🫵 Digital nomads wanted

Happy Thursday! And if you want to keep it that way, don’t look at your crypto portfolio for a while. Especially if you own a lot of $SOL (like at least one poor newsletter writer we can think of).

Mentioned in today’s newsletter: Spain, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. Plus one important step to include your client fulfillment process, how to build a bulletproof freelance business, and why simplicity is divine when it comes to sending emails.

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Making the Rounds

  • Spain approves new digital nomad visa. Looking to work remotely in Europe? Now there’s another way around those pesky Schengen Zone limitations. The Spanish Parliament just approved a new visa program for digital nomads, which lets them stay & work in the country for up to 12 months.
  • In-app scheduling finally comes to Instagram. Creators and social media managers rejoice! Instagram is finally rolling out an in-app scheduling tool that lets you schedule posts and Reels as far as 75 days out.
  • YouTube pays creators 55% of ad revenue. Elon’s answer? “We can beat that.” Newly-installed Twitter CEO Elon Musk is setting his sights high: the company is apparently planning a new monetization model for all forms of content on the platform, with the potential to top payouts creators get from YouTube. But you know what they say: you come at the king, you best not miss.

Working With Clients

Don’t Forget to Include This One Step in Your Fulfillment Process

Scoring your first big win for a new client is a great feeling.

It also creates the perfect opportunity for you to make a strategic request:

Ask them for a 2-minute video testimonial.

Clients will (almost) never volunteer these on their own…

And you never want to wait too long to ask for one.

So make sure to put in the request while you’re both riding high on the heels of a job well done.

Plus, this way, you can transcribe it to text and have their testimonial in both written and video form.

Working For Yourself

7-Figure Agency Owner Reveals How to Build a Bulletproof Freelance Business

2023 could be a difficult year for the freelance economy.

Between rising interest rates, persistent inflation, and a slowdown in the digital ad market…

There’s no shortage of potential storm clouds.

But the negative effects of any future downturn won’t be distributed equally.

Some freelancers will lose clients and struggle to make ends meet…

While others will be able to jack up their rates because they’ve become even MORE in demand.

So, the question is…

How do you make sure you’re in position to profit no matter what?

In the episode of The Chris Harder Show below, our co-founder and CEO Dorothy Hollabaugh explains how to build a bulletproof freelance business that thrives in any economy — even during a recession.

Click here to give it a listen:

[LISTEN]: Episode #641 Bulletproofing Yourself By Becoming a Freelancer 

Tools We Love

Why Simplicity is Divine When it Comes to Sending Emails

As the publishers of a daily newsletter, email marketing is the foundation of our business.

And throughout our freelancing careers, we’ve had the opportunity to work with many of the biggest email service providers out there.

But the problem is…

Most of them have so many fancy bells and whistles that you need a PhD in computer science just to figure out how to make them do what you want.

That’s why we’re proud users of ConvertKit.

It’s simple, intuitive, and incredibly easy to use.

Because you *should* be able to collect emails, send out broadcasts, and set up simple automations in minutes without calling in chat support.

So if you’re looking for a simple and cost-effective way to grow your online audience with email marketing…

Try ConvertKit for free today.

Gig Alerts

Looking for clients? These freelance jobs were posted on Upwork in the last 24 hours:

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Quote of the Day


“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”

— Lao Tzu

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👥 Copycatting features for fun & profit

Happy Tuesday! Today’s a great day to share the newsletter with a friend or colleague. We’ll even send you a fill-in-the-blanks Upwork proposal template for helping us spread the word. Just grab your unique referral link at the bottom of this email to start sharing.

Mentioned in today’s edition: Twitter, TikTok, Douyin, SpaceX, and Starlink. Plus a counterintuitive trust-building technique, the difference between cost, price, and value, and one feature all email marketers deserve.

Read time: 2 minutes and 27 seconds

Making the Rounds

  • Twitter is next in line of TikTok copycats. The typically text-heavy social media platform is rolling out an immersive full-screen video experience and a video carousel to the Explore tab.
  • TikTok aiming to launch live shopping in North America after U.K. flop. If at first you do not succeed, try and try again. At least, that’s what TikTok is telling themselves as they plan to outsource a new live shopping operation in North America. Can’t say we blame: TikTok’s sister app Douyin did over $10B in livestream sales last year.
  • SpaceX repositions Starlink satellites to provide internet to Southwest Florida. The company is sending over 100 Starlink kits to the Sunshine State as hundreds of thousands remain without power after Hurricane Ian.

Working With Clients

Try This Counterintuitive Trust-Building Technique Next Time You Make a Mistake

If you’ve been freelancing for a while, chances are you’ve screwed something up when working for a client.

And if you’re new to freelancing, well… give it time.

Either way, mistakes are inevitable.

They can’t be avoided.

But what most freelancers don’t realize is…

How you respond to a mistake can make or break your client relationship.

So own up to your screw ups.

If your sales letter went live with a typo in the headline…

Or you embedded the wrong video on a landing page…

Or you launched ads with a broken link…

Then take responsibility.

Don’t try to deflect the blame.

Clients will respect you for it, and — assuming the offense wasn’t firing-worthy — it will help to build trust and strengthen your relationship over the long term.

Working For Yourself

The Difference Between Cost, Price, and Value

What do you say when a prospect asks “what will this cost?”

It’s a direct question that can be a little uncomfortable to answer, especially if you’re new to freelancing.

But before you do…

Make sure you understand the relationship between cost, price, and value.

