Being self-employed has been my permanent situation for about fifteen years now and will be forever more. An important thing for non-employees to consider is how to deal with clients, and specifically why and how to go about dropping a client.
Sound quality in virtual meetings can be all over the place because some people use good headsets, some people use the microphone on their computers, and some people use speaker phones (No!). People sound fine to themselves on these calls: even the worst offenders have no idea how bad they sound.
While I enjoy the opportunities to see far-flung places, there are good reasons we should try to reduce travel: it’s expensive, it exposes people to new and exciting viruses, and it has a big impact on the environment. Not to mention: It’s exhausting!
Like it or not, Microsoft Word is a standard for document preparation across almost every industry. While content is typically pulled into InDesign, Affinity Publisher, or another serious desktop publishing package for the production of books and other long documents, sometimes even this step is done in Word.
I work sometimes with clients to prep for large meetings, trade shows, and webinars. It can be discouraging when a client prepares a talk full of useful information that will benefit their customers, only to present it in an uninteresting way that fails to impress.
Everyone knows that if you are starting a business, your first step is a business plan. This is true no matter what size your business will be and what you plan to do. But too often, would-be entrepreneurs get mired in this step and never seem to get anywhere.
Part of being a professional is knowing when to move on and to do so in a professional way.
Taking a job, whether as an employee or as a contractor, is not the same thing as entering into a marriage. You are there to do your best work for your employer or client, but if […]
Event management has become a big part of what I do. One thing I stress is that every event needs a documented plan: it starts with strategy and then dives into the tactics. Not only does this give everyone a single “plan of record” to refer to as they work on the show, it helps you with planning […]
A few months ago I needed to quickly come up to speed on using the GoToWebinar platform for a client. Webinars are all the rage these days, so this was a nice bit of knowledge to get into place and I was happy for the opportunity. So, as I typically do, I am sharing […]
Freelancer Tip #1: Even those with years of freelancing behind them can get in a deadline bind, and the more clients you juggle, the harder it gets. Missed deadlines are a fact of life: it is timely communication that can make missed deadlines okay (or at least not so bad).
Everyone knows that project slips are sometimes unavoidable and so the agencies plan for this, but major schedule delays cause a ripple effect of problems for the freelancers and other resources on your project.
Quick Steps are yet another handy tool in Outlook to help you keep your mass of messages organized. Combined with PSTs, tagged searching, and the other Outlook features I’ve written about here, Quick Steps helps Outlook be a great hub for your email communications.
Repurposing existing design work for another deliverable is a great way not only to make better use of your design budget, it helps you achieve a consistent look and feel across projects. But this means having to do some up-front planning and having to keep your projects organized. Keep your files clean as you work, or plan on time after the deliverable is sent off to clean up the files.
Want your clients to be happy with your PowerPoint templates? Give your client flexibility by inserting graphics as individual elements: Don’t merge all your graphics into a single graphic. Also, be sure not to call it a “template” until it really is a template.
Sellers and bloggers need your feedback and comments, so take the time to give feedback when you can. For sellers on sites such as Amazon, feedback that “everything was as expected” is better than no feedback at all. Be sure to place blame (and credit) where it belongs, and try to stay constructive and fair.
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