different experiences regarding the difficulty of finding your footing in this highly competitive market, and mistakes can be frequent. But with some determination and a good amount of research, you can certainly etch out a great and profitable future for yourself.


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10 In-Demand Skills for Filipino Freelancers

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How to start working from home as a Filipino freelancer? Obviously, you will need to have some freelancer skills if you want to make a change. There are so many online jobs that you can do these days. You may already possess some highly-paid skills right now so make the most out of it.

If you already have enough experience from working online or even if you’re still just starting, you can check out these in-demand skills for filipino freelancers so that you can decide which way to go.

1. Translation Services

All you need to have this skill is to be knowledgeable or fluent in other languages aside from your mother tongue. You can do translation from Spanish to English, Tagalog to English, French to English, etc. or vice versa. Translation services prices can range from $5-$500.

2. Social Media Management

If you’re good about the social media platform and highly organized, this is the best job for you. This role has a high demand as of this writing since businesses are making sure to have an online presence nowadays.

3. Graphic Design

To become a Graphic designer, you need to have a great eye with design. It’s a very highly paid skill that can make you earn from $25-150 per hour as a filipino freelancer. If you have this skill, then go ahead and start applying online now.

4. Designing Landing Pages

If you’re good with design, then you also try designing landing pages for bloggers or affiliate marketers. It’s their strategy to earn with their business so you need to have the ability to create some catchy landing pages for them. Website builders such as WordPress, Clickfunnels and Builderall are in-demand these days. If you have skills or experience designing using the above tools, then you now have your freelancing gig!

5. English Online Tutor

Great command in the English language and the patience to teach a non-English speaking student are the key skills you need to be a successful tutor. You need to have an ESL certification as well to start with this career if the company requires for it.

6. Video Editor

Video editing is also another freelancer skill that you should have if you want to go in this direction. Your clients can mostly be Youtubers who needs help with their channel or other businesses that need to have videos for their websites.

7. Photo Editing

Being a Photo Editor can be a rewarding career especially if you’re also into photography. Many companies need someone or even a team of photo editors to help them with their advertising campaigns.

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8. Paid Ads Management

Paid ads management is a highly paid skill to have to help businesses with their advertising concerns. Your role is to manage paid ads campaigns for the client so you will also need to have some online marketing skills.

9. Virtual Assistant

Being a Virtual Assistant means that you have to be reliable and have multiple freelancer skills since you will need to assist your client with their business directly. You need to have administrative skills and good organizational skills for this role. Filipino freelancers are known to be one of the best VAs globally.

10. Local Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist

An SEO specialist needs to have analytical skills as well as the knowledge to optimize in search engines. You also need to know how to write an article since most of the clients hire candidates with both of these skills.


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5 Tips On How To Start Your Freelance Career While Still Working Full Time

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Here is a brief work from home roadmap you should consider starting your own freelance business while still working full time:

1.    Define Your Goals

You need to decide what you actually want to accomplish and why you wanted to do freelancing even if you are working full time. If one of your ultimate goals is to make enough money to support yourself then figure out how much you are going for and how many projects you can accommodate in a month. It is best that you should be able to track your projects and schedule your time.

2.    Find a profitable niche and Identify your Target Market

Determine and assess which niche you are going to be able to stand out and do work better. In freelancing, you are actively taking part in an industry where clients value quality over price.

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3.     Build Your Own Website and Showcase your Portfolio

You should get organized and show off your skills and abilities. You need to prepare your portfolio as your weapon to convince your clients why they should hire you. Start going through your previous works and choose those you think would best represent the skills you are offering. Your own website helps promote your professional image online.

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4. Market yourself as well as the skills and services you can provide

Learn how to pitch yourself. Make a strong impression and introduction that shows you know what you are doing and you are great at what you do. Know your strengths and sell them. Your work samples and past works are your visual representations of experience.

5. Be a networker, not a loner

Meet other freelancers and get advice about how the freelancing industry works.


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Filipino Freelancers: 5 Freelancing Jobs on How to Earn Money While on Lockdown?

The global pandemic has prevented many of us from going into work or socialising outside with our friends. 

