When You Lose Sleep Over Freelance Frustrations, Do This

When You Lose Sleep Over Freelance Frustrations, Do This

{Virtual Work Opportunities for the week of June 11th….scroll down…. but we’d love for you to read our advice on how to land these great opportunities first!}

I was laying in bed last night past midnight.  Not asleep.  This is so rare for me.  I’m a hard sleeper.  But, I treated myself to a Sunday afternoon nap and therefore…. the mind was still raring to go.

Here’s the dark side of freelance work that isn’t talked about enough.

Recently I’ve spent good time with prospects on strategy / get to know you calls only to not get the contract.  They seemed all in and even gave me the start date but then, crickets.

I’ve also had clients really draaaaaaaaagggg out work, getting contracts started, etc.  So contracts I thought would end in May, are still open in June.  (and I was nice about it and let them….because, well, that’s good business sometimes.)  That means….May revenue wasn’t what I expected it to be.

Frustrating right?  But that’s the reality of freelance work and it happens to all of us (but isn’t a reason to NOT do it ok?  Your day job could drop you in a hot second with no severance pay as well.)

So at midnight I jumped onto Upwork to reply to a couple messages from prospects who sought me out and asked me to interview for their projects (nice, huh?  the right stuff in your profile and that happens!)

Just a few minutes browsing on Upwork and FlexJobs and my fears were gone.

In fact, I had to force myself to sleep and wait until morning to get up and reach out to those prospects.  The work is out there.   Are you finding flaky clients and prospects in one niche?  Try another.

Secret Insider Tip:

I’ll go on a limb and say most people running those really fun looking online businesses are really struggling to be profitable themselves and can’t get organized enough to even task a team.  I know this because often I’m in that uber-busy place where I want to give my VAs more work but literally can’t find the time in the day to prep it.  So if your vision is working with all these cool mompreneur biz chix boss mom types, perhaps expanding a bit and finding more stable work will let your business establish better first?  Shared with love.  From one overwhelmed freelancer to another.

Check out our favorite opportunities this week.  Where we try to avoid slow, flaky prospects and point you to the best opportunities out there.

This week we found lots of stuff for experienced virtual pro’s at good rates!


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Week of June 11th

{These virtual work opportunities are pulled from various sources around the web each week.  Some are free listings and some require a membership to sites such as FlexJobs or HireMyMomIf you want the best clients, long term business and the highest rates, we suggest using these sites over free Facebook groups.  To learn how to refine your search for the highest dollar virtual work opportunities, try our fast class.}

Part-Time Personal/VA

Have experience? This E-commerce + Local Design Remodel Biz is seeking a digitally savvy personal assistant/VA with experience in social media and email marketing. (Do you understand growth hacking? – BONUS!)

Copywriter Project with Details Ready for You

Ready-made project for a copywriter: Entrepreneur with multiple online products in real estate is seeking a copywriter to provide the copy for email campaigns. Scripts from webinars and sales copy can be used top in into an email sequence.

Favorite Online Expert Needs Your Video Editing Talents

Hot! Hot! Hot! One of the top talents in online marketing needs your fancy video editing skills. Rachel Miller over at Moolah Marketing has this position posted on HireMyMom. Experience in Adobe Premier, Audition and Filmora is preferred.

Part-Time Client Care + Team Support VA

This is the kind of detailed job description that shows you the kind of professional you’re going to work with – but in that exciting online marketing space! Only 5 – 7 hours/week to start but the right person will surely grow here. Client care and website and funnel and email updates (with all the alphabet soup of online marketing tools thrown in). I was also impressed with the realistic initial salary request.

Part-Time, Remote Digital Copywriter

Want stable copywriting work? This Digital Marketing Agency is seeking a part-time, remote digital copywriter. Responsibilities include writing, editing blogs, social media updates for clients in various industries, write monthly social calendars, email newsletters and promo content.
Finding Remote Work in Summertime Work Flow

Finding Remote Work in Summertime Work Flow

{Virtual Work Opportunities for the week of June 5th….scroll down…. but we’d love for you to read our advice on how to land these great opportunities first!}

It’s full on summertime for me this week!  Graduation festivities and college orientation are behind us.  One child is off to the first week of summer camp.  Others are occupied with work and activities.  I’ve got a “normal” summer week ahead of me and I’m starting to feel adapted to the work-from-home-summer-life…. which is quite interruptive and different from the work-from-home-while-at-school-life.

