Ninja Free Email Marketing Tips for eCommerce

published on March 4, 2014

Email marketing is still one of the most effective ways to reach customers even in the midst of all the social media networking chatter. Status updates and tweets can get buried in just a matter of minutes and you might fail to catch the notifications. Email is not that quickly disposed of and can be sorted, nested, tagged, labeled, and marked as important.

Below are some email marketing tips and nuggets of wisdom for eCommerce stores as shared by seasoned eCommerce and Internet marketing expert, Eric Shannon.

  • Email for eCommerce is different. Most of the battle is actually creating the email and sending it. Tip: Words don’t sell the clicks. Images do.
  • Create a Customer List - Make sure your cart integrates with your email service provider and that your customers automatically end up in an email list. Choose an email service provider that is eCommerce friendly.
  • Create a Prospect List - people who come to your site but don’t buy anything. Create an offer or “bribe” that is congruent with what you are offering to encourage them to leave their email. You can design your web template to add an email collection section on your sidebar, an overlay, or an exit offer box (discounts etc.) that appears when the visitor is about to leave your site. Be careful what type of popups or windows to use to make sure that it is customizable and targets specific user behavior only. You might have to ask someone to custom code this into your website template.
  • Create a Cart Abandonment List. Find an app that integrates your email service provider with your shopping cart that collects email even if the user abandons the cart.

Types of email you can set up and send to your users via auto responders:

  • Trust Builders – This type of email creates trust and confidence between you and your customers. State the reasons (return policy, warranties, low price guaranties, etc.) why people should be comfortable doing business with you.
  • Social proof – This type of email (usually in auto responder) features real life examples, reviews, or proof to establish and assure customers and prospects that your business is really legit.
  • Content email – This type of email can be used to connect and engage your market. It can contain pictures, video, short articles, links to your site or to helpful resources online. Tip: The email template should resemble the template of your actual website. Optimize your email header with navigational links that direct them to where you want them to go.
  • Offer email – Evergreen (no expiry) or broadcast (time sensitive) offers. This type of email can be used to increase conversion. Ex. new stuff, site-wide sale, category blowout, clearance items, evergreen offers, holiday sales, discounts, free shipping, etc.

Study your market behavior to be able to know when to schedule sending your emails strategically and to which type of email list you are sending them to.


WordPress Themes for Photographers – March 2014

published on February 28, 2014

Creating an online portfolio is no longer a challenge nowadays. There are hundreds of options for displaying photographs available to photographers today that give you that expensive professional look. Here are some of the latest WordPress photography themes you can use to show off your prized images:

PhotoReactive – Fullscreen Studio for WordPress

PhotoReactive Premium WordPress Theme is a full screen studio theme for WordPress that photographers will love. This premium theme gives photographers tons of creative options for them to showcase images and other multimedia content both on the homepage and also in the portfolio pages. Full screen slideshows options include touch swipe capability, captions (with or without), photo wall, YouTube and Vimeo videos, static image, and the popular Kenburns slideshow (with or without audio). This theme is also equipped with Ajax & normal portfolio showcases, WooCommerce functionality to help you set up your own photography shop and it is also WPML ready (includes .po .mo language files.)

Devendo Photography WordPress Theme

Devendo Premium WordPress Theme is a flat and modern portfolio theme suitable for photographers. This premium theme is built with Bootstrap 3, is 100% responsive and is also available in four color schemes that can be changed in the theme’s options panel. Key features include: smart overlay search function, integrated social sharing, responsive mega menus with Bootstrap grid inside dropdowns, full screen portfolio with direction aware hover effects, smooth scrolling AJAX-powered horizontal blog, among others.

Fidelity – Premium Photography WordPress Theme

Fidelity Premium WordPress Theme is a modern photography theme with a future-oriented design targeted primarily for photographers but can also be used by design agencies, architecture bureaus, etc. This premium theme takes a full advantage of the latest CSS3 hardware-accelerated transitions (with a fallback to jQuery animations) giving users incredible performance on diverse platforms like desktops, tablet PCs and smartphones. Some of the unique features include: the ability to set up narrow or full width page in a few clicks, the ability to show EXIF data in the portfolio posts, and the horizontal masonry style blog layout that gives you that high end magazine feel. You can also display unlimited slideshows and videos for your background.

