🍪 Death of the cookie

Happy Friday! Welcome to 2024. This is the Freelance Gig, where we share news, tools, tips, and tricks to help grow your freelance business.

Mentioned in today’s email: Google, X Hiring, NYT, OpenAI, Microsoft, Windows, LinkedIn, and the cheapest places to live in 2024. Plus 3 client red flags to avoid, and how to unlock higher productivity with this paradigm shift.

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Making the Rounds

Working With Clients

Avoid These 3 Client Red Flags

One bad freelance client can make your life hell.

Here are 3 red flags to watch out for:

1) Previous bad experiences
2) Unrealistic demands about availability
3) They don’t pay on time

Don’t be afraid to enforce your boundaries.

No one else will do it for you.

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Working For Yourself

Unlock Higher Productivity With This Paradigm Shift

Forget time management.

Energy is the true constraint to productivity.

Here's how to manage your energy better:

- Write your to-do list the night before
- Put your phone on Do Not disturb
- Work in short bursts
- Go for a walk as soon as you hit a wall

All the free time in the world won’t help you if you can’t focus.

Tool of the Week

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Studies show there are over 1.5 billion freelancers in the world.

There’s no shortage of competition.

This means you’ve got to seize every opportunity you can to stand out.

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Bonus Points

🤝 Networking: Build better relationships with the “Advice Triangle” (link)

💲 Sales: Simple trick to turn ‘no’s into ‘yes’s (link)

💯 Retention: 7 rules for lifelong client relationships (link)

🚀 Careers: 3 mindset shifts to create the career of your dreams (link) 

💪 Confidence: The importance of little moments in building confidence (link)