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5 Proven Ways To Get Freelance Clients (And Keep Them)

This could be you.

You have been having trouble getting freelance clients to sign up with you over the last couple of weeks and you’re wondering what you’re doing wrong. You’re afraid if you don’t get one or three new clients soon, you may not be able to hit your financial target.

And that’s not all, you have monthly subscriptions to pay for, and the WiFi you are paying for needs to realise its worth. But, nothing has been happening despite the numerous cold pitches and proposals you have been sending out. You are defeated and you feel you have hit a wall

Fine, there are good and bad days for every freelance writer, but even those few clients you’ve had before barely needed much done for them. You landed them by chance and didn’t pitch on what you’re really good at. You hoped they would reach out to you for more business, but your inbox has been awfully quiet.

A troubling thought, isn’t it? Don’t brand yourself a loser just yet. Yes, you may have exhausted your confidence in your proposals, but maybe that’s not what you need to focus all your attention on.

Here’s the most important part: it’s about the client, not you.

Let’s see exactly how this works.

Understand what your client needs

Before you give up on perhaps the best thing that will happen to you (if writing is truly your passion), try to get into your client’s mind. Understand what it is they need and if you are capable of solving their problems.

I’ll walk you through the process.

Do Your Research

Once you have picked out your prospective client, find out all there is to know about them. Check out their website and content and make a note of their last post date. You may need this for your proposal. Check out any major issues with their site and write them all down. Let me give you an example.

The site could have the following flaws:

  • An ‘About’ page that does not give a clear description of what they are.
  • Page names and titles that are not correctly done to optimize the site.
  • Lack of fresh content or content that isn’t original and engaging.
  • Old or lack of customer testimonials.
  • Lack of contact information.

There could be more that the website needs. Remember this is just an example.

Next, put down what you can offer to improve their content. Again, this will help you a great deal when you prepare to send out your proposal much later.

Here’s how to do it. Using the flaws we previously listed, let us create solutions for each of them.

  • An ‘About’ page that clearly states the name and gives a brief overview of their products or services.
  • Basic SEO of the website and subsequently, every article that will posted.
  • Posting new and fresh content on a regular basis.
  • Acquisition of positive reviews
  • Addition of a contact page with working phone lines and a responsive email address.

Now that you’ve noted your clients’ problems, it’s time to hear from them, or should we say place yourself in front of them? One major way to get into a client or prospective client’s mind is through a survey. What a better way than to ask them directly what they need. This part is easy.

But don’t stop there.

Reach out to the client

Now that you know that you have something to offer, get yourself in front of your prospective client. The hard question here is, how do you to get them to open your email, read through it and actually respond to it? Your clients are busy people and hardly will they give your email any attention. However if you do it well, you may not only grab their attention, you might just get yourself a detailed response and perhaps hope for a lasting relationship

  • Firstly, ensure your subject is clear and short

Remember, your prospective client doesn’t have time to waste trying to understand you. A hint of what you need in the email subject will save everyone’s time.

  • Make your questions short and to the point

They can be in form of questions with an intro to go with it. Here is a template you can follow.

Hello [Name],

I was looking at your website content, and it is incredible. I especially love [list some blog topics that blow you away]

I’m a web content writer, and I was wondering if you could spare some time to advice me the following:

  • What do you look for in your web content writers?
  • Do you have an in-house writer or do you work with freelancers?
  • What stood out about your current writer
  • Do you have any unsolved challenges with your writers?

You are definitely one of the leaders of your industry, and I’d love to learn from the best. I understand you’re busy, but I appreciate if you take a few minutes in this. Thanks so much for your time! I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Best regards,

[Your Name]

You can choose to make this a survey if you’d like to deliver your message faster. A survey can easily be identified with the questions popping out to the reader’s attention.

You need to realise that not all your emails will get responses. This can happen because not everyone will give your email time. Some may ignore it, some may archive it and some will spare a minute and read it. Out of those who read your email, not all will respond to it. So, try to send your proposals to several prospects making each one powerful and personalised. That way, you will have increased chances of grabbing their attention.

Identify your unique skills

 You now know that the client needs: A person who is: –

  • A web and article writer
  • SEO conversant
  • A ghostwriter with copywriting skills as an added advantage and…
  • A writer who will be available to build and create content on a regular basis

Next, ask yourself these questions:

Do I understand what the client needs?

Do I have the skills to deliver?

Put in mind that you are you are presenting yourself as a problem solver. If you are to get a position within the company, you have to be relevant. And in order to be relevant, take care of your client’s problem.

Remember, we said earlier that it’s about the client, not you. So, you need to be able to meet their needs, to be worthy of the position you are working hard to get.

Sell yourself and do so, smartly

You have researched your clients and found out what kind problems they face. You then identified your unique strengths that you know would interest them. You are now empowered and ready to jump in and get their attention.

So how exactly do you do this? Let’s find out.