Ways I Adapt to the Work-From-Home Summer Schedule:

(with kids ages 18, 15, 13 and 11)

  • I work earlier for uninterrupted time.  Like 6 am – 9 am for example
  • We review the schedule each week so they know when I have client meetings / video recordings
  • Everyone has their own goals to work towards.  So the day isn’t all structured like school but they have a menu of things to pick from in a self-directed way.  Do something active.  Do something helpful.  Learn something, etc.
  • I change up my schedule with clients – which they generally love too – so we can still accomplish our goals but on a more summer-friendly schedule.  Changing things up like this freshens our outlook which is a bonus as well.
  • I add a fun “summertime thinking” project to my work.  Usually a writing or creation project of some sort I can chew on while sitting at the pool, on road trips or on vacation.

Now here are some fun facts about the the virtual work opportunities we love this week:

It’s a small {internet} world after all:  One of these gems of a position I found on Hire My Mom is from someone I crossed paths with in the internet world at a conference 6 years ago.  And they are doing so well with their online business.   Get out and get to conferences occasionally.  It’s a smaller world in the online business space than you may realize.

Feel Good work is out there:  Autism and Red Cross?  So many tell me they want to work for a non-profit.  Organizations like this are beginning to see the value and benefits of working with remote talent.  If this is what you want, go looking specifically for the companies you want to work for, then research their work-from-home potentials.

One, steady, PT or FT client is a good option for some:  Don’t want to build a whole portfolio of freelance clients?  You don’t have to!  For some people, in some seasons, one solid client is sufficient, enjoyable and effective.  It’s not a competition.  You are designing the right freelance business for you.

Let’s Start Summer With These VWO’s

{These virtual work opportunities are pulled from various sources around the web each week.  Some are free listings and some require a membership to sites such as FlexJobs or HireMyMomIf you want the best clients, long term business and the highest rates, we suggest using these sites over free Facebook groups.  To learn how to refine your search for the highest dollar virtual work opportunities, try our fast class.}

Copywriter for Autism Products Company

Feel good business….low on details on the job description but job posting indicates an awareness of the caliber of talent needed. They want a “Copywriter needed to identify a brand voice for a company geared for children with Autism. Needing to translate the brand voice into web copy & writing on the packaging.”

PT Customer Service For Digestive Wellness Company

The online world is actually quite small. When we came across this job posting, I was like “hey! I know these guys from back in 2012 when they were just getting started! Crazy!” They are good guys with a great, important mission. And, I can tell they’ve been around the block in the Virtual Professional space as well when their job posting says “Is extremely dependable… not the “This usually doesn’t happen, but it happened again” type.” Right? You guys I PREACH without apology to be a professional. To show up. You have the flexibility of work from home but that doesn’t mean constant interruptions are accepted. You need to stay professional and focused on the work.
So these guys are seeking a Customer Support VA, and I’m not surprised due to the success and professionalism with which they run their business.

Virtual Executive Assistant

Leading private Virtual Assistant firm is looking for an executive assistant who specializes in supporting senior level management clients. Ideal candidate will be “tech savvy” (examples given are Asana, Google Docs, CRM’s, Evernote – so they aren’t asking you to program but just know your way around a computer or be willing to learn) They ask: “Are you a life-long learner who thrives on educating yourself on new tools?” I love this question. It shows they are wise and open to training up the right candidate. Great position for someone breaking out of their day job!

PT Social Media Strategies & Brand Storyteller

Social Media done right. With professionalism and high amounts of creativity. I like this opportunity for a couple of reasons. First, you are working for an agency…which can be a pro or a con depending on your business goals. But if you don’t like the prospecting and selling part, this is done for you. Secondly, I can tell this agency has a well thought out job description and pays for experience (they aren’t just trying to get away cheap. Because you can’t in this creative space.)

