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The 10 Basic Rules of Freelancing

The 10 Basic Rules of Freelancing

Freelancing for Newbies   1.      Know Your Work 2.      Communicate   2 3.      Have Proof   2 4.      Schedule Your Work    2 5.      Know Your Limits   2 6.      Stay Informed    3 7.      Be Nice   3 8.      Put Yourself Out There   3 9.      Respect Deadlines   3 10.      Keep in Touch    3 Freelancing is working without the limitations of a contract binding you to one company. Freelancing allows you to work for diverse firms, getting to know diverse people and soak in different work cultures. It allows you to choose the projects you want to work on. A lot of people who work for one company (and I’m not dissing your 9-5) may eventually find out that they have been working on the same thing every day. A lot of 9-5ers (and this completely depends on where you work) find their work to become monotonous and they start to feel like they are not developing their abilities, because there are no new challenges. Freelancers do not have that problem. As a freelance

16 Working Girl Purse Essentials

16 Working Girl Purse Essentials

  My Secret to Always Being Ready First things first, if you’re Nigerian, this article is about your handbag. Purses are messy. They don’t start out like that, but one week after you’ve organised your purse, you can’t find a pen no matter what you do. It’s always the pen, always. This is quite normal, but if you are a boss girl like I like to think that I am, you can’t afford to have no pen in your bag. Working girls have real needs for their purses that exceed phone, money and lip gloss, even though we need those too. To start with, the size of the purse can’t be the size of your typical hermes bag. Your everyday purse has to have enough space to take in the important things without looking bulky. So, you better take your eyes off all those tiny purses that only have space for coins. Save them for the weekend, but if you’re like me, even the weekend needs an everything purse. In fact, I should call them the entrepreneur bags, or career purses, or executive purses? I’ll sort out t

The Best Freelancer Site of 2020

The Best Freelancer Site of 2020

 Right off the top of your head, what’s the biggest bother freelancers face. i.                      Too much to do for too little money and in too little time. ii.                    Freelancer sites skimming quite a lot off the top of the too little money. If you’re in Nigeria, like I am, you know that the top choice for a creative is freelancing, or day job + freelancing. Why? Because Nigerians are not known for their high reward system for creatives. After all, it’s just writing ¸ or just design, or just a website. It’s typical of agencies in Nigeria to pay creatives quite a little because we make it look so easy. Completely our faults. I have been a freelancer since college, using social media for advertising, negotiating and whatnot, but we all know how that goes. People have no trouble owing you for months or asking you to “do it for exposure.” In February 2020, I signed up to use freelancer sites, just two actually. The two are actually popular, and I was happy to be p

Increasing Capacity for Value in Business

Increasing Capacity for Value in Business

From Content Writing to Everything Content – The Words on Us evolution. I started out as a freelance content writer and copy editor, and when Words on Us became a company, it was a content writing company. Why? That was what I knew how to do, that was what I understood. It was going great, I had my clients, and a few people I could work with, and teach. However, I noticed that it wasn’t enough. My clients love my work, but it wasn’t enough. They needed more; they needed graphics for the content I was writing, they needed product photos, they needed animated videos and someone to put it all up on their page. They could get content written by me and then go somewhere else for everything else, but did they have to? The answer was simple. Rather than have them juggling several service providers, why not give them other stuff they need? So, I learned how to use Canva , and I added basic graphic design to the services, and social media management as well. But still, I was a writer,

Tiny Words Matter - Why You Should Pay for Microcopy

Tiny Words Matter - Why You Should Pay for Microcopy

Error codes are frustrating. Good microcopy means you can smile when you see them. Error codes: everyone hates them. they keep you away from the information you’re looking for, and they make you want to fold your fingers into a firm fist, and put a hole in your laptop, but you can’t, because it cost a lot of money, and you’re really not that emotional.  Do you know what makes most error codes so frustrating? The fact that half of them just say you can’t get in, and they don’t tell you what you need to do to get in. Like bouncers at a night club or the security guy at the supermarket entrance that doesn’t tell you to go get a facemask, but instead picks you up and throws you in a dumpster. I’m sure that happens. Error codes have been the blight of the internet for many, many years, and the problem is not with their existence, because errors happen. The problem is with their format. However, thanks to the evolution of man and the creativity of a few, UX teams have begun to consider

Employee Experience: A Key to Organisational Success

Employee Experience: A Key to Organisational Success

Shep Hyken said, “A brand is defined by the customer’s experience. The experience is delivered by the employees.” To this, I would like to add that employees deliver the same experience delivered to them . Over the years, for a really, really long time, customer experience has been at the base of organisational operations. Employees were mandated to do “whatever it takes” to make the customer happy. This looked like a great way to go then, but then the world of human resources came to the discovery that customers are treated better when the people attending to them feel valued. For this reason, in recent times, the way of work has changed. Employee experience is the perception a person has about his or her employment in an organisation. It is the totality of the encounters that the employee has with the company from the moment they come across the vacancy ad to the day they resign or retire. There are two major misconceptions of employee experience across organisations, and one

Why can't we all just get along?

Why can't we all just get along?

Why can't we all just get along? Do we really have to revenge every slight?  Must we take it so much to heart and pass it on to ages?  Why do we not let it slide?  Why can't we all just get along?  If Peter steps on John's foot does John really have to pick up a gun and shoot off Peter's toe?  Sue doesn't really like Steve, why won't she let Mary have him? Why can't we all just get along?  Does Ted deserve to die because unlike Bob he doesn't believe cucumbers are fruits?  Do you really need all the sand on the beach for your oversized sandcastle?  Why can't we all have our average sized castles?  Why can't we all just get along?  Stereotypes are wrong  Lions can be vegetarians Fart does not always stink Why can't we all just get along?  I know a son of the East that will not sell his neighbour's land  I've been shown great kindness by a man from the north A man of the south once had ever

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