3 Ways To Rock Your Freelance Business In 2015

#FREELANCETIP It’s awesome to be in business for yourself except, of course, when you are feeling the pinch of low cashflow. To help you avoid eating Ramen noodles for breakfast, lunch and dinner here are three quick things you can do to set yourself up for freelance success in 2015.

Tweak Your Service and/or Market

Have you become everything to everyone? Stop! It might not seem like it but it’s killing your sales. You can easily and quickly boost sales by getting really niche or hone in on very specific target market.

Don’t Stop Marketing

All is well when you have plenty of work. But what happens when the pipeline becomes dry? Besides freaking out you have to get out there and market. I say never stop marketing. Leads should be coming in all the time. I like to use Facebook Ads set on a low budget per day to bring in the leads without me thinking about it. But first, you have to have a system set up.

Create an irresistible lead magnet and sales funnel. Then your leads will filter through your autoresponder series effortlessly and when it’s time to make an offer you will have a targeted list to make one too.

Collaborate

This will help you with marketing. Team up with people who have a similar audience as you and create a joint venture of sorts. For example, if you are a web designer collaborate with a copywriter. This way you can give each other work as well as leads. That’s working smarter.

Bonus Tip: Never stop working on your own projects. Freelancers have a huge opportunity to teach their skills. This can lead to more passive income in 2015.

What will you do to rock your freelance biz in 2015? Let me know in the comments below.

New to Freelancing? Here are five Freelance business ideas (plus you can get 40 more at the bottom of the page).

5 Freelance Business Ideas To Start Up

freelance services Are you looking to start up your own freelance business in 2015? Well there is NO better time than now! If set up correctly a freelance business is a GREAT way to earn cash doing what you love. Plus you get to help others and work your own schedule.

I recommend starting off with a niche service. What’s a niche service? It’s a small, focused service that you can provide to a targeted market. Instead of creating a huge boutique of services you instead focus on one important task that you can do extremely well. Of course, you can always add on services later. But for now just focus on ONE primary service and dominate.

Here are five niche service ideas to get you brainstorming.

Set Up Or Edit Amazon Product Listings or Create/Edit Etsy Listings

I know people who HATE setting up product listing for products sold on Amazon and Etsy. You can be their savior and do it for them!

Bookkeeping Service For Freelancers

Bookkeeping sucks for most freelancers! While there are many web based tools and apps to help nothing beats an expert in this area.

Billing Service For Entrepreneurs

I don’t recommend that freelancers get paid after they do the work (in most cases) BUT there are many freelancers that work this way. So this would be a great service to provide to small businesses who need their payments like yesterday.

Create And Schedule Content For Facebook Posts

If you love creating content this service will help many entrepreneur save time. Most businesses have a Facebook page and many of them are not updated on a regular basis which looks bad! You can step in and be the hero by curating content and keeping the page updated.

Teach Your Specialty on Udemy

Teaching is empowering people with the knowledge they need. What skills do you have that others want to know about? You can teach this skill on Udemy.

Want more ideas? I got 40 more here!

2015 Planning And What I’m Going To Do

2015 goals (1)There is no greater time than around the end of the year to start looking over the past year to see what improvements you can make to your business and even take it to the next level.

Throughout the year I always find myself in a maze of doing waaaay too much. This always leaves me feeling burned out. It also leaves me with little results (I get results just not what I want). Can you relate?

So what are your goals for 2015? What do you want to make happen that didn’t happen in 2014?

Now is the time to assess and look at what you learned over 2014. What did you do that was amazing? What did you do that completely sucked? Embrace it all and take what you learned into 2015.

Now what are you going to do differently or better in 2015?

You can wipe the slate clean and do anything you want in 2015. Or you can continue what your doing and triple your business revenue. It’s all up to you.

Here are a few things I’m going to do:

  1. Hire a coach. Must find the right one for me.
  2. Focus on just two to three project for the year.
  3. Go on at least two family vacations.
  4. Go to events!!!!!
  5. Ultimately – I WILL work less and make more…that’s the major goal for 2015

I’ve said it before and I even I need to embrace it fully…when it comes to business planning less is more.