Using the simplest language, explain what you can offer the clients. Be careful though because you may sound like you are begging for an opportunity. Be bold, but not too corny, either. Your clients need to know that you’re an expert, yet someone they can easily work with. Here is a template you could use.

Dear {Name}

 I would like to work with you to ensure your website is up to date and gets as much traffic as is possible.

I can create an attractive ‘About’ article, and provide you with regular content. I would also ghostwrite a couple of reviews that you can use as your testimonials and lastly, optimize your website to make it more responsive.

I will be happy to discuss further on how we’ll go about it

 Best Regards

[Your Name]

It really is that simple.

You got your foot in the door and worked your way in. Now that you have succeeded in getting this client, don’t stop there. Prove to your client as many times as possible that they were right to hire you.

Retain your clients and be assured of more business

In order to build your client list, let the cycle continue.

  • Identify another client
  • Do your research
  • Reach out to the client to understand them better
  • Identify your unique skills that will benefit them and
  • Sell yourself smartly.

Always deliver your best work. The last thing you want is to get kicked out by a better freelancer. And you can.

After working very hard to earn your client, work equally hard to retain them. Ask for feedback of your work and help them achieve their goals. You will not only gain their loyalty, but contacts to your next potential clients.

But the bottom line is this:

With your new contact list, your name has already been put out there with a lot of confidence. However, this does not mean that you should approach them lightly; work as hard as any other freelancer striving to get their attention, and as usual deliver your best. It will be the beginning of a successful journey in freelance writing.

 

 

 

Waist Shaper Corset- A Worthy Purchase or not?

As the name suggests a waist shaper corset is a latex/ rubber garment worn around the waist with the purpose of giving a slimmer look. Waist shaping or training, as some would prefer, has become the latest craze in the weight loss and fitness community. With the fashion industry also commanding a curvier look, the waist shaper corset has somehow made a home in every woman’s wardrobe.

So does it work?

Some claim that it is a shortcut to weight loss. It is not. A waist shaper corset does not in any way affect your numbers on the scale. For the short term, it trims your look and hides your flaws to help you wear that spandex dress or fitting top. Your body goes back to its usual figure when you remove it.

Long-term effects

You may have seen new mothers rushing to purchase this garment too. This is because it will help them regain their original figures postpartum. If you can get a high quality waist shaper corset, you can wear it both for that particular look and for your workout session. The best fitting corsets not only have hooks, they come with a zipper as well. This ranks their corsets high on durability.

So, should you buy it?

If you don’t already own one, you may consider getting this little treasure. It has boosted many women’s confidence since no garment is now impossible to pull off.

When used for the long term, the waist shaper corset will train your middle down to your desired figure. Look out for the full fitting corset that evenly shapes your body.

One concern, though

When purchasing your waist shaper, ensure you get a free size or one that you can adjust to a comfortable size. Wearing one too tight could cause harm to your internal organs.

While some might protest over owning this shaping corset, it has not stopped other women from enjoying the full benefits of having one. Do you have a waist shaper corset? Has it been of benefit to you? Share your thoughts with us!

Top 10 Best Crepe Maker 2018 Review

Why you need a Crepe Maker

After years of struggle, you can finally relax and enjoy well-made crepes that are thin enough. Here is why you should consider getting a crepe maker if you missed the bus.

  1. You can regulate/control the temperature
  2. Most come with a batter spreader
  3. You will get them as thin as you like
  4. Some crepe maker can be used for other functions
  5. If number 4 works for you, then you get to save on having more appliances and save up on storage space!

It is best to know what you need your crepe maker to do for you before you make any purchase. Here we have compiled the top 10 best crepe makers 2018 review to take care of that.

10. Mauviel 1830 M’Steel Crepe Pan

This France-manufactured stylish pan can be used for more than just crepe- making. It is made of high quality and durable carbon steel

Cons

Keep it thoroughly dry lest it rusts.

9. CuisnartCpp-200 International Chef Crepe/Pizzelle/Pancake Plus

As the name suggests, this will serve more than one purpose. It comes with a lid that allows the crepes to b cooked evenly without having to turn them over. It has a reversible non-stick plate that let you cook both large and small crepes. The indicator lights and adjustable temperature are also a big plus.

Cons

  • Temperature can only go so high
  • Has flimsy plastic clips
  • Shaky latching mechanism

8. CucinaPro 1448 12-Inch Griddle & Crepe Maker

This 12-inch crepe maker not only comes with a batter spreader, it has five different temperature settings and an on/off lights that alerts you when it’s ready to cook. In the package you will also get recipes for basic crepe batter, mushroom crepes and blintzes

Cons

  • The batter spreader is large
  • Temperature knob is fragile
  • Takes long to cook

7. CucinaPro 1447 Cordless Crepe Maker

The fact that is crepe maker is cordless makes it popular and a favourite to many. This feature means that you can easily store the cord in the base, out of your way. This has a 7.5-inch diameter, is non-stick and also has an on/off switch. It also comes with a batter spreader and a dipping plate. Buy this if you prefer dipping your batter and won’t mind making small crepes.