Brand Market Expert for the American Red Cross

Here it is! Feel GOOD about the work you do. American Red Cross is seeking a brand-marketing expert to support the Talent Acquisition Team in focusing on employment branding. Social media campaigns and platform experience strongly preferred. This is a professional remote position with long term stability. Go for it!
Make It A Work-From-Home Summer

Make It A Work-From-Home Summer

{Virtual Work Opportunities for the week of May 28th….scroll down…. but we’d love for you to read our advice on how to land these great opportunities first!}

 

 

The worst working-mom day ever for me was the first day of summer.  Everyone else would sleep in while I left early, dressed in stuffy clothes and watched as my babysitter, husband or neighbor shared photos of all the summer fun.

Not only was I missing my own healthy dose of sunshine stuck in that corporate air conditioning, I was using up all my best energy in the office and coming home spent and exhausted.

This. Is. Motivation.   Can this be the last summer you ever have to spend in an office?

You guys.  Working in the sunshine is the best ever!

Breaking up my work day to match my kids summer schedule….priceless.

So I put together this free training to capitalize on that momentum as we kick off summer.

How to build your mom-life-friendly professional work-from-home business this summer.

It’s not MLM or direct sales. You can use the skills you already have. Organization. Computer skills. Customer Service. Writing. Design.

It seems easy! So what you are missing to make this happen?

1. Where are these jobs?
2. What are my marketable skills and how do I present them?
3. What about all those “scary business steps”? (Hint: There aren’t any. This is really simple.)

I’ve taught customer service reps how to become freelance professionals. And I’ve shown well-paid corporate professionals, how to transition into more interesting and meaningful clients using their talents from home as freelancers.

This show is a special Memorial Day edition. It will boost your end of the 3 day weekend spirit with a plan and a path to move into PROFESSIONAL work-from-home life.  Watch it here.(even if the 3 day weekend has passed)

 

Lead in title for this week’s VWO’s

{These virtual work opportunities are pulled from various sources around the web each week.  Some are free listings and some require a membership to sites such as FlexJobs or HireMyMomIf you want the best clients, long term business and the highest rates, we suggest using these sites over free Facebook groups.  To learn how to refine your search for the highest dollar virtual work opportunities, try our fast class.}

Long-Term VA for Luxury Real Estate Company

 

Luxury Real Estate Company in Aspen is looking for a perfectionist with attention to detail, an eye for design and is good with words. An entrepreneur is seeking a long-term VA for tasks such as copywriting, proofing marketing materials and drafting emails. Since looking at high-end real estate is a fun past time of mine, this sounds FUN!

Content & Social Media Specialist for Start-up

I love the way they word this: “looking for a prolific and talented content creator to write and produce various projects and blog regularly”
This well thought out and detailed job description from this award-winning startup is a great opportunity to work with a company with momentum. FYI, they mention project management skills. Smart cookies.

PT Social Media Manager for Health & Nutrition Blogger

 

Are you a health & nutrition guru? This Social Media Manager position could be ideal for you. Big request…lots of platforms, content development, campaign management and more.

PT Branding-Product Manager for High-End Home Product Retailer

High-End kitchen / home / baby / pet product retailer is seeking a brand and product manager to play a “conductor” coordinating various marketing materials with a team that includes graphic designers, copywriters, photographers etc.
This is for a quality, high-end kind of marketing style and their pay offer seems to reasonably match to that skillset. At 20 hours per week, this could be a solid client with good pay.

Start Your New Online Book Keeping Business With This Client

 

Are you a bookkeeper a little nervous about finding your own clients? This is a great virtual gig to start small and grow into more under the wing of an accomplished bookkeeping and accounting company.

How We Find Virtual Work

How We Find Virtual Work

{Virtual Work Opportunities for the week of May 22nd….scroll down…. but we’d love for you to read our advice on how to land these great opportunities first!}

Have you received our virtual work finder guide at some point in time?   If so, have you used it?

