All posts filed under: Entrepreneurship

How Do You Protect Yourself From Bad Clients

Originally posted on MiddleMe:
I am always talking about putting yourself out there, pushing yourself forward to meet your clients’ needs, while there are plenty of great clients out there, there are nasty ones as well, right down to scammers who would, without a blink of an eye, take your work and not pay you. Worst case, they blacklist you. To me, a loss of profits is a part of doing business, however, it is a matter of integrity and your precious time, effort and work that does not get the appreciation it deserves. So to all the freelancers out there, today I am going to run some tips on how to protect yourself. Use 3rd Party Platforms When you are communicating with your clients, unless you are a company, it is probably hard to pursue a lawsuit if your client decides not to pay you in the end. Using 3rd party platforms will protect you as they most likely adopt the escrow system where they will charge your client first and hold on to…

Being Shameless

Originally posted on Clueless 20 Something:
I am an aspiring painter. I am an aspiring entertainer. I am… not getting anywhere because I have no idea how to promote myself. Raised to never talk about my abilities to others (because “people will notice it themselves without you boasting.”),  broadcasting what I can do feels so counterintuitive, I change the topic before anyone understands what I’m trying to say. My timidity stems from the awareness that I am not the best. I fall within the range of pretty decent to good, but since I’m only good at best, I always worry that people will judge me for being proud of nothing that great. But now, after having perused numerous Instagram, DeviantArt, and YouTube pages, I’ve concluded that the most popular aren’t necessarily the best at what they do. They’re just the people who post the most content and are, in some cases, the most shameless. Frankly, I think much of the world has changed their definition of what boastful is. Unless you’re completely crappy with a mismatched…

Why Can’t I Social Media?

Originally posted on One Guy in Portland:
So obviously as part of the millennials I should be very proficient handling myself on all the little social sites. When in truth I have the skill on these sites equivalent to a stack of pancakes. I barely update status, tweeting is absurd to me and Instagram is still just a very fast measure of weight. I know how to use it and apply it towards businesses and how to advertise. Studied that and really learned how to get the hooks in in any possibly imagined. I just do not feel like using all of it for this blog. Doing advertising for this blog like I would a hardcore business position would just make it feel hollow. Over time I kinda learned I do not need people on here ever day I just want people to grow and I want to keep myself honest on my projects. Maybe, I can even do an opinion piece or tell a story. It has been slow as of late and as…

Everything You Need To Know To Write The Perfect Twitter Bio

Writing a good Twitter bio (and perfecting social media, itself ) is an art form. It’s taken myself many months of trial and error as well as extensive research. You have 160 characters and less than 60 milliseconds to sell yourself to strangers.The images shown are the current look of the Young & Twenty Twitter page. I hope they can prove to be of visual help. Stay tuned for more posts on what I’ve learned about Twitter but for now, take a look at the list I compiled of everything you need to know to write the perfect Twitter bio. 1. A Good Picture Your profile picture should be a photo that includes your face, or at the very least, your back, side or I’ve even once used my legs. There’s no denying that people relate better to humans and faces more than Internet graphics and pixelated logo’s, but it’s obviously not everyone’s intention to put their identity out there. If you insist on your keeping your anonymity, try creating a virtual character of yourself, or …