The Minimalist Guide to Freelancing

When I hear the term minimalist, I think of zen and balance, as well as simplicity.

As you develop your freelancing portfolio and career, one of the keys of long-term success is simply to keep a balanced lifestyle, which often boils down to a minimalist approach to life and work.

Within the context of freelancing, minimalism is removing distractions; clearing the desk (and mind) of anything that isn’t needed to get the job done.

After enough time in the industry, it’s easy to pick up activities and habits that simply take away time from meaningful activities. The following is a guide to minimalist freelancing and your start to a more balanced career.

A Full Plate

Everyone has heard the term “less is more,” and in freelancing applying a minimalistic approach can help you stay more organized and focused. While multiple requests for your businesses services is what you strive for and are causes for excitement, it is important for you to stay focused on your ideal customer.

Everyone has heard the term “less is more,” and in freelancing applying a minimalistic approach can help you stay more organized and focused.
If you do not stay focused, your excitement will soon turn to frustration — both on your part and the part of the customer.

Take new projects on in only small portions. You may find when you look at your portfolio of clients that you have a few in there that take far more time and energy than everyone else does.

Consider letting these difficult clients go once you are able without hurting your cash flow. Imagine eventually replacing them with someone similar to your favorite customers! While it can be intimidating to turn down work, especially as a freelancer, if you can replace the difficult clients with the ones that take less time and effort, you will make more for your time and at the same time reduce your work-related stress.

Work Atmosphere

As a freelancer, you set the tone for your work environment. To have a relaxed, organized business, begin by eliminating your chaotic tendencies. From the start, excellent time management will keep you from feeling overwhelmed.

Come up with a plan on how you want to structure your day and stick with it, for the most part. Of course, there may be changes in the day which you need to adjust to, but the idea is that giving each task its own place in your day will keep you from feeling overwhelmed.

Atmosphere extends to your location, too. How can you make your immediate environment a better place to work? Should you crank up your favorite rock tunes or work in silence? Maybe you should start bringing your dog to the office.

Whatever list you come up with for improving your place of work (whether in an office or a home office), choose with purpose. Find what works, helps you eliminate distractions, allows you to focus, and stick with it. Your work atmosphere is an important part of a minimalist approach because you end up clearing out those things that distract, allowing you a more focused workspace.

About Tuts+

Tuts+ helps you learn creative skills and shape the life you want.

As part of Envato’s creative ecosystem, Tuts+ contributes to our mission of “helping people learn and earn online”. We love to see how people transform themselves and their lives by learning creative skills and earning money selling their creations or services to the world. Whether your day job is creative or not, life is better when you learn and apply creative skills regularly. To do this is satisfying in its own right and a practical investment in your future.

 

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Self-Directed Learning

It’s inspiring to see busy people who are committed to developing and refreshing their skills. This isn’t school: there aren’t any uniforms or tests or badges. For lifelong learners who are seeking practical skills and real-world outcomes, true motivation comes from within. So there’s no single ‘correct’ path at Tuts+. Learn at your own pace, whenever or wherever you like. Focus deeply on one topic, or go broad across a wide range of areas. Whatever creative skills you seek, we’re here to help you take charge and shape your own path to a better future.

Self-Directed Learning

It’s inspiring to see busy people who are committed to developing and refreshing their skills. This isn’t school: there aren’t any uniforms or tests or badges. For lifelong learners who are seeking practical skills and real-world outcomes, true motivation comes from within. So there’s no single ‘correct’ path at Tuts+. Learn at your own pace, whenever or wherever you like. Focus deeply on one topic, or go broad across a wide range of areas. Whatever creative skills you seek, we’re here to help you take charge and shape your own path to a better future.

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Envato Live Chicago Wrapup

Hi Everyone!

Envato Marketplace Support has some exciting news. We’re implementing a new Support Centre. Yay! This means we’re changing the system we use to handle all your Marketplace support requests.

The current system that we use is outdated, and in order for us to continue towards our goal of providing an awesome customer experience, we need to upgrade.

We want this transition to be as seamless for you as possible so we’ve been working hard to ensure this happens. There won’t be any change to the actual process that you go through in order to log a Marketplace support request with us, however, you will start to see some aesthetic changes to the way some of our communication looks.

Initially you will notice changes to our “submit a ticket” page. It used to look like this…

 

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We are going live with our shiny new system today (Thursday 19th June AEST). At this stage our Knowledgebase will remain unchanged, but don’t worry, we have plans to move that over too.

You’ll also notice some changes to the way our e-mails are formatted. We still have support requests in our current system, and will keep working through these until they are resolved rather than move existing requests over. So, if you have submitted a request over the past few days and then submit another one now, you’ll probably see some differences in the way they look.
Don’t panic! It’s completely normal! 🙂

We’re really excited that we’ve been able to implement this initiative and hope that you enjoy your new experience with us. If you have any questions, or notice anything that doesn’t quite look right please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Thanks

SEO Best Practices for Authors on the Envato Marketplaces

In recent years, SEO has become one of the top priorities of many online businesses. But many people still don’t really understand what it is, and how they can utilize it for their online businesses.

The subtle art of becoming more easily found in a search engine’s results—commonly known as Search Engine Optimization (SEO)—can help you drive a lot of targeted traffic to your item pages. Today I’ll share some tips with you that you can easily implement to drive more visitors to you pages via the various search engines.

Find Keywords that Buyers Actually Search For

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The idea behind getting the right keyword is to choose one that:

  1. has decent search volume,
  2. is not too competitive,
  3. and is relevant to your item.

I’m sure you’ve been given this advice before, but today I’ll show you how to go about doing this with some of my favorite tools. Most of these tools are fairly easy to use, and you can easily find lots of tutorials and how-to guides on using them.

Gather Keyword Ideas

You might have noticed that when you type something into a Google search, you’re given some suggestions. These are trending and popular searches.

Here are some tools that can help you to use these suggestions to get keyword ideas:

  • Übersuggest will help you export the suggestions into an Excel file, where you can use Adwords to pull up the search volume for those keywords.
  • Soovle will help you get some keyword ideas by pulling suggestions from various services.
  • Google Trends will let you see keywords that are becoming popular, and try and capitalize on them before everyone tries to rank on them.
  • Keyword Tool helps you generate over 750 keywords from Google autocomplete.

Exciting News From Marketplaces Support

Hi Everyone!

Envato Marketplace Support has some exciting news. We’re implementing a new Support Centre. Yay! This means we’re changing the system we use to handle all your Marketplace support requests.

The current system that we use is outdated, and in order for us to continue towards our goal of providing an awesome customer experience, we need to upgrade.

We want this transition to be as seamless for you as possible so we’ve been working hard to ensure this happens. There won’t be any change to the actual process that you go through in order to log a Marketplace support request with us, however, you will start to see some aesthetic changes to the way some of our communication looks.

Initially you will notice changes to our “submit a ticket” page. It used to look like this…

 

Violin

 

We are going live with our shiny new system today (Thursday 19th June AEST). At this stage our Knowledgebase will remain unchanged, but don’t worry, we have plans to move that over too.

You’ll also notice some changes to the way our e-mails are formatted. We still have support requests in our current system, and will keep working through these until they are resolved rather than move existing requests over. So, if you have submitted a request over the past few days and then submit another one now, you’ll probably see some differences in the way they look.
Don’t panic! It’s completely normal! 🙂

We’re really excited that we’ve been able to implement this initiative and hope that you enjoy your new experience with us. If you have any questions, or notice anything that doesn’t quite look right please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Thanks