Suddenly, with so much time on our hands, we are looking for ways to keep productive. Work from home jobs are in high demand now and freelancing offers us the flexibility to work from anywhere we want, whenever we want. 

However, with so many options of freelancing available, from designing logos to virtual assistants, it can be overwhelming to think about where to start.

Here are the top 5 most popular jobs in freelancing:

Data Analyst

If you have a quantitative mind and enjoy crunching big datasets then this is the job for you. You will be examining large datasets for trends and patterns. You will need strong mathematical abilities. Programming languages such as Python, SQL are also a must.

Web Developer

If you are skilled in coding and like to get creative then developing websites for clients will be a great freelancing opportunity for you. Knowledge in HTML, CSS and Javascript will be required and experience in WordPress will also be advantageous.

Writer

There are a lot of Filipino writers that are now hired to write blogs, articles and contents for websites on various topics. If you like researching new topics and have a very high level of English then this is a very fun freelancing job.

Graphic Designer

For creative artists out there. Companies now require catchy visuals and graphics to communicate with their audience effectively and will happily pay good money to hire you for projects.

Online Tutor

Do you love teaching and can communicate ideas across clearly? With schools closed, parents are looking for ways to continue their childrens’ learning and online tutors are required during this time.

It is not easy to get started in freelancing, but if you have the skills and motivation, then it can be the dream work from home job for you.


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3 Good Reasons to Run Facebook Ads

Nearly everyone these days has a Facebook account. It’s now become a standard contact detail. To be quite honest, you can only count with your fingers the number of people you know who are not on Facebook. For most, there might be none at all. Can you see this as a great opportunity for your business?

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No Antivirus Required: 3 Quick and Easy Cybersecurity Tips

In today’s online world, threats continue to loom. But unlike before, where viruses aim to destroy your computer, modern cyber threats actually preserve your computer. Malicious programmers have it in their best interests not to damage anything. So what do they want? Read more

3 Reasons to Make Your Website Responsive

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More and more websites these days are adapting their designs to be responsive. Just try it: if you resize your browser window while the site is open, and the site’s layout changes, then the site has a responsive design. Why? The reason for that may be right beside you.

 

 

1.  Most internet traffic is from mobile devices

ipad-820272_1280Based on a report by SimilarWeb in 2015, 56% of internet traffic to leading US websites came from mobile devices. But that was last year; the number may have already gone up by now. With that much web browsing going on, it’s almost a requirement these days to design a mobile-friendly site. Even if it isn’t required, though, you will clearly miss out on a large part of the market if your site isn’t mobile responsive.

Phones and tablets have smaller screens. You can’t view a full-page site on a small screen comfortably. If you would try, it will involve a lot of scrolling and zooming in and out. That’s annoying, and it doesn’t serve the purpose of a mobile device. Compare that to browsing a responsive site, where you can see everything clearly at first glance. The only gesture you’ll have to do to navigate the site is scrolling up or down. Everything is sized well for a small screen, and the links and buttons are large enough targets for your fingers. Isn’t that a much better user experience?

 

2.  It makes multitasking on desktops easier

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Responsive design doesn’t just benefit phones and tablets. They benefit desktops too. Let’s say you’re typing up a document while researching on the web. To make the job easier, you could put the windows of your web browser and word processor side by side. Responsive sites would adapt to the resized browser window, so the text will still be within the bounds of the smaller browser window. No need for the annoying side-scrolling. Honestly, no one should have to do that when browsing the web. Side scrolling is only fun when you play Super Mario Bros.

 

 

3.  You will need to do it anyway

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With more and more online activities being done on mobile devices, sites will have to adapt to the growing demand for mobile-friendly content. If you want your website to still be on top of its game in the future, it’s going to need to be responsive. It has to look good on any screen, no matter how big or small. Thus, it is only a wise choice to future-proof your website right now.

 

 


 

Do you need a responsive site designed for you? Let the experts at Article and Design help you out! We offer not just setting up websites with responsive design, but also a whole host of web services that will help your business grow! We’ll be glad to work with you!