 Try it and let me know how it goes for you.

What are focusing on in the new year? How will you make it happen? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

Brainstorming Recurring Income (a.k.a Membership Sites) + My Experience

Recurring (1)We all go through ups and downs in business and boy have I had my fair share of ups and downs over the past several years! One thing I miss very much in my biz is having recurring income. I’ve run my business with and without it and I can say for certain now that while there are many pros and cons to membership sites I totally vote for having it in my biz.

Recurring income helps stabilize your business in a way selling one off products or services just cannot do. If you want a little more stability in your biz then read on below to brainstorm ways you can make it happen.

fm 2015 will find me creating more recurring income and I’m happy to report that I’ve already started (why wait right?)! I launched Content For Moms this week and also launched the first content club called Fitness For Moms. If you want to create recurring income then here is what I did to get the ball rolling and what you can do to get started:

Step 1: Take a look at what you are doing now and see if there is anything you can do on a monthly basis.  In my case, I already provide PLR content at PLRalacarte so it makes sense that I could create content on a monthly  basis (plus I’ve done it before and know others that do it successfully as well).

Next, take a look at your market and see what people buy on a regular basis. This can give you a big hint as to what you could create.

Also take a look outside of your market and see what others are doing. Think about how you can differentiate yourself. What you can you do better or differently than others? How can you give your customers more value. In my example, there are other people who have health and fitness related content clubs so one way I differentiated myself is to simply create fitness content geared towards moms.

Check out my post on four different types of membership ideas so you can see what type of membership you can come up with.

Action Step: Decide what type of membership you could provide, who you will target with your membership and how you will differentiate yourself from others.

Step 2: Setting up your membership site. This can be as hard or easy as you make it. For me I was looking for a simple and fast set up. So I chose to use an affiliate platform called JVZoo.com. I have to set up the sales, upsell and download pages and add their button to my pages. I then can have my affiliates sign up and promote my membership for INSTANT commissions. I love this because I don’t have to bother with paying out affiliates each month. Instead at the time of the sale I get paid and so do they.

The only downfall to using JVZoo instead of using a membership plugin is that it is not as secured if you are using the sales funnel option. With membership plugins, members have to log in to access certain pages. I mostly went this route in the beginning because of the affiliate option which you may or may not care about. In the PLR world, affiliates are very important to business success. But if you do not care about having affiliates promote your membership right away then the easiest way to get started is to set up a WordPress site with an membership plugin like WishList or one of my favorites aMember.

Action Step: Set up your sales page, upsell, download, and affiliate pages (amongst all the other important pages).

Step 3: What will your price be? This really depends on a lot of factors. Don’t get stuck here…just pick a price or give 3 different options and go from there. You can always test out different prices.

Action Step: Decide on your pricing and get on with it!

Step 4: Launch it. Let everyone know about it. This is something you have to continue to do so don’t just promote it for a day and then quit.

Action Step: Promote, promote, promote!

Now that I have my first content club all set up and launched I just have to focus on creating content and getting more members – and of course launching my next content club! I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

So let me know..are you going to set up a membership site in 2015? Let me know what questions you have about this topic!

Creating a Niche Service – Part 3

This is part three in the series Creating a Niche Service. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Well the Thanksgiving holiday took away most of my momentum unfortunately. But prior to my little break I was getting a lot of great feedback about the niche service. Many people thought it was a great idea. I started letting people know in various Facebook groups and I got my first sale within the first day or two of having my website up. It was a calendar job and the client was very happy with the end result. She let others know about it and she sent another client my way. Woohoo!

calendar

I also offered to do some free work so I could get more practice and more testimonials. I am still working on that. The most important thing I need to do right now is put up before and after pictures. I have to make sure people can see the difference in the after pic. That’s the best way I know how to demonstrate that I can do the job.

So from this point on it’s all about marketing. It’s easy to set up a service and get it going. The hard part is continuing to promote it and get the word out.

This is what I’ll be focusing on through networking and getting referrals.

I’d love to know how your niche service is coming along! Let me know in the comments below!