Scheduling Strategies for Freelance / Work from Home Beginners

I saw what had to be the stupidest conversation on Twitter yesterday. It talked about how people in other cultures don’t understand why Americans who are self-employed tend to stick to a more traditional schedule of 9 to 5…and how those people make fun of that. They’ve forgotten a couple of key components of scheduling strategies that remain the same regardless of where you live in the world: Read more

How to Deal with a Bad Virtual Receptionist

One of my clients, an entertainment law office, uses a virtual receptionist company (that shall remain unnamed). The two receptionists are supposed to answer the phone and roll certain calls to me. If anyone comes into their facility (because they also I guess collect mail or something), they’re supposed to give out the cell phone number that goes to me and explain they are a virtual office. Yet, once or twice a month I get a phone call from an irate client or potential client…because the virtual receptionist treated them like shit.  Read more

How to Write an Upwork Proposal Clients Can’t Turn Down

I get a lot of questions about Upwork and about freelancing in general. By the way, save yourself some hassle and don’t call yourself a freelancer. Just call yourself self-employed or a business owner. You’ll save yourself a lot of frustration by doing that. People hear the word “freelancer” and they translate it to “unemployed.” Anyway, the most common question I’m asked is: how can I write an Upwork proposal that clients can’t turn down? (By the way, you can listen to this on YouTube or on Spreaker; while you’re there, make sure and subscribe, would you? And share with your friends).  Read more