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5 Tips for Freelancers – and ALL Entrepreneurs

There are many lessons I have learned in more than 25 years in the business of television and video production (this is my 20th year as a freelancer).
Here are five tips I would consider KEY:

5 Tips for Freelancers – and ALL Entrepreneurs

1. Build strong alliances with other freelancers in your line of work and related fields.

Networking and keeping in touch with other directors of photography, photographers, writers, producers and related freelancers has been key to the longevity of my business. Some of them are my direct competitors, but I consider them allies.

Often a job will come up that I am too busy to do so I will refer the client to someone else, who I trust and is equally qualified (and who will not try to steal my client). This works both ways: I have gotten many shoots and writing jobs through this network of freelancers.

Additionally, people that I meet who work in related positions, like sound mixers, make up artists, gaffers and grips are valuable resources. Clients will sometimes ask these people if they know a director of photography or writer-producer who would be a “good fit” for their project.

Another spot where this helps is in gear acquisition: We are often asked to provide cameras or related equipment on a job that I don’t personally own. Usually I know another freelancer who has the piece of gear and will gladly rent it to me for a discounted rate if they are not using it on the shoot day. This is cheaper than getting the gear from a rental house and builds a good rapport with the other freelancer who will then, in turn, be more likely to refer me on a project that they can’t handle.
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Tuesday Tips: How to Create a Buzz with No Budget – Entrepreneur

It’s scary: No money for promotion. Guess what? There are millions out there with the same problem. What can you do?

Local Bigwig‘s Ray Madronio turned to big players in his industry to get free marketing help for his startup. Hear how he did it, plus expert tips. via Entrepreneur on Youtube:

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Read the post: Entrepreneur Magazine: How to Create Buzz on No Budget

I like that the first tip in this video is about getting on the phone, having the courage to reach out in a human way in support of your business. In my view, its sad what is happening in this age of enhanced digital interaction, a slowing of ACTUAL CONVERSATION. Read more…

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Tuesday Tips: Best Success Tool for Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs – Bob Baker

It’s not what you think.

I have used this tool, a method for capturing ideas, for my whole life, but in recent years I have fallen down on the job with it. Too often my ideas are lost because in my mind, I’ve got it covered. I need to get back to some basics. Thanks for the reminder, Bob Baker!

Watch this:

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Visit: Bob Baker’s TheBuzzFactor.com – Music Marketing Advice
Twitter: @MrBuzzFactor

What are Tuesday Tips?
Each week I post tips for freelancers and the self employed on Tuesday (Tuesday Tips) and, on Wednesdays, something that I find entertaining, beautiful, funny or engaging in some way (Freeform Wednesday). I hope you enjoy these posts and I appreciate your visits to this site, and comments on the blog posts.

Got a Suggestion, Comment or a Funny Story?
Please share in the comments section below. THANKS, Trace

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Tuesday Tips: How to Get Your Ideas to Spread – Seth Godin, TEDTalks

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Focus on What You CAN do, Not what you CAN’T

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Trace Ready "The Social Freelancer"

Trace Ready “The Social Freelancer”

Trace Ready is a Director of Photography, Writer, Producer and Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas. His band Trace Relations has released their debut studio CD “Prosperity Street”
Connect with Trace: TraceProductions.com

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Tuesday Tips: How to Get your Ideas to Spread – Seth Godin, TEDTalks

One of my biggest challenges in this life is taking ideas that I have and then transferring them from my thoughts into reality. Do you struggle with this? Seth Godin is a visionary thinker and communicator. I hope you enjoy this video. What does it spark in you?
Please comment below. Thanks!

Quote from TED.com:

In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.
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Visit: Seth Godin, best selling author online

Each Tuesday I will be highlighting a video that I find useful for freelancers and the self employed. If you have a suggestion for a video to showcase, please comment below. Thanks for tuning in… Read more…

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Tuesday Tips: How to Make Interactive Youtube Videos – ReelSEO

NEW for 2014! Each Tuesday I will be highlighting a video that I find useful for freelancers and the self employed. If you have a suggestion for a video to showcase, please comment below. Thanks for tuning in…

Using annotations to enhance youtube videos is a good tactic in growing traffic to your websites or other videos online. The ability to do this on Youtube is an excellent, free tool for freelancers, small business and indie artists.

This week’s video is from ReelSEO – The Online Video Marketing Guide, a site I visit often and highly recommend.

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Read the post at ReelSEO: How to Make Interactive Videos with Youtube Annotations

Related Posts (Share these?):
Four Tips for Surviving Social Media

Focus on What You CAN do, Not what you CAN’T

Reaching Out: Why Good Content is Not Enough

Trace Ready "The Social Freelancer"

Trace Ready “The Social Freelancer”

Trace Ready is a Director of Photography, Writer, Producer and Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas. His band Trace Relations has released their debut studio CD “Prosperity Street”
Connect with Trace: TraceProductions.com

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