As freelance business owners, many of us wear multiple hats like sales, marketing, operations, social media, and email marketing. With all of that on our plates (and in our heads), here at #ClearVoice, we are dedicated to helping you stay abreast of the latest trends, opportunities, and news updates in the freelancing industry.
Here are the latest updates that can help you build your brand and improve your craft along the way.As freelancers, we know you're busy. Get the latest freelancing news and inspiration in our monthly roundup, just for you. #Teamlancing | #ClearVoice | via @altimesenichole Click To Tweet
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Looking for work? ClearVoice has freelance gigs and full-time opportunities.
Our Talent team is working fervently to connect our great clients with our phenomenal community of freelance professionals. So update those portfolios! Remember to keep your latest wins top of mind while letting your expertise shine through your bio.
Beyond teamlancing, you can join the ultimate team. Have you considered working with ClearVoice in a greater capacity? We’re currently hiring! We’re thrilled to connect with great talent that aligns with our core values and mission of collaborative, quality content.
We are sharing teamlancing success stories to inspire your freelance journey.
Content creator and ClearVoicer, Rachel Weingarten is documenting the journeys of freelancers experiencing tremendous success within their careers while flourishing in a teamlancing environment. (January 2021)
Whether you’re new to freelancing or know nothing about corporate because freelancing is your entire profession, you will not be disappointed by the openness, insights, and inspiration. Be sure to follow this fantastic series by Rachel and submit your story if you want to be featured!
The Freelance Writers Den features ClearVoice Talent Manager Brittany Flanagan.
ClearVoice Talent Manager Brittany Flanagan was recently interviewed by The Freelance Writers Den, a members portal for the freelance writing community that gives you access to templates, peer evaluations, job listings, and more. During Brittany’s time with The Freelance Writers Den, she shared the great benefits of being a part of the ClearVoice community of writers and how our platform paves the path for writers and designers worldwide.
“We strive to cater to both full-time and part-time freelancers. If you’re looking for a few assignments a month — we got you covered. If you want 50 assignments in the span of a month, that’s possible too.” — Brittany
If you’re a member of The Freelance Writers Den, check out her interview. If not, stay tuned for our personal recap that will be exclusively shared through us and available for all!As you build your #freelance business, we've got you covered with industry updates. Learn the latest freelancing tips for #teamlancing, productivity, and more. #Business | via @AltimeseNichole Click To Tweet
ClearVoice Talent Manager Christina Scannell shares tips for curating your portfolio.
“Don’t be afraid to define your niche. Instead of creating a CV Portfolio to win work, curate a CV Portfolio to build a ladder into your future freelance career. Predetermine your niche: In which industry do you have professional experience? What about publishing experience? Is there a content type you excel at creating most? As tempting as it can be to list yourself as an expert in every category, clients like to see experts in one category. So choose one (maybe two!) categories in which you want to grow and develop your writing career.” — Christina
Is it time to update your #ClearVoice portfolio? If so, review our personal branding guide for freelancers for additional tips and expertise. If you’re still not a part of our network, what are you waiting for?'Don’t be afraid to define your niche. Instead of creating a CV Portfolio to win work, curate a CV Portfolio to build a ladder into your future freelance career.' - Christina Scannell, Talent Manager at #ClearVoice. Click To Tweet
Are you looking to connect within the freelance industry? Consider attending a virtual event! As many brands take their event experience virtual, you can join virtual events for a reasonable rate (or completely free) and be proactive with meeting like-minded individuals who are attending as well.
The freelancer spotlight
With over 4,000 phenomenal freelance professionals, we are thrilled to highlight their fantastic ClearVoice portfolios, recent articles, and expertise! This month, we are highlighting #ClearVoicer Rachel Weingarten.
Rachel is a content creator, content strategist, writer and copywriter, and author of three award-winning nonfiction books. You can learn more about her in her ClearVoice portfolio.
Rachel’s recent teamlancing series are must-reads. Within the two series, you can gain an in-depth understanding of project management’s role in managing different working styles on your freelancing team.
If you haven’t already, check out her recent articles and be inspired to continuously learn ways to become better within your business and among your team and clients.
Would you be interested in being featured? If so, reach out to us on social media or via email. We would love to share your tips, inspiration, or recent articles — but remember to update your portfolios before you do!In this month's #Freelancer monthly roundup, we're featuring #ClearVoicer @rachelcw in our #FreelancerSpotlight! Thank you for being a part of our community! #Teamlancing | #ClearVoice | via #ClearVoicer, @AltimeseNichole Click To Tweet
Top freelance industry trends for content writers:
1. The 24th Annual Blue Ridge Writers Conference is happening in April, and it is 100 percent virtual.
Becoming a published author does not have to be a dream that continues to be pushed down your goal list. Many conferences, including the Blue Ridge Writers Conference on April 9-10, are committed to offering their experiences and expanding their reach through a virtual audience.
