Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at how to be more productive. I’ve looked at more task management apps that I can remember, read about many systems and tried all sorts of different tools and techniques. The problem has always been the same. They, I assume, must work for large cohorts of people. It’s just that I’m never in those cohorts. And I think I’ve finally understood why those systems and apps don’t work for me.
Although there are lots of free email services like Gmail, Windows Live and Yahoo!, setting up a domain name and customised email address is much easier than it sounds and can be done by anyone who has a moderate level of computer literacy. If you can follow instructions, type and use a mouse – you can set up your own email.
Freelancers can be overwhelmed by all the different tools they can use. Here’s some information to help find a path through the confusion. Here’s a presentation I recently gave on some of my favourite tools.
When you’re building your freelance practice, it’s important to find opportunities to get people to know you. A great way is to engage your local community.
Social media can be an immensely useful tool for small businesses. Here’s our 7-step guide to getting the most from social media for your business.
If you’re a freelancer, then setting up a decent workspace at home is important. Not only is it a place to get work done but it’s a way of separating your work and personal life. Otherwise the whole house becomes your office and you can never switch off. I wrote about how I created my home
To be treated like a pro act like one. It’s tempting to play it casual but play it straight if you want to be taken seriously.