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What To Do with an Unprofessional Client

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In a perfect freelancer world, all clients would have a professional demeanor and a positive attitude. Unfortunately, we don't live in that world. Luckily, as freelancers, we have a few tools to deal with painful client situations in this world. Here are some tips on what you can do when a client does something weird or even downright rude.

Communicate the Issue Sure, it can be scary, especially you are thinking of all the possible negative reactions they may have to your decision. In the long run, however, you have to evaluate if you want to work with someone who respects neither you nor your time. Your first step is telling the client in a professional and calm manner why their actions or words upset you.

For example, during one particular deposit collection meeting a client asked me on a date. I have never been so shocked and disgusted. However, what I said was simply, "Let's keep this professional."
Against my better judgement I spent another month with this cli…

How To Supercharge Your Social Media Presence With Instagram

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With so many engaging and innovative social media platforms available out there, it can be a touch daunting to decide where to start and what platforms are best able to suit your specific needs. One such platform that has continued to maintain its place among today's top contenders is the photo-sharing app, Instagram. On the surface Instagram might seem innocently fun and engaging, but also not entirely cut out for your business or promotional needs. I mean, what can pictures of your cat do to help get yourself out there?

I'm sure you're also wondering how Instagram will allow you to show both yourself and your business off in a positive light, aren't you? The simple answer is that Instagram can work wonders for your online image or business by boosting your social media presence, while vastly increasing your potential audience, and showcasing all of your best work all at once. Instagram really is an efficient and powerful social media tool that you can harness to sui…

My First Rule for Everything: Don't Panic - How Douglas Adams Changed the Way I Manage My Business

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Bring A Towel, Ditch The PotatoesIn many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitchhiker's Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects. First, it is slightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words DON'T PANIC inscribed in large, friendly letters on its cover. - Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 
Along with priceless information regarding the massive usefulness of a towel and inherent mistake of thinking you can solve any major problem with just potatoes, Douglas Noel Adams (‘52-’01) cemented his place as a modern-day social philosopher. His mantras have been echoed across countless mediums and have maintained their relevance throughout generations. Wise words, no …