Tom Ewer

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If you’re hating the nine-to-five grind, you may be thinking “I could do better than this!”, and it’s true – you can. Freelancing is an incredible opportunity to follow your heart and your skills. However, you may also be worrying about whether you can cut it.

A bit of caution is not a bad thing; you may want to make sure that the lifestyle suits you, and that there’s enough demand for your services out there before you take the plunge. Freelancing in your spare time is a feasible and realistic way to test the market.

But if you do go freelance on top of your day job, you need to know that balancing the two is no easy feat. So, how can you do this without (a) tearing all your hair out, (b) not doing any of your work properly, and/or (c) working yourself into a meltdown?

Here are six ways to optimize your workload so you can cope with both and be a success. Let’s have a look!

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A man in glasses shouting.It’s not always easy to tell the world you’re wonderful, and while some are seemingly born with the ability to showcase themselves, others constantly need a little nudge to bring out their self-confidence. However, for freelancers, being over-modest or arrogant is an absolute no-no.

Let’s face it, work goes to those who aren’t shy about promoting their wares. However, it’s horribly easy for self-promotion to come across as over the top – or even worse, fake.

Here’s the rub: as a freelancer you absolutely have to get your name out there and showcase your talents – but it’s as bad to overdo the self-promotion as it is to neglect it. So, how should you go about singing your own praises? In this post, we give you six different ways to help make it that little bit less painful. Let’s have a look!

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A burning ring of fire.In a highly competitive world, freelancers are supposed to be on top of their brief. Not only do you have to know what’s new and cool in your own sector, you have to understand the way that the world of freelancing itself is trending.

So what is hot, and what’s not, in the world of freelancing in 2016?

There have been all sorts of attempts at crystal ball gazing recently – so here’s our ultimate guide to what the future holds, and you don’t even have to cross our palms with silver. Let’s have a look!

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A jigsaw shaped as a heart.Developing great relationships with your clients is an essential part of being a freelancer. This is a two way street – you need to have solid, regular, repeat business, and clients need a partner they can rely on.

There is also, of course, the hard fact that an unhappy client can take to social media and tell everyone their bad opinion of you. You may not even know it’s happened until the work mysteriously drops off.

With that in mind, it’s vital to make sure your clients know how important they are to you. But how do you do that? Let’s take a look at six steps that will ensure that at the end of your contract, your clients feel the love – and come back for more.

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CJ Wilson pitching a baseball.On and off the field, pitching is a real skill – in our case, it’s far more than just firing off an email saying “Hey! I want this project!”. Most of us know this, but fewer know exactly what we should include in our pitches to make them stand out.

Most importantly, you need to know the magic ingredients to make clients choose your pitch above the many others they’ll receive. If you look at the statistics on any freelance work website and see how many people pitch for a given job, it can seem very daunting.

Below, we’ll take an in-depth look at how Bidsketch can help, but before that, let’s go over a range of useful strategies to help you win more work.

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