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Do you spend lots of time on a website for your freelance company?

In my experience, a website will - in itself - give you nothing. Clients are only found by actively seeking them. When you have lots of face time with a potential client, a website should make no ...
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Dealing with a customer that was satisfied with your services but is mad about the price

Neoflash, If a customer's #1 motivation is to get a service done as cheaply as possible, then you can't fix that whether you are at the pre-service stage, performing the service, or done with it. ...
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How to find someone to handle customer/commercial relationships on my behalf? (I'm a programmer)

So much to address here... First off, NO. You don't need a PR person on full-time to help you. You need to deal with your own situation before you bring more people in. Freelancing should make you ...
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Dealing with a customer that was satisfied with your services but is mad about the price

Personal opinion... don't engage too much. If the relationship is damaged, then it's damaged. Get paid and move on. Too much discussion will only inflame issues. In addition, any reduction not cited ...
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Do you spend lots of time on a website for your freelance company?

Since now I was very rarely contacted by clients that found me from my website, and consider that I am online with my website since 1996, each 1-2 years I renewed it making it tecnically and ...
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How to get Fiverr jobs at the beginning

As a beginner, try to keep your prices low, but not so low that it gives off an image of low quality. Add all the keywords that are relevant to your services. Also, along with keeping your images and ...
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Bidding for a new skill (without any history)

Don't be a guy with no projects. Projects don't have to be paid ones. Have you created projects during the learning phase? You must have had so put those into portfolio. Also create a few more ...
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Can I use logos of companies I have worked for, directly & indirectly, on my website?

No logos. Putting someone's logo on your site without permission can be seen to imply endorsement by that company. You can end up in hot water. If in doubt, get permission.
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Can I use logos of companies I have worked for, directly & indirectly, on my website?

It's always safer to ask, right? But if you want our opinion, then: Yes, you can use it. Just be professional there as well. Do not give project names or project specifications, but rather only ...
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How to monetize a "Free" App without advertising

If you release a good free app with no advertisements, the person/service that is actually being advertised is the app's creator. If you do a really good/useful app and give it away for free (...
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How to manage my client's Facebook ads?

Facebook actually allows you to set up a Business Manager account for the express purpose of managing pages and ads for yourself and for clients without needing personal page access. I just discovered ...
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How can I approach US clients with web development work?

Skype It doesn't matter if you can't have personal meetings with them. Clients love to be able to do Skype meetings if you don't mind using it. You simply need to make it very clear that you're ...
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How to Market a New IT Services Business?

From your position is best not waste too much time asking what big companies will do. You don't have neither the influence nor the financial power to penetrate the market by means of big PR campaigns ...
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Social media strategy for self-employed business-to-consumer branding

I think the first question to ask yourself is "how much time am I ready to spend managing my social web presence? This should already narrow down how many platforms you should tackle in working on ...
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Can I use logos of companies I have worked for, directly & indirectly, on my website?

IANAL, so I cannot give you advice. I can only tell you how I would use a trademark on a web page of my own design. First, I referred to Wikipedia and found a description of Nominative Use in a ...
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Do you spend lots of time on a website for your freelance company?

Just my experience, but here's what a web site actually does for you in most instances: It will lend credibility to you (or your company) if it is not too generic. If the site looks like a template ...
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Can I use logos of companies I have worked for, directly & indirectly, on my website?

In the litigious environment we operate in today I would be very careful to use a logo of a firm on your website. I agree with Brian K Haney's discussion with nominative use above. Going forward, as ...
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Do you spend lots of time on a website for your freelance company?

Your website is only crucial, but a single component of your clients' the overall buying journey. Here's what your client's journey should look like: They hear about you from a previous client of ...
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What's the best cold call pitch for a freelancing software engineer?

I try to keep things quick, to the point, and professional - saves everyone time. I've never written down a script since each project/company can vary a lot, but something along the lines of: "Hi, ...
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Is it possible to earn $200 a month by freelancing?

Propose your translation services (only to your mother tongue) for 10$ an hour. You should be able to find 20 hours of work per month. Possibly typing, but I would expect the fees to be lower, as ...
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Does email domain affect the chances of getting clients?

If you're not in the position to buy a domain (most available for under $15/yr), then you may need to look at other options. For the longest time, I used firstlast@gmail.com, and clients didn't seem ...
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Advertise through email

Have you ever, for any reason, answered a marketing/sales email from a sender you did not personally recognize? I get about 6-10 of the, "Hi, I'm a web developer that can improve your site" emails ...
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Advertise through email

If you really can create something and then sell it, and you need to convince others that you can do it well, it's much better to really create something and show the world what you've got. No need to ...
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Advertise through email

Cold calling is hard work. I have had some success emailing potential clients by: making it clear I am a web developer in the same geographic area describing a specific (non-trivial) problem with ...
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From a company/manager's perspective, what are the advantages of hiring a consultant over a FTE?

To answer the question, you have to consider beyond the headline cost... With an employee, as well as the salary, you have to factor in (depending on the jurisdiction): Additional payroll taxes Other ...
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Where can I find examples of a great "cold call" email for freelancing?

Cold calling and cold mailing are both rather sub-par ways to get clients. Ideally you first prove yourself in your niche/market/area so that people have heard of you and then they approach you and ...
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Looking for clients while rebranding my company?

Use the company name your considering, its an effective strategy to determine if you like the new brand in action. Provided that the service or product is satisfactory, customer base ought to hold ...
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How to monetize a "Free" App without advertising

Apps and services like dropbox are not actually free but freemium: free Apps designed to fall short as soon as you start to use them seriously, forcing you to upgrade to the paid version. The free ...
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How to find someone to handle customer/commercial relationships on my behalf? (I'm a programmer)

What Canadian Luke said! Plus, I would add: Never give a price or time estimate when speaking with the client. Just like me, you are too weak for this right now! Rather, practice this on family ...
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How can I reposition myself as Back-end Developer coming from Front-end Web dev?

As a full-stack developer myself with an emphasis in backend development and the owner of a small web development studio, I wouldn't hire you for back-end work. You're not a back-end developer, yet. ...
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