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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 215 subscribers who’ve joined us since the last edition.

Mentioned in today’s email: TikTok, Threads, Google, and Upwork.  Plus how to make unpaid invoices slightly less painful, and the 20-20-20 rule to protect your eyes when working remotely.

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Making the Rounds

Working With Clients

How to Make Unpaid Invoices Slightly Less Painful

If you’ve ever had to chase down a client just to collect on an unpaid invoice…

Then here’s a simple tip to soften the blow next time:

Ask for a deposit up front.

It can be 25%, 50%, or even more. 

Use your judgment, of course. 

But the more established you are (and the bigger the project is), the more you should be asking for up front. 

So even if the project drags on, or you have trouble getting the rest of your fee paid in a timely fashion…

At least you’ve collected some cash up front.

Plus, if a prospective client scoffs at the idea of putting down a deposit, that’s a red flag.

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Working For Yourself

Protect Your Eyesight With the 20-20-20 Rule

Fun fact:

Did you know your eyes are an extension of your brain?

Well, it’s true.

And while we’re on the topic of your eyes, it may also shock you to learn that staring into the abyss a screen all day isn’t good for them.

Eye strain, mental fatigue, and dry eyes are just a few of the potential consequences you have to look forward to.

So… how do you protect them?

Blue-light glasses are one approach — and one we certainly endorse.

But another no-cost way to preserve your peepers is the 20-20-20 rule:

Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

This gives your eyes a timeout from the pixelated onslaught they’re normally subjected to…

Which has been proven to help reduce eye strain and mental fatigue.

So if you’re looking to take preventative action before your eyes become a problem…

Then give this new rule a try.

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Here is the prompt:

Create a detailed fill-in-the-blanks proposal template for a freelance project in [your field]. Include sections for project overview, deliverables, timeline, and pricing.


Create a detailed fill-in-the-blanks proposal template for a freelance project in graphic design. Include sections for project overview, deliverables, timeline, and pricing.

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Tool of the Week

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Looking to start your own email newsletter?

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And if so, we strongly recommend Beehiiv.

At this point, it’s basically an entire newsletter business-in-a-box.

With it, you can replace:

  • WordPress (or any other content management system)

  • Website hosting (like Siteground or HostGator)

  • Email service provider (like Active Campaign or ConvertKit)

  • Recommendation widget (like SparkLoop)

That’s why they’re trusted by many of the fastest-growing newsletters in the world, including Exec Sum, Miss Excel, Milk Road, and lots more.

As a freelancer, having an email newsletter is a great way to establish authority and set yourself apart from the competition.

So if you’re ready to start building an audience you actually own…

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