Issue #1

Editor’s Note

These weekly newsletters weren’t my idea, the first one I saw was by Peter Cooper, and he’s built a small empire of them himself. Credit, where credit is due. The one that got me hooked on the format and itching to start my own was Ruby Weekly. I know of at least 5 or 6 others in the tech space.

Please share this with your colleagues. I’m still working out the kinks, like when to deliver this, what day, format and formatting. If something looks funny or if I could do something better, let me know.

If you have a great story to share, send it to me at fw@thequeue.net (the fw is Freelancing Weekly and everything @thequeue.net comes to me).

Headlines

14 Q & A Sites Where Freelancers Can Shine

Laura at Freelance Folder compiles a list of Q&A sites you might want to frequent to get one or more of the following benefits; Branding, SEO, Traffic and Connections. I’d add reputation to the list, especially with community moderated sites like Stack Overflow and Quora where you can establish yourself as an expert among peers in your community.

Five Resources for Turning Vets into Entrepreneurs

There seems to be a lot of effort this Veteran’s Day (US Holiday) to help, from Veteran’s Hack Day sponsored by LinkedIn to articles like this one that outline incentives and programs to help get Vets in the workforce.

7 Reasons Freelance Writing Contracts Are About More Than Getting Paid

Contracts are one of those evergreen topics for Freelancers, especially if you hang out in a community that has new blood on a regular basis. In this article Anne talks about the other aspects of a contract, not just the bits about making sure you’re getting paid. A contract defines a working relationship, how you and your client are going to work together, what’s expected–and when–from each of you. She covers a lot of good topics, though mainly focused around writers.

How to write contracts – a discussion on Reddit’s /r/freelance

Getting Ready for Next Year–Now

Kristen Fischer reminds us that it’s never too early to be thinking about your business’ next year of life. Some people wait until the dead days of December, you know, that week between Christmas and New Years when everyone is on vacation and there’s no work to be done. As freelancers, certainly if you relate to the term, you probably here “work on your business, not just in your business” about once a month. Here’s another one.

If Kristen’s tips don’t apply, then start reviewing 2010. Look at the clients you had, the work you’ve done, the growth your business has had–or hasn’t–and figure out what things you want to stay the same and what things you’d like to do differently.

More systems stuff this week:

Watch profits soar when you automate these 5 design business tasks

An Optimized Development Workflow

5 Unusual questions that freelancers MUST ask their clients

Mike over at Guerrilla Freelancing talks about something most freelancers are, in my experience anyway, deathly afraid of: themselves. I don’t think these are unusual questions, maybe infrequently asked, but definitely great questions to help you grow your business and even get testimonials and referrals from clients that are happy with your work.

A Little Thank You Card Goes a Long Way

Since we’re talking about clients, let’s not forget to thank our customers, if for nothing us than being our customers. So thanks Amanda for the reminder. It doesn’t have to be a card. I picked up some of my favorite pens, Rotring Skynn Ballpoint, and they serve as great thank you’s as well as “bulky mail” that’s more likely to get noticed.

You’re a business of one, or very few, so you can take the time to add these personal touches. Your clients will remember you and appreciate you because of them.

Podcasts

7 Ways to Create an Email Marketing Snowball Effect

This weeks Copyblogger podcast has Ben Settle to talk about Email Marketing which is still one of the better methods of online marketing. Among other topics Ben and host Robert Bruce discuss how to build a responsive list, how unsubscribes actually build your list and how to write your email.

How to Speed Up Your Learning by Years, Plus an Exciting New SEO Tool with Rob Walling

I’m not sure how everyone feels about Ian and Dan, but it’s my newsletter so I get to decide who makes the cut. These guys have great energy and often talk about business topics that are just as useful for freelancers as the more “traditional” podcasts. This week they have Rob Walling, a software geek turned multi-business entrepreneur, discuss a few of his must read books and why you’d want to. Definitely give them a listen.

Jobs

12 Places to Find Freelance Writing Gigs

Susan Johnston at The Urban Muse but together a list of places to find Freelance Writing Gigs. She also has some advice on each of the sources to help you avoid a bad experience.

If you’d rather not have to visit all 12 of these sites one by one, you should really check out Freelance Funnel, it’s a service I built to take the headaches out of finding new leads. As a writer, you’ll want to check out the Freelance Writing Category.

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