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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.

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Mentioned in today’s email: OpenAI, ChatGPT, Google, freelancing, Dell, Frank McCourt, TikTok, and the 4-day workweek. Plus 3 magic words to make clients trust you, and 5 tips to prevent ‘gray work’ from hurting your productivity.

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Working With Clients

3 Magic Words to Make Clients Trust You

If a client asks a question, you should always have the answer… right?


In fact, trying to weigh in on something when you’re out of depth is the fastest way to make yourself look silly.

So, what’s the answer?

Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know.”

Being open about what you don’t know shows honesty and will give you credibility.

Plus it creates an opportunity for you to find the answer and demonstrate your resourcefulness to the client.

Making the Rounds

POLL: What's your #1 focus as a freelancer right now?

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Working For Yourself

Is ‘Gray Work’ Hurting Your Productivity? Try These 5 Tips to Avoid it

It’s no secret that “context switching” hurts your productivity.

One reason why?

‘Gray work.’

This is when you’re forced to dig through Slack, Asana, emails, DMs, and Google Drive to find the one piece of info you need to actually complete the task.

And if you’re not careful…

You’ll end up spending more time searching for information than actually doing something with it.

Luckily, our friends at Forbes wrote an article sharing 5 tips to prevent this.

Click here to check it out:

AI Prompts For Freelancers

Prompt of the Week: The Follow-Up

This AI prompt is designed to be tacked on to any other prompt for better quality outputs by encouraging ChatGPT to ask you follow-up questions before giving an answer.

Here is the prompt:

Before you create your response, please ask me follow-up questions until you are certain you can execute my request perfectly.

Tool of the Week

TextExpander: Save Time With Simple Shortcodes

TextExpander eliminates wasted time on repetitive tasks.

This trusty time-saver lets you set up shortcodes for just about anything you can think of…

So you can auto-populate a chunk of text, big or small, in just a few keystrokes.

  • Emails

  • Templates

  • Connection requests

  • Outreach messages

  • Etc etc

It may not sound like a game-changer…

But once you start using it, you’ll realize how much time you just got back.

Give it a go at the link below:

Bonus Points

📲 Paid Ads: 5 common paid ads myths that hold creators back (link)

📋 Interviewing: 9 interview red flags to watch out for (link)

💪 Success: 20 soft skills to accelerate your career success (link)

💲 Business: 13 years of brutally honest advice in 90 mins (link)