 

I know. Life gets busy.

So I recorded this short little video to show you how we use the Virtual Work Finder ourselves and select these top opportunities each week.

 

Video Training: How to Use Our Virtual Work Finder 

Some highlights:

🔹 I reviewed a more strategic higher dollar job opportunity in this video.

     Watch and learn how to find those and what sets them apart.

🔹 Whether you want full-time work from home, part-time work from home

     with 1 client or a variety of smaller projects ongoing, I shared examples

     of each of those in this short video.

🔹 If you want to go faster, check out the High Dollar Work Finder.


Some questions:

Do I need to pay for these recommended subscription sites?

It’s up to you but it’s so inexpensive compared to the value of the work you are going to get. And professional business owners turn to these sites for quality candidates. So you want to go where the jobs are right?

(FYI: only on some of these do we receive a small commission if you sign up through our link. it’s not why we share it. We use these sites ourselves. In fact, these Virtual Work Opportunities we share each week come from these sites.)

Have I (Lori) ever been hired from one of these sites?

Definitely. In fact sometimes on Upwork people reach directly to me to apply for their position. It’s all about having the right skills and experience displayed on your profile.


If you still have questions, the How She Quits show is a great place for free training and advice on the mom-friendly online business world.

The latest episodes are 3 Ways to the Fastest Path Virtually From Home:

Episode 14: 1-on-1 Services – profit maximizing tips in less than 5 minutes!

Episode 15: Moving from hourly to project-based and 1-to-Many services.

 

Check out this week’s opportunities now:

{These virtual work opportunities are pulled from various sources around the web each week.  Some are free listings and some require a membership to sites such as FlexJobs or HireMyMomIf you want the best clients, long term business and the highest rates, we suggest using these sites over free Facebook groups.  To learn how to refine your search for the highest dollar virtual work opportunities, try our fast class.}

Flexible Creative Content Writer/Creator

Want those projects that will fit in nap time windows? Here’s an opportunity for writing projects.
Ideal candidate will have the ability to write in a variety of voices for various clients who need relevant articles for publishing on their behalf (ghostwriting) on 3rd party websites. Posts could be anywhere between 700 and 1,200 words, depending on the post.

Strategists this one is for you! Digital Marketing Manager.

Do you have a love for gardening and an eye for photography?
A fast-growing company is looking for an experienced marketing who specializes in email marketing and social media strategy. The ideal candidate will have experience with campaign optimization and performance analysis, project management as well as copywriting and creative direction. I loved this line “Our marketing is still in its infancy so we are looking for someone who can bring their experience to develop strategy, systems, and processes from scratch.”

Part-Time SEO Content Writer with Clever Job Posting

Are you looking to building your portfolio with high quality content while learning from experienced digital marketing experts?
Ecommerce firm is seeking a part-time, talented and reliable individual to provide amazing SEO content on various topics. (Look for their attention to detail in this posting!)

Social Media Coordinator for Health-Conscious Food Company

Unique, 100% Virtual, Food company is seeking an energetic and organized Social Media Assistant to join their team.
I love how this company is all about finding the right fit, the right unique person who is passionate about communication, their customers and resourceful for the team. This shows wisdom and professionalism in their recruitment. Expect a solid professional experience but….all virtual with a great culture.

An Easy Step from Corporate with this Virtual Admin Position

This one is a step between “corporate” and “freelance” which makes it a nice transition for someone wanting to get into remote work.
Rapidly growing software & design company is seeking a champion for the Ops team as well as their culture and candidate experience. Candidate should thrive on being helpful, supportive in resolving team inquiries, assisting in coordinating company-wide activities, staying organized and driving day-to-day tasks forward. Bonus Points for previous recruiting and HR experience.
20-30 hours a week.

Unique, 100% Virtual, Food company is seeking an energetic and organized Social Media Assistant to join their team.