The Gentleman – Photography & Portfolio Theme

The Gentleman WordPress Theme is a fully responsive multipurpose theme perfect for any photographer, designer, agency, or any business looking to show off their work. There are multiple homepage layouts, tons of portfolio styles to choose from, and a lot of other features allowing you to build your perfect photography/portfolio website. This theme includes features like: Price tables, team members, multiple blog layouts, preset flat and pattern styles, a powerful theme options panel, multiple sliders including the popular Revolution Slider, multiple portfolio options including the Magnific Responsive Lightbox, and so much more.

Camilla – Horizontal Fullscreen Photography Theme

Camilla Premium WordPress Theme is a modern, minimal, full screen horizontal canvas ideal for displaying your photographs the way you intended them to be seen. This theme’s minimalistic design shifts the focus to your work with the use of distraction-free full screen video-ready galleries . Some of this theme’s modern features include: one-page layout, horizontal scroll, vertical scroll sections in horizontal layout, and it is optimized for mobile devices with its swipe navigation feature for smartphones and tablets, etc.


WordPress Plugins For Video

published on February 27, 2014

Video is a powerful tool to draw people to your site. Today’s audience is so accustomed to visual stimulation that the use of video has become one of the fastest, if not the most effective, ways of communicating to a wider audience. Hence, it is already a necessity for websites to be multimedia friendly and capable of handling all types of multimedia content, especially videos.

Check out these WordPress video plugins you can use to create more visual interest to your website.

Advanced Responsive Video Embedder

This simple and lightweight plugin lets you embed videos from many providers with full responsive sizes via URL or Shortcode (clean and easy shortcode syntax). You can show videos as thumbnails and let them open in Colorbox. The Plugin has a set of customization options to embed the video exactly as you like which includes custom URL parameters. You also have options to make the videos as unobtrusive as possible to keep visitors on your site.

YouTube Plus

This plugin allows you to upload content to your YouTube account and easily embed content straight from your WordPress dashboard. Upload new content to YouTube, delete old content from your YouTube account, get other YouTube users videos and even track your YouTube analytics right from the WordPress dashboard. You can also delete content from your YouTube account right from the WordPress dashboard. No need to leave your blog to go remove videos from YouTube. The built in validation makes sure that only you can delete content from your YouTube account. Through the YouTube Plus analytics section you can track important YouTube analytic information for the 25 most recent uploaded videos. The analytics section comes with a fully interactive world map and tons of metric information displayed in tables.

Video Embed

This plugin is a smart and easy way to add responsive HTML5 Video gallery and Video player to your WordPress Site. The plugin adds a Video gallery tab to your admin menu, which allows you to enter Video Title and Video source items just as you would regular posts. Also added setting page “Smartvideo Settings” under “setting” menu to set the height and width of your video player.

Video Thumbnails

Video Thumbnails makes it easy to automatically display video thumbnails in your template. When you publish a post, this plugin will find the first video embedded and locate the thumbnail for you. Thumbnails can be saved to your media library and set as a featured image automatically. This plugin also supports custom post types and custom fields. Additional features include maximum image sizes, more powerful bulk scanning options, a customizable upload directory, and support for popular video services like YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Google Drive, etc.

JW Player for Flash & HTML5 Video

The JW Player WordPress Plugin enables you to embed Flash and HTML5 audio and video, plus RTMP and YouTube streams, on your site using JW Player 6. This plugin allows for easy customization and embedding of Flash and HTML5 video using the JW Player in your WordPress posts. It provides support for all of the JW Player 6 configuration options, including custom watermarks, HLS/RTMP streaming and VAST/VPAID advertising.


WordPress Design For A Global Market

published on February 26, 2014

Design is subjective. There are generally accepted design principles that govern the design community and serve as guides to evaluating “correct” design. However, not all of them are totally applicable to specific clients especially when Western taste buds meet Eastern culture. But when and where shall the ‘twain ever meet if beauty and design aesthetics are wrapped deeply in mores and culture?

This is the cross cultural challenge that web designers need to face in order to remain competitive in today’s global market place.

West, Meet East

Before the West was, the East was. Two of the world’s oldest civilizations, China and India, are also two of the fastest and most robust economies today. According to Census.gov, as of 2014, China and India ranked as the top two countries with the highest population in the world. China ranked first with 1.3B (population) with an approximate 42.3% Internet penetration, followed by India with 1.2B (population) with an approximate 81% Internet penetration. Approximately 1 billion internet users from these 2 (right to left, top-to-bottom reading) countries alone. And if theme developers do the math, even if at 1% of a billion internet users, that’s still a lot of WordPress themes right there. Too many to ignore.