Cons

  • Has a small cooking surface
  • Is tough to clean
  • Its manual is rather inconsistent

 6. Le Creuset Enamel Cast-Iron Crepe maker L20362767

This crepe maker has a traditional shape, heats up evenly and retains the heat so you don’t have to stop and re heat when cooking. You can use it in the oven and on the stove at just about any temperature. That it is made of cast iron makes this appliance durable and strong.

Cons

  • It is pretty heavy

5. Nordic Ware Traditional French Steel 46400 Crepe Pan 10”

This American-made high quality crepe maker brags a 10-inch wide space, is non-stick and pretty light in weight. It is non-stick and hand wash only. It is made ideally for making traditional crepes and pancakes.

 4. Health and home No edge Crepe Maker

This electric crepe maker is made for professional use though you can use it at home. It has a 13-inch diameter surface and is non-stick. It wihelp you make many crepes in a short time and is multipurpose too! It has a three-temperature control knob that ensures you don’t burn your crepes. It heats up pretty fast and the heat is easy to control

 3. Nutrichef PRCM12 Electric Griddle Crepe Maker

This 12-inch wide crepe maker is packaged with a batter spreader and spatula. It is non-stick and drip and can do more than just make crepes: you can make pancakes, fry eggs and more. The packaging is compact making this a travel friendly appliance.

2. Morning Star Crepe Maker Pro

This generous 13-inch wide maker comes with raised edges and stainless steel handles. It is stylishly designed, has a polished look and has hold so it doesn’t move when you use it.

Cons

It is quite pricey

1. Paderno world cuisine electric Crepe maker

This is perhaps the best and largest crepe maker bragging a 13 ¾-inch surface. You can bake with it and it comes with non-slip properties. It has 8 adjustable temperature levels and a light indicator. This crepe maker comes with a cleaning brush and a recipe book.

Cons

  • The sides of this crepe maker are not high so be careful, your batter may spill

There you have it, make your choice carefully and enjoy your crepe making experience.

 

How to use Nematodes in the garden

Nematodes are microscopic roundworms that occur naturally in the soil. While some species are harmful, there are those that have proven to be quite useful. Beneficial nematodes attack pests that dwell in the soil. This process takes a minimum of 3 days with maximum control seen after about 2-4weeks.

Some of the pests controlled by nematodes include
• Cutworms
• Armyworms
• Sod webworms
• Billbugs
• Japanese beetle
• Black wine weevil
• Bean weevil
• Banana moth
• Winter moth
• Fungus gnat

The Process
The process of how to use nematodes in the garden is simple and easy. However, you need to follow these steps to maximize the efficiency of the nematodes.

• Check the weather
The best time to apply nematodes is very early or very late in the day. This is to avoid exposure to bright sun. The UV light from the sun will kill them

• Air your garden/lawn
Air your garden or lawn before applying nematodes. This will help in the movement of pests down into the roots areas of your and consequently maximize the effect of the nematodes.

• Water the soil
The nematodes will die if you apply them on dry soil. To prevent this, water the soil well and allow some time to soak. This is will also aid the movement of the pests closer to the root surface.

How to do it
1. Using a bucket, mix the nematodes with water and stir well to break up any lumps Let the solution sit for about 20 minutes.

2. Pour the solution with into a spray bottle, specifically designed for nematode application. Sprinkle the solution on the soil along the garden and on the plants or over the lawn.

3. For effective penetration, water the soil soon after to help the nematodes penetrate deeper into the soil where the pests live.

Nematodes are best used as a preventive measure to control newly hatched larvae. They will infect the pests within 2 days of application and kill them within 14 days.

Getting rid of Nematodes
If you would like to get rid of the nematodes at the end of each growing season, pull out the plants and dig the roots out. This will remove the nematodes’ source of food. Till the soil and leave it to dry. Exposure to the sun will kill them.

Storage
Nematodes have no smell in them and can last up to 4 days without refrigeration. Discard them if you notice a characteristic smell of fish from them

Safety Handling
Animals and humans cannot be harmed by nematodes so it is completely safe to use. Nematodes only affect pests.

3 Easy Ways to Sustain A Good Reputation

Your reputation, simply put, is your actions and what people say about you. No one is born with one; rather, it develops through your behavior and how you handle relationships with others, over time. A tainted reputation can be fixed. However, it takes time to win back lost trust. Here are three easy ways you can adapt to keep you in good books.

Always keep your word

Strive to be a person who does what they say they will do. Don’t make empty promises and communicate when you feel you may fall short of your word.

Be Authentic

Be genuine in your actions. You don’t want to come off as though your good character is seasonal. To earn any trust, you have to consistently be real.

It’s not always about you

Show others that you are genuinely interested in their lives. This not only makes you pleasant, it also earns you reliability. While at it, wear a smile. You need an approachable look to match good character, right?

While many claim that you should not care what others think, a positive reputation is important in life. It’s sure to open more opportunities you otherwise would never know existed.