I love how this company is all about finding the right fit, the right unique person who is passionate about communication, their customers and resourceful for the team. This shows wisdom and professionalism in their recruitment. Expect a solid professional experience but….all virtual with a great culture.

 


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Part 2: 3 Ways to the Fastest Path To Income Virtually From Home

Part 2: 3 Ways to the Fastest Path To Income Virtually From Home

Welcome to the How She Quits Show – Episode 15

Today is Part 2 of a 3 part series on the How She Quits show…… we’re going to go rapidly through the most important advice for any mom running an online business today.

Part 1 Covered 3 ways to grow your 1-on-1 services business immediately. Watch Here

So what comes next? If you are maxed out with one-on-one work and want to elevate your income further…you are ready to move to Package pricing and 1-to-many programs such as online courses or memberships.

In this episode I’ll share the basics of package pricing, what questions to ask before starting an online membership or course and how to expand an already successful online course or membership program.

Part 1 in this series focused on the fastest path to cash, 1-on-1 services.

Bust you may be maxed out with that model. If you have raised your rates and have great clients, the next thing you need is efficiency. A way to make money that doesn’t require your 100% presence. Or maybe you have a dream to offer a group program in your specialty area. This lesson is for you.

Let’s talk about 2 paths to go beyond 1-on-1 services:

  1. Package Pricing
  2. 1-to-Many Programs (Online courses + Memberships)

Package Pricing

This is where you sell “service X” for $500 instead of charging hourly at $/hour.

Selling Packaged services requires 2 things:

  1. Value to the client in the package
  2. Specific measurable results

Your packaged services must make sense to your client…not simply be services you like to do at a fixed price.
(If prospects are asking you adjust packages, its’ a sign you don’t have the right packaged service.)

Because you aren’t measured by hours anymore, you must be clear and specific with your packaged services.

1-to-Many Programs

Starting an online course or membership requires:

  1. A clear or shared pain point that can be solved with your method
  2. Eyeballs. Traffic. Leads. (Meaning you need ways to drive lots of people thru your marketing channels who gain trust in YOU and your method)

Lightbulb Moment: Running an online program is building an entirely new and different business! Don’t be scared…get prepared.

Before starting your own online program, ask yourself:

Do I have the time and space to build a new audience?
New logos, new social posts, new groups to engage in, new channels to promote.

Am I prepared to wait?
Courses don’t sell instantly. Can you spend a few months without pay building an email list and social following?

Do I know how to do everything I need to on my website?
Collect leads, give them an amazing freebie and follow up with a compelling email sequence.

Do I have $$ to make this go faster with some ad spending?
This isn’t the viral growth era we experienced a few years ago.

Do I have proof my course is needed and wanted?
And are you confident your method will bring results?

And here’s your simple checklist to start selling online programs:

  1. Program name and logo
  2. Sales page and way to collect payments online
  3. Email list to market to
  4. Social Channel to market to
  5. Website/Tool to actually deliver the program itself (member area)

Most importantly…Does your program produce results for its’s participants? Focus here and all the rest is “marketing details” Bring results and the rest finds a way.


Are you ready to get started or feeling overwhelmed?

My own packaged services help people like you start, launch and grow online courses and memberships.

And I have courses available to help you move to clearly defined packaged pricing for your business.

My business is building yours.

Let’s talk about moving your business forward.
Fill out this simple form, I personally respond to each one.
LoriMercerCTO.com/talk

Then check out my small group program for action takers at HowSheQuitsCollective.com

I Know I’m Worth More Than $25 Per Hour – How To Get There

I Know I’m Worth More Than $25 Per Hour – How To Get There

{Virtual Work Opportunities for the week of May 15th….scroll down…. but we’d love for you to read our advice on how to land these great opportunities first!}

You know that feeling when you got your first “ten-speed” bike with gears?

Before that, you only went as fast as your skinned up 8-year-old legs could pedal. But now, a flick of the thumb (and a little more initial leg power) and you are now cranking along passing your brother with windblown hair feeling empowered. Soon that initial leg power needs lessons and you are going FASTER with the same leg power.