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3 Reasons for Every Business to Have a Website

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Hire A Developer To Design Your Mobile Compatible App

If you why you should a mobile app developer for your business, then you are still not fully convinced about the wonders and the miracles a mobile compatible site can bring to your business. In this article, we will try to shed light on two things: First on the benefits of having a mobile attuned site and second, on the advantages of hiring a mobile app developer for your offline and online business.

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On the Benefits of Having a Mobile Attuned Site

It is actually useless to proceed with persuading you to hire an developer for your mobile app when you are yet to be convinced of the many splendid things a mobile attuned site can do to your enterprise. There is actually a litany of advantages but let’s stick with three major benefits — its accessibility, visibility, and convenience.

On to accessibility. With mobile compatible site, your customers can easily access and reach you. You need not bring your store physically to them. Your mobile app will do that for you. At a click of their finger, you appear before their very eyes. They also need not move from one geographical location to another to be able to get to you. They can actually do this even if they are lazily lounging at their living room.

On visibility. The basics of online marketing and marketing in general would tell you that to be able to persuade your market as to what you are selling, you have to make yourself visible first. You have to make yourself seen to your target audience. How do you this with an audience who are always on the go 24/7? Well, you walk, commute, and even work with them. You must be where they spend most of their idle and waiting time at. You must be on their mobile phones.

Convenience. Well, when you can be where your audience are than them getting to where you are, that’s epitome of convenience. They need not break a sweat to access your store or your site. With all these three benefits in line for you, your business will never be on the wrong side of the road.

On to the Advantages of hiring a mobile app developer. Well, the answer is clear. A mobile compatible app developer can execute whatever plan you have in mind. Just tell them what you want, they will make it happen for you. They breathe life to your brainchild. Most business people who own online and offline sites are not actually privy to how mobile apps interact with the market. This will actually be where your mobile app developer come in handy. They very well understand the dynamics of the market and the technology so they know what to create to make everything work for your business.

It is an understatement to claim that mobile compatible apps are necessary. The more important argument there is coming up with an apt and optimized site lays in the hand of your mobile app developer.

Make your site mobile compatible and get ahead of your market!


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Outsource Your Website Needs: Better than D-I-Y

Can you think of something better than leaving the fate of your site to a professional? If you can’t then its time to outsource your website needs.

Remember the time when you decided to paint your room by yourself? You wanted to save up money and decided to do the painting yourself. It was good at first but in less than a month, you noticed that paint wore off leaving the surface with paint bubbles. It looked messy so you decided to scrape the paint off. The story ended with you contracting a professional to do the painting for you. At the end of the day, did you really save money? That would be a big NO, right?

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This is the exact same logic that we are driving at vis-à-vis you and your website needs. From web design down to website content, it is still best if you leave the fate of your business to the experts. This is way better than having to do all of those by yourself. Still unconvinced? Read on as we discuss, in details the benefits of having to outsource your website needs.

  1. Hiring Writers To Supply Content: The Benefits

With all the stringent algorithms being released by search engines in an effort to eradicate spamming, the path available to all, when talking about online business success, is to write passionately about what you are promoting and selling online. This sounds easier said than done, by experience. Yes, it will be easy on the first few days or weeks of your article writing tasks, as there will be a lot of things you have in mind to write about your product. The real challenge starts when you have exhausted every possible idea you have about what you are promoting. To save you the hassle of having to go through these motions, why not leave it to the experts? Less effort, very good result. Who wouldn’t want that, right?

So why do you need to hire writers? You can read  my previous post about Web marketing for start-ups here.

2. Optimizing Websites and Website Design – Aesthetics Matter

What do you mean when you say optimize your website? Well, that term actually means to review you site design, lay-out, content, and navigation to achieve an excellent goal conversion rate. So what now is the goal of your website? Each website owner wants to have an interactive website – a website which can communicate with the clients and the visitors to be able to close in the deal. And who can do this better, in your behalf, than your experts! With just a minimum amount, you get your business moving and going further!

With all that has been said and done, need I say more? Outsource your website needs now and save yourself from the pain of having to do it yourself.


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