Global Market Local User Design

We’ve talked about defining your target market and directing your business to reaching your specific demographic. Once you have that down pat, it’s probably time to think of expansion and consider widening your net a little further. To go a little more granular and target the local user.

With WordPress powering over 21% of the Internet and being one of the most user friendly and reliable CMS systems existing today, aside from the fact that it is free, more and more Internet users are looking to it as their platform of choice.

With that, the popularity of WordPress has crossed over into multi language markets despite having been around for only a decade and catering mainly to users of modern languages which are generally left to right in direction. Hence, the increase in demand for WordPress themes with RTL or WPML features or WP plugins that provide this functionality.

The diversity of WordPress users from all across the globe is becoming an important factor in developing themes that are relevant culturally and technically suited to these users local needs. As responsive once was a premium feature that has now become a standard feature in all WordPress themes, so shall the multi language and RTL feature become.

The Design Approach

The WordPress theme development marketplace has grown considerably with designers coming up with better and more user friendly designs that match the general needs of WordPress users. There is a huge pool of WordPress themes available for, generally, almost every type of website need out there. But there is still room to grow for more cross-cultural friendly options.

Below are some design elements that designers need to consider when creating themes that are responsive to culturally diverse user groups. (Notes culled from W3.org and Sitepoint.com)

  • Language
    – Languages don’t have a direction. Scripts have a writing direction, and so languages written in a particular script, will be written with the direction of that script. Languages can be written in more than one script.
  • Typography - fonts and characters
    – Typography can look “busier” to Western eyes than to Asian readers because many Asian scripts don’t have separate upper and lower cases. Some languages have scripts that are not alphabetic at all, but which express an idea rather than a sound. Occasionally, it’s necessary for an author to provide readers with pronunciation help for especially rare or awkward characters, usually with an alternative script in small writing above the ambiguous character.
  • Content presentation
  • Styling
  • Usability
  • Navigation
  • Mirror layout
  • Scripts (Left to Right, Right to Left, Top to Bottom)
    – Text direction is another thing that should not be confused with language. In some scripts, such as Arabic and Hebrew, displayed text is read predominantly from right to left, although within that flow, numbers and text from other scripts are displayed from left to right. Knowing the directionality of text, based on the script(s) to be used, is important to web designers and authors, because right-to-left text can be more complicated (for beginners) to work with and the organization and directionality of the page layout are affected. Therefore, knowing the writing direction can be relevant to estimating the work involved to create web pages in a new language.
  • Images and animations
  • Forms
    – Designing forms for an Asian market can have pitfalls for Western developers. For example, it’s common to require both given name and family name and give an error if both are not completed. Many Asian languages write names with family names first and given names afterwards while some have only one name. Also, do not limit the amount of characters in Address fields.
  • Mobile
  • Propriety
  • Color palettes
    – While choosing your colors for your design, keep in mind that certain colors have different connotations across cultures. For example, red is lucky for Chinese people. On the other hand, Thai people will be offended if you print their name in red — it’s the color that monks employ to write names on coffins, so to write someone’s name in red is to “wish them dead”.
  • Symbols and metaphors

For web designers, W3.org International’s tagline sums it up quite well: “Making the World Wide Web Worldwide.” Let’s!


Freelancer Sites – Good, Bad, Ugly?

published on February 25, 2014

Breaking into the online freelancer network to make money as a part-time or full time freelancer can be overwhelming for a beginner. Thousands of choices are available at your fingertips but not all of them are legitimate or have a good reputation to back them up. Where to start? We’ve narrowed down some of the more established freelance sites that you can dive into. Whether you are looking to hire a freelancer or you are a freelancer looking for a project, make sure to read through the terms and conditions thoroughly so that you know what to expect and is expected from you and hopefully avoid scam or ripoff sites.

oDesk

oDesk is a digital platform that allows people to work together remotely even if you are half-way around the world. As a freelancer you can work where you want, when you want; set an hourly rate based on your skills, experience, and reputation; have access to the tools you need to build your business online; and be assured that you get paid for every hour worked—on time, every time. As a client you can find the right person for the job, no matter where they live; build an online workforce, on-demand and on your own terms; manage and pay a global team with ease; and audit and pay only for hours worked. The oDesk Work Diary tracks time and takes work-in-progress snapshots, giving you visibility into project progress and accurately tracking time spent to assure both freelancer and client transparency and accountability.

