Leaving Work Behind

4 Things I’ve Learned While Freelancing in a Third World Country

Written by Alexander Cordova on May 31, 2016. 21 Comments

A Venezuelan man holding up his glasses.In order for this article to make sense, I need to explain something. I live in Caracas, Venezuela – and as you might know if you’ve been paying attention to the international news lately, my country is in the middle of a delicate situation (to put it lightly).

How delicate? Well, imagine going multiple days without power, spotty internet service, lack of water, and other basic necessities. I’ve gone (and still am) going through all of these roadblocks, and still found a way to build a modest freelancing career.

While hopefully you won’t ever find yourself in a similar situation or environment, the lessons I’ve learned so far may still be useful for some of you, particularly traveling freelancers.

Let’s take a look at the four things I’ve learning living in Venezuela.

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3 Ways I Encourage Freelance Jobs to Land in My Lap

Written by Anne Dorko on May 24, 2016. 8 Comments

Figures on a board, connected by lines.Becoming a freelancer is intimidating – for a start, how do you know whether you’ll find enough work?

As with everything in life, freelancing doesn’t have guarantees; however, you can still swing Lady Luck in your favor by incorporating some methods to help you find jobs when you need them. In fact, by following the advice outlined below, I have generally found most of my work as it fell into my lap! (Or at least, it always feels that way.)

Does that sound like something you’d like to start happening in your life? Pull up a chair, and I’ll divulge what I’ve found to help the most. Who knows? Perhaps those freelance gigs will start falling into your lap as well.
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The Art of Over-Delivery: How to Be More Than Just a Writer for Your Client

Written by Kaya Ismail on May 17, 2016. 13 Comments

Parcels wrapped with string and tags.Finding worthwhile freelance writing gigs can be a struggle, but I’d say the real test of a writer’s character comes after they’re hired. After all, nobody wants to get comfortable on the first rung of their client’s ladder.

Let’s face it – we all want to progress, we all want to gain more responsibility, and ultimately, we all want to earn more money. The key to advancement, however, isn’t just to become a better writer – it’s also to become more than a writer. In short, you need to over-deliver.

I should know – I’m now the editor of my biggest client’s website, but the journey to my current post was riddled with over-delivery. I had to consistently demonstrate my value, and I made sure I always provided solutions rather than problems. Eventually, that attitude paved the way for my progress.

In this post, I’ll demonstrate the art of over-delivering in a way that won’t hurt your bottom line, and yet will impress your client enough to get you climbing the ladder.

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