đź’° Trillion dollar trend

Happy Friday! Today’s a great day to finish out the week on a high note 💪

Here’s what’s happening in the world of freelancing…

Freelance Economy News

  • Ecommerce sales projected to hit 1 trillion this year. It’s a big milestone. But one that comes with an asterisk — Adobe says $27 billion of it will be due to inflation.
  • Now is a good time to start a business. The number of people who applied for small business licenses in the US last year jumped by 53%. Probably because more and more people are finding out just how much you can do with technology, remote work, and a few digital freelancers 🙌

  • Perks of working from home: no “lunchflation.” Workers returning to the office are struggling with sticker shock. Latest data from Square reveals typical lunch meals like salads and sandwiches are up anywhere from 11 to 18% due to inflation.

Working With Clients

The Fastest Way to Get Clients When You’re Brand New

If you’re a new freelancer looking to land clients…

You basically have two choices:

Go fishing in the equivalent of the Atlantic Ocean by trying to persuade any and every business owner out there to hire you…

Or go to a local pond where the density of fish is much higher.

Where do you think your chances are better?

The local pond, of course.

And that’s exactly what freelancing platforms are.

Places like Upwork and Fiverr are where you can find paying clients looking to hire right now.

It’s about as close as it gets to having the fish literally jump right out of the water and hit you in the kisser, like the unsuspecting guy above.

So if you’re just getting started…

Don’t waste your time messaging random strangers on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Focus on freelancing platforms instead.

Plus, if you refer one person to the newsletter, we’ll send you a free fill-in-the-blanks Upwork job proposal template. More details on below 👇

Working For Yourself

It’s Not a Magic Spell, But it Might Be the Next Best Thing

When the kitchen, the couch, and the TV are all just a few steps away…

Or the hustle and bustle of the coffee shop rises up to the level of a dull roar…

It can be tough to focus on work sometimes.

That’s why listening to non-lyrical music can help you put the blinders on, drown out distractions, and get sh*t done.

Some of our favorites include:

  • Lo-fi
  • Chillwave
  • Binaural beats
  • Atmospheric sounds

Experiment with each and see what works best for you.

If you’re into electronic music, check out Odysseus’s channel on YouTube

From The Copywriting Gig

Activate These 4 Buying Triggers to Make More Sales

Want to learn a simple trick to sell more stuff?

When it comes to buying decisions, human psychology isn’t as complicated as you think.

If you can position your offer as…

  • New
  • Fast
  • Cheap
  • Easy

… then you’ll have no trouble making the cash register ring off the hook.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re selling lawn mowers or light bulbs…

Because we’re hardwired to want things that check all four boxes.

Tools We Love

Your To-Do List On Adderall

We love a good pen and paper to-do list.

But when you’re juggling multiple projects with multiple clients…

Keeping track of deadlines and deliverables can leave you feeling like you’ve got Google Docs coming out your eyeballs.

That’s where Asana comes in.

It’s a simple and intuitive project management tool that allows you to communicate and collaborate quickly and easily.

You can organize and assign tasks, upload files, categorize by project or stage of completion, streamline your workflows, and a whole lot more.

Best part is, you don’t need a computer science degree to figure out how it works.

Create your free account and start getting more stuff done today.

Quote of the Day

“Dear optimist, pessimist, and realist: While you guys were busy arguing about the glass of wine, I drank it! Sincerely, the opportunist!” — Lori Greiner