🤓 Open talent

Happy Wednesday! Today is National Chip and Dip Day. How will you be celebrating? 

We’re betting on Doritos — which is apparently the most searched for chip brand in 44 out of 50 states. That is, unless you live in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, or Colorado, where Cheetos supposedly reign supreme.

Fun facts aside, here’s what’s happening in the world of freelancing…


Freelance Economy News

  • Netflix and NASA discover perks of the “open talent” model. Harvard Business Review notes that even large organizations are beginning to rely more on freelance talent compared to pre-2020. Both Netflix and NASA recently ran contests with external hires that topped internal innovation standards. Go figure.

  • Not all 50 million Americans who left the office in 2020 are eager to get back. With companies like Goldman Sachs, Meta, and Microsoft finally returning to the office, some workers are choosing to stay home because they find it easier to navigate office politics (or lack thereof) and get the compensation they deserve. Well, that, and control of the thermostat.

  • 48% of Gen Z workers are already freelancing. Upwork CEO Hayden Brown reports younger generations are embracing freelance careers because they see it as less risky than working for a single company. Who needs a pension when you can work in sweatpants?

Working With Clients

What to Say When That One Annoying Client Won’t Stop Sending You Voice Notes

Freelance power dynamics typically favor the client.

But it’s important to remember that no client is worth nonstop Slack messages, neverending voice notes, or needlessly urgent “pivots” that have to be executed right after the last one.

Healthy working relationships are built on boundaries and expectations.

So…

Don’t be afraid to fire clients who can’t respect your boundaries.

If a client’s expectations are not aligned with yours (aka they expect you to be available to turn something around on a Friday night at 9:30 PM when you’re already two margaritas deep), the chances of them being unhappy when the job is done are pretty dang high. 

And that poses a serious risk to your reputation, which you’ve got to protect at all costs.


Working For Yourself

When You Treat Your Mind Like a Filing Cabinet, This is What Happens

Staying productive can be a battle when you’re working from home.

But instead of looking for some fancy productivity system to keep you on task, here’s an old school solution to try:

Write all your to-dos down on paper.

Because if you’ve 479 mental tabs open at the same time, well, that’s gonna suck up all your juice and make it difficult to get things done.

But when you write everything down, you can free up your mind’s computing power to do more important things — like finding the perfect the GIF to get your point across 😂😈


From The Copywriting Gig

Forget a Hot Cup o’ Joe, Here’s What Top Copywriters Do Every Morning

Pop quiz — what do all A-List copywriters have in common?

A) Natural writing talent
B) Dashing good looks
C) PhD in English Lit

The answer is: none of the above.

The one thing all A-List copywriters have in common is that they read great copy every day.

Fortunately for you, you’re already subscribed to this newsletter 😉

But here are a few other Gig-approved email lists to help you step up your game:


Tools We Love

We’re Pretty Sure You Deserve a Raise

If you’re an international freelancer, getting paid in USD is great…

… Until you actually convert it into your own currency.

Traditional solutions like PayPal (or god forbid, your own bank) will make you pay out the nose to convert USD into your local currency.

That’s why we use Wise (formerly TransferWise). 

Not only do they give you a much better rate than PayPal on currency conversions, but they also give you a local USD bank account so you can get paid via bank transfer instead of a wire.

Open a free account today and start keeping more of your hard-earned money for yourself.


Quote of the Day

“There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.” — Seth Godin


✈️ Unmasked

Happy Tuesday! We’re almost at the end of Q1. Hopefully your 2022 is off to a great start 💪

Here’s the latest…


Freelance Economy News

  • Air travel is slowly getting back to normal. London’s Heathrow Airport, along with a handful of British airlines, are dropping face mask requirements. Count us in — we’re looking forward to no more aching ears. But if you’re planning to travel and work remotely for the first time, make sure to check out our Working For Yourself tip further down.

  • Meta to introduce contextual ad placement options later this year. After removing hundreds of targeting options over the last two years, Meta is finally throwing advertisers a bone. They plan to introduce new content tools to help companies prevent their ads from being displayed next to “unsuitable content” such as war or politics.

  • Crypto adoption runs high among content creators. A recent PCMag survey of digital creators found over 50% own cryptocurrency.

Working With Clients

The Easiest Way to Get Fired

Unlike high school, “my dog ate my homework” doesn’t cut it when you’re a working freelancer. So if you want to get 5-star reviews, referrals, and repeat work from high-quality clients, the recipe is simple:

Don’t miss deadlines.

It sounds simple, we know — but trust us… getting your work in on time will instantly set you apart from the competition. 

