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  • deamazing rated Value-Added the comment on the post Knowing Your Worth 6 months, 3 weeks ago

  • deamazing posted a new activity comment 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    Really good tips! I agree – self-worth should come…

  • deamazing posted a new activity comment 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    Yes, I completely agree also. If you’re having f…

  • deamazing posted a new activity comment 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    Yes, I completely agree! Sometimes interesting work…

  • deamazing posted a new activity comment 7 months ago

    Thats is great you are able to think like this! I…

  • One of the more difficult areas of remote work for…

    • There are so many factors in deciding price and worth. At the end of the day, I find that factoring the emotional issues of self-worth and self-esteem out of the decision making process works best for me. I make it purely a business decision. The only questions I need to answer are about the quality of the work to be done, the reputation of the client, and can I be competitive in placing my bid. Self-esteem and self-worth are created in being successful at winning the bid and delivering good work. Your good work will follow you in improving your competitive position. That keeps my sanity and humility intact :).

      • Thats is great you are able to think like this! I can’t for various reasons and because working remote and travelling a lot, there is no line separating work and personal life – I do both as I go so it must be satisfying in all senses at this stage of my career 🙂

      • Really good tips! I agree – self-worth should come from within – knowing and believeing in the quality of work that you can deliver 🙂

    • My rate depends on the job description but i don’t mind lowering the price if i find the job interesting and fun and also if i badly need some extra cash. 😀

    • Yes, I completely agree also. If you’re having fin with the work, and it’s adding it’s own value in terms other than monetary rewards – that can sometimes be it’s own reward. I have found, however, that my bad experience has come from clients who have pushed my price down, rather than me being in control of what I am happy charging for the work. It’s a delicate balance!

  • deamazing posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Exxxxactly! Put pride aside and ask those questions…

  • deamazing posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Yessss absolutely. And some people have become so…

  • deamazing posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    So true! Safe rather than sorry espcially at the…

  • deamazing rated Value-Added the comment on the post Online Communications – What is your Style? 9 months ago

  • One of my biggest fears in life in general is being…

    • Jess replied
      9 months ago

      Nice post! As a writer, I tend to obsess more over exactly how I write each sentence. There must be something in the air this week, because just yesterday I was reading this article: http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20180723-the-commas-that-cost-companies-millions

      Clarity is key, that’s for sure. When it comes to starting new jobs, I’m a fan of video calls, frequent check-ins, and questionnaires. I’ve found that even if I think I’m clear, there may always be room for other interpretations, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

      • So true! Safe rather than sorry espcially at the beginning of a new relationship.

    • I find the communication relationship between an expert freelancer and a generalist client can be a major obstacle in communication because you both talk a different language. I make it a habit to review what the client asks for in recreating his tasking from my language to his in soft of a repeat after me fashion to get his acknowledgement that we are both talking about the same thing. It’s an interesting exchange of information.

      • Yessss absolutely. And some people have become so used to speaking their “language” that they forget that others might not know the same vocab! Ive had a few clients like that, and always have to ask them to define thier terms …

    • Oleg replied
      9 months ago

      Throughout all my freelancing years I realized that commutating with client is a key element for further cooperation. What seems be simple and understood by you doesn’t become the same for your employer automatically. Sometimes, it is better to look weird and ask simple questions than get in a trouble by completing the contract wrong.

      • Exxxxactly! Put pride aside and ask those questions upfront… saves a lot of embarrassment down the line!

    • Sometimes it’s a great idea to “copy” the person you communicate with. As an example, if you see your client uses emoji – feel free to do the same. I always try to make my clients relaxed, so our communication won’t be something they need to choose the right words for. This way your client consider you as a friend and more open to staying with you further because you become comfort to work with. Of course, all this should be in addition to your professionalism 😉

  • For one of my clients, I am in…

    • Remote working is going to be the future, indeed. There are actually some obstacles in managing things oversea happened correctly, but they could be fixed.
      One among my great inspirations is the way from Todoist. Almost the team are remoting from about 16 countries around the world. The helpful tips from Todoist’s CEO is that he believe in teammate and give them full responsibility on their scope of work. Another saying, instead of focusing on micro management, result-driven management and communicating schedule regularly should be bringing all people together no matter where they live, what time zone they are.
      Giving people trust and treat them as family are the key solution. I myself totally agree to this point. 😉
      Hope it helps

    • As an employee i like a manager who gives trust and believes in me. Someone who has good communication and interacts with his people. A team player but knows how to accept and consider the suggestions of others. With that being said, if given a chance to manage team, i will be the person that i’ve mentioned above. 🙂

    • Have you tried a project management tool? Assigning people to different aspects on social media. For example a community outreach manager, campaign manager, sm manager etc.

  • I have encountered a few clients that have…

    • Totally agree! Many clients don’t mind seeing a high number of followers, even if they are fake. They are either trying to please their investors or potential customers. Using audit tools is a great way of showing them just how ineffective it can be having fake followers.
      Another potential drawback is that platforms like Instagram and Facebook are continuously changing their algorithm. If the account does not have engagement, it can get penalized by the platform by limiting the reach of the post. Clients may or may not be aware of this. So it might be worth comparing engagement rate of either competitor accounts or other accounts of a related industry to drive home the point.

      • Good point to make. I didn’t know accounts get penalized for lack of engagement! Thanks for the new info – always learning something new everyday on this forum 🙂

        • I wasn’t entirely away of the penalties for lack of engagement either. I’m going to start looking more into this!

    • Ha, not much to say here, having an account banned or a mad client because of back-firing would be hilarious for this.

      Being honest and totally open is the way to got I think?. The problem is this guy offering 100k followers for $5. Will always sound awesome for the catchy eye.

      The thing is the client falling to this is probably not the best to have in the long term, always looking for the cheapest option. Good long-lasting clients know better than that.

      • “The thing is the client falling to this is probably not the best to have in the long term, always looking for the cheapest option. Good long-lasting clients know better than that.”

        This. Obviously fake followers is a bad long-term strategy, but one very important point that people don’t seem to often think about is this point. Why battle with that client over engagement metrics? They probably aren’t the type of client we’d want in our Rolodex anyways. I’d be looking for a polite way to exit the contract

        • I do agree that sometimes these clients are looking for the cheapest route. I also think it’s our job as the experts to educate these kind of clients on WHY paying for followers is a bad idea. Many may not understand the true repercussions of that kind of action.

          • My rates are sometimes 10x more than what other charge. one way I circumvent this issue is I write in my sales/resume copy copy why my time is worth more. An example that would relate to this subject would be that i would write a quick bit to explain common mistakes clients make (like buying likes or followers). I would touch on the pitfalls of taking the cheap and seemingly easy route. Express concerns of long term damage that is more costly to undo (if even possible). I show them how paying more for me today will save them $xx in the long run. I don’t sell myself on price, I sell myself on value. You hit the nail on the head when you say it’s out job to educate. For me, I try to start that process in my profile and application letter.If they read it, it usually peaks their interest early and puts you in the position as an authority figure.

            • Sorry, so many typos. If there is one thing I’m good at – it’s typos 🙂

    • There’s not much you can do if they have already paid for followers, unfortunately. But I’ve often had clients ask if buying followers is a good idea — and I advise against it. It’s way better to have a smaller audience that is truly engaged than a large audience just for the numbers.

    • You make a good point. There IS some value in just having a higher follower count. In the long term, it’s not good for engagement, but it does lend the brand a bit of credibility in the early stages. And that can be attractive to clients, understandably.

  • deamazing posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    You are so right! Nothing to say, better to stay…

  • deamazing posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    I find Hootsuite not very intuitive for some reason…

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