Happy Tuesday! Time flies when you’re making money online.
Mentioned in today’s edition: Parler, Kanye West, Flipboard, and Netflix. Plus a little-known tip to help you land more clients on Upwork, 6 tips to scale your business on LinkedIn, and a game-changing tool for client meetings.
Read time: 2 minutes and 52 seconds
Making the Rounds
- Parler says it’s being bought by Kanye West. If you get restricted on Twitter and Instagram, why try to get back on when you can just buy another platform instead? Parler announced yesterday that it had entered into a purchase agreement with Ye without disclosing terms of the deal. Something tells us the multiple will be slightly less than the eye-popping 44X EBITDA that Elon Musk is set to (over)pay for Twitter.
- Flipboard lays off 21% of its workforce amid slowdown in online advertising. The online content aggregation site is clearly struggling as Google, Apple, and Meta have since launched their own news aggregators and competition for ad dollars has gotten stiffer.
- New ad-supported Netflix tier will cost $6.99 and launch on Nov 3. “Basic with ads” will cost $1 less than Disney’s upcoming ad-supported tier and will include an average 4-5 minutes of commercials per hour.
Working With Clients
About The Base Rate On That Upwork Job
If you’re a new freelancer applying to jobs on Upwork…
It can be easy to get intimidated.
So here’s a tip that’ll help you land more gigs:
The hourly rate or fixed price portion of the job is virtually meaningless.
In our experience, it has almost no relation to what a client looking for OR is willing to pay for a specific job.
Clients will often throw up an arbitrary number just to see what comes in…
Not realizing how it influences the proposal they attract.
And even if the rate they post is rooted in reality…
That doesn’t mean they won’t pay more to get the right freelancer.
So the next time you find a job you think you’d be good for…
Ignore the rate.
Don’t be afraid to put in a proposal with a quote way above or below what they posted.
The results may surprise you.
Working For Yourself
6 Tips to Use LinkedIn to Scale Your Freelance Business
Here’s a staggering statistic:
Six people get hired on LinkedIn every single minute.
So while we’re still firm believers in using freelancing platforms like Upwork or Freelancer dot com to land clients…
LinkedIn can also make for a strong add-on to your favorite client-getting tactics…
Thanks to the 850M+ businesses, recruiters, and professionals on the platform.
In the video below, freelance copywriter Alex Cattoni shares 6 simple tips to use LinkedIn to attract your dream clients and scale your freelance business in 2022.
Click below to check it out:
Tools We Love
If We Had a Dime For Every Time This Happened… We’d Have a Lot of Dimes
Taking notes on a Zoom call can be a major pain.
Listening and typing quickly at the same time is no small feat…
Meanwhile, everyone else is forced to listen in as you hammer away on the keys as fast as you can.
And sure, you can record the call…
But if you’ve got to go back to review something someone said…
You’re often stuck skipping around trying to find the exact moment where it was discussed.
(Or worse, trying to remember what they said if you forgot to record it.)
That’s where Fireflies.AI comes in.
It’s an AI assistant that lets you record, transcribe, and search across all your voice conversations.
Once you sign up for free, all you have to do is invite Fireflies (aka Fred) into your meeting.
Then he takes care of the rest.
After the meeting is finished, you’ll have a searchable transcript so you don’t have to worry about taking notes.
Looking for clients? These freelance jobs were posted on Upwork in the last 24 hours:
Quote of the Day
“Don’t follow your passion, but let it follow you in your quest to become really good at what you do.”
— Cal Newport
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