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All Work, No Pay

All Work, No Pay

By Baz Baruah at ClientRobot
A show for freelancers, consultants and business owners.

Real questions, answered by real experts.

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What is up with potential clients just ignoring you after you send a proposal?
I’m a web dev, and this trend has been increasing for a while now. You send a quote and don’t hear anything back, most of the time you don’t even hear a “sorry, too expensive” or “sorry, we went with someone else”. Just radio silence. Everything goes good and communication is flowing, and then you send the proposal and never hear back. It shouldn't be like that. Getting ghosted by the people who need your help. Wouldn't it be great if there was a better way, to build that connection, to show the client that you're the person for them. Rather than just chucking a proposal over the wall and seeing if it hits the mark. Social media nerd and ethical sales enthusiast Ems Rae Searle talks about why proposals are out of date and on the more modern way to build a connection with your potential clients. If you'd like to get in touch with Ems then she's on Instagram as https://www.instagram.com/emsraesearle/ or at https://emsraesearle.com
22:26
December 4, 2020
Is this a difficult client or is it just me?
I'm working on a website with a client who is increasingly difficult and I'm trying to figure out how to best mitigate the situation. I was brought on to do a couple of tasks and he wanted to get the site out in a couple of days. He said his other designer was busy and not available, which I thought was a red flag. The site was not well designed, mostly by him, and I made some suggestions on how to present the information better and to add information. At first he was very dismissive of what I had to say and lectured me on how I didn't understand his project and what I suggested was out of line. Your client has hired you because you're an expert. They need your help, they trust your judgement, they see you as a consultant, an advisor. Not just the hired help. Or do they? On "All Work, No Pay", Nathan Thomas from Coded4 discusses difficult clients and how to deal with them, especially when they keep changing the brief and moving the goal posts. If you're looking for a fast, effective website, contact Nathan at nathan@coded4.com
15:45
November 27, 2020
Is freelancing just a phase or is it here to stay?
They say that to be a successful freelancer you need to develop resilience, versatility and agility to succeed. You need to be comfortable selling yourself, marketing your services, PR and knowing your way around accounts. As the saying goes to make it as a freelancer you "need to wear multiple hats". Matthew Warters talks about the future of freelancing and the skills you need to make a success of it. As an accountant, he knows what it takes to get your finances in order, but there's a whole lot more to it than that. Get in touch with Matthew at https://www.wartersco.com and knock your business accounts into shape.
13:29
November 20, 2020
What are your best strategies for balancing productivity and free time?
I started freelancing for the first time ever in May. I'm an illustrator / graphic designer. I've always had trouble managing my time when I am left to my own devices like this and it's been kind of a mess. I seem to only have two modes - "panic and work like hell" and "sit around wasting time". We dream of flexibility to choose our own hours. We dream of the freedom to work the best way, without stupid management edicts that just get in our way. And maybe, just maybe, bringing in that extra bit of money to keep us in a better lifestyle than the one we have now. Financial adviser Naz Ghadamian talks about her strategies for ensuring that her work/life balance remains exactly where it needs to be. How she makes sure she gets everything done on time and how she switches off at the end of the day. Because it's really easy to get caught into a cycle of constantly working, burning yourself out and then falling behind. To get your finances in order, contact Naz on 07724 172089,naz.ghadamian@sjpp.co.uk or on LinkedIn at. linkedin.com/in/naz-ghadamian And if you'd like to get your business working for you, get simple, bite-sized actions delivered straight to your inbox at clientrobot.com/allworknopay
15:10
November 13, 2020
Dreaming of jumping into my side-business full time
"So my day job, beats me down emotionally. I hate being there and I feel like everyday is a day wasted when I'm at work. I've felt this way for a long time. " There comes a time where you have to take the leap. To move from employee, with no control over your day to day life, to business owner, with all the risks and challenges - and rewards - that that brings. Anna Short gives you the full Oldham on making that leap, on what to do about family and friends who aren't supportive, and how to prepare yourself for the rollercoaster ride ahead. You can get in touch with Anna via Linked https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-short-boomarketing and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BooMarketing.co.uk/ and if you'd like to join in on Fix it Friday (a weekly Q&A where I fix your business problems) and the Daily Update (with actionable business tips) then head over to https://clientrobot.com/allworknopay
13:30
November 6, 2020
How do I build an audience and support for my online business?
If you've been building your business up for a while, you've been posting consistently, you've been engaging with others and still getting no success, what do you do to actually grow your audience? I'm joined by Anna Short from Boo Marketing and we give you a plan for getting the support your business needs. You can get in touch with Anna via Linked https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-short-boomarketing and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BooMarketing.co.uk/ and if you'd like to join in on Fix it Friday (a weekly Q&A where I fix your business problems) and the Daily Update (with actionable business tips) then head over to https://clientrobot.com/allworknopay
12:51
October 30, 2020
Is Four Grand enough to start a business?
For today's show I'm joined by Matthew Warters, from Warters & Co Accountants. We talk about setting up your new business - and how much money you need to get started. In particular, is £4000 enough? If you'd like to find out more, contact Matt at https://www.wartersco.com/ and if you'd like to get simple, no-nonsense tips delivered directly to your inbox every day, sign up at https://clientrobot.com/allworknopay
15:19
October 23, 2020
How do you develop effective communication as a freelancer?
Becoming a freelancer is about a whole lot more than just being good at your job. You need to know money, you need to know marketing, you need to know sales. But more than anything, you need to be good at communicating. Financial adviser Naz Ghadamian tells us the strategies that she uses before and during client meetings to make sure that her communication stays on point. To get your finances in order, contact Naz on 07724 172089, naz.ghadamian@sjpp.co.uk or on LinkedIn at http://linkedin.com/in/naz-ghadamian And if you'd like to get your business working for you, get simple, bite-sized actions delivered straight to your inbox at https://clientrobot.com/allworknopay
19:46
October 16, 2020