Elance

Elance is one of the top platforms to find, hire, manage and collaborate with online freelancers. As a freelancer you can be your own boss while choosing the jobs you want and working the hours you want; get hired for interesting jobs wherever you are; and you are guaranteed payment for all the hard work you do. As a client you get instant access to a community of over 3 million of the world’s best freelancers among them web programmers, mobile app developers, graphic designers and other freelancers with the most-demanded skills. You can track job progress in your shared Workroom; stay on top of jobs by setting milestones, viewing work in progress, video conferencing with freelancers; and you only pay for work you approve.

Guru

Guru is an online marketplace for freelance talent providing businesses with the ability to find the help they need from a variety of talented Freelancers worldwide. The proprietary Guru Recommended system leverages performance data to make the freelancer selection process easy and reliable – every time. Once connected, Employers can securely pay Freelancers through their SafePay system where employers are guaranteed payment protection. As a freelancer you can create a profile and define the freelance services you want to offer; search and apply for jobs that interest you; define milestones, set tasks, communicate with employers, share files, and agree upon payment schedules; and get paid quickly and securely. As employers you can search for services in a network of over 900,000 freelancers for any technical, creative or business projects you have; create agreements, define milestones and tasks, communicate, and share documents; pay only for a job well done.

Freelancer

Freelancer is the world’s largest freelancing, outsourcing and crowd sourcing marketplace by number of users and projects connecting over 10,294,248 employers and freelancers globally from over 247 countries, regions and territories. Employers can hire freelancers to do work in areas such as software development, writing, data entry and design right through to engineering, the sciences, sales and marketing, accounting and legal services; and you can even hire customer support or a virtual personal assistant to simplify your life without the risky overhead and cost of hiring full-time staff. Freelancers simply sign up, complete their profile, browse available projects, and bid on projects matching their skills.

Check out this interesting article and learn from the ongoing discussion among those who are active in the freelance industry.


Boost Your Site Conversions With These Landing Page Templates

published on February 20, 2014

The landing page is the first page a client or a reader encounters when he/she clicks on the link to a particular website. Its core purpose is to persuade readers and visitors of the website into registering or subscribing, or, buying a particular product or service in which the website deals. Its sole aim is lead generation. Here are some HTML/CSS landing pages you can use to draw inspiration from to help boost your business:

Stark

Stark is a beautiful responsive and animated HTML & CSS3 App Landing Page based on Twitter Bootstrap v3.0. The layout is optimized for mobile devices and it works without errors on all major browsers. The template can be very easily customized as it has all its files very well structured and commented source code. Features include: one-page parallax, Font Awesome, testimonials slider with jQuery, responsive pricing tables, etc.

NRG

NRG is a one page solution for a growing start-up or a small studio. It contains everything you might want and need for a good presence on the web. The structure is very lightweight, code is 100% valid according to the latest standards, all the images are compressed the best way possible. NRG was designed with usability in mind and it’s 100% device independent, which allows it to remain perfectly stable whatever platform it is browsed on. Other features include touch gestures, fully functional contact form, swipe support, etc.

EventLand

EventLand Landing Page is a fully responsive one-page HTML5 template based on Bootstrap 3 Framework. It is perfect for showcasing your Event, Conference, Meeting or Workshop. It is also designed with Newsletter integration, working Register Form, One Page Navigation, Font Awesome Icon Font, Google Map, Slider, Program Tabs and much more.

Korona

Korona is a fully responsive one page restaurant & cafe landing page ideal for restaurants, cafes, pubs, or bars. Key features of this lightweight template: 3 colors ready, skeleton framework, booking table form, Google fonts, Fontawesome icons, etc.

Promo

Promo is a clean, flat one-page landing template for businesses. This fully responsive template built with Bootstrap 3.0 system and inspired by flat UI design is cross browser compatible and uses a parallax background. It is easy to use and a great way to promote products and services.

Cloud

Cloud is a clean, minimalist HTML5 / CSS3 Landing Page designed for presenting a Coming Soon Website or for an App Page / Showcase. This fully responsive theme is easy to use and easy to customize with options to add or delete sections as needed. Features include: Gumby Framework, fade-in title and content, newsletter ready, video background ready, and is compatible with IE9+, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera.

