⚔️ Hybrid vs remote work

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Mentioned in today’s email: hybrid vs remote work, LinkedIn, TikTok, Instagram, and Meta. Plus 4 competitive advantages that cost $0, and why multitasking is the mindkiller.

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Making the Rounds

Working With Clients

4 Competitive Advantages That Cost $0

Want to make your freelance business stand out?

Here are 4 ways that have nothing to do with your experience or track record:

1) Work fast

Most clients are looking to launch ASAP.

But most freelancers work way too slowly.

Speed up your production time by:

+ Using templates
+ Systematizing your workflow
+ Specializing in a specific task (logos, emails, etc)

If you can turn around quality work faster than Speedy Gonzales, you’ll attract a lot of clients.

2) Don’t miss deadlines

This goes hand-in-hand with number one.

It sounds cliche, but most freelancers fail to get deliverables in on-time.

So here’s a tip to help you avoid this ugly fate:

Build in a few extra days of buffer when you’re setting deadlines with clients.

It’s always better to underproject and overdeliver than vice versa.

Nothing will scare off clients more than missing deadlines.

3) Be responsive

One of the most common fears clients have is that you’ll ghost them.

Always respond to messages in a timely manner.

(assuming they’re within work hours or whatever boundaries you’ve set with the client)

You don’t necessarily have to have the answer immediately, either.

You can simply acknowledge their message and tell them you’ll get back with the answer as soon as you can.

4) Be enthusiastic

This is probably the most underrated of the list.

But enthusiasm is magnetic.

If you’re legitimately excited about your work, clients will naturally be more attracted to you.

Everyone wants to do business with people they like.

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Working For Yourself

Why Multitasking is the Mind-Killer

Multitasking is the mind-killer.

Research has shown our brains are not wired to handle more than one task at a time.

So while you may feel more productive when juggling multiple tasks…

Truth is, you’re leaking mental energy every time you jump back and forth.

This concept is known as “context-switching.”

By focusing on just one task at a time instead, you can reduce creative leakage from context-switching and work more efficiently to produce better results.

And if you’re charging a flat rate or per-project fee…

The faster you work, the more your effective hourly rate goes up.

So if you’re looking for an easy way to give yourself a raise…

Stop multitasking.

Tool of the Week

The One “Must Have” AI Tool For Anyone Doing Client Work

New AI tools are a dime a dozen these days.

But one tool we can’t run our business without is a meeting assistant called Fireflies.

With Fireflies, you can:

  • Record a video of the meeting

  • Get a highly-accurate and searchable text transcript

  • Plus generate a concise meeting summary to share with others

Once you sign up, all you have to do is invite Fireflies into the meeting and it takes care of the rest.

No need to press record.

So if you’re looking to make life easier for yourself and clients…

Bonus Points

✍️ Copywriting: 3 deceptively simple words & phrases (link)

📊 Productivity: 11 tools to double your focus (link)

🤝 Freelancing: 7 steps to get clients on LinkedIn (link)