Because none of them mean the same thing.

And if you’re not careful, you may end up underpricing yourself on sales calls, scaring off high-quality clients, and missing out on much bigger deals.

Check out this video from our friends at The Futur to learn more:

[WATCH]: How To Run A Profitable Freelance Business & Make Money

Tools We Love

“I Wonder What They’ll Ask For Next… a Gold-Plated Toilet Seat?”

As the publishers of a daily newsletter, email marketing is the foundation of our business.

And throughout our freelancing careers, we’ve had the opportunity to work with many of the biggest email service providers out there.

But the problem is…

Most of them have so many fancy bells and whistles that you need a PhD in computer science just to figure out how to make them do what you want.

That’s why we’re proud users of ConvertKit.

It’s simple, intuitive, and incredibly easy to use.

Because you *should* be able to collect emails, send out broadcasts, and set up simple automations in minutes without calling in chat support.

So if you’re looking for a simple and cost-effective way to grow your online audience with email marketing…

Try ConvertKit for free today.

Gig Alerts

Looking for clients? These freelance jobs were posted on Upwork in the last 24 hours:

Quote of the Day

“Momentum? Momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher.”

— Earl Weaver

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🌴 4 ugly truths about being a digital nomad

Happy Tuesday! We’re always looking for ways to serve you better, so today we’re demo’ing a new Gig Alert section at the bottom of the newsletter, where we’ll feature a freelance job posting each day. Hit reply and let us know what you think.

Mentioned in today’s issue: Jobs, Twitter, and the ultimate guide to freelancing. Plus what to do when a new client questions the strategy, four ugly truths about being a digital nomad, and email marketing for dummies.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes and 19 seconds


Making the Rounds

  • Private sector jobs rise while government jobs fall. Last week’s U.S. jobs report revealed the private sector has even more people employed than before the pandemic, while there’s an “unusually high” number of government job openings.
  • Twitter users can now “unmention” themselves. The new feature lets you remove yourself from a conversation, stops notifications from the thread, and prevents anyone in it from retagging you.
  • The ultimate guide to freelancing. New to the gig economy? Check out this step-by-step guide from HubSpot on how to kickstart a successful freelance career.

Working With Clients

What to Do When a New Client Questions the Strategy

Kidding.

While you may want to Force choke a client on occasion…

(we’ve all been there)

Client success can be boiled down to one thing:

Learning how to manage expectations.

It’s the bedrock that long-lasting relationships are built on.

Here are some tips to help you to do it better:

  • Be transparent about the process
  • Offer multiple options or strategies
  • Set deadlines with wiggle room
  • Overcommunicate
  • Avoid getting carried away with too much excitement or enthusiasm 

And if a client is eager to pursue their own strategy instead of the one you’ve suggested…

Make the potential risks clear.

Explain that it’s your job as the expert to speak up.

Then establish clear criteria to determine whether the strategy is successful or not.

If it pans out, they’ll appreciate you pushing forward despite disagreeing.

And if it doesn’t, they’ll respect your judgment for being right.

Win-win.


Working For Yourself

4 Ugly Truths About Being a Digital Nomad

The laptop lifestyle is what attracts a lot of people to freelancing and digital marketing.

But it’s not everything it’s cracked up to be.

Here are a few ugly truths about digital nomadism we’ve learned the hard way:

#1: Everyone else is in vacation mode

Working from exotic locations is tough.

Spending 8 hours a day glued to your laptop while everyone else is partying, sightseeing, and having fun isn’t exactly what most people have in mind when they board a plane overseas.

Temptations are everywhere.

Staying focused when you’re surrounded by distractions is less fun than it looks.

#2: You have to work odd hours

Having clients in the West means you might have to stay up until 12-1 AM to take calls and attend meetings.

This can be brutal.

If you’re an early to bed, early to rise kind of person, this will really jam up your normal rhythm.

Which leads us to…

#3: Routines are hard to maintain

As Jocko Willink says, discipline equals freedom.

But when you’re living overseas and often on the move, it’s hard to maintain structure.

You’re always on the lookout for good coffee shops, gyms, grocery stores, etc. near your new place.

Which sucks up more brainpower than you might think.

#4: Relationships are transient

You can meet lots of cool people while you’re traveling.

But it’s unlikely any of those new relationships will compare to the ones you have back home.

You can’t recreate that kind of depth in a week or a month.

Everyone’s headed in different directions, so nothing lasts.

Now this isn’t to say that it can’t work for some…

In fact, your newsletter writer spent a life-changing 8 months in Southeast Asia.

But the digital nomad lifestyle isn’t for everyone.

And since it’s always glamorized so much on social media…

We think it’s important to shine a spotlight on the not-so-sexy parts of it.


Tools We Love

Email Marketing For Dummies

As the publishers of a daily newsletter, email marketing is the foundation of our business.

And throughout our freelancing careers, we’ve had the opportunity to work with many of the biggest email service providers out there.

But the problem is…

Most of them have so many fancy bells and whistles that you need a PhD in computer science just to figure out how to make them do what you want.

That’s why we’re proud users of ConvertKit.

It’s simple, intuitive, and incredibly easy to use.

Because you *should* be able to collect emails, send out broadcasts, and set up simple automations without chat support.

So if you’re looking for a simple and cost-effective way to grow your online audience with email marketing…

Try ConvertKit for free today.


Gig Alert


Quote of the Day

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

— Albert Einstein


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