Don’t believe it? Try hiring a freelancer and see for yourself.


Working For Yourself

Spotted: A Day in the Life of a Digital Nomad

If you’ve been dreaming of working from a beach in Bali, here’s a quick tip that could save you a lot of hassles and headaches:

Do a short test-drive (1-2 weeks) before you commit to a long working trip (1-3+ months).

It may look glamorous on Instagram…

But working from exotic locations while everyone else is in vacation mode can be pretty tough. And staying up late to take client calls when you’d rather be sipping pina coladas by the pool is no fun either.

So we recommend you give it a try it for seven days before you take off for six months. 


From The Copywriting Gig

The ABCs of Silky Smooth Sales Copy

Looking to level up your copywriting chops?

Smooth transitions are what separate crappy copy from A-List material.

That’s why legendary copywriter Joe Sugarman coined the concept of the “slippery slide.” Ideally, your copy should be so easy to read that the reader literally slides down to the end without even trying.

And just like learning your ABCs for the first time…

The best way to master this is by reading your copy out loud.

Then smooth out anything that sounds funny or feels abrupt with transition phrases like:

  • In fact
  • Because
  • That’s why
  • In other words
  • What this means is

Quote of the Day

“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” — Reid Hoffman


🤖 NFTs

Happy Monday! Welcome to this inaugural edition of the newsletter. We’ve got a lot of exciting stuff in the works. As a reminder, we’ll be in your inbox every morning from Monday to Friday with the latest gig economy news + everything you need to become a highly-paid freelancer.

Now here’s what’s new…


Freelance Economy News

  • Fiverr survey reveals ⅔ of US freelancers are working on NFT projects. Demand for NFT collections and artwork has exploded this year. According to recent research from Fiverr, the number of freelancers offering NFT services has gone up by 278% so far this year. And the amount earned by said freelancers has gone up by 374%. Brb while we dust off our MS Paint skills and update our profile.

  • Zuckerberg confirms that NFTs are headed to Instagram. Meta’s CEO revealed that NFTs are coming to your favorite photo-sharing app “in the near term.” He also hinted users may be able to mint NFTs on the platform.

  • Platform intelligence may be the future of freelancing. Platforms like Fiverr and Upwork are sitting on a mountain of data that could help freelancers, like what niches are most popular, what types of gigs pay the most, and what kinds of proposals have the highest success rate. But they aren’t in the habit of sharing that data with users. That’s why those offering platform intelligence features may overtake them in future.

Working With Clients

Do This to Filter Out Low-Quality Clients

Avoiding bad clients is just as important as finding good ones. So here’s a simple trick to filter out the schmucks: ask for a deposit up front.

It can be 25%, 50%, or even 100%. Use your judgment, of course. But the more established you are, the more you should be asking for up front. Because most people worth their salt don’t work for free. 

And if a prospective client scoffs at the idea of putting down a deposit, that’s your cue to say “k thx bye” and move on to the next one.


Working For Yourself

Why Robots Don’t Have Work-Life Balance Problems

One of the hardest parts about working remotely is maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Unlike our robotic brothers and sisters, we don’t come with an off switch. So, what’s the solution? 

Creating a “shut down” ritual. 

Whether it’s turning off your computer, closing the office door, putting Slack on snooze, or going for a walk — developing a routine that signals the end of the day can do wonders for your mental health. 

Our favorite? Checking in to see how much our crypto portfolio is down.


From The Copywriting Gig

The #1 Most Common Mistake New Copywriters Make

Writing copy isn’t like writing essays in college. You don’t get bonus points for using big words. In fact, it’s the opposite — the more big words you use, the fewer sales you’ll make.

Why? 

It’s not because everyone reading your copy is dumb. It’s because simple words get read faster. And the easier it is for people to grasp what you’re trying to say, the more people you’ll get to take action.

Aim for short, punchy words with 2-4 syllables. And try to avoid anything with 5 or more.

Run your copy through a tool like Hemingway to see how you’re doing.


Tools We Love

Maybe the Best Funnel Mapping Tool Ever Created?

Even if you’re not a graphic designer or funnel builder, you may need to map out funnels for clients from time to time. Good news is, there are lots of tools out there to help you do that. 

Bad news is, most of them suck. They’re clunky, laggy, and not intuitive at all. 

That’s why we love Whimsical. It’s fast, free, and easy to use. 

Give it a try and let us know what you think.


Quote of the Day

“Greatness comes from humble beginnings; it comes from grunt work. It means you’re the least important person in the room—until you change that with results.” — Ryan Holiday