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.
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