Saturday, September 25, 2010

Top 10 Things I’ve Learned from International Freelancers Day (in no particular order)

Just got finished attending the first International Freelancers Day online conference. It was so informative! Had fun tweeting with other attendees while the presentations were going on. There was so much I learned, and a lot I missed (will catch up when the replays are available). But here are just 10 of the take-aways I can think of right now (my mind is swimming with so much information) that would be helpful to many kinds of freelancers – illustrators, writers, graphic designers, marketers, entrepreneurs, etc.
  1. Pricing Implies Quality – Jonathan Fields
  2. Paradox of Choice - don’t overwhelm your clients with too many choices – Jonathan Fields
  3. Present your pricing from the highest to the lowest, because people will compare the new price in relation to the one mentioned before it – Jonathan Fields
  4. FUF: Follow up Forever – Michael Huggins
  5. ABP: Always be Pitching – Rebecca Matter
  6. NEVER miss your deadlines. 75% of new freelancers Rebecca Matter hired missed their first deadlines. WOW!
  7. Get listed on top influencers’ resource directories – Ed Gandia 
  8. Milk the freelance life – Peter Bowerman (favorite quote - a t-shirt to be made?)
  9. People Don’t Buy What You Do; They Buy Why You Do It – Simon Sinek (by way of Peter Bowerman)
  10. Never discount, instead offer economical alternatives by taking out line items. – Michel Fortin
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Glenn Berlow said...

Excellent list,

The seminars were priceless..

Bonnie Zink said...

Fantastic list! I must agree on all points. I have already begun to look forward to 2011!!!

Kathy Henderson-Sturtz said...

Wonderful summary. Enjoyed meeting you today.

eileenludwig said...

Terrific list
Very speedy. I am still at the thinking stage of what to write. I really liked Peter's presence the best. I missed some yesterday and today.


Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

OOh this is stellar info to keep in mind. Hope that you are doing well. I am doing fine. Thanks so much for your kind words on my birthday. You know that I take them to heart. Hugs and many well wishes to you too. I felt those hugs Honey Bunny. Awesome energy too.
You are the best!!!!!

life without novacaine said...

Super great tips! My favorite is the last one... I am famous for the discount. Things are gonna change around here! Thanks for sharing.