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Happy Friday! This is the Freelance Gig, where we share news, tools, tips, and tricks to help grow your freelance business.

Welcome to the 300 new subscribers who’ve joined us since the last issue.

Mentioned in today’s email: ChatGPT, LinkedIn, YouTube Shorts, Costa Rica, and Threads. Plus how to set and raise your freelance rates, and one quick tip for “swiss watch” consistency.

Read time: 2 minutes and 27 seconds

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This means creating and publishing content online that…

  • Tells your origin story

  • Shows off your expertise to clients

  • Positions you as an authority in your niche

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Making the Rounds

Working With Clients

How to Set and Raise Your Freelance Rates

Freelance rates are like investment returns.

Everybody wonders about them but no one wants to talk about them…

Even though it’s one of the trickiest things to get right in your freelance business.

If you’ve ever wondered what you should be charging or how and when to raise your rates…

Check out this article from personal finance expert Ramit Sethi:

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Working For Yourself

One Quick Tip For “Swiss Watch” Consistency

Struggling to stay productive?

Here’s a quick tip to make your performance at work more reliable than a Swiss watch…

Create an “end of day” routine.

This could include…

  • Writing out your to-do list for the next day

  • Tidying up your workspace

  • Clearing out your inbox

  • Etc etc

Bottom line is…

The routine tells your mind the day is over and it’s okay to “turn off.”

Something that’s essential if you work at home or remotely.

Plus it guarantees you won’t spend the first part of tomorrow playing catch-up.

Just make sure to get it done before you bolt out the door ;)

Tool of the Week

How to Become an Idea Machine

When it comes to generating ideas, your mind is like a pipeline.

You have to make space if you want it to keep flowing.

How do you do that?

By writing all your ideas down as soon as they come to you.

Now pen and paper is one option, of course.

But we prefer Evernote.

Here’s why:

  • It syncs automatically across all devices so you can access your notes anytime, anywhere

  • You can easily copy-paste text, images, and audio

  • Tags and search make organizing and finding your notes easy as pie

  • Plus the Chrome extension lets you clip web pages, making it great for building your swipe file

If you’re looking to uplevel your ideation skills, we highly recommend you give it a try.

Bonus Points

📊 Career: 3 skills every job seeker needs in 2023 (Twitter / X)

🫡 Leadership: 8 principles I know at 34 I wish I knew at 21 (Instagram)

✍️ Copywriting: Steal this 4-step storytelling framework that converts (LinkedIn)

💲 Sales: The difference between average vs elite salespeople (YouTube) 

🤝 Networking: How to network with people above you (TikTok)