OnEvent

OnEvent is a clean and simple responsive special event one-page landing template, designed for special events. This modern template allows you to display all the necessary information regarding your event using the template’s available sections. Add a photo gallery, commercial video, event schedule and invited executive guest list as needed. Also included is the Get Directions script using Google Maps to help users find directions to the event venue, and also the Registration form to collect user information such as name, email, phone, and messages.

Stylio

Stylio is a fully responsive and retina ready one page app template that can be used as a landing page. Main highlight of this template is a layered slider with screenshots, “reveal” blocks and mobile fallback and has been tested on all major handheld devices. Features include: smooth HTML5 & CSS3 transitions, 5 color schemes, Font Awesome 4.0, Skrollr parallax background, video background, scrolito content scroller, newsletter signup with Mail Chimp APi integration, etc.


Power Up Your WooCommerce Plugin

published on February 19, 2014

Creating an eCommerce site used to be a task that belonged to web savvy professionals alone. Thanks to WooCommerce, a popular and powerful free eCommerce WordPress plugin, even beginners can create a fully-functional, professional and industry-standard eCommerce site. WooCommerce is powerful in itself and can even be further enhanced with its own extensions. But there are also several plugins out there that can boost its eCommerce functionality even further. Here are some of these WooCommerce related plugins you can check out:

WooCommerce Admin Bar Addition

This small and lightweight plugin, intended towards shop managers, site admins, and webmasters, adds useful admin links and massive resources for the WooCommerce Shop Plugin to the WordPress Toolbar / Admin Bar. Switch from the front end of your site to ‘Payment Settings’ page or check recent ‘Orders’ etc. easily as links to all settings and tab pages of the plugin are readily accessible on the admin bar making your eCommerce activities quite easy to manage. You can also access WooCommerce resources from your dashboard with one click or simply search through the WooCommerce documentation. This plugin is fully WPML compatible. FREE.

WooCommerce Poor Guys Swiss Knife

WooCommerce Poor Guys Swiss Knife powerloads your standard WooCommerce installation and enables you to fine-tune your shop, customize your checkout forms, adapt your shop for country specific needs, set rules for cart operations and a lot more. Data captured via customized (added) form fields is available within your order administration and will be added in the appropriate sections of the individual orders. What shows up can be configured for each individual custom field. Data captured will be shown to the customer on the order receipt page and in emails.You can also organize your form using drag and drop and define if a field spans over the full row or set it as first or last element on a checkout form row.This plugin functions like a Swiss Knife for WooCommerce. FREE.

WooCommerce Checkout Location Picker

Managing repetitive tasks especially filling out customer information like shipping address, billing address, ship to, or bill to can be tedious especially if it occurs in bulk. WooCommerce Checkout Location Picker gets the current location of the customer, sets the location on the map, and autocompletes the billing and shipping address fill. If a customer wants to accurately set their location or want to change it, your client just needs to drag the marker around the map & the address is changed automatically. Convenient and easy. Premium.

WooCommerce Group Pricing

WooCommerce Group Pricing shows different prices according to the user’s group. Special discounts for commercials, wholesale, etc. Groups are created from Groups plugin by @itthinx. This plugin also works on variable products. PREMIUM.

WooCommerce – iCharge JX Widget Payment Gateway

Woocommerce iCharge JX Widget is the Australian Web and Mobile Payment Gateway. This Payment is based on Ajax Method and Transaction is completed entirely on your page without popup windows or redirecting to another site. Uses AJAX to optimize interactivity and performance. GST support. Issues email receipts or compliant tax invoices to customers on your behalf. Card details never touch your site, so your server is not at risk. No PCI compliance issues to worry about. PREMIUM.

WooCommerce Product Badges

Woocommerce Product Badges plugin lets the clients know what new products are added to your WooCommerce powered online shop by adding a badge to the newly added product. You have full control over the: days limit for the products, text to be shown on the badge, live preview changes, color of the text, background color, choosing the position of the badge via drag and drop or via manual input. PREMIUM.

WooCommerce Quick Related Products

WooCommerce Quick Related Products is a plugin you can use to show related WooCommerce Products in a Quick Popup View which is quite useful for enhancing user experience on WooCommerce sites. This plugin will show Related Products based on same Tags or same Category. These features can be customized via the Admin panel: fully customizable Popup and Request Button; Alignment, Text, Text Color, Text Size, Background Color, Border, Border Opacity and Border Radius of Button; Background Color, Border Radius, Button Text, Button Text Color, Button Text Size, Button Background Color, Button Border Radius” for Popup design. PREMIUM.