That’s what it’s like when you shift from only offering hourly services to offering packaged services. The initial push is going to be a little harder but it’s going to take you further, faster.

 

Last Friday in the How She Quits Show Episode 14 I shared the fastest path to income is one-on-one services. And that’s a fact. I don’t know how to say this very well without sounding too optimistic….but there is legitimately more work available than gets filled every single week (and why we post these opportunities for your in these emails/posts).

 

Even crazier, you can do 1-on-1 work for as few as 3 months and realize you are capped. 25 hours a week. 25 dollars an hour. $2500 – $3000 a month.

 

That’s not bad at all for part-time work flexibly from home. And for many of you, it would be life-changing.

For others, it’s not quite enough to replace your commute-crazy, cubicle-slave income. Besides, you can bring more VALUE to clients than $25 / hour.

What if you write some ad copy that brings them $5000 in sales? It maybe took you 60 minutes but its value was much greater than $25.

Moving from hourly work to special talent rates or packages is like utilizing that next set of gears on your “ten-speed”. A little more initial leg speed but then, momentum carries you further and faster.

In episode 15 of the How She Quits Show, I will teach the steps for moving into 1 to many, packaged offers.  Catch it this Friday over here.

For now, I want to leave you with some actions. Because I’m super pragmatic and ultimately want to free moms to earn their income from the flexibility of their home.

 

If you feel you are worth more than $25 / hour and want to move up in rates and packaged offerings, ask yourself these questions in preparation for Episode 15:

  • In what tasks for clients do I KNOW I’m delivering more than $25 / hour?
  • What do my clients tell me I do better than other VA / freelancers they’ve worked with?
  • Where do I see patterns of work I can repeat with multiple clients? i.e. the way I set up weekly emails or the way I batch social media content or the effectiveness of the way I design a landing page for them.
  • In what work am I most confident of the revenue/profitability I can bring my clients?

 

Raising rates and offering packages requires tightening up our delivery, our words, our interactions with clients to get focused in on that super successful thing you do. And, to feel confident in those results you can bring.

Here’s to getting on our 10-speed this summer!

Start by browsing our favorite virtual opportunities of the week!

{These virtual work opportunities are pulled from various sources around the web each week.  Some are free listings and some require a membership to sites such as FlexJobs or HireMyMomIf you want the best clients, long-term business and the highest rates, we suggest using these sites over free Facebook groups.  To learn how to refine your search for the highest dollar virtual work opportunities, try our fast class.}

Tiny Houses & Hockey Tees? So Fun! VA for 2 Companies Full of Heart

An entrepreneur with two unique businesses is looking for a part-time, right-hand VA to grow with the company. Great potential for full-time for the right fit. This is directly from the job description –

“Company culture: *We are about growing consciously and sustainability, and giving back… living the change we want to see in the world through everyday interactions and decisions while valuing a healthy life/work balance. ”

This position does require availability 7 days a week (5-10 hours a week) with flexible hours. Salaried position.

VA/Executive Assistant for Various Business & Personal Projects

This Entrepreneur is looking for a jack-of-all-trades of sorts. Various responsibilities ranging from technical to administrative and creative tasks need rangling. The ideal candidate is willing to learn and grow with the company/owner and will possess top notch customer service skills, superb communication skills and the ability to ask for guidance and direction when needed. Must be able to respond during Eastern Time Zone for a few hours a day.

Writers Needed (always needed!)

Attention Writers! (and those who doubt they are a writer)

Writing is one of the most flexible virtual professional freelance opportunities out there. If you enjoy writing, having a flexible schedule, and working from home, this is the job for you!
You get to choose the articles you want to write, set your own schedule, and work virtually.

Part-Time Remote Administrative Assistant for Book Publication Company

Book Publication Company is seeking a remote part-time Administrative Assistant to manage book projects during the manuscript development process. This is a new position with the possibility to grow. This is a great opportunity to get in early and show your talents. Evolve this position over time by demonstrating responsiveness, working knowledge of web-based tools, and the ability to stay on task in a fast-paced environment.

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