Web work: Not for the insecure?

Issues like time management and work-life balance challenges have been covered on WebWorkerDaily before, but one difficult aspect of solo work studied by Susan J. Ashford, professor at the University of Michigan, is less often discussed: the challenges to ego and self-worth that solo work presents.…

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Are Your Clients Abusing You?

Being a web worker can mean learning to handle many facets of running a small business, including dealing with difficult clients, which can often be one of the biggest frustrations that come with the territory. But how do you know if your clients are abusing you? Here are a few telltale signs and tips for how to fix and avoid these situations. The work keeps creeping in. You start with one description of what is to be done and end up doing something entirely different or something that's way more involved than the original task. How to Fix/Avoid It: Have a contract and a clear and agreed-upon scope and schedule for each and every phase or project. Outline exactly what is to be done and when it's due. The client expects immediate responses or complete availability. Occasionally, you'll come across clients who want 100% of your undivided attention. They expect emails to be responded to within an hour and work to be completed at an unrealistic pace. How to Fix/Avoid It: Set expectations from the start. Explain when you're available to clients, how quickly you tend to reply to communications, and how you prefer to communicate. You may also wish to explain how you work. For example, do you generally devote a set amount of time to each project or client per day? If so, explain this to clients on the front side so that they know what to expect.…

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Fight or Flight: When Instinct Influences Your Business

It's a strange thing, but in times like these, when prospective clients have fewer dollars to spend and when there's more competition in the marketplace due to higher unemployment rates, instinctive responses have a tendency to take over our business decisions. It's easy to get trapped in a cycle of instinctive "fight or flight" response, so how do we break that cycle?…

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The Web Worker's Advantage: A Nimble Business

nim·ble : quick and light in motion; marked by quick, alert, clever conception, comprehension, or resourcefulness. Being a web worker has its advantages, and one of the biggest is that you can build a very adaptable and nimble business. Here are a few of the ways we stay flexible.…

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Relocating Web Worker? Here's What You Need to Consider

I'm not a big fan of moving, but I tend to do it a lot. Once a year is a rare treat, and generally it's much more frequent than that. Since I'm preparing for a move once again, and I've actually become much more aware of what it is I do and do not like about the places I've called my home office in the past, I thought I'd share a few tips for what to look for if you're searching for a better space to work.…

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