WooCommerce Just Sold Products by AppZab

This plugin encourages website visitors by creating the impression that what you sell is genuine and that your store is doing well. With this feature, you can show the list of just sold products and customers who bought to your website visitors via a scrolling widget. This plugin displays information like: Minutes ago purchased, Product Thumbnail, Name of Product, Customer Name and Customer City is shown to encourage more interest and enthusiasm in your visitors. The Product Thumbnail image and its Name links to the product so that the visitor can directly navigate to it for more information. PREMIUM.


Freelance Your Way To Success

published on February 18, 2014

One of the many benefits of the Internet is its democratic nature. No matter where you are in the world, the opportunities for success are open to anyone and everyone. Many unknown, young, and adventurous entrepreneurs who have had very little or even no corporate experience have risen to the top of the ladder and are now currently shaping the cyber landscape. The playing field is indeed level and flat in that sense.

Because of the success of many of these young netpreneurs, many of them starting out as freelancers or simply indulging a hobby, others have followed in their footsteps in the hope of achieving the same for themselves. But what does it take to really make freelancing a worthwhile activity you might want to take seriously?

Getting Started

When you are starting out as a freelancer, you don’t necessarily think too hard about what you can expect. Breaking into the creative industry, web development applications, writing or blogging, social media management, or other online income generating activities can be intimidating for anyone who is just starting to get his feet wet. You will however, as you persevere, learn the ropes and eventually attract the kind of clients you really want. Here are some foundational ideas to consider to get you started out on the right foot.

Client Consultation

Client consultation is probably the most important part of taking on a project. It is at this level where you need to determine and establish what your client wants and expects from you. It is also at this level that you need to make an honest assessment of yourself as to whether you are capable of meeting and delivering all your client’s expectations before making a commitment to the project. And, it is also at this stage where you get intimidated the most – especially for newbie freelancers.

However, not knowing everything shouldn’t be a deterrent to taking on a project. Some clients are willing to risk working with a not so experienced but eager to learn freelancer if it will save them a few bucks. Just be upfront about your deliverables to make sure that you and your client agree on realistic expectations.

Get It Together

  • Gather all client information as needed. This may include general project information like project specifications, details, strategy and implementation, measurable targets, schedules and deadlines, turnover, contracts, billings, payment arrangements, etc. It may also include personal information like profiles, website access, passwords, login information, etc. You can use Google documents to keep yourself organized.
  • Start a client folder – online or offline – to hold everything you need for the project in one place: photos, graphics, videos, forms, notes, checklists, templates, software, etc. Make provision for sharing with your team if you have one.

Create Your Plan

Decide on a plan and create a daily, weekly, monthly checklist of exact tasks that need to be done towards completing the project. You can choose to use a checklist system or a calendar system to keep track of all your activities. Creating a plan will help you maximize and make use of all of your available resources effectively and efficiently. It will also help you when billing your client as you submit the list of activities that you have undertaken concerning the project.

Create Your Contract

When you agree to take on a job for a client you need to come to an agreement as to the details of the job. This can serve as the evidence of the work you are contracted for. You can both agree as to the time, duration or length, frequency, schedules, meetings, payment schedules for fees and related charges, expected results, and of course, termination. Be professional. Make sure to deliver your invoices to your clients on time.

Payment and Collections

As much as it is easy and convenient to work with clients because of the Internet, doing business online where everything is digital has its own risks. Make sure that you and your client agree upfront to a system of billing and collection that will eliminate awkwardness when it is time to collect your fees.

Aside from keeping track of your earnings and also for tax purposes, make sure you have a record keeping system in place that will enable you to either: show proof of your work, bill your client, or send him a statement of account on a regular basis. There are several simple and easy online payment options like PayPal which you can suggest to your client.

Provide Regular Reports

Keep your clients informed as to the progress of the project by providing them with regular reports. This will help them know that work is being done and how much of it has been completed. This will create a good impression on them and they will be more predisposed to recommend you or refer you to other clients.

Freelancing may just be something you have been wanting to do but have been scared to try. Or you might have been already doing it as another source of funds aside from your regular source of income. Either way, freelancing has the potential to give you more than expected with the right tools and also if handled properly.


Web News Worth Knowing

published on February 14, 2014