003: How to Find Your First 3 Clients

For those who are new to freelancing, this episode will give you an idea of what it’s like to start out as a freelancer and the steps we – Stef, Celine, and other Filipino freelancers we’ve asked – took to find and land our first three clients. (This is worth it, promise.)

In This Episode:

  • Stef and Celine share the stories how they got their first 3 clients.
  • We share the stories of other local freelancers as well, plus some international statistics. Turns out, the results are surprising: majority of freelancers don’t find their clients from job bidding sites. What does this mean for you?
  • Local vs. Foreign clients – what’s the difference working with them?
  • If you don’t know what to do next, we share how to do research as a new freelancer.
  • Stats we discussed (click “Continue Reading” to check them out):

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002: The Online Employee versus The Freelancer

Today, we got down to the nitty-gritty details by asking this important question: what differentiates the online employee from the online freelancer? 

Paying attention to the mindset you are in is important if you want to do better work and take your freelancing career further. Some people are comfortable with being online employees, and that’s great for them! But what if you want something more? In this episode, we’ll explore what these two mindsets mean and how you can make the choice as to which path you want to take.

In This Episode:

  • Celine asks Stef to explain her blog post on online employees vs. online freelancers, which triggered the discussion of this episode. What’s the difference between the two approaches and how do you choose?
  • If you’re in the online employee mindset and you want to shift to the freelancer/consultant mindset, we go in depth on how to do that, as well as share our own personal experiences.
  • Finding and approaching clients is like dating. Really.
  • The awesome benefits of the freelancing approach – and the price you have to pay for it.

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001: Say Hello To The Better Work Podcast + Taking Control

Welcome to the very first episode of Better Work! We’re your hosts, Stef Gonzaga of The Freelance Pinoy and Celine Roque of Pinoy500.

It’s a bi-weekly podcast—one of the very few out there—for Filipino freelancers and entrepreneurs who want to take a stand and finally do better work, get creative, and make a difference.

For this episode, we decided to kick things off with one of the fundamental aspects of freelancing, which is taking control. It’s taking control of your time, the kind of work you do, the people you work with, and the decisions you make as a freelancer and entrepreneur.

In This Episode:

  • We explore how more freedom and more control of your schedule, rates/pay, and life attracts a lot of people to freelancing. We also share our personal schedules and how we work.
  • Taking control is a range (no control vs. full control), with each end having its own benefits and costs. We discuss where/how to find the level of control you’re most comfortable with.
  • Taking control of your rates. We talk about what goes into freelancers’ and clients’ minds when it comes to rates.
  • Taking control of your projects/tasks. You get good at the things you do regularly – are you doing the right things?
  • We confess the major mistakes we’ve made as freelancers.

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What do you think of this episode? We’d love to hear from you! Submit your feedback and comments using this form. For questions or concerns, do send us an email at hello@betterworkph.com.