During the Blue Ridge Writers Conference, participants will have an opportunity to join intense workshops, network with fellow writers, and pitch their work for a professional critique. Registration is still open, and pre-registration is required, so be sure to reserve your spot if you are interested. (March 2021)
Are you curious to know of other virtual conferences and events happening this year? Here’s our recent list for 2021, which includes virtual and in-person events.
2. How freelancers can properly prepare for tax time.
Tax season is among us, and it’s time to get all of your papers in order for tax filing (if you do not organize them throughout the year). As a freelance professional, it’s essential to understand the structure of your business while properly gathering all documents from clients from the previous year. (February 2021)Are you ready for tax time? ClearVoicer @rwohlner has great tips to help you get (and stay) prepared. #FreelanceBusiness | #BusinessStructure | via @AltimeseNichole Click To Tweet
3. Diversity and equality matter within remote work.
Recently, the Female Quotient hosted the VIRTUAL EQUALITY LOUNGE® @ CES 2021, and the topic centered around fostering diversity, inclusion, and equity with a remote workforce. During the discussion, Dorothy Ann Advincula, SVP & Head of US Audience Measurement & Insights for the Empowered Woman Immigrant, joined Tony Incalcatera, SVP & Chief Research Officer of Ipsos, in sharing core discrepancies in the U.S. workplace when it comes to diversity and equity. Although the data proves the significant work ahead, the conversation flowed into how diversity can remain at the forefront among a remote workforce.
Key takeaways from the panelists included intentionality, empathy toward colleagues, thinking outside the box regarding connectivity, and challenging unconscious bias when they arise.
As a freelance business owner, you are a significant part of redefining the global workforce. Creating an inclusive team to build your teamlancing partnerships can make a world of difference in the depth of perspective that you provide to your clients. Consider ways in which you can contribute to a better, inclusive, equitable way of work. (January 2021)Freelancers are helping the world redefine the global workplace, and diversity is at the forefront. We're highlighting a recent discussion hosted by the @femalequotient in this month's freelancer updates. #Freelancing | #FreelanceTips | via… Click To Tweet
4. You can now integrate socially relevant holidays in your content planning for 2021.
If you’re a content writer, we know you’re deeply involved in planning content strategies for your 2021 goals and brand objectives. Are you in need of a little inspiration and social relevance? We’ve updated our Social Media Holiday Hashtags and Days of Observances article, and we’ve added a few additional things, including more monthly and weekly observances.
As you consider the daily observances, see if any of the overarching themes can align with you or your client’s content or mission. If so, expand your content plan for the holiday observance, and don’t forget to engage with others using the same hashtags! This tactic can help build brand awareness and organic followers. (December 2020)
5. Teamlancing is the future of freelance.
A recent article in Enterprenuer.com, written by freelance writer and author Laura Briggs, discussed the evolution of freelance work with agency-like models. You know, it’s what we call #Teamlancing. We are all very familiar that this shift is happening, so be sure that you’re prepared.A Freelance agency sounds a lot like #Teamlancing. Oh wait, it is #Teamlancing! Great article, @Entrepreneur, and @sixfigurewriter! #ContentWriting #FreelanceWriters #ContentMarketing Click To Tweet
6. Fine-tune your soft skills.
As competition is mounting in both the freelance and traditional workspaces, businesses are finding it more and more difficult to source employees with qualified soft skills. What’s worse is that it costs decent candidates the job. Soft skills go beyond the typical resume fluffing adjectives and include simple skills that can be practiced and honed. These include notetaking, time management, and the ability to learn and receive feedback. Check out the full list of skills at Entrepreneur and learn how to communicate these talents effectively for your next project or job. (September 2020)
7. Stay up to date with the latest pandemic phraseology.
If this year has left you feeling like you need a coronacation or at the very least a virtual-happy hour, you’re not alone! Luckily, a whole slew of jargon has emerged to communicate how you’re feeling, and we’ve got you covered if you need a refresher on the latest lingo. So forgo your fears of being Zoombombed or getting maskne and pour yourself a quarantini and relax. (October 2020)
8. Inspire your day with music.
Finding yourself out of the groove with your workflow? It may be time to give your work playlist an overhaul. If you’re looking for some fresh beats to liven up your day, our own resident ClearVoicer has assembled the best playlists to keep you energized (or mellow, if you prefer). From LO-FI to ambient noise, there’s a playlist for every task on your to-do list. (October 2020)
9. Remote work works!
The rising hashtag #RemoteWorkWorks may be the answer everyone’s been hoping for since many office workers began hunkering down in their homes in order to combat the spread of COVID-19. While we’re still waiting on a definitive answer to how remote work impacts employee’s productivity and mental health, it’s clear that the gig economy is glowing and growing. According to CNBC, organizations are seeking out gig-based alternatives to more of their everyday needs, which means a broader audience and an expanding list of potential customers. It’s unclear if this will last under normal circumstances, “but now more than ever,” as you’ve heard dozens of times, it’s time to seize the moment. (July 2020)
Top freelance industry trends for content creators:
1. Web developers can get inspired by the ‘Freelancer Podcast.’
If you’re ever in need of inspiration while you work and you’re a freelance web developer, consider podcasts like ‘The Freelancer Podcast,’ where co-hosts and co-founders of Study Web Development, Johannes Bouwer, and Kyle Prinsloo, share nuggets of wisdom, sound advice, and insights with little fluff on web development, freelancing and marketing your brand to clients. In a recent episode, they shared 10 ways to be a successful web developer freelancer. If you’re beginning your journey, this episode is certainly for you.
2. Facebook launches a program for Black creators.
Last June, the social media and tech company Facebook committed to investing in Black businesses and organizations, and they’re continuing to make good on their commitment. They recently announced its inaugural class of a new program called We The Culture. It provides dedicated support to Black business creators while amplifying their knowledge and growth on the various Facebook family of apps. (February 2021)
This appears to be the first of many programs that Facebook is rolling out and many other platforms. To make yourself available to these programs, be sure to have your platforms and website updated with your latest, up-to-date information, and always showcase your content with excellence in mind.
3. Learn how to price your rates with your margins in mind.
How would you break down your rates within your business? Is it purely for your time, or are you considering your expertise and years of experience? The Creative Class, a podcast for freelancers, recently published an episode that speaks directly to the rates you offer to your clients and ways to price your rates with your margins in mind. One would assume your overhead is practically nonexistent as a freelancer, but that cannot be further from the truth. From the cost of your financial software to your healthcare, this podcast conversation will help you think about these things according to your situation and how to adequately price your rates based on your operating expenses, time, and value.There's more than your time that goes into your rates as a freelancer. We're highlighting a recent podcast episode by the Creative Class to help freelance businesses breakdown pricing and margins. #Freelancing | #FreelanceTips | via @AltimeseNichole Click To Tweet
Trust us. You may want to bookmark this podcast and catch up on the discussions beyond this episode. The topics are worth the time and will bring great value to your business. If you carve out an hour of each day to invest in your professional growth, this podcast would be a great addition to your educational toolbox. (January 2021)
4. The Adobe Max Conference is now on-demand.
Adobe completed the Adobe Max Conference in late October, a leading global creativity conference with a uniquely immersive and engaging digital experience. Although the conference concluded, Adobe’s providing 350+ sessions with free access through the Adobe MAX website.
From Business Productivity to Illustration and Digital Painting, that various categories and sessions make the investment of time worth it! Take a day to dive into the content, and invite a friend to join you. (December 2020)
5. Be inspired by top podcasts while you work.
Are you a podcast fan? Who doesn’t love podcasts? It’s probably those who haven’t tried the right ones! If you’re in need of podcast inspiration, we found a list that is the perfect starting place for discovering your next favorite podcast. From happiness and well-being to business leadership, The Boost Media Agency recently released a list of 20 podcasts that are worth looking into. Check it out! (November 2020)
6. Advice from six-figure freelancers
Advice from six-figure freelancers should always be taken with a grain of salt because you signed up to work your way, not their way. Still, if you’re looking for success stories to motivate you or free resources to help you refine your email communications with clients, Business Insider has compiled a fantastic list to get you started. Once you start, don’t stop! Though many of the success stories convey feelings of dismay and defeat, by powering through, they were able to find a win was waiting on the other side of any challenge. (August 2020)
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Catch up on all updates.
1. Here’s why an empathetic digital experience matters now more than ever. This captivating read from Adobe’s blog explores how empathy matters today more than ever. (May 2020)
2. How to keep your cool as a content marketer during constant change. The Muse provided valuable advice on adapting to an industry that changes regularly. (May 2020)
3. Brush up your link-building skills. If it’s been a while since you brushed up on the fundamentals of link building, consider this your nudge to dig in. Or, if you aren’t familiar with the best practices of SEO and how internal and external links impact your authority, this guide from Search Engine Journal will help. (April 2020)
4. It’s time to update your ‘About Me’ page. Ready to make updates to your bios? Review Freelance News in the U.K. for their guide to writing this section of your website. (April 2020)
5. Brush up your link building skills. Become familiar with SEO best practices and how internal and external links impact your authority with this guide from Search Engine Journal. (April 2020)
6. Need some motivation? If you’re struggling with making aspirational goals, read through this list from Adobe’s blog from fellow creatives like you.
7. Tech skills are the way of the future. From video editing and data reporting — freelancers can become the go-to person that brands hire to remain competitive. Check out more info on The Drum.
8. Ask these questions when you onboard a new SEO client. If SEO strategy is part of your company’s services, you will likely already have a basic understanding of the skill. The Search Engine Journal suggests following this rubric the next time you snag